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Cammell Laird to stage Health and Safety conference

posted on July 23, 2019 categories Uncategorized

Cammell Laird is announcing plans to stage a Health and Safety conference on Merseyside on November 28.

The event at Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa on the Wirral will see the formal launch of Cammell Laird’s five-year Health and Safety plan. Further details will be announced shortly with tickets priced a £60 for the full day which carries CPD points as well as entry to a dinner and company Health and Safety awards presentation.

Cammell Laird’s health, safety, environment and quality director Tony Potter said the conference will showcase the company’s ‘total commitment’ to the highest standards of Health and Safety and will feature speakers from across the UK and a guest speaker from Canada.

Tony Potter, Cammell Laird’s health, safety, environment and quality director

“This event is aimed at customers, suppliers and Health and Safety professionals,” he said. “We want to show how Health and Safety is changing and our vision for the future of a safe and healthier shipyard. We will be sharing best practice and insight into how we are evolving as a company to meet the demands of industry. Health and Safety is a fundamental part of the business model at Cammell Laird as set out by the new management team. We want to explain how we are protecting people and assets now and in the future. Shipyards, by their nature, are some of the most hazardous and dangerous environments in industry and we want to share knowledge of what methods, procedures and equipment are most effective.”

Mr Potter said 2019 has seen Cammell Laird ramp up Health and Safety drawing on the experience of existing board members together with the new chief operating officer Tony Graham, managing director Paul Owen as well as Tony’s background gained working in senior Health and Safety roles in shipyards around the world including Drydocks World in Dubai.

“An effective initiative we restarted this year has been the Cammell Laird Safe Worker Award (SWA),” he said. “This has seen a staff member rewarded each month for good practice. Prizes have included TVs and tablets underlining how seriously we take the SWA. Staff engagement is so important on a large site like Cammell Laird where Health and Safety needs to be constant in everyone’s minds. To encourage a high profile, we are launching a new Health and Safety brand with the strapline ‘Do Safely’ which will be used across marketing and HSE documents. As part of this initiative we started a competition to design a special Cammell Laird Health and Safety logo and are offering a £500 prize for the best design.”

Earlier this year, in May, Cammell Laird was honoured in Parliament for its ‘best in class’ partnership working. The company was recognised for the way it shares knowledge, the leadership it demonstrates and the way it develops partnerships with suppliers, customers and businesses it works with. This approach helped Cammell Laird achieve the prestigious ISO44001, the industry standard presented by the Institute for Collaborative Working, following a rigorous audit. Its submission was recognised as ‘best in class’ by the institute and singled out to receive the award in person.

Mike Bladon and Tony Potter from Cammell Laird receive award at House of Lords

Mr Potter said Cammell Laird now has its sights set on winning more Health and Safety awards notably with the British Safety Council 5 Star Best Practice Audit and ultimately its prestigious Sword and Globe of Honour awards.

“We set the highest standards at Cammell Laird and up until recently, we had gone nine months without incurring a Lost Time Accident (LTA),” he said. “An LTA is an accident that is reportable to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under the RIDDOR. Between September 2018 and end mid-June 2019 we worked 2.4 million man-hours without incurring such an incident. This is a tremendous achievement for the yard and one everybody should be proud of. Our aim is to maintain our standards and raise our game to become the best in our industry in the UK and overseas.”