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Make 2014 the year for Safer Logistics

06 January 2014

Handling & Storage Solutions has launched the Safer Logistics campaign to promote health and safety awareness in logistics in 2014.

We were inspired to launch the campaign by the keynote address given by Jane Willis, cross-cutting interventions director, Health and Safety Executive at the recent Safety Conference held by the Fork Lift Truck Association. A key message in this campaign is that every contribution counts as she encouraged managers in the industry to show leadership and ‘be part of the solution’.

As a media outlet we can help to promote health and safety awareness across the logistics and materials handling sector.

The essence of this campaign will be the emphasis of principles that are simple but well worth repeating.

What you can do
Clear safety first principles are worth repeating.
- If you doubt the safety of a working practice, stop. Talk to your supervisor or manager and agree a safe way of proceeding. Don’t carry on and hope for the best.
- No matter who you are in the management structure or workforce, take responsibility for your safety, don’t assume someone else has taken care of it.
- Pay close attention to risk assessments and make them a key part of the day to day business, not a document gathering dust on a shelf. Had this company implemented its risk assessment this tragic incident could have been avoided.

To borrow the motto from a successful fork lift safety campaign carried out by Babcock International, make ‘Home safe, every day’ the priority.

Safety hot spots
The campaign will comprise monthly features in HSS magazine focusing on specific safety hot spots. This will be backed up by coverage in HSS monthly e-newsletters and regular health and safety related stories on the HSS website, coupled with discussions on Twitter and LinkedIn. 

The campaign will be run in partnership with industry, with each safety topic in association with a valued industry partner.

The features are:

January: Safety in Handling
February: Safety in Storage
March: Safety in the Warehouse
April: Safety In Transit
May: Loading Bay Safety
June: Safety Training
July / August: Forklift Safety
September: Safety in Flooring
October: Safety in Automation
November / December: Safety in Maintenance

Contact Angela Lyus on 07818 574304 / alyus@western-bp.co.uk for more details.