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Aggreko Confirms Health & Safety Status

Aggreko, the leading supplier of temporary power, heating and cooling solutions, has made a positive start to 2019 by achieving the new ISO 45001 international standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S), less than one year after the accreditation was first announced.
Demonstrating the company’s robust health and safety management system, the new accreditation is a direct replacement for the existing OHAS 18001:2007 standard. Following a stringent audit process, where companies require senior management teams to actively demonstrate commitment to OH&S, Aggreko showcased its company-wide knowledge of OH&S processes to ensure a safe workplace environment is maintained.
By achieving the new standard, Aggreko will ensure that its OH&S performance will continue to improve, its OH&S management system will fulfil legal requirements, as well as achieve agreed OH&S objectives. For its customers, this standard stretches to Aggreko’s systems, providing further reassurance that its power, heating and cooling solutions are of the highest industry quality.
ISO 45001 is applicable to any organisation looking to establish, implement and maintain an OH&S management system. After being awarded with the standard less than a year after it was first introduced, Aggreko has shown its commitment to maintaining its high OH&S levels, eliminating hazards and minimising risks.
The news completes a successful 12 months for Aggreko, after it was awarded both the updated ISO quality management and ISO environmental management standards in 2018. The company’s latest accreditation emphasises its continued and unrivalled focus on quality, health and safety and environmental (QHSE) procedures across the sector.
Martin Williams, Head of QHSE at Aggreko, said: “This achievement firmly establishes Aggreko as leaders in risk management within our sector. It demonstrates the emphasis, importance and commitment we place on the environment, quality management, and health and safety across our businesses.
“We are delighted that our strong leadership values around these important areas have been officially recognised, giving our customers assurance that risk is managed and minimised prior to arrival and installation.”


 

Evolution Completes Major Risk Consultancy Programme In Wake Of New GDPR

Evolution, the fire and security systems integrator, has completed a major consultancy project for an international semiconductor business to meet the ongoing requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enacted in 2018.
Renesas Electronics Europe Limited has been an Evolution client for several years, and in 2017 Evolution completed a major upgrade and extension to the company’s CCTV and Access Control installation. The advent of GDPR, however, obliged Renesas’ Facilities Manager, Julie Blake, to review the existing site security policies and procedures to ensure they were current and compliant. In doing so she contacted Evolution’s dedicated Risk & Design team:
“Like many organisations we were receiving plenty of advice around GDPR, and a recommendation that we consulted with our security partners. I was introduced to Evolution’s Risk & Design team, and they explained, in a very straightforward manner, what was required. The team then produced a comprehensive set of reports and documents in a timely fashion to meet all our management requirements. They also explained that annual assessments of the CCTV system are now required so we look forward to continuing to work with the Evolution team in the future.”
Evolution took a holistic view of the project and security risk, explaining how its approach would support Julie in meeting Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) requirements regarding security systems.
The solution provided included a CCTV Assessment and CCTV Privacy Impact Assessment as tools to help the client create the necessary system policies and procedures to meet its current legal obligations. This includes not only GDPR, but also the latest Employment Law and the Freedom of Information Act.
Evolution Head of Risk & Design, Brendan McGarrity added: “With an ever changing and increasing need for organisations to consider GRC requirements, it is my belief that Risk & Design services can provide clients with a comprehensive framework to improve building and asset security. It is our role to support the client in meeting its GRC requirements for security by providing the necessary documented professional services.


 

Lighting manufacturer says solution to UK’s ‘productivity puzzle’ is to focus on employee wellbeing

A new publication from one of the UK’s leading lighting manufacturers offers a new perspective on solving the UK’s well-documented ‘productivity puzzle’.
With the Office for National Statistics regularly reporting that there is a worrying deficit between the UK’s productivity output (when measured on an output per hour basis) compared to that of France and the USA, the time has come to address possible solutions.
Workplace Wellbeing and the Productivity Puzzle, published by Tamlite Lighting explains the disconnect between businesses’ perceptions of output issues and employee wellbeing. Specifically, it addresses the impact that greater investment in ‘people-focused’ building services strategies can have on workplaces of all types and sizes.
Spotlight On Lighting
As can be expected from one of the UK’s largest and best-known lighting companies, particular emphasis is placed on explaining the many health benefits (both physical and mental) that modern, efficient LED lighting can deliver to the workplace.
The manufacturer argues that workspaces designed with more ‘human-centric’ approaches to heat, ventilation and of course lighting, can make a massive contribution to employee wellbeing, positively impacting the bottom line. This is because these building services functions have a direct impact on personal performance, creativity, mood and function.
Debbie-Sue Farrell, Head of Wellbeing at Tamlite, says lighting, if tuned to work in harmony with the natural bio-rhythms of workers, offers a myriad of benefits:
“Businesses of all kinds are trying to find new ways to lower stress levels and improve the general health of their workforces. Our view – which is backed up by science and research from across the globe – is that consideration of lighting needs to be an immediate starting point for most businesses. If correctly designed and specified, LED lighting can have an extremely positive impact on business performance, productivity and profitability. This is achieved through measurable reductions in absenteeism, as well as noticeable improvements in terms of staff retention and attraction too.
“We urge businesses of all kinds and from all sectors to review a copy of Workplace Wellbeing and the Productivity Puzzle and digest its many important and fact-led recommendations.”


 
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