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Workshop on smart PPE 20/07/2017

The CEN-CENELEC sector forum PPE has organised a workshop on smart PPE which will take place on Thursday 7th of September.

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together people from different types of companies to discuss practical issues experienced and how standards should deal with these.

All participants get the opportunity to give a short presentation on what they are doing in terms of smart PPE and there will be the chance for discussions in small groups.

The workshop takes place at the CEN-CENELEC meeting centre in Brussels. It is free of charge, but registration is necessary.

All practical information (including registration) is available on https://www.cencenelec.eu/News/Events/Pages/EV-2017-028.aspx

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PPE: Training for customer-facing staff 30/03/2017

The quality of training available for health and safety professionals is a significant contributor to the UK being regarded as one of the safest of all countries in the developed world, says Ian Crellin, marketing manager, British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF). Here he outlines the organisation's recently-launched Safe Supply Accreditation training course

Providing a safe working environment requires the application of theoretical safety skills and the application of leadership and the understanding of behaviours. The safety professional will always apply proportionate risk assessment and recognise the hierarchy of controls that are required as a start point in the elimination of hazards which have the potential to cause harm to the individual. Within the hierarch of controls the final control listed is that of providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). PPE is often regarded as the last line of defence but, utilising PPE as a control is often the most practical and proportionate method of keeping workers safe.

PPE is a highly regulated product stream whose design, manufacture and performance standards are controlled by European legislation adopted into UK law. However, up until now there have not been any publicly accredited PPE training courses, available for commercial operators in PPE in the UK.

Safe Supply Accreditation programme

Anyone can sell safety products but the BSIF believe that you should not buy safety from just anyone. The capability of the supply chain is vitally important for users to get the appropriate support and the BSIF has launched the Safe Supply Accreditation training course and award to ensure that users are able to rely on good product advice from their suppliers.

The objective of Safe Supply Accreditation programme is to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) market knowledge and learning input for customer facing individuals operational in the UK Safety & Health Industry. The course content is designed to impart information and develop confidence in the principles associated with the legal essentials of the market and the fundamentals of managing safety (their clients) how Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is approved for use in occupational safety and how the market is regulated by the enforcing authorities.

The course will help enhance the capability and develop the expertise of individuals within the supply side of the safety and health market, contributing to the improvement of Occupational Safety and Health in the UK.

They will understand and appreciate 'what makes PPE different', a regulated industry with product design and manufacture, highly regulated to support user safety and facilitate a single market within the European Union.

The first module covers the Legal Essentials of operating in this market. Candidates will learn the relevant elements of the legislation understanding how they can better support their clients within the limits of the law.

The second module of the course is on Managing Safety. Managing Safety is what their clients must do effectively and efficiently every day. This module will help commercial operators understand more clearly the challenges that users face in carrying out their responsibilities.

The third module covers CE Marking and the Product Approval through which the candidates will appreciate that product design and manufacturing is controlled by the PPE Directive/Regulation and they will learn the structure of the CE marking process and the institutions involved including, but not restricted to the role of the Notified Body. They will then be able to assist clients in identifying appropriately marked PPE products to support their safety and health programmes.

The final module of the Safe Supply Accreditation programme covers Market Surveillance and through this the candidate will know who is responsible for policing the market in both product safety and safety policy. They will learn who to go to when there is a question over the ‘fit for purpose’ status of PPE and they will understand and appreciate why market surveillance of PPE is so important and its role in occupational health.

The Safe Supply Accreditation Award will be a publicly recognised Ofqual controlled qualification for PPE commercial operators. 

Training customer facing staff in this way is one of the terms of the BSIF’s Registered Safety Supplier Scheme, an assurance to the market that their PPE is provided by a reliable, capable supplier. 

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Respiratory disease: Greater focus needed 30/11/2016

Following a recent investigation conducted by the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) that showed just four UK local authorities are committing to spend money in order to tackle work-related respiratory diseases, the Federation launched a new report encouraging participation

The BSIF is committed to changing the current mind-set towards occupational health, and include it in the conversation on public health. To demonstrate further commitment to the HSE’s Helping Great Britain Work Well scheme that placed more priority on health than ever before, the BSIF commissioned an investigation into local county and unitary authorities to find out respective spend on work-related respiratory disease. Through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, 402 councils were contacted. 

The justification for this research comes after the Federation’s concern that the 2012 Health and Social Care Act – that gave local authorities responsibility for public health spending, supported by a ring- fenced grant and a specialist public health team – hadn’t yet recognised the impact of occupational health. The BSIF wanted to know how much is currently being spent on occupational health within these local authorities in order to understand the scale of their activities and recommend how to achieve their task. 

Of the 217 local authorities that responded to the FOI, just eight reported allocating any funding to respiratory health, and within those eight, only four stated that the funding was specifically related to in-work projects. The funding was mostly supporting employee-focussed smoking cessation programmes. The investigation showed that most councils across the UK are not investing in work-related respiratory health programmes.  

The latest HSE stats published in October 2016 highlight the very real and continuing threat of occupational respiratory diseases, and the BSIF is concerned that investment in tackling this risk is very low. In the past year, there were approximately 12,000 associated deaths due to occupational respiratory diseases, with 30,000 individuals reporting breathing or lung problems they believed were caused or exacerbated by work.  

Central government has previously prioritised other health initiatives, including preventing premature deaths within the NHS, publishing dedicated campaigns on cancer, heart disease and improving fitness, without mentioning the workplace. The Federation is committed to ensuring that the importance of occupational health is considered and that in the future all conversations on general health include occupational health.  

In addition to the call for occupational health to be highlighted as part of public health, the report identifies how local authorities, with the support of the BSIF and BSIF members, can achieve positive outcomes:

•  Local Authorities should dedicate a set amount of their budget to tackling work related respiratory disease 

•  Local Authorities should commission targeted publicity campaigns to raise awareness of the diseases

•  Local Authorities should support training in the correct use of Respiratory Protective Equipment

•  Local Authorities should ensure that all tight fitting Respiratory Protective Equipment is competently face fitted by Fit2Fit Accredited face fitters

•  Local Authorities should ensure that all personal Protective Equipment is supplied by Registered Safety Suppliers

•  Local Authorities should access the willing support of BSIF members

Alan Murray, BSIF CEO said: “More than 31 million people are now in work and the issue of workplace illness will not disappear. Occupational health is public health. Work-related respiratory illnesses are a huge threat to UK society and must start to be given the critical focus they need.” 

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Final call for entries to BSIF Safety Awards 19/04/2016

The BSIF Safety Awards are open to all in the industry who have shown product innovation, exceptional customer service, and through safety excellence, illustrate dedication to improving occupational health and safety. The entry deadline is 6th May 2016.

The three award categories that companies can enter are: 

Product Innovation – This award is dedicated to new products that are contributing to improvements in the health and safety industry through their innovation. Last year this award was won by 3M for the Organic Vapour End of Service Life Indicator. 

Service Awards – This award celebrates companies offering exceptional and innovative service solutions, voted for by the entrants’ own customers, ensuring that the accolade is a true reflection of the service given.  The 2015 winner was Capita Health Safety and Environmental Consultancy, scoring highly on all levels of service provision from administration and invoicing, day to day service delivery, account management, governance and service improvements. 

Safety Excellence – Based upon case studies submitted by members, this award recognises major improvements in occupational safety created in 2015/16. Last year Brammer and the Royal Mint picked up the trophy for their success in reducing hand-related injuries to zero. 

For information on how to enter and the judging criteria, please visit www.bsif.co.uk.  

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Safety Awards: Open for entries 12/02/2016

Submissions are now open for this year’s BSIF Safety Awards which are open to all in the industry who have shined in exceptional customer service, product innovation and are dedicated to improving occupational health and safety.

 The Awards promote the importance of innovation whilst underlining the highest standards of occupational safety and health. There are three award categories that companies can enter: 

Product Innovation – This award is dedicated to new products that are contributing to improvements in the health and safety industry through their innovation. Last year this award was won by 3M for its Organic Vapour End of Service Life Indicator. 

Service Awards – This award celebrates companies offering exceptional and innovative service solutions, voted for by the entrants’ own customers, ensuring that the accolade is a true reflection of the service given. The 2015 winner was Capita Health Safety and Environmental Consultancy, scoring highly on all levels of service provision from administration and invoicing, day to day service delivery, account management, governance and service improvements. 

Safety Excellence – Based upon case studies submitted by members, this award recognises major improvements in occupational safety created in 2015/6. Last year Brammer and the Royal Mint picked up the winner’s trophy for their success in reducing hand-related injuries to zero. 

Commenting on the awards, Alan Murray, CEO of the BSIF said “Celebrating successes at the Safety & Health Expo is one of the most exciting times of the year and highlights how much our industry has to offer. Winning a BSIF Safety Award is an excellent marketing opportunity for the recipient and leads to lots of deserved publicity.”

The entry deadline is 5pm on 6th May 2016. For full information on how to enter and the judging criteria please visit www.bsif.co.uk

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Impact of new health and safety sentencing guidelines 09/12/2015

Alan Murray, CEO of the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) reflects on the new health and safety sentencing guidelines and how these may affect UK businesses.

 The new sentencing guidelines for Health and Safety Offences were published at the beginning of November and are applicable from the 1st of February 2016. The new sentencing process will apply from that date even if the offences were committed before then. In essence the guidelines create a new matrix into which the details of the offence, the circumstances and turnover of the offender are plotted, this process then dictates the punishment. 

Offending companies will be placed in one of four bands depending on turnover:

  • micro (with a turnover of up to £2m) 
  • small (a turnover of between £2m and £10m); 
  • medium (up to £50m) 
  • large (more than £50m). 

From 1st February 2016, fines could exceed £10m for serious health and safety breaches or £20m in corporate manslaughter cases, and even more for very large companies. The previous starting threshold recommended for all corporate manslaughter convictions was £500,000, but under the new guidelines, a Category A (high culpability) offence committed by a large organisation would start at £7.5 million with a category range of between £4.8 – £20 million. A medium sized company convicted of the more serious of two severity levels of Corporate Manslaughter Act breaches can expect a fine of between £1.8 million and £7.5 million, with a benchmark of £3 million. For small organisations, a Category A offence would start at £800,000 with a category range of between £540,000 -£2.8 million. For micro organisations the starting point for a fine after a high culpability corporate manslaughter offence will be £450,000, which is below the £500,000 suggested in the current guideline.*

The BSIF supports both the consistency that this approach will deliver and the fundamental proposition that neglecting Occupational Safety and Health will result in increased punishment levels. However one concern that the BSIF would like to raise is the potential for trials to take even longer to progress as the significant raising of fines and the evidencing of applicable turnover levels will take time in a process that is, we believe, already taking too long. Often the results of a prosecution are a long time after the incident has taken place. This can reduce the public impact as it appears to be a situation that occurred years ago with the assumption that things would surely have changed since then.

Apart from the linking of fines directly to the level of the turnover of a business which is found guilty the most significant change to be aware of is where previously a sentence has reflected the outcome of an offence, that is the resulting injury; from February 1st the fact of the 'exposure' to the risk will be clearly reflected in a sentence whether an injury has actually occurred or not. Take for example, an employee falls off a ladder and breaks an ankle – the new sentencing guidelines could recognise this as a risk of death situation rather than consider it just on the result, i.e. the broken ankle. 

In summary, the new sentencing guidelines have the potential to prove very costly to business when you consider that annually over 600,000 workers are injured in workplace accidents. As a consequence, businesses will now be further motivated to ensure their risk assessments are complete, their safety and health programmes are fit for purpose and this can only be a good thing.

* The DEFINITIVE GUIDELINE Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences Definitive Guideline



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BSIF announces 2015 award winners 07/10/2015

The British Safety industry Federation has announced the winners of the BSIF Outstanding Contribution Award and the Commitment to Federation Activities Award for 2015.



Alan Murray, BSIF CEO, said: "On behalf of the BSIF, I would like to congratulate the winners of this year’s awards. They clearly demonstrate the excellence and the commitment to health and safety that the awards aim to recognise, and as such are very worthy winners.”


Outstanding Contribution Award

Awarded to an individual who has improved occupational health and safety through exceptional personal effort, the BSIF is extremely pleased to make this award to Dr Bob Rajan-Sithamparanadarajah OBE JP PhD CChem FRSC FFOH ROH SIIRSM, who was nominated for his lifelong commitment to occupational health and safety. In addition to holding a senior position within the HSE he has worked extensively with a number of other national safety oriented organisations and academically with universities, as well as contributing his time as a volunteer both at home and abroad. He has taken a prominent role in developing many of the BSIF's educational and awareness projects, such as ‘It’s in your hands’ and ‘Clean air? Take care!’


Commitment to Federation Activities Award

This award was presented to David Holdham, CE of Centurion Safety Products. who has shown exceptional personal commitment to the work of the BSIF. The company is a founding subscriber of the British Safety Industry Federation, and its CE, David Holdham, has been personally involved and committed to BSIF goals since the very early days. For more than 20 years David has given freely of his time and expertise to further the interests of the industry through the work of the Federation, spending that time at a senior level on the BSIF's Federation Council, with a long spell in charge as acting chairman.

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Brammer and The Royal Mint win top prize at BSIF Safety Awards 2015 22/07/2015

The BSIF (British Safety Industry Federation) was delighted to present its Safety Excellence Award this year to Brammer and the Royal Mint for their success in reducing hand-related injuries to zero


The Royal Mint faced a significant challenge: No fewer than 33 different types of gloves from a wide range of manufacturers were being used regularly on site, with others used on an ad hoc basis, with little control over purchasing and selection. In fact, 34,000 pairs were used in one year alone, with an annual spend in this area of some £70,000.

However, the range of products available did not necessarily mean that the most suitable gloves were being used for each task; gloves were frequently being selected on the basis of familiarity rather than suitability. In year 2013, the knock-on effect of this was a high cost of accidents relating to insufficient or inadequate hand protection. More than half of all accidents at Llantrisant were hand- or finger-related, as a result of not using gloves at all, using the wrong type of glove, or wearing a product of the incorrect size. The cost per accident resulting in a claim was in the region of £10,000 – to say nothing of the legal costs of investigating each one.

Meanwhile the sheer volume of glove types being used meant that a disproportional amount of storage space was being occupied by gloves, tying up valuable capital in often slow-moving stock-keeping units. It was agreed that a project aimed at reducing the number of glove types used while ensuring best practice in selection and usage was needed to drastically cut workplace accidents and the resulting downtime while minimising spend on gloves. The aim was to always select the right glove for the job, based on fitness for purpose, comfort and compliance with regulations.

The Royal Mint management team tasked Brammer, a long-standing partner in the area of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) products, to come up with a solution.

Brammer joined forces with Ansell to undertake the Ansell Guardian Program to review all areas of glove usage at the Llantrisant facility. Every process across the four main production units was scientifically analysed, with Ansell Guardian assessing which glove product from its range would be most suitable. Chemical analysis was undertaken to confirm the selection was correct, with the chosen glove extensively trialled in the working area. Feedback from users was gleaned before a final selection was made.

The findings revealed that no less than 85% of site requirements could be catered for by holding just six types of glove in stock, while there was now a robust and measurable methodology of product selection in place.

Furthermore, in many applications, the new gloves delivered enhanced performance and longevity – in the hot end section of the MRB (milling, rolling and blanking) process, for example, the new Ansell Workguard 43-216 product lasted four times as long as the products previously being used, with similar stories through the Royal Mint’s operations.

Gloves were now also distributed through Brammer’s Invend service, an industrial vending system that removes the need for significant upfront capital investment in vending equipment by customers. Brammer supplies the machines free of charge and tracks usage automatically, replenishing products as needed, with the Royal Mint only paying for the items as they are used. The machines in each area – four banks of two – each contained only the gloves required in that area and with each member of staff having to enter a code before an items is distributed. It is easy to see which gloves have been taken, when and by whom. This ensures around the clock traceability, while identifying any areas of excessive use or incorrect product selection, with additional staff training provided if needed.

Having suffered 37 accidents related to hands and fingers in the previous four years, the first full year of the programme saw this figure reduced to zero – a staggering achievement.

On winning the award, Russell Gardiner, Brammer Insite manager at The Royal Mint, commented: "This award win is particularly gratifying for Brammer as it brings together several of our added-value services. As a safety specialist, our thorough audits in partnership with expert PPE manufacturers such as Ansell help reveal real opportunities for safety improvements and cost reductions, while the products are delivered to individual users through our industrial vending solution, Invend. This has given The Royal Mint complete visibility over which products are being used, in which quantities and by whom, ensuring that all employees are using the correct PPE and providing full traceability."

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Busy summer ahead for the BSIF 18/05/2015

Now the ballot boxes have been stored away, the party leader resignations accepted, and rejected in one instance, it’s probably not going to be that difficult to predict the profile of safety legislation based on the recent track record.

At the end of March we were disappointed when the Deregulation Bill passed through parliament for Royal Assent, legislation that sought, apart from those undertaking activities on a prescribed list,  to exempt the self employed from section 3 (2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974. 

The BSIF felt that the default position of the Bill should have been that the self employed remained within the Act apart from those in specific jobs and roles.  We believed that this made it clear that only those in specified occupations would be released from responsibilities. The bill passed through with only minor amendments on the basis that the self employed would be excluded except for those in a defined list.

The orientation of the Bill did not effectively communicate the importance of safety and health. The implications of this will be felt immediately as tradesman may assume they are outside of the Bill and therefore absolved of any responsibility under the Health & Safety At Work Act.

 Individuals in effect would be opting themselves in and the decision is not a forced one. 

We in the BSIF strongly believe that our country’s health and safety record is worthy of celebration and our legislation should reflect this by ensuring the health and safety of our workforce is paramount to the success of UK plc.  

We can’t say with certainty what the new Conservative led government has in mind regarding a health and safety action plan and policy, but we hope this issue is quickly addressed and we can work with relevant bodies to action these essential changes.  

BSIF Safety Awards 2015

On 7th May a group of leading industry figures gathered in Birmingham to decide who would win the BSIF Safety Awards. With much deliberation they decided on the shortlisted finalists of the Product Innovation Award. The finalists are as follows: 

Casella – Airwave App

Safety Apps – Risk Assessor

Arco – Impact Glove

Portwest – Araflame Coverall

GVS Filter Technology – Elipse Integra

Honeywell – Miller H Design Harness

Honeywell – Skeleton Glove

3M Organic Gas & Vapour Service Life Indicator Filters.

Scott Safety – 379 Bar Cylinder

Ejendals – Jalas System

Uvex – CR Clean Room Eye Protection

At a high profile reception on Tuesday 16th June at the Safety & Health Expo in London’s ExCel Centre, the Product Innovation, Service and Safety Excellence Award winners will all be announced. 


BSIF backs BOHS Breathe Freely initiative  

Recently the BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, launched its Breathe Freely initiative, a campaign aimed at reducing occupational lung disease in the construction industry.  This is a collaborative approach and partners include the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Constructing Better Health, Land Securities and Mace.

The Breathe Freely initiative provides practical advice and information on a new Worker Health Protection Management Standard, a free tool developed specifically for the construction industry setting out good practice for managing health risks.  Twenty fact sheets have been developed for twenty different trades, highlighting the main hazards, highest risks and preferred control options. 

This campaign and the support it has generated indicates the ever increasing awareness of occupational health issues after years of safety being the priority. Industry support is essential to securing the success of this campaign and we are extremely proud to be supporting the initiative. 

To learn more about Breathe Freely please visit http://www.breathefreely.org.uk.

•  Keep a close eye on the BSIF Twitter page @BSIF1 for further federation insights, updates, and events. 

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Submissions open for BSIF Safety Awards 02/03/2015

2015 looks like being another busy year for the BSIF (British Safety Industry Federation) with a wide range of events planned including, of course, the BSIF Safety Awards. Alan Murray, CEO, explains more

The start of 2015 has  been extremely busy for the BSIF, hosting the Federation’s AGM and attending the 'Meet the Buyers Event' in Stansted which saw 700 pre-booked meetings between buyers and suppliers of safety equipment and services. Our seminar at the event, 'Raising the Quality Bar' on our industry prompted discussions on the importance of quality PPE and the need for the value of the Registered Safety Supplier Scheme to be communicated to a wider audience.  

Our focus now turns to the 14th BSIF Safety Awards which will take place at Safety & Health Expo at London’s ExCel on 16th June. The BSIF Safety Awards are highly regarded within the safety industry, rewarding excellence in customer service, product innovation and demonstrable improvements in occupational health and safety.

 These awards are not exclusive to BSIF members and are open to non-members looking to promote their products and services. There are three award categories that companies can put themselves forward for:

•  Service Awards – For companies in the safety field offering exceptional and innovative service solutions, voted for by the entrants’ own customers. Last year it was won by Guardsman. 

•  Safety Excellence – Based upon case studies submitted by members, these awards recognise major improvements in occupational safety created in 2014. Last year this was awarded to Parker Merchanting for their work with Carillion.

•  Product Innovation – An award for products that are new and innovative and will contribute to improvements in occupational safety and health. Last year this award was won by JSP for its Press-to-check respirator.    

The entry deadline for this year's awards is the end of Friday 24th April 2015. 

For full information on how to enter and the judging criteria please visit: www.bsif.co.uk or contact the BSIF directly on the number below.

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