Health & Safety

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At GPS PE Pipe Systems, we are committed to ensuring that health and safety is at the very top of our agenda. We look both within and beyond our immediate environment to ensure that we contribute to the highest possible standards of health and safety for all our stakeholders.

It is important to us that we provide all of our employees with the information, instruction, training and supervision that they require to work safely and efficiency so we are delighted that, during 2014, all of our team leaders obtained the NEBOSH Certificate for Health and Safety.

We take the health and safety of our employees very seriously and ensure that safety is not just part of our culture; it is also part of our skills base. Our safety training programme includes behaviour tours and injury workshops, as well as training courses in manual handling, fork lift truck operation, gantry crane operation, fire marshalling and dynamic risk assessment.

Continually reviewing potential hazards on site, we identified the use of fork-lift trucks as a risk to employees. As a result, we have improved the visibility of our fleet of trucks by fitting them with a blue LED safety light, which not only acts as a warning to staff that a truck is approaching, but also offers a visual aid to the truck operator when reversing, helping to prevent accidents.

It is not just our employees we want to look after, we are committed to providing a safe environment for all visitors to our premises, which is why we have implemented an initiative to minimise traffic management risks at our Huntingdon site by reducing and controlling the speed of vehicles. A new safety speed camera being fitted, combined with a variety of training and awareness activities, has ensured drivers respect our 10mph speed limit.

Our focus on health and safety extends to all of our sites, with our stockyard at Wyton Airfield just as important. The open location of the site, combined with the speed and unpredictability in the area, presents a serious health and safety risk. We operate a number of systems to control the movement of stock during inclement conditions, but to further improve the effectiveness of our risk assessment, we installed a wind speed monitoring system during 2014.

GPS takes part in the SIMPL (Safety in Manufacturing Plastics) project. This initiative brings together representatives from all aspects of the plastics industry to share best practice, review incident information, produce and review HSE ACoPs, and provide risk assessment methods, audit tools and policies to companies that require assistance in those areas.

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