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GLASS Charter Information Pamphlet - About the GLASS Charter Initiative

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Information about the GLASS Charter - this initiative aims to improve health and safety performance in all sectors of the glass industry by providing best practice guidelines, advice and actively …

Information about the GLASS Charter - this initiative aims to improve health and safety performance in all sectors of the glass industry by providing best practice guidelines, advice and actively encourages members of industry to exchange ideas with each other to continually improve their health and safety practices.

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  • 1. About the Initiative
  • 2. Contents Contents ⇒ Introduction to the UK Glass Industry ........ 2 ⇒ About the GLASS Charter ................................ 3 ⇒ Member Benefits ................................................ 4 ⇒ Safety Meetings & Events ................................ 5 ⇒ GLASS Charter Awards ..................................... 6 ⇒ GLASS Charter Merit Scheme ........................ 7 ⇒ Codes of Practice ................................................ 8 ⇒ Contact Details .................................................... 9 Introduction to the UK Glass Industry The UK glass industry employs over 108,000 people, with 8,000 in direct manufacturing and more than 100,000 in up- and down-stream activities. 3.3m tonnes of glass are produced annually with an estimated turnover of £1.8 billion. By volume, two-thirds of production is container glass; one quarter glazing and architectural products and the remainder for use in other applications, for instance, artificial bone, fibre optics and ultra thin computers to name a few. Although an energy-intensive industry, great strides have been made in energy reduction: flat glass producers have reduced energy usage to only 10% of what it was a century ago; container manufacturers have halved energy consumption over the past 20 years. Glass is a unique material which can be recycled infinitely without any loss of quality or purity. It can also lower the UK’s carbon footprint: Closed-loop recycled jars and bottles saves 215g of CO2 per tonne of glass; windows and insulation reduces energy bills and CO2, eg, low-E double glazing saves 13kg CO2/sq metre of glazing each year; lightweighting cars aids fuel efficiency and reduces fuel costs; wind turbines produce renewable energy, using more solar glass panels could reduce CO2 emissions by 6.6% by 2020 and energy-saving light bulbs use up to four times less electricity to generate the same light as a standard lightbulb. Glass has a long and proud heritage, its adaptability will ensure it continues to play a major role in the future: if glass did not exist, neither would the world as we know it. - 2 -
  • 3. About the GLASS Charter About the GLASS Charter In 2001, the glass industry took up the government’s Revitalising Health and Safety Initiative. In partnership with both industry and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), British Glass and the Glass and Glazing Federation launched the GLASS Charter (Goal: Less Accidents, Safer Sites). In line with the Revitalising Health and Safety Initiative, the UK Glass Industry adopted the following target: “Organisations within the UK glass industry will contribute towards a 30% or equivalent reduction in lost time accidents.” This initiative aims to improve health and safety performance in all sectors of the glass industry by providing best practice guidelines, advice and actively encourages members of industry to exchange ideas with each other to continually improve their health and safety practices. The charter also provides a medium through which you can air your views and raise concerns, input into consultations on legislation at both UK and EU level; share best-practice, case-studies and initiatives and access to a wide range of information, guidance and other publications. “A key element of the charter is senior level management commitment” A key element of the charter is senior level management commitment to continuous health and safety improvement, tying in with recently published Institute of Directors (IoD)/Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance on Health & Safety leadership for all industries. In addition to the commitment made by a senior representative, members of the scheme also submit annual safety action plans and bi-annual accident statistics – allowing central monitoring and analysis of industry performance and also providing members with benchmarking of their own figures against sector and industry. As well as benefiting employees within the industry, there has also been a significant financial benefit for the industry as a whole. Using HSE figures, the estimated benefit to industry could be £1.5 million each year. “estimated benefit to industry could be £1.5 million each year” In 2005, a Health and Safety Executive evaluation of schemes like the GLASS Charter found that there was a dramatic health and safety improvement in companies participating in such schemes; this was confirmed by the recent Greenstreet Bernam report (commissioned recently by the Health and Safety Executive) which associated significant reductions in injury rates and improvements in health and safety to targeted industry initiatives, such as the GLASS Charter. - 3 -
  • 4. Member Benefits Member Benefits 9 Quarterly Health & Safety Committee Meetings, providing members with the latest Health and Safety updates and information. This forum also provides members with a unique opportunity to share best practice guidance without competition or rivalry between organisations. Our close relationship with the HSE also gives us our minerals & manufacturing sector HSE links on-hand to feed into and from the HSE. 9 Published Approved Codes of Practice, agreed through working groups with members and the direct involvement of the HSE; 9 GLASS Charter Guidelines – provided to members free of charge within the GLASS Charter Guidelines CD-ROM Toolkit, the guidelines cover a whole range of topics relevant to your sector and include a full audit tool to help identify areas of improvement within your organisation; 9 Safety Newsletters, focusing on topics relevant to your industry; 9 Legislation Updates, providing information on changes to legislation, inspection campaigns and publications affecting glass industry activities; 9 Annual Glass Industry Health & Safety Conference, the annual conference has run for the last 14 years and is today recognised as an essential lifeline to the whole industry growing in strength year by year. The annual conference has become one of the key conferences in the safety calendar. With expert speakers and engaging, relevant agendas the cofnerence is a great opportunity to learn, share and network with like-minded professionals, share best practice or simply enjoy the day. 9 Accident Statistics - central collection of industry accident statistics allows us to provide reports for your site or entire organisation, with the ability to benchmark your performance against sector or industry figures; 9 GLASS Charter Awards – all members have the opportunity for recognition and achievement in 12 categories, our prestigious awards ceremony is held each year at the Annual Glass Industry Health & Safety Conference; 9 GLASS Charter CD-ROM Toolkit - giving members quick and easy access to our Charter Guidelines, Codes of Practice, Tool-kits, Updates, Forms and other Publications. - 4 -
  • 5. Safety Meetings & Events Safety Meetings & Events A number of regular meetings and events operate under the GLASS Charter initiative, each focused on the activities of those involved: - Annual Glass Industry Health and Safety Conference; the annual conference has grown from a small annual affair to become one of the key conferences in the safety calendar. With expert speakers and engaging, relevant agendas the Annual Glass Industry Health and Safety Conference is a great opportunity to learn, share and network with like-minded professionals, share best practice or simply enjoy the day. - British Glass Health & Safety Committee; meets quarterly to discuss upcoming legislation, review performance and discuss any problems that may arise in the industry. The sharing philosophy of the group allows companies from all sectors to share their own accident experiences and exchange ideas from organisation to organisation. This platform also provides a unique opportunity for two-way communication between the UK Glass Industry and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). - Glass and Glazing Federation Health and Safety Meeting; meets quarterly to review all Health and Safety matters which affect the industry sector. This meeting provides an excellent opportunity to network with a host of safety professionals from across the industry whilst sharing solutions and best practice on safety management issues which are industry specific. This meeting also addresses any changes to existing legislation and potential new legislation to be implemented. This meeting is attended by the Health and Safety Executive and provides the opportunity for a two-way communication between our industry and the HSE. - Container Safety Advisors; this group meets four times each year, delivering up-to-date legislation updates and discussing issues specific to the container manufacturing side of the industry. The ongoing success of the I S Machines (Glass Forming Machines) Code of Practice can be attributed to this group and its working group, which has set into place Health & Safety standards for the use of these machines and made provisions for machinery guarding. - Additional Working Groups; additional working groups meet on an ad hoc basis to discuss specialist activities, such as the drafting of Codes of Practice or consultation. - 5 -
  • 6. GLASS Charter Awards GLASS Charter Awards The GLASS Charter actively promotes the concept that “good health & safety is no accident” and the importance of organisations giving health & safety the same priority as other business activities. These awards seek to recognise and reward organisations and individuals who make exceptional efforts or contributions to improve health and safety practices and performance. There are 12 award categories for members of the initiative and a further two awards for companies who provide services or products that assist in our goal of continuous improvement in health and safety. The prestigious awards ceremony is held at the Annual Glass Industry Health and Safety Conference, where members of the industry, health and safety professionals, suppliers and associated industries meet to network, exchange ideas and receive information on the latest changes in health and safety affecting their activities. GLASS Charter Award Categories: 1. GLASS Charter Globe - Best Overall Performance 2. Best Safety Performance - Less than 50 employees 3. Best Safety Performance - Up to 250 employees 4. Best Safety Performance - Over 250 employees 5. Best Improvement in Safety 6. Best Safety Initiative 7. Best Training Initiative 8. Best Health Initiative 9. Nominated Director for Health and Safety of the Year 10. Health and Safety Professional of the Year 11. Safety Representative of the Year 12. Employee Contribution to Health and Safety 13. Supplier Innovation 14. Overall Supplier - 6 -
  • 7. GLASS Charter Merit Scheme GLASS Charter Merit Scheme If improvement is to be sustained, improved safety performance must look beyond just accident rates. To help this process the GLASS Charter Merit Scheme was introduced, with the following key objectives: - To enable ALL members of the GLASS Charter scheme to improve their performance; - To assist smaller companies to identify areas where improvement can be made and to encourage them to join the GLASS Charter; - To allow sector progress to be measured - apart from accident rates - and to celebrate success in safety management improvement; - To allow companies to set safety targets for the year in addition to accident targets; - To assist in the identification and sharing of best practice; The GLASS Charter Merit System in split into three grades, each with six levels, and provides opportunities for companies to recognise and celebrate their successes (irrespective of the current maturity of their safety performance) in a measured and progressive manner. Merit Scheme Entry Plan This simple three-step- programme takes you though building solid foundations and further developing your safety systems through the analysis of accident records, identification of hazards, risk assessment and setting of clear objectives in order to improve health and safety in your environment(s). On completion of the Merit Scheme Entry Plan you should have a strong foundation in Health and Safety management. - 7 -
  • 8. Glass Industry Codes of Practice Glass Industry Codes of Practice These codes of practice have been drawn up between industry representatives and the Health and Safety Executive. Adherence to these codes may be seen to demonstrate competence in meeting proper safety standards. - Use of Stillages by Glass Suppliers; this guidance is aimed at manufacturers and suppliers of processed flat glass. Both manufacturers and suppliers have duties under Health and Safety law to provide information on the safe use of Stillages. - Use of Stillages by Contractors; These guidelines are primarily aimed at contractors who receive and distribute glass “stillages” around construction sites. The intent of the guidance is to enable companies to manage and work with glass stillages safely and comply with the legal requirements laid down under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Construction Design and Management Regulations. - Glass Forming (IS) Machines; these guidelines cover glass forming machines (also known as ‘IS’ and press-forming machines) used throughout the UK container glass industry and have been formulated as a means of reference for organisations who operate these machines and associated ancillary equipment. This guide helps employers ensure that glass forming machine operators, and related teams are able to carry out their jobs as safely and efficiently as possible. - Working at Height in the Domestic Replacement Window Industry; these guidelines are aimed at persons working within the replacement window sector, including the removal, installation and trimming / sealing of windows in domestic premises. These guidelines have been produced in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive and represent good practice. - Handling of Glass; this code of practice has been drawn up to provide guidance on recommended best practice in the safe handling, transport and storage of flat glass, in the warehouse, processing shops and on sites. - Work with Domestic Soffits and Rain Water Goods Containing Asbestos Cement; The aim of this document is to give practical advice and to set standards of best practice for work with roofline and rainwater products containing Asbestos Cement. - 8 -
  • 9. Contact Details Contact Details The GLASS Charter is a joint partnership between British Glass Manufacturers’ Confederation, representing glass melters, manipulators and processors; and the Glass and Glazing Federation, representing downstream glaziers and installers of flat glass. The scheme has now expanded to cover a wide range of industry activities, so to make answering your queries as efficient as possible, please contact your relevant federation representative below: British Glass Manufacturers’ Confederation Philip Marsh UK Health & Safety Manger (Manufacturing Sector) Tel: 0114 290 1850 Fax: 0114 290 1851 Email: p.marsh@britglass.co.uk 9 Churchill Way, Chapeltown, Sheffield, S35 2PY British Glass Manufacturers’ Confederation operates on behalf of the UK Glass Industry on a wide range of topics – including Health & Safety, Environment, Recycling & Waste, Technical, Information Services and Standards. British Glass also plays a major role both in the UK and Europe - lobbying on behalf of the industry, its’ various sectors and our members. Glass and Glazing Federation Declan Moore UK Health & Safety Manager (Glazing Sector) Tel: 07823 335380 Fax: 0870 042 4266 Email: dmoore@ggf.org.uk 44-48 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1XB The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is a trade association for all those who make, supply or fit flat glass. Members work across the industry from emergency glazing, applied film, conservatories, windows, doors, fire resistant glazing, glazing components, flat glass, curtain walling, mirrors, toughened glass, curved glass, extrusions, hardware, glass merchanting, insulated glass and laminated glass. Further Information The following publications and websites will provide you with a useful source of further information: www.britglass.org.uk British Glass Manufacturers’ Confederation www.ggf.org.uk Glass and Glazing Federation www.glasscharter.co.uk GLASS Charter www.hse.gov.uk Health and Safety Executive www.hsebooks.com HSE Books - 9 -
  • 10. In 2001, the glass industry took up the government’s Revitalising Health and Safety Initiative. In partnership with both industry and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), British Glass and the Glass and Glazing Federation launched the GLASS Charter (Goal: Less Accidents, Safer Sites). In line with the Revitalising Health and Safety Initiative, the UK Glass Industry adopted the following target: “Organisations within the UK glass industry will contribute towards a 30% or equivalent reduction in lost time accidents.” This initiative aims to improve health and safety performance in all sectors of the glass industry by providing best practice guidelines, advice and actively encourages members of industry to exchange ideas with each other to continually improve their health and safety practices. The charter also provides a medium through which you can air your views and raise concerns, input into consultations on legislation at both UK and EU level. As well as benefiting employees within the industry, there has also been a significant financial benefit for the industry as a whole. Using HSE figures, the estimated benefit to industry could be £1.5 million each year. “estimated benefit to industry could be £1.5 million each year” To become a member of the initiative, contact us today: info@glasscharter.co.uk Glass and Glazing Federation British Glass Manufacturers’ Confederation 44-48 Borough High Street 9 Churchill Way London Sheffield SE1 1XB S35 2PY www.ggf.co.uk www.britglass.org.uk Tel: +44 (0) 870 042 4255 Tel: +44 (0) 114 290 1850 Fax: +44 (0) 870 042 4266 Fax: +44 (0) 114 290 1851

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