Today, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) marks its World Day for Safety and Health at Work. As the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry, FASET is pleased to observe this day.
Prevention of occupational accidents and diseases
The annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how promoting and creating a safety and health culture can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries.
Each of us is responsible for stopping deaths and injuries on the job. Governments are responsible for providing the infrastructure — laws and services — necessary to ensure that workers remain employable and that enterprises flourish; this includes the development of a national policy and programme and a system of inspection to enforce compliance with occupational safety and health legislation and policy.
Employers are responsible for ensuring that the working environment is safe and healthy. Workers are responsible for working safely, protecting themselves and not endangering others; knowing their rights and participating in the implementation of preventive measures.
FASET membership – an exclusive safe club
FASET has long been a foundation in supporting its members with expert quality guidance, dedicated working at height training and exclusive membership benefit schemes all with the intention of promoting a safer way of working. Being a FASET member is a symbol of trust and ensuring complete peace of mind when businesses choose our members to partner with. All members undergo a rigorous audit which is now accredited by SSiP and is therefore mutually recognised with other health and safety assessment schemes – vitally important if you or your colleagues work at height.
FASET has well over 50 member organisations, each of which has demonstrated the highest commitment to being a safe and responsible practitioner of working at height.
With over 50 years of trading, Trad UK is a FASET member and a long-established company with the aim of being an elite practitioner of safe working practices.
The company’s personal Engagement Programme (PEP) is an all-encompassing enterprise, which has been devised by the members of the Group’s Health & Safety PU (headed by Jim Gorman, TRAD UK’s Deputy MD), to enhance and advance its workplace and working lives. It covers five main topics:
- Knowledge Inspired
- Mental Health & Wellbeing
- Safety, Health & Environment
- Visual Standards
- Diversity & Inclusion
The company’s other initiatives include:
- Providing Trailer Access Platforms and defibrillators to all the company depots
- Provide an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) for mental health – also linked to its PEP
- Platform magazine – issued quarterly to all employees with varying topics
- Charity Progress Unit – getting everyone working together to raise funds for good causes
Trad UK’s PEP was integral in its successful application to become a FASET member. FASET applauds all its initiatives and those of its 50_ members, each of which is driving up the standard of safety in our industry towards our ultimate goal of eliminating accidents at height.
To improve construction site safety when working at height, Brilliant Ideas Ltd has developed a unique innovation called the Safety Net Recovery System. It’s the quickest recovery system on the market and takes just 3½ minutes to recover someone who has fallen into a net – but isn’t in a position to get themselves out.
Their team understands first-hand how important this is. Their interest in working safely at height is based on personal experience, involving one of their colleagues – it was this incident that prompted them to head to the drawing board to develop the system. You can read the story behind their innovation here Net Recovery System | Brilliant Ideas (brilliantideasltd.co.uk)
It’s the winner of two health and safety industry awards from both British Precast and FASET. It was also shortlisted in last year’s British Construction Industry Awards and Building Innovation Industry Awards.