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Specialist UK lighting manufacturer, Tamlite Lighting, has become the first company to win the Lighting Industry Association’s Quality Assurance (LIAQA) Award. The business, which distributes its products exclusively through CEF, was awarded the prestigious distinction due to its ongoing commitment to best practice, excellence and quality assurance.

Launched this year, the LIAQA scheme aims to ensure suppliers of lighting and lighting-related products have processes in place that result in high product quality and standards compliance. Tamlite was a founding participant of the project and impressed the LIA’s judging panel with its dedication to maintaining high standards across its seven sites.

Supporting and meeting the standards of the LIAQA scheme is an important priority for Tamlite’s senior management, and the company has invested over £100,000 in state-of-the-art, specialist test facilities as part of the process. In an unprecedented move, the company’s seven main Midland’s factories each underwent separate LIAQA assessments and gained accreditation in less than two years – a significant achievement for which Tamlite was strongly commended by the LIA.

John Allden, General Manager at Tamlite commented on the award: “Winning the LIA’s first award for quality assurance is a tremendous achievement for Tamlite Lighting, and gives our customers confidence in our commitment to high standards across our entire product range. We are delighted to be recognised by the LIA – the largest and most important lighting trade association in Europe – and are committed to working alongside them as they strive for excellence and best practice.”

Andrew Moseley, Head of Procurement and Marketing at CEF, the UK’s expert supplier of electrical products and services, added: “Tamlite’s commitment to manufacturing high quality products is a key reason why it is an important part of the CEF family. For us, it’s essential that we can offer cost-effective lighting solutions to our customers that are of the highest possible quality.”

Steve Davies, CEO of the LIA, added: “Tamlite Lighting is truly deserving of this award – the company’s commitment to the LIAQA scheme is unparalleled. We were very impressed that Tamlite achieved accreditation at seven factories in just two years, and it reflects the significant amount of time and investment that has been dedicated to the process. For customers, it clearly demonstrates that Tamlite is serious about ensuring consistent product quality and compliance.”


Two simple letters get top marks for drain management

  • Colour-coded manholes speed up drain maintenance at Scottish schools
  • Two letters - F and S - give schools greater confidence in drainage management
  • Sewer blockages that cause school closures are more easily avoided
  • Schools facilities management team already seeing benefits
  • Innovative system backed by cost-effective preventative maintenance

Drainage and asset maintenance specialist Lanes Group has transformed the way drains are managed in 23 schools in Scotland - with a simple spray of paint.

Its engineers have marked foul drain manholes with a red F and the surface water drain manholes with a blue S. The colour-coding system has made it much easier to identify the location of any problems, like drain blockages.

SPIE`s facilities technicians are more confident that they can look after the drains, and the schools are more confident they will not fail. This is crucial as drainage failure is one of the main causes of temporary school closures.

Drainage engineers at Lanes Group's Glasgow depot worked with facilities management specialists SPIE to introduce the innovation in 23 schools - 17 in South Lanarkshire and six in Dunbartonshire.

SPIE Operations Manager Roy McGlynn said: "It's an excellent idea, and a great solution for us, and for the schools. It's added a significant amount of value to our service. It's also given our schools greater assurance that SPIE is able to react more quickly and smartly to prevent a major drainage problem."

Lanes Glasgow Area Development Manager Chris Fairbairn said: "Marking up manholes in this way is something that's been done with public utility assets, but not with schools before.

"It's a simple idea but can make a big difference. Before, the schools' on-site facilities technicians often had to rely on guesswork to lift the right manhole and find a problem.

"Now the drains are clearly marked up and colour-coded. We've also supplied accurate maps of the drainage system. So, the technicians can quickly identify the source of the problem, and assess whether they can deal with it, or whether they need specialist help."

SPIE called in Lanes Group because it wanted to review the condition of drainage networks at all the schools. It was quickly established that full CCTV drainage surveys at all the sites would be too expensive.

Therefore, it was agreed that the Lanes team would carry out less costly and faster visual asset condition surveys to establish the flow directions, connectivity and general condition of the drainage system at each school.

SPIE approved a small additional budget to include the manhole painting. The Lanes engineers have also marked all fire hydrants on the drainage map, and jetted them clean. This has improved access for firefighters, and made the safety-critical assets quicker and easier to maintain.

An on-going preventative planned maintenance programme was the final element of a comprehensive drainage management plan for all 23 schools.

Roy McGlynn said: "We're already seeing the benefits. Over time, I believe this approach will reduce drainage costs for both SPIE and for the schools, and a little spray of paint and a visual check of all manholes during Lanes visits has been a big part of it."

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A treasure trove of social and political history is made public

The British Safety Council launches a digital archive documenting 60 years of its campaigning history to prevent injury and ill health at work

The British Safety Council has unveiled a digital archive of its work, featuring momentous events from 60 years of British economic, social and political history. The archive contains unique documents and correspondence, as well as photographs, newspapers, magazines and posters which were thought to be lost but have now been rescued from oblivion.

When James Tye created the British Safety Council in 1957, thousands of people were being killed at work every year in the UK, while many more suffered serious injuries and disease. He campaigned passionately for seat belt laws and comprehensive protection for all workers. His efforts contributed to the creation of the Health and Safety at Work Act in 1974. Far ahead of his time, he helped to establish the British Wellness Council in 1980, which dealt with issues such as repetitive strain and stress. Since its inception, the British Safety Council has been working and campaigning on a variety of platforms to keep workers safe.

In 2015, as the British Safety Council started to prepare for its 60th anniversary celebrations, a treasure trove of materials, in the form of campaign posters, articles, photographs and correspondence, was discovered bursting from old boxes in a Midlands warehouse. These have now been digitized and made publicly available for the first time.

Among the treasures in the archive are:

  • The first UK report into the need for seat-belt laws, from 1959;
  • A comprehensive collection of publications from 1959 to 2010, documenting the British history of this period, including tragedies, eg. the Kings Cross fire and Hillsborough disaster, changes in politics, industry, fashion and gender;
  • Hundreds of unique, hand-drawn posters from the 1970s, 80s and 90s;
  • Photographs of celebrities who were involved in the British Safety Council’s campaigns, including Dame Barbara Windsor DBE, Des Lynam OBE and Dame Esther Rantzen DBE;
  • An insight into the life and struggles of James Tye, a powerful and sometimes controversial campaigning voice trying to change the attitude of British industry and the public to safety and health at work;
  • The British Safety Council’s magazines from the 60s.

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said: “The British Safety Council has a long history of involvement in health and safety. Our digital archive, which we have saved for future generations, is testament to this. It also offers a unique insight into the history of health and safety in Britain and is a record of the commitment, passion and unrelenting efforts of those health and safety professionals who campaigned tirelessly against all the odds to make Britain a safer place to work.”

The digital archive is now available online for people to freely view and explore. It was created by Storetec Services which supply a wide range of document scanning services across the UK. Storetec is one of the UK’s leading document scanning services that enable businesses to access, manage, protect and share their data.

The archive will also feature in a picture book and a film to be released later this year.

A film based on the archive will be screened at the British Safety Council’s 60th anniversary launch event on the 23 March 2017. The film will tell the story of the charity over the last 60 years, including its big wins and achievements, and feature rare footage and images. The film will be available online after the event.

A commemorative picture book is being prepared by social historian Mike Esbester, which will tell the story of the British Safety Council and James Tye. It will use images from the archive, revealing the charity’s colourful heritage and past campaigns, as well as how they shaped the social, political and economic changes of the last 60 years.

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