The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has announced the launch of the newly revised Code of Practice for the Safe Handling, Transportation and Site Storage of Glass.
The revision was brought about following concerns raised at the increasing number of incidents, in which improper handling of glass resulted in deaths or serious injuries.
The guide was reviewed by a panel of safety experts drawn from the GGF, Council for Aluminium in Building and representatives from major contractors/building companies.
This panel concluded that the effectiveness of safety controls can be enhanced by good communication, something unfortunately missing in a number of serious incidents.
The revised guide makes clear what systems, equipment and training must be in place, but in addition puts significant emphasis on the importance of good communication between supplier and customer, with the addition of checklists that should be used both at contract award time and dispatch.
Speaking about the new Code of Practice, Phil Pinnington, Director of Health and Safety, commented: “I’m grateful to those who have been part of the review. It’s important to remember glass processors are only one part of the supply chain.
“For this code to be effective we plan to also promote it, and the high standards of our members, to principal contractors. They have the power to be an integral player in improving standards up when handling such a potentially dangerous materials and reducing the frequency of incidents.”
To view or download a copy of the new Code of Practice, click here
Free printed copies of the Code will be available to all visitors to the GGF’s stand F40 (Hall 20) at FIT Show 2019 in Birmingham NEC 21-23 May.
For more info on the GGF’s Health and Safety services, click here
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