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Spotlight on health and safety at SAMSA seminar

DEVELOPMENTS in health and safety were the focus of discussions at a recent seminar organized by the Silica and Moulding Sands Association (SAMSA), part of the QPA, with the assistance of WBB Minerals. Around 40 representatives of leading SAMSA companies attended the event in Sandbach, Cheshire.

Topics covered at the seminar included: hard targets for accident reduction and the role of safety representatives; a progress report from Tarmac on the implementation of the Dupont auditing system; training and competence; what to expect when an inspector calls; and a practical presentation on a new on-board system for brake testing mobile plant.

Commenting on the seminar, Andy Price, health and safety manager for WBB Minerals, said: ‘It is vital that we keep in touch with the latest developments in the field of health and safety, particularly with respect to auditing, training and new equipment.’

SAMSA director Carl Kirby added: ‘Delegates were certainly given a lot to think about in their quest to reduce the number of notifiable accidents, but what made the seminar really invaluable was the wide range of topics covered and the opportunity to hear both sides of the story with a perspective from the health and safety Inspectorate as well as from companies’ own experiences.’

With the positive feedback and high level of interest shown by SAMSA members this year, the organizers say they hope the seminar will become an annual event.

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