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ArtSystems puts safety first

ArtSystems puts safety first

Nottingham-based graphics and art hardware and materials distributor, ArtSystems, is dedicated to a programme of continuous development towards greater excellence in every aspect of its business, both in servicing its customers and caring for its staff.

As part of this ethos, it has developed an ongoing programme of improvements to all its health and safety activities. To underpin this initiative Simon Cooksey, Operations Director; Armando Carvalho, Technical Manager; Norval‘Nobby’ Cree, Logistics Manager and Chris Chadburn, Warehouse Manager have all successfully completed the Institute of Safety and Health (IOSH) ‘Managing Safely’ course.

IOSH Managing Safely is a four-day, nationally recognised and respected, certified training course for managers and supervisors. It’s designed to provide managers with all of the resources they need to help handle health and safety in their teams.

Explaining its importance, Simon Cooksey said: “Every manager should have an understanding of their responsibilities when it comes to health and safety and this flexible course equipped us with the skills we needed to tackle health and safety issues in the workplace.”

He continued: “It covered everything we needed to know and also enabled us to refresh and re-examine the protocols we already had in place.”

Following the course, the company’s managers were better able to plan, implement, monitor, measure and continuously improve the risks within their departments. They will also have a wider remit as part of the Art Systems’ Safety Management team.

Simon concluded: “Our approach to H&S is fully aligned with ArtSystems’ Quality and Environmental Certification, which is founded on risk-based thinking rather than reactive correction. In practical terms this means we will always strive to anticipate any potential problems, rather than pick up the pieces post event. We have always put safety at the heart of management, and after completing the IOSH Managing Safely course we are better placed to do so with clarity and conviction.”

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