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A monthly word on our commitment to a safe working environment.

May 2018

Welcome to our Safety First Brief for May.

Welcome to this month’s Safety First Briefing, please take a few minutes to read through and familiarise yourself with the information here.

Over the last few months we have had instances of staff leaving site without signing out, which has caused ourselves and our clients major issues. It is vital that you sign in and out of every shift, to ensure we can account for your whereabouts.

Every office has an on-call number and is monitored 24/7 so if you have any problems before, during or after your shifts, this should be your first point of contact. If you are unaware of the on-call number, call your local office and they will advise.

We’ve had an increasing number of vehicle accidents, so I would urge you to be cautious and stay alert at all times when travelling to and from work.

There are some contact details and numbers for advice on drug and alcohol related issues later in the briefing. We recognise that there can be times when we all could use some help or advice, so feel free to contact me if you want to discuss any issues, or use the independent sources and advice on offer.

If there’s anything you would like to see covered in upcoming issues of the Safety First briefing, let us know at sqeteam@isslabour.co.uk or contact me on the number below.

Thanks for reading,
Brian Madden 07377 877555

April 2018

Welcome to our Safety First Brief for April.

Welcome to this month’s Safety First Briefing, please take a few minutes to read through and familiarise yourself with the information here.

I mentioned a few months ago about how we all have mental health, and can suffer from periods of mental ill-health just as easily as we can have any other illness or injury.

There are so many demands and stress factors in modern life, from relationships to financial worries, concern about others in our lives to uncertainty over where our careers may be heading, that we can lose focus on what is really important.

As part of our wider focus on Health and Well-being, we are not only concerned with Safety – as important as that undoubtedly is. Every year, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem, and taking the time to talk about it makes a big difference. If you feel someone is behaving a bit differently, try to take the time to talk to them and see if there’s anything you can do. You would be surprised how much help that can be to someone.

Work, relationship or financial pressures can lead to stress, and perhaps this can also lead to someone drinking a bit more than normal, or relying on alcohol or drugs to help them feel better or get through a situation. While this may seem like a good idea at the time, the risk to health as a minimum, plus the threat to your career, can lead to bigger problems.

If you, or someone you know, could benefit from some independent advice or information, we’ve some contact information for a range of sources later in the briefing. If you prefer, you can contact the SQE team and we will see how we can help.

Thanks for reading,
Brian Madden 07377 877555

March 2018

Welcome to our Safety First Brief for March.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who had trouble in the last month with the weather we all experienced, and the impact it had on travelling around the country. The extreme weather caused a lot of problems, and in the most part people were taking as much care as possible to avoid any incidents. In fact, we experience fewer issues when the weather is so extreme, than we do in “normal” circumstances . This is because the change in conditions keeps us alert, and avoids the complacency which is present when doing a repeated task like driving.

It’s very important that you take care at all times when driving, and try to avoid any distractions. Now we are approaching what should hopefully be some better weather, we must all take care and drive with the same consideration and attention that we had when it was so challenging on the roads. We have a range of driving resources and recently had a poster campaign about vehicle use. If you need any more information contact sqeteam@isslabour.co.uk or call 01332 370829 option 4.

I’m encouraged by the increased number of close calls over the last month, but would remind you to feel free to contact the close call hotline with anything you may see or experience that could be a hazard. The number is 07870 842610 and you don’t have to leave a name if you prefer not to.

Close calls help us stay safe, and you can make a difference by raising awareness of a hazard – you are the best person to spot any issues, and the most likely to be affected, so please take a moment to highlight anything of concern.

Finally, if there’s anything of concern you’d like to raise, contact me on 07377 877555 and we can discuss further.

February 2018

I’ve now completed my first few months as Head of Safety for ISS, and want to take this opportunity to thank all those who have helped me make the transition into the now role.

It’s obvious to me that the focus for us all this year should be to build on the good progress we’ve made in wearing PPE onsite. Almost all our clients now demand full orange PPE, Cut 5 gloves etc, but we are still getting close calls for some staff trying to sign in without all the correct PPE. Please take a moment to consider if you have everything you need before starting your shift.

We will also be looking at ways to develop and improve our approach to health and wellbeing, and we should be aware of the potential for each and every one of us to suffer from periods of mental ill-health. You will know best if any of your colleagues are acting differently, please take a moment to speak to them and check they are ok. We are not great at talking to each other about how we feel, but try to consider if someone is potentially going through a difficult period, and speak to them, a supervisor or any one of the SQE team and we will try to help where we can.

Finally, I look forward to another successful year and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in the near future.

Brian Madden 

Professional Head of Safety