Manufacturing Advisory Service offer funding for ISO14001 of up to £3k

Grants & Funding, Through MAS you could access a grant of between £300-£3000 towards your next improvement project… with only a single form to complete.  For more information contact John sennett directly on 01453 800105.

At a recent meeting with the local MAS Advisor we discovered that many of our Safety~net members may be eligible for funding for business development programmes.

Projects in scope include:-

  • Lean, 5S, continuous improvement
  • Getting systems in place for ISO 9001, 14001 and other industry standards
  • Patent search activities
  • IPR strategy
  • Bespoke staff training as part of addressing a wider business strategy
  • Sales and marketing strategy
  • Finance
  • Consultancy to improve product design
  • Design for manufacture and assembly
  • Product development consultancy
  • Rapid prototyping to support advanced manufacturing
  • Material selection
  • Subcontract cad design and drafting
  • Tooling costs

Grants & Funding

Through MAS you could access a grant of between £300-£3000 towards your next improvement project… with only a single form to complete.

Put simply, this makes it more affordable for you to get your project moving and keep costs to a minimum, ensuring a maximum return on your bottom line.  A standard MAS project will deliver a return of at least 66:1 against your initial investment.

If your company is ambitious with the drive to grow, and you have a project in mind that will increase profits, help secure new contracts or create new jobs, MAS could help you pay for it. And make sure you succeed.

You can even choose your own consultant; with the added assurance of a MAS Advisor to guide you both through the process from start to finish.

http://www.mas.bis.gov.uk/

University launches £4 million fund for South West businesses

Businesses across the South West are set to cash in on a new £4 million funding programme, run by the University of the West of England, Bristol.

Available to both small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large companies, the Innovation 4 Growth scheme will part fund research and development projects with grants of between £25,000 and £150,000.

Financed by the UK government’s Regional Development Fund, it will help businesses develop new or improved products, technologies, processes or services – safeguarding existing, or creating additional, jobs as a result.

Businesses should complete the brief online registration of interest form in the first instance.  An advisor will then contact them within three working days to discuss the potential application and to organise further telephone or face-to-face support, if required.

Applications will be evaluated by a panel of business experts.  There may be a further call after the 10th March deadline, but this will be dependent on the availability of funds after the initial submission.

Timescales in relation to claiming grants are also short, with all funding having to be issued by the end of the 2014/15 financial year (30th April 2015).  Eligible costs, however, are broad, and include project staff salaries and expenditure on materials, capital equipment, tooling, training and market assessment.

Further details of the scheme and the registration of interest form can be found at: www.innovation4growth.co.uk

If you’ve got questions or need support on safety in the industrial, contracting or construction sectors please contact us for sensible and proportionate advice on 01453 800100

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Health and Safety Law Poster changes next month

Please be aware that employers have a legal duty under the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations (HSIER) to display the approved poster in a prominent position in each workplace or to provide each worker with a copy of the approved leaflet that outlines British health and safety law.

The 2009 poster displayed opposite replaces the version which was published in April 1999. As well as a download, the 2009 leaflet is available in a more convenient format as a pocket card and replaces the leaflet published in April 1999.

The 1999 versions of the approved poster and leaflet are no longer available for sale, but can still be displayed until 5 April 2014, when the 1999 poster or leaflet must be replaced with the 2009 versions.

Unlike the 1999 poster and leaflet, the 2009 poster and leaflet do not require the employer to provide further information in writing, either on the poster or with the leaflet, giving workers the name and address of the enforcing authority and Employment Medical Advisory Service (EMAS). Instead, workers are advised to go to HSE’s website to find relevant addresses.

The identity of the enforcing authority can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/authority.htm.

If you’ve got questions or need support on safety in the industrial, contracting or construction sectors please contact us for sensible and proportionate advice on 01453 800100

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HSG 47 has been updated: Avoiding danger from underground services

Avoiding danger from underground servicesThis guidance is aimed at all those involved in commissioning, planning, managing and carrying out work on or near underground services. It will also be of use to the owners and operators of such services. Download a free copy

It outlines the potential dangers of working near underground services and gives advice on how to reduce any direct risks to people’s health and safety, as well as the indirect risks arising through damage to services.

It explains the three basic elements of a safe system of work during excavation:

  • Planning the work
  • Locating and identifying buried services
  • Safe excavation

This third edition brings the guidance up to date, but the basic requirements remain the same.

Date of publication:
2014
ISBN:
978 0 7176 6584 6
Series code:
HSG47 (Third edition)
Price:
£15.00
If you’ve got questions or need support on safety in the industrial, contracting or construction sectors please contact us for sensible and proportionate advice on 01453 800100

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HSE Safety Alert – Genie Z135/70 Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) stability

The Health and Safety Executive have identified a problem with the Genie Z135/70 which could lead to instability and overturning issues.  Read on below to find out more.

Background

Genie Z135/70

An operator was killed when a Genie Z135/70 mobile elevating work platform became unstable and overturned whilst it was working at or very close to its maximum height.
In order to minimise the risks of overturn, the machine safety devices and sensors must be configured as per manufacturer’s settings, as prescribed by the manufacturer in their Safety Bulletin 130005 dated 29th July 2013. HSE recommends confirmatory checks of the calibration before platform elevation.

HSE Safety Bulletin

Introduction:

The purpose of this safety alert is to advise owners and users of steps to be taken to control risks associated with the Genie Z135/70 Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) following preliminary findings for a machine overturn. More information may follow in due course.

The emerging findings from the HSE investigations indicate that the operational stability of a Genie Z135/70 MEWP may be compromised by the incorrect measurement of the boom angle sensors.

Background:

In order to prevent the Z135/70 model machine operating outside its stability limits, the onboard control system monitors the elevation of the secondary boom to prevent it from telescoping outwards until its elevation is sufficient, as required by the manufacturer (greater than or equal to 75.5°).

The MEWP’s onboard control system relies on the correct setting of the elevation of each boom to maintain the effective operational stability of the machine.

Genie, the manufacturer issued a Safety Notice on 29th July 2013, which required the immediate removal of all Z135/70 MEWP’s from service until the listed inspections therein had been performed.

Action required:

The manufacturer’s safety notice should be followed. Any machines for which the required calibration checks have not been completed should be removed from service. Following the completion of checks, the machines should continue to be inspected, serviced and maintained as per the manufacturer’s requirements.

Work regarding the manufacturer’s safety notice should only be carried out in accordance with the recommendations in the machine service manual i.e. on firm level ground, with suitable environmental conditions etc.

Prior to any functional checks being undertaken by an operator using the platform controls, as part of the manufacturer’s listed inspections, calibration of the angle sensors should be confirmed from ground level using an inclinometer. The use of test weights might also be appropriate.

Relevant legal provisions:

  • Sections 2 & 3 of Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
  • Regulations 5, 6 & 20 of Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

References:

Genie Safety Bulletin 130005 dated 29th July 2013 PDF link to external website

Further information:

Terex Genie website link to external website

General note:

Please pass this information to a colleague who may have or use this equipment.

OHSAS 18001 to become ISO45001

OHSAS18001 ISO45001More and more of our existing clients and many new clients are contacting us to ask about help implementing OHSAS18001.  The reasons are varied depending on the sector but everyone has a common theme of wanting to be able to prove that their safety systems are appropriate and adequate – for insurers, clients and enforcing authorities.

OHSAS is already recognised across Europe and the world and is now going to be fully ratified as a ISO standard (ISO45001).  This is good news for everyone and also means that the standard fits that much more easily with the established standards of ISO9001 and ISO14001.

Read on below to find out a bit more technical detail and if you have any questions or an interest in implementing OHSAS18001 / ISO45001 in your business please use the links below;

contact us on 01453 800100 if you need expert help with health and safety for a fixed cost or use these links to request a proposal;

ISO/PC 283 is the committee responsible for ISO 45001 and they held their inaugural meeting in London last October. 83 delegates representing 27 member bodies attended and agreed that, as with the recently published ISO 27001 revision, ISO 45001 will fall in line with the Annex SL high-level structure. This will mean the structure of the standard will be:

  1. Scope
  2. Normative references
  3. Terms and definitions
  4. Context of the organisation
  5. Leadership
  6. Planning
  7. Support
  8. Operation
  9. Performance evaluation
  10. Improvement

Moving forward, the committee established a plan for the development and publication of the standard:

  • ISO/CD 45001 (first committee draft) to be published by May 2014;
  • ISO/DIS 45001 (first draft international standard) to be published by February 2015;
  • ISO/FDIS 45001 (final draft international standard) to be published by March 2016;
  • ISO 45001 to be published in October 2016.

The next meeting for the ISO/PC 283 committee will be held in March 2014 in Morocco in order to get the working draft of ISO 45001. It will then be open for comment, in order to ensure the standard reflects the needs of users around the world.