Things have certainly changed here at MSA, as we have moved into our new offices and training rooms. It’s all part of our recent expansion and we are enjoying the positive changes this move has brought with it. Everyone has experienced change over the past few years, with different outcomes. We have seen clients scaling back their operations, moving locations, expanding their workforce, switching to a hybrid working pattern or diversifying to meet changing industry needs. As we move towards a new year, our wish is for stability for all in 2022.
The Team at MS Associates
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NEW TRAINING CENTRE
Early in November, we moved into our new office in Totton and have settled in very well, in fact the move went so smoothly, we were operational within a few hours! The offices offer a great working space and two excellent training rooms. Both rooms are well equipped, air-conditioned, modern and an ideal place for our clients to develop their skills or refresh existing qualifications.
Having started MSA over 14 years ago, Matt our MD, is very proud of this exciting development in the company’s history. Over the years Matt has built a small expert team who are client focused and passionate about safety in the workplace.
Our services have always been geared around our client’s individual requirements, tailoring our services and fees to best reflect their needs, so having the new training rooms will enable us to add even more value to our services.
Feel free to call in and see it for yourselves.
The kettle is always on and the biscuits are on us!
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HOMEWORKING… DID YOU KNOW?
As an employer, you have the same health and safety responsibilities for people working at home as for any other worker, including those who divide their time between the office and home working. Risks to home workers will be low and the actions you should take to protect them will be straightforward. There are areas you should consider as part of your risk assessment for home workers including: stress and poor mental health, working with display screen equipment and their working environment.
You should talk to your workers about their arrangements, as working from home may not be suitable for everyone. For example, some people may not have an appropriate place to work or may prefer to come into the workplace for wellbeing, mental health or other reasons.
For further guidance, go to www.hse.gov.uk or call us on 02380 669305.
DIRECTOR PROSECUTED OVER FATAL ACCIDENT
The owner of a business based in Odiham, Hampshire has been sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months, after a fatal accident.
Colin Malam and his company Lubrication Management Services (LMS) Ltd pleaded guilty to health and safety at work offences following a prosecution brought by Hart District Council. The case followed the tragic death of delivery driver Michael Paull in 2018.
Michael Paull fell from the flatbed of an HGV which had not been risk-assessed. He died from his injuries 10 days later. Hart District Council Environmental Health Officers investigated the accident and advised LMS that systems were inadequate, and Improvement Notices were served in July 2018. However, the company continued to operate an unsafe system of work and legal proceedings commenced in 2019.
LMS and Mr Malam pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that employees were not exposed to risks to their health and safety whilst working from height on HGVs. In addition to the custodial sentence, LMS was fined £48,000 and costs of £110,000 were awarded to the Council.
Councillor Sara Kinnell, Cabinet member for Environmental Health, said: “This was a very sad and difficult case and my thoughts go to Mr Paull’s family.
“The standards of health and safety at Lubrication Management Services Limited fell far below the standard expected for a business of this nature. This ultimately led to Mr Paull’s untimely death. Michael Paull was a highly regarded member of the Odiham community who took great pride in his service to the community as a retained firefighter for over 40 years.
“We hope that the resolution of this case will give the family the much-needed closure to move forward with their lives. We would like to thank our partners in the Health and Safety Executive, Hampshire Constabulary and South-Central Ambulance Service for their assistance with this case.”
The coroner’s inquest will follow on from the court proceedings with a date to be confirmed.
CITB DIRECTORS ROLE FOR HEALTH & SAFETY
Directors and business owners of organisations of all sizes must provide effective leadership for health and safety. Protecting the health and safety of employees, or members of the public who may be affected by work activities, is an essential part of risk management and must be led by directors and senior managers.
GIVE A GIFT THIS CHRISTMAS
SIGN BLINDNESS – A REAL RISK
Recent research has shown that 60% of adults expect to be back in their normal place of work before the end of autumn. However, top psychologists are reviewing the risk that sign blindness poses for employees returning to the workplace. Research shows overexposure to signage, rules and safety warnings during the pandemic is likely to lead to complacency amongst employees and a failure to register standard safety signs. The new report highlights that sign blindness potentially poses one of the biggest risks to workplace health and safety in decades.
Sign blindness is a threat because we are all susceptible to it. The human mind has a remarkable ability to interpret abstract symbols, shapes and colours quickly, but over the last 19 months, our lives have been saturated by signage and over time we may have become desensitised to them, even though the hazard remains the same. We know that the world is changing quickly, so organisations need to make sure they are continually reviewing the effectiveness of their current signage and adapting quickly to new and existing hazards as they emerge.
By taking a flexible approach, you can drive up safety standards and reassure staff, customers and visitors that you take your responsibilities seriously. There can be too many signs, which can be perceived as overregulation, and this makes us feel confused. A mixture of pictograms, texts and other communication media can break the pattern and lead to positive behaviour enforcement and a thorough review of signage post pandemic is recommended.