‘Health, Safety and Wellbeing - Hearts, Minds and People’
Phase five of the paper industries health and safety programme was officially launched by Martin Temple, HSE Chair at the CPI Biennial Health, Safety and Industry conference in July 2019.
The new strategy contains three key objectives:
Objective 1: Leadership, Engagement and Collaboration.
Objective 2: Work-related Stress, Physical and Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Objective 3: Vehicle, Material Movement and Storage Stability.
The strategy focuses on key health, safety and wellbeing issues identified for improvement by industry, and PABIAC recognises the key to a successful delivery of this strategy is for everyone to work together at all levels of industry.
The strategy includes the commitment to develop leading and lagging performance indicators in recognition of the importance of effectively monitoring the delivery and measuring the impact of each strategy objective, at both company and industry level.
> PABIAC Strategy 2019-2023
Objective 1 – Leadership, Engagement and Collaboration
Under Objective 1 of the strategy, there is an expectation that all sites will have undertaken a health and safety opinion survey across the workforce.
The purpose of the survey is to provide you with a snapshot of the health and safety culture within the company. It will gauge the perception and behaviours of individuals across the whole workforce towards health and safety issues, and will enable you to identify areas requiring improvement.
Originally developed by Christian Salvesen, the survey was first introduced by PABIAC as part of the 2005 strategy. All the questions in the survey have been approved by an HSE specialist, and come with a full set of instructions and an accompanying letter to give to all employees.
> Survey Tool – Guidance for Use
> Briefing Document
> Opinion Survey Example
> Opinion Survey
Machinery Procurement Policy
As part of the industries continuous improvement programme in relation to machinery safety, PABIAC has produced industry guidance to assist all sites in the planning and implementation for purchasing new machinery, plant and equipment.
The guidance has been written in two parts. Part one outlines the key stages of pulling together a project team and various stages you need to go through when purchasing a new machine. The second part (Appendix 1) is an example of a procurement policy.
To ensure that new machinery, plant and equipment complies with the relevant UK legislation, and appropriate International and National Standards, and to ensure a consist and unified approach across the industry when purchasing any machinery. There is an expectation from PABIAC that all sites will review the policy, adapt the policy to suit individual requirements and implement Appendix 1 when purchasing any new equipment, either within or outside the EU.
> Machinery Procurement Policy
Objective 2 – Work-related Stress, Physical and Mental Health, and Wellbeing
PABIAC recognises the changing landscape towards people’s awareness of poor mental health at work, and the impact this is having on employees and employers alike. Absence due to Work-related stress is now one of the most common causes of long-term sickness.
This objective aims to identify the key components and activities to protect employees from physical and psychological work-related health and wellbeing issues, and requires all sites to undertake the following:
• Ensure managers at all levels understand the basis principles of work-related stress, the potential contributory factors and to undertake work-related stress risk assessments.
• Develop, implement, and communicated a clear and concise work-related stress, physical and mental health and wellbeing strategy.
• Provide a confidential counselling service for employees.
• Promote health and wellbeing within the organisation.
To assist all members in completing this Objective 2, see below examples of guidance, advice and case studies from some sites who have completed the objective.
HSE Stress Management Standards - https://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/standards/
> Example Health and Wellbeing Strategy
> Example Stress Risk Assessment Template
> HSE Tackling Work-Related Stress
> Smurfit Kappa Case Study - Mental Health and Wellbeing
> PABIAC Objective 2 Case Study
> Print Charity Helpline Flyer
Objective 3 – Vehicle, Material Movement and Storage Stability
Workplace Transport Industry Guidance
To assist all Member sites in working towards achieving Objective 3 ‘Vehicle, Material Movement and Storage Stability’ in the PABIAC Strategy, the PABIAC Corrugated Industry Delivery Committee (CIDC) has produced a good practice workplace transport guidance document.
The guidance has been developed to help identify the main hazards associated with vehicle movement in a corrugated plant, to assess existing control measures and to suggest, using examples of good practices, how to implement additional control measures. While primarily aimed at the corrugated sector, there are many aspects of the guidance which can be applied across all sectors.
The guidance is designed to follow the questions in HSG136 ‘Site inspection: Workplace transport checklist’ and where practical provide visual examples of good practices against some of the questions.
> Workplace Transport Industry Guidance
> Workplace Transport Photographs