EEF, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) are jointly running seminars across the UK as part of the European Safe Maintenance Campaign.
The HSE says more than a quarter of fatalities in manufacturing involve maintenance work. Topics at the seminars will include management of asbestos, isolating machinery and selecting contractors.
Steve Pointer, EEF’s head of health and safety policy, says: “The fact that maintenance is not directly part of the manufacturing process means that it is all too easy to forget when thinking about health and safety. But everyone has to carry out maintenance in one form or another and it can present some serious risks. That is why we are working together to help manufacturers manage maintenance risks.”
The seminars cost £25 and last half a day. The locations and dates are:
Tuesday October 19 Newport
Thursday November 4 Sheffield
Tuesday November 9 Warrington
Tuesday November 23 Glasgow
Tuesday November 30 Leamington
To book, see www.eef.org.uk/safemaintenance or call 0845 293 9850.