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In the second of several exclusive articles for Vision Magazine, Mark Austin, Hazlemere Commercial Marketing Director and Chair of the GGF’s Windows and Doors Group, shares insights into the most crucial aspect of any school or college job – health and safety.
Education projects can bring more than their fair share of challenges and potential headaches - but none more major and more daunting than ensuring student safety.
Sadly, despite vast improvements in health and safety standards, people can still suffer injuries on construction sites – and the risk of them coming to harm is inevitably heightened on jobs that require bringing heavy-duty machinery, scaffolding, huge glass panels and other potentially dangerous building materials in close proximity to hundreds of people.
Health and safety is therefore something that should rank highly on every education project manager’s list of priorities – so how can you make sure you’re doing your utmost to protect everyone one site, including students, staff, workers and visitors?
Find leading companies to work with
First and foremost, it’s vital to ensure that the main contractors, subcontractors and other organisations you’re working with take health and safety as seriously as you do.
The best firms will be fully compliant with CDM 2015 - the latest Construction, Design and Management regulations governing health and safety on commercial construction projects.
They’ll have a highly accredited workforce – including CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Skills) certificates for every surveyor, installer, foreman and manager on site.
They’ll be members of initiatives like the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme, established to improve standards across the industry, and have been verified and accepted by bodies like Exor.
Be clever with your scheduling
Beyond being selective with who you work with, what else can you do to minimise risk?
One simple, incredibly effective solution is scheduling as much of the work as possible out of term time. The six-week school summer break each year offers a perfect opportunity to complete noisy and, in theory, potentially dangerous work on schools.
Colleges and universities have even longer breaks – although they tend to remain busier than schools in these periods, with some students staying behind to complete work, and the institutions themselves making their facilities available to conferences and other events.
Make sure the client knows their own obligations
Regardless of when your project is set to be implemented, it’s crucial you make sure the school, college or university itself is aware of its own health and safety obligations.
Under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the commissioning institution has a responsibility for ensuring the safety of everyone affected by the works – and there are big penalties if the Health and Safety Executive judges them to have fallen short.
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Hurst Plastics has stolen another march in the industry with a major investment into a fleet of new delivery vehicles.
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Warm edge experts Edgetech welcomed VIPs from throughout the industry to a celebration marking a decade of UK manufacturing.
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The door panel and composite door manufacturer has purchased 15 brand new eco-friendly Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans as part of an ambitious £500,000 investment programme into company vehicles. The move, will help them to further improve operational efficiency and enhance customer service.
designed to meet Euro 6 emissions. Euro 6 is the most stringent emissions standard, which aims to eliminate most of the exhaust pollutants that have an impact on air quality. We’ve also continued to streamline all deliveries to reduce fuel consumption.
Mark Atkinson, Sales Director, explains: “As part of our continuous development programme, we have made a number of investments across the board to help us achieve growth and maintain our standards of customer service.
“We deliver up to 7,500 door panels and 1500 composite doors a month and each of our vehicles notches up around 100,000 miles a year. It’s important therefore to optimise speed, accuracy and efficiency and reduce our impact on the environment..”
“We are incredibly proud to deliver more than 99% of our doors on our own fleet. This record surpasses the industry norm and gives us far greater control over our lead times. By being transparent in all aspects of our supply chain, we are able to maximise efficiency, whilst minimising delays.”
Each vehicle is equipped with a sophisticated fleXipod electronic proof of delivery system, which provides customers with accurate, real time information on their scheduled deliveries.
The fleet delivers throughout the whole of the UK and consistently maintains an on-time in-full record of above 98.5%.
The fleXipod system seamlessly integrates with the company’s Live package - a complete solution which provides customers with essential, live information on every single order they place.
Jon Brake, Transport Manager, adds: “We opted for eco-friendly vehicles which are
The company’s Coventry factory became the first warm edge manufacturing facility in the country back in 2007. Exactly ten years on, dignitaries including Bill Griffiths and George Wilson from parent company Quanex and John Blundell, Deputy Lord Mayor of Coventry, marked the anniversary by officially opening a $1.3m extension to the same site.
“It also gave us the chance to share our vision for the next decade and beyond and our unwavering commitment to product research and development.”
Attendees heard presentations from MD Chris Alderson, President of Quanex IG Systems George Wilson, who has since been promoted to COO of the Quanex Group, Quanex Chairman and CEO Bill Griffiths, as well as industry expert Andrew Scott, MD of Insight Data. Guests were also treated to a virtual tour of the new facilities.
The Chairman’s Safety Award was presented to Works Manager John Stark to recognize their impeccable safety record, while Head of Marketing Charlotte Davies received a £1,000 donation towards her efforts for Paddle2Pedal.
“We were absolutely delighted to welcome so many colleagues, customers, members of the media and others to our HQ to celebrate such a major milestone and unveil our new facilities,” comments Chris.
The event culminated with a fun-filled medieval banquet, and Edgetech’s annual golf event the following day.
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A video of the event is currently in production, and will be published on Edgetech’s website.


































































































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