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Safety First

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 144 people in the UK were killed at work between 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016, but according to Danny Adamson, Managing Director of Stocksigns Group, the correct signage can help to prevent accidents in the workplace.

Last November, the HSE released its annual statistics report* which included statistics about workplace-related injuries and illnesses. It revealed that 1.3 million people were suffering from a work-related illness,there were over 621,000 work-related injuries and 2,515 people died from mesothelioma due to past asbestos exposure.

Danny Adamson explained:  “Accidents are unpredictable, but there is a lot that can be done to prevent them happening in the first place.  One of the key ways of keeping people safe in any environment is the installation of the correct signage.

“In the past 20 years, following the implementation of the 1992 Safety Signs Directive in all EU member states, there has been a downward trend in the rate of fatal work-related injuries.  In 1996 the changes were implemented through the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals Regulations) act, which required employers to provide specific safety signs whenever there is a risk that has not been avoided or controlled by other means.

“The introduction of Safety Signs and Signals Regulations protects workers and members of the public and, since its implementation, the rate of fatal injury has reduced by over 50 percent, with the number of fatal injuries per 100,000 workers reducing from 0.9 in 1996 to just0.4 today.

“There is a clear correlation between the introduction of safety signage and a reduction in the number of accidents.  The first step is to alert employees as to the danger and to provide compliant signage. Safety signs represent a relatively small investment, but it can be used to encourage safer working environments. Furthermore, there is a huge range of off–the-shelf signage available that covers all types of hazard.

RoSPA’s campaign manager Rebecca Hickman commented: “Our work over the past 100 years has taught us that accidents do not have to happen, and that’s why we’re stepping up our activities to help keep people safe.  Our mission is to save lives and reduce injuries and our vision is to lead the way on accident prevention.  RoSPA plays a unique role in UK health and safety.  As a member organisation that campaigns for safety change we also provide services and support to help organisations on their own journey to become safer and healthier places in which to work.”

Nowadays it is essential that all businesses have up-to-date signage, as if non-compliant signs are used it could lead to the HSE enforcingextensive fines or even prison sentences.

Stocksignsoffers a range of signs for all situations and also provides expert advice and guidance.  All of its signs are HSSA (Health and Safety Sign Association) assured and are fully compliant with ISO 7010, the UK standard for safety signs.

The company, which was established over 60 years ago, is currently celebrating eight years of partnership with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and is donating 20p from every sign sold to the Brighter Beginnings appeal, which forms part of RoSPA’s centenary celebrations.   The funds raised will help provide new parents with information packs to help them provide their children with a safer start in life.

For further information on Stocksigns products, visit: https://www.stocksigns.co.uk/ 

Other useful links:

HSE Statistics:  http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/pdf/fatalinjuries.pdf

RoSPA: http://www.rospa.com/ 

RoSPA Brighter Beginnings: http://www.rospa.com/campaigns-fundraising/current/keeping-k… 

*Figures are based on estimates of self-reported workplace injury and work-related illness, sourced from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The LFS is a national survey run by the Office for National Statistics. Figures quoted relate to the year 2015/16, see http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/overall/hssh1516.pdf?pdf=hssh1516 pages 3 (work-related ill health) and 5 (workplace injury).  The reports take place in the period of January 2015 to January 2016 and March 2015 to March 2016.

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