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Health & Safety

The overall number of accidents reported in 2012, including those reportable to enforcing authorities under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR), were lower than in 2011. This marks ten consecutive years of continuing improvement in our health and safety performance and demonstrates the continued commitment to safety of our staff at every level.

Health and safety initiatives in 2012
In pursuit of our goal of continuing improvement, the following initiatives were taken during 2012:

  • A review of occupational health service provision was carried out to ensure that it was meeting the needs of the business. These were carefully monitored and have been adjusted to ensure that they are effective. A programme of internal and external health and safety audits continued at our printing plants to ensure compliance with legislation and conformity with OHSAS 18001, the internationally recognised health and safety management system specification. Workplace health and safety inspections were also carried out with follow up action as required.
  • Increased use was made of web-based e-learning health and safety training modules that is relevant to the work of our staff.
  • Web-based display screen equipment training and workstation assessment software was rolled out across many of our businesses and this work remains ongoing.
  • Web-based software for the vetting of contractors has been introduced to ensure that those appointed to carry out work on our premises are adequately trained and competent.
  • Good health and safety standards were maintained in engineering maintenance, office refurbishment and relocation projects.
  • Work has continued with the promotion of health and well-being through initiatives designed to comply with the HSE stress management standards.
  • Health and safety policies and procedures covering work on or near Asbestos, the use of Automated Electronic Defibrillators and Smoking at Work have been revised and updated.
  • The Company has continued to promote health and safety in the printing industry through its membership of the Newspaper Publishers Association and the Printing Industries Action Group (PIAG), a new forum established after closure of the HSE Printing Industry Advisory Committee.