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MPA relaunches health and safety self-audit tool for SMEs

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Latest version features improved functionality and updates to reflect current good practice

THE Mineral Products Association (MPA) has relaunched a health and safety self-audit tool as a key part of its Safer by Association initiative which provides support to SMEs. It is based on a simple scoring system that can be used by anyone with a good, basic knowledge of health and safety.

This audit tool is a development of an earlier MPA system but has been upgraded with improved functionality and updated to reflect current good practice. The programme automatically generates a report that identifies areas where some action may be required, or where operators may need to seek some external specialist advice. The free, easy-to-use system provides the user with a prioritized list based on traffic light colour codes.

Chris Leese, chair of MPA UK Concrete and special advisor on health and safety, said: ‘The audit tool has been developed by the MPA in response to members’ requests for a system that will enable them to quickly check that they are operating a safe working environment that complies with regulatory requirements.

‘It is suitable for use at sites involved in manufacture or production across the whole range of mineral products supported by MPA and has been designed so that a user can undertake a review of all the key areas that need to be considered when assessing the effectiveness of their health and safety procedures and policies.’

The free audit programme can be downloaded from Safequarry.com. It has been developed by the MPA and other safety specialists with extensive experience in the mineral products industry. For further information, contact Tony Entwistle at the MPA.

The audit tool is one of the Vision Zero initiatives from the MPA to help facilitate compliance and a high standard of implementation of health and safety policies and procedures.

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