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13 Apr 2018

Friday the 13th - Ensure your workplace is safe!

Considered an unlucky day in Western society, Friday the 13th sparks fear in hearts of the superstitious. According to the Stress Management Centre and Phobia Institute, an estimated 17-21 million people are affected by fear on this day in the United States alone.

A study within the British Medical Journal concluded that the risk of a hospital admission as a result of a accident may be increased by as much as 52% on Friday the 13th

These statistics were drawn after researchers analysed the traffic flow and number of injuries from car accidents on the M25 over a five month period during which the 13th fell on a Friday. They noted that although there were consistently fewer vehicles on the road during the Friday the 13th (possibly as a result of superstitious people) that "the risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52 percent".

However, the Dutch Centre for Insurance stated that "fewer accidents occur when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday because people are preventatively more careful (at least in the Netherlands).

To keep a workplace running smoothly, safely and efficiently, you should ensure equipment has been inspected, has been found to be in good repair and its status highlighted.

Too many employees are injured following an accident and Friday the 13th seems the perfect time to remind employers to conduct pre-use checks before using equipment. Asking employees to inspect equipment is not only a smart and responsible policy to enforce, but is also required by law.

Good to Go Safety encourages pre-use inspections of workplace equipment. By introducing a visual check of equipment before the start of each shift. This eradicates the assumption that workplace equipment is safe to use.

The system is totally flexible to meet the needs of any company - allowing the frequency of inspections to be defined by your risk assessment - in a busy, high traffic warehouse the frequency of racking inspection may be higher than in a smaller pedestrianised warehouse. Whether it be daily, weekly, monthly or ad-hoc checks that are required, the system adapts to meet your requirements.

Don't give Friday the 13th any ammunition. Check your equipment with Good to Go Safety today

12 Apr 2018

Commended Award for Safety Excellence 2018

We are proud to announce that after last nights #SafetyHealthAwards we were successful at winning a "Safety Excellence" award

The aim of our products is to help companies improve workplace safety, reduce maintenance costs and comply with legislation. Receiving accolades like this confirms that we are indeed making a difference and being successful in our quest to create a safer workplace. It’s amazing to think that we’ve helped so many of our customers to keep their workplace equipment safe and in good working order.

“Proud and pleasantly surprised to receive a commended award for safety excellence 2018 at #SafetyHealthAwards” Graham Halliday - Product Manager

10 Apr 2018

Flood alerts issued for parts of England

Four flood warnings have been issued for England. Yellow warnings for torrential rain for North East England, South West England, Yorkshire and Humber.

Britain is due to be battered with heavy rain as the Met Office issues flood warnings for parts of the UK, with homes and businesses at threat. Power supplies and public travel services are likely to be disrupted.

With severe rain / flood warnings issued to the majority of Britain, now seems a sensible time to remind people working with/on scaffolding of the dangers and precautions that should be considered during such periods of inclement weather. Regardless of weather conditions it is always important to ensure that all scaffolds are erected in accordance with guidance from manufacturers' user guides, technical guidance such as the NASC's TG20, and / or with the appropriate scaffold design.

Particular concern during periods of torrential rain are footings and foundations along with bracing and tie arrangements.

The foundation of fixed scaffolding is arguably the most important part of a scaffold. Similar to a tower of cards, if the structure begins to fail at the bottom layer it will all come tumbling down. Now imagine that the surface you've built your tower of cards on gets wet, the solid ground becomes muddy with the potential to sink. Regular maintenance and scaffolding inspection checks are vital to ensure that scaffolding remains safe and stable, especially during and after any adverse weather conditions.

Scaffolding inspection checks to ensure that ties and bracings are properly installed (correct tie pattern, sufficient coupler connections to scaffold, adequately tested etc) ensures that the structure is stronger and therefore the chances of failure during adverse weather are significantly reduced.

Using the Good to Go Safety Scaffolding Inspection system ensures compliance with PUWER, WAHR, CDM, NASC & HSE legislation and best practice. Simply attach a Status Tag at point of entry to ensure maximum visibility; the tag has been designed to sit flush to the scaffolding tube using cable ties. Complete the Scaffolding Inspection Checklist (designed in line with BS EN 12811-1 and TG20:13 guidance) to ensure scaffolding remains safe. Chronological duplicate record of all scaffolding inspections are retained for management records as required under WAHR and PUWER.

5 Apr 2018

Drivers urged to #TowSafe4Freddie

In January 2014, a mother and a young boy Freddie Hussey (3 year old toddler) were walking in Bedminster, Bristol when a 2-tonne trailer became unattached from a Land Rover, mounted the kerb and hit Freddie.

The investigation into Freddie’s death found that the trailer’s handbrake lever was in the wrong place.

Freddie’s parents launched a campaign called #TowSafe4Freddie which urges all drivers to carry out a basic trailer inspection check each time they tow a trailer to avoid further tragedies.

The Transport Research Laboratory analysed accidents over a five year period and identified a total of 4,173 reported accidents involving at least one vehicle towing, representing 0.5% of the overall reported accidents. Of these accidents, 100 were fatal (2.4%), 671 were serious (16.1%) and 3,402 were slight (81.5%). The corresponding percentages for all cars/ vans are about 1% fatal, 11% serious and 88% slight, these statistics prove that towing trailers can be more likely to result in serious or fatal road accidents.

Good to Go Safety are extremely proud to support #TowSafe4Freddie by offering 10% OFF all our Good to Go Safety Trailer Inspection Products for this month. The Good to Go Safety trailer inspection products serve as reminders to carry out a pre-use trailer inspections checklist before taking to the road and allows the driver to a run through a series of critical component checks including chassis, brakes, lighting, wheels etc as well as the load itself.

For more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/road-safety-campaign-urges-drivers-to-towsafe4freddie

23 Mar 2018

Who can carry out inspections?



Since Good to Go Safety started their equipment tagging and inspection checklist systems, perhaps the most regular question we are asked from our customer is "Who can carry out equipment inspections?" to which we often answer "A competent employee".

It is a phrase often seen in legislation & guidance and the HSE does give a definition of exactly what they consider a competent employee to be. In short, it is "someone who has the necessary skills, experience and knowledge to manage health and safety."

Judith Hackitt (Chair of the HSE) states "The essence of competence is relevance to the workplace. What matters is that there is a proper focus on both the risks that occur most often and those with serious consequences. Competence is the ability for every director, manager and worker to recognise the risks in operational activities and then apply the right measures to control and manage those risks."

Of course the type of work and inherent dangers that it brings also have a factor in who you might deem to be competent. It's a common assumption that "anyone" can use a ladder safely, without the need for training, after all we use them at home often enough without going through a course on its safe use? Surely that makes us competent?

If you read through our previous blogs and search the internet for "ladder accidents" you will find an abundance of prosecutions, injuries and deaths resulting from falls from ladders. As a result we would always recommend that employees are trained in the safe use of the equipment they are expected to use - whether that is a ladder, forklift, pallet truck or nuclear submarine - this training should include providing them with the knowledge of what they need to inspect before using the equipment. Once armed with that knowledge and sufficient experience then they may well be deemed as competent and ready to start carrying out equipment checks for their own use or for their colleagues' equipment.

Providing your competent employee with the tools to carry out inspections, to monitor and record their findings is where Good to Go Safety can help. Our inspections checklist will cover the main pre-use inspection checks and act as a failsafe to ensure they are inspected - the tag provides a clear visual reminder and allows the findings of the inspections check to be displayed for all to see. Anybody walking past, or going to use the equipment will be able to see the date and findings of the inspection and know if it is safe to use.

To find out more about our equipment inspection systems and how they can help to improve safety, reduce maintenance costs and comply with regulations please visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk

There is a wealth of information available to read on the subject of competency on the HSE website: www.hse.gov.uk which includes downloads, looking at an employer’s responsibilities when using contractors to carry out work.

You may think that outsourcing work to a 'specialist' would exonerate you of all responsibility, should an incident occur during their watch, but in reality there is a need to work closely with your contractor and have an understanding of the work to be carried out - frequent communication is key - if something doesn't sound/look right then don't be afraid to question their intentions.

The importance of using a reliable and trustworthy company to carry out work on your behalf can not be ignored - it's not always suitable to simply go with the cheapest option. Looking at the various examples of 'dodgy scaffolding' littered across the internet - often erected by so-called professionals - it is easy to find reasons to research your intended contractor - we'd also advise using a company that is registered with an industry body such as FLTA, SEMA, PASMA, CISRS, The Ladder Association etc who can offer peace of mind that their members are adequately trained and competent.

I read this morning of a prosecution of two scaffold inspectors who had failed to carry out a thorough inspection of a scaffold before signing it off as safe to use. This resulted in a worker falling through a gap between the scaffolding and the building, resulting in serious injuries.

As individuals we must be able to trust the people that are telling us a piece of equipment is safe to use, knowing that they are competent to do so is critical to making that work. To read more about this latest prosecution visit: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2017.
19 Mar 2018

Warehouse Management

To keep a warehouse running smoothly and efficiently, you should ensure equipment is in good repair and highlight equipment status.

Too many employees are injured following an accident in a warehouse or factory. Asking employees to conduct pre-use checks before using equipment is not only a smart and responsible policy to enforce, but is also required by law.

There are many YouTube videos of racking collapses, forklift accidents, pallet truck accidents. These show how quickly an accident can happen. In the blink of an eye. The carnage that's left behind is truly shocking.



Imagine if a fault was noted by a operative as he nears the end of his shift. In his eagerness to get home he forgets to relay the information, resulting in an accident.



The system is totally flexible to meet the needs of the company - allowing the frequency of inspection to be defined by your risk assessment - in a busy, high traffic warehouse the frequency of racking inspection may be higher than in a smaller pedestrianised warehouse. Whether it be daily, weekly, monthly or ad-hoc the system adapts to meet your requirements. Ensuring equipment is in good order shouldn't be ignored

28 Feb 2018

Managing Forklift Trucks

Forklift Trucks are particularly dangerous in the workplace. They are involved in an average of a quarter of all workplace transport accidents in the UK each year. Approximately ten of those accidents are fatal.

Many work-related factors can cause a forklift accident. Grouping them into categories may help to analyse accidents and, eventually, prevent them. Lack of training or improper training of workers who have to operate forklift trucks. Production factors such as speed or stress. Lack of proper tools, attachments and accessories. Improper assignment of forklifts and operators. Poor maintenance of forklifts. Age of forklifts. Ensuring your employees are fully trained and know the importance of a pre-use visual inspection can prevent accidents.



Inspecting Forklifts

Thorough checks of forklift trucks are required under health and safety laws: LOLER 1998 & PUWER 1998. LOLER covers lifting equipment. PUWER deals items such as brakes, steering and tyres.

Requesting that staff complete pre-use inspections of forklifts prior to use is not only a smart and responsible policy to enforce, but is also required by law.

Not only will it provide protection for the company and driver, but it also reinforces strong safety awareness message at management level.



Ensuring forklifts are in good working order.

Offering your employees Good to Go Safety's fully flexible Forklift Inspection System will enable them to complete pre-use inspections as part of a Forklift Truck safety maintenance programme.

The Good to Go System will take your employees through an easy-to-use walkthrough checklist which only takes a short time to confirm and highlight if a forklift is safe to operate or should be quarantined.

Carrying out a daily inspection of your forklift with a Good to Go Safety can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and any unnecessary maintenance costs.



BSIF SAFETY SOLUTION AWARD - FINALISTS ANNOUNCED


Good to Go Safety are proud to be shortlisted for this year's BSIF Safety Solution Award; these awards recognise major improvements in occupational safety created in 2017.

A set of awards designed to recognise programmes and activities that have enhanced occupational safety in 2017/2018. The awards are based upon submitted case studies of activities which have generated enhancements to occupational safety. These may be based upon a new service, a particular customer’s safety record or a training project that has enhanced or changed the users’ safety culture. Past winners coming from a wide range of industries and services, have been as diverse as enhanced respiratory equipment fit testing, a substantial improvement in productivity plus reduced accidents in a fish farm and a specialist service to help select the most effective glove solution in any working environment. 

Our entry has been backed by ZF TRW in Sunderland who have used our tagging and checklist systems to help towards making their site one of the safest ZF site’s Worldwide, for which they have been awarded their own safety excellence award. 
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In deciding which finalists should receive an award the judges will be taking account of the following criteria:

1. Has the product contributed to a genuine and quantifiable reduction in accidents / health incidents within this situation (outlined by the case study)?

2. Has the product significantly reduced total acquisition costs, whilst maintaining or enhancing safety / company performance?

3. Has the product enhanced the health and safety understanding / culture of the users, such that these are now core to working practices?

4. Has the product significantly improved the availability and usability of safety, health or related equipment?

***At least two criteria must be met.

The case study we put forward has seen us shortlisted and we will include a link to the case study once the winners have been announced in April.


THE SAFETY AND HEALTH EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The Safety and  Health Excellence Awards, in conjunction with the BSIF, will be held at the magnificent VOX event centre at Resorts World next to the NEC on 11th April 2018.

The night will attract more than 350 guests from the safety, health, fire and security sectors and will include a sumptuous three course meal, table wine, drinks reception, live music, live entertainment and a comedy set from Rory Bremner who will then host the Awards.

This unmissable networking event, brought to you by the organisers of the Health and Safety Event and The Fire Safety Event, takes place during these exhibitions at the NEC, Birmingham from 10th -12th April 2018. To find out more about the exhibitions and to register for free please visit  www.healthandsafetyevents.co.uk

Wish us luck!
19 Feb 2018

Ladder Inspections

Get to know your ladders and keep your employees safe.

The HSE suggest that a third of all fall-from-height accidents involve a ladder or stepladder. A large amount of these accidents involve a ladder which is in poor condition.

Often a defect in a ladder can go unnoticed or is not remedied because staff don't know what they're looking for or feel that the faults are not serious enough to warrant replacement of the ladder. Because falls from ladders often result in serious injuries, any faults which affect the stability or integrity of a ladder should result in the ladder being taken out of use. Defective ladders should be replaced rather than being repaired.

A ladder should be inspected prior to use to ensure that the ladder is in a safe working condition. These inspection checks should be carried out before starting a task and repeated every time something changes – like the ladder being dropped or moved to a different area (where the footing and location should be carefully considered). If your ladder is dirty, clean it. Damage can be hidden beneath dirt, and the dirt itself can cause the ladder to slip or you to slip from the ladder.

The Good to Go Safety innovative tagging and inspection checklist system ensures essential pre-use ladder inspections are carried out. Helping reduce the risk of any accident, improve ladder safety, reduce maintenance costs and comply with legislation. CLICK HERE to find out more.

7 Feb 2018

Pre-Use Inspection Checklist Posters

The use of the Good to Go Safety tagging and checklist systems can help your company to improve safety, reduce maintenance costs and comply with legislation. Encouraging employees to complete pre-use checks of workplace equipment such as Forklift, Ladder, Scaffolding, Scaffold Tower, Harness, MEWP, Podium Step, Pallet Truck, Racking, Fleet Vehicle - Car & Van, Excavator, Trailer, Tractor and more. Completing such workplace inspection checklists is both prudent and proactive. The visual aspect of the tag helps ensure that inspections are completed in timely fashion and this visual reminder can now be extended with the introduction of our eye catching safety posters.

Employees will have been trained on the safe use and maintenance of equipment such as Forklift, Ladder, Scaffolding, Scaffold Tower, Harness, MEWP, Podium Step, Pallet Truck, Racking, Fleet Vehicle - Car & Van, Excavator, Trailer or Tractors but providing them with a clear visual ‘reminder’ of their required actions can go a long way to ensuring their training remains at the forefront of their mind. To find out more about how our Pre-Use Inspection Posters can further benefit the safety of your organisation please read on below:


1. Location is Key
Your poster should be displayed in a relevant area. For example, our warehouse equipment posters would be best sited at the entrance to the warehouse or by the maintenance area. If the poster is placed in an inappropriate location or is surrounded by other posters and information, the message won’t reach the right people at the right time, or may be overlooked completely.

2. Places, people, places
In addition to being in a relevant area, a poster also needs to be seen and read. In order to be effective a poster should appear in a high-traffic area that will allow people to stop and see it. A canteen or washroom are good examples of areas with a lot of traffic and that allow people the time to take in the poster.

3. Stand-alone
When posters are grouped with a lot of other visual displays or if they are left up for too long they lose their effectiveness. A wall of “clutter” often gets overlooked, and anything that’s seen every day blends into the background. It’s a good idea to change your posters at least once a month to keep the messages fresh and to avoid complacency. As we continue to add more posters to our range you’ll be able to regularly switch the equipment poster of choice. The fact our posters are made from synthetic paper means they can be easily rolled up and stored without risk of damage or tearing like most traditional paper posters.

4. Highlight important safety information
One of the most beneficial and obvious benefits to displaying safety posters is to highlight important safety information. Our posters have been designed to mirror the key component checks to carry out, as found in the Good to Go Safety systems. Providing strong visual posters act as a further reminder to employees to complete their pre-use checks

5. Demonstrate your commitment to safety
While it is important to display safety information for obvious reasons, the benefits extend beyond that. Taking the time and effort to display these posters demonstrates your company’s commitment to safety. Through posting signs and posters, it becomes obvious that safety is an important issue and that you are committed to providing protection to anyone that enters your establishment.

25 Jan 2018

Time to Talk 2018

Time to Talk is a chance for us to be more open about mental health.

It’s easy to think there’s no right place or time to talk about mental health, but the more you talk about it, the better life is. Whether you’ll be at home, at work or even travelling 600mph at 40,000ft, start a conversation, listen and change lives. Similar to workplace equipment (Good to Go Safety's area of expertise), people can be unfit for work too, however identifying issues with friends, family or colleagues is much more difficult that identifying equipment faults.

Being open to mental health doesn’t have to be awkward and being there for someone can make a huge difference to their life. Good to Go Safety supports Time to Change and hopes that the Stigma attached to Mental Health will soon disappear.

No matter what you're doing on the 1st Feb, let's talk, let's change lives.

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