With 27.3 million days lost due to work-related ill health or injury in the UK last year, health and safety will be top of the agenda at this year’s Cleaning Show, March 14-16, Excel, London.
The Health and Safety Executive will be running a session of free workshops at the event to help employers protect their workforce and reduce costs attributed to managing staff absence.
Over 550,000 musculoskeletal disorders were caused or made worse at work in 2016 according to the HSE with lifting and moving people or equipment, chemical and biological substance use, repetitive movement and slips, trips and falls the main physical strains facing workers.
A keynote presentation by Tracy Hamilton, Operational Policy Advisor, Entertainments, Leisure, Commercial and Consumer Services Sector, HSE will look at working together to deliver the objectives of the new ‘Helping Great Britain Work Well Strategy’ HSE’s collective efforts to improve health and safety outcomes within this industry.
Tracey’s presentation will touch on some of the main health priorities for HSE over the next couple of years, many of which are known issues for the cleaning industry. Also covered will be details of HSE’s continued engagement with representatives from the cleaning industry as well as useful sources of information for anyone employed in this industry sector.
Other presentations by HSE include:
• No higher than the hierarchy – working at height in the cleaning industry by Colin Chatten, Policy Adviser currently working in HSE’s Operational Strategy Team on Work at Height and Product Safety
• Preventing slips and trips – the importance of good cleaning by Rob Shaw, Technical Team Lead, Falls Prevention, HSL
• Improving health and safety for new and expectant mothers by Rosie Wallbank, Equality and Human Rights Commission and Rachel Grant, Head of Vulnerable Workers Team, Agriculture, Waste and Recycling Unit, HSE
• Occupational respiratory health in cleaning by Dr Amy Gyte, Senior Health Exposures Scientist, Health and Safety Executive
• Musculoskeletal risk assessment and debate by Christopher Quarrie, BSc CIEHF, Specialist Inspector in Human Factors and Ergonomics at the Health and Safety Executive
Thousands have already registered for their passes to attend the UK’s largest hygiene and cleaning event including contract cleaners, facility managers and others with cleaning and hygiene responsibility from care homes, hospitals, restaurants, leisure facilities, academic institutions, transport and major retailers.
Attendees will also be able to try out a wide range of new products, attend a wide range of other seminars including the Future of FM and Business Development advice