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LEADING COUNCIL IN FIELD OF ACCIDENT PREVENTION

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New safety at work manuals have been launched by Barking and Dagenham ...
New safety at work manuals have been launched by Barking and Dagenham
LBC which is helping to lead the way in accident prevention amongst
local authorities.
The two new health and safety manuals were introduced by the housing and
health and leisure and environmental services departments last week.
The hard-backed, loose leaf, manuals will be distributed to all their staff
and council contractors to further improve health and safety in the work
environment for employees and those working around them. Barking and
Dagenham is one of the first authorities to provide safety manuals which all
employees will be required to read and carry around with them if necessary.
The new documents set out the departments revised health and safety
management systems, they include employee and employer responsibilities, the
integrated management organisation that will implement the revised system,
set standards and explain statutory duties. They also give guidance on risk
assessments and other key areas of health and safety management and safe
operating procedures, while advising on employee training and proper record
keeping.
The launch was attended by Ron Wright from the government's Health and
Safety Executive, Brian Dowsett from the council's insurers, Zurich
Municipal.
Chief executive Graham Farrant welcomed the new manuals saying, 'I think we
have a good record on health and safety in Barking and Dagenham, it is one
of our priorities. We have to be continually improving our working methods,
making them more efficient and safer in the process.'
Leisure and environmental services director Jack Knowles added: 'Everybody
who goes to work for us or uses our facilities expects to do so in safety.
The cost of getting health and safety wrong is far more than the cost of
getting it right.
There are many benefits associated with good safety practices including the
relief of human misery, improved efficiency, a reduction in liability
claims, preventing damage to equipment and less staff shortages.'
The council is also committed to holding health and safety workshops, health
and safety training and safety reviews which will monitor the effectiveness
of the manuals.
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