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Fire Door Safety Week wins Campaign of the Year at the Safety and Health Excellence Awards


Fire Door Safety Week 2017 saw off stiff competition from the automotive, aerospace and construction sectors to be awarded Campaign of the Year (Fire, Security, Health and Safety) at The Safety and Health Excellence Awards for its success in highlighting the importance of fire door safety maintenance and five simple inspection checks that anyone can do to initiate positive change and improve a building’s fire safety. 2017’s Fire Door Safety Week


(FDSW) attracted its highest number of supporters ever, including 273 organisations from the social housing and private rented housing sectors, the construction supply chain, fire and building consultancies and local fire and rescue services. The campaign is industry led, in partnership with the Government’s Fire Kills campaign. Among the high-profile supporters


were London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton, and Bill Grant, MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock who had 31 years’ service in the fire brigade. Accepting the award on behalf of the


British Woodworking Federation, Iain McIlwee, CEO said, “Thank you to The Safety and Health Excellence Awards for awarding Fire Door Safety Week with this prestigious industry award. “The success of the campaign is down


to the combined efforts of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF), BWF- Certifire scheme and the Fire Door


Inspection Scheme (FDIS) team, but more than anything it is testament to our members who have driven us to help raise awareness of concerns and help promote best practice, not just in the manufacture and supply, but also the installation and inspection/ maintenance of fire doors. “With fire safety high on the


agenda, following the tragic events of the Grenfell Tower fire, the 2017 Fire Door Safety Week campaign set out to significantly increase awareness of the benefits of fire doors, a passive fire protection method, and how to ensure their ongoing maintenance. “Attracting the highest number of


supporters to date, the campaign did just that – but our work is not done. Fire doors remain a significant area of neglect, often the first thing to be downgraded on a specification and mismanaged throughout their service life, propped open, damaged and badly


maintained. Fire Door Safety Week 2018 is set for 24th to the 30th September, and will continue to raise awareness of the critical role fire doors play and how everyone can play their part to ensure they remain effective and able to fulfil their life-saving ability in the unfortunate event of a fire.” Publicity of the 2017 campaign resulted


in more than 350 pieces of media coverage, including in the Daily Telegraph and the Mirror newspapers, and 16 broadcast items including on Radio 5 Live, LBC and talkRADIO.


Drawing a line under workplace accidents Arco helps businesses enhance workplace safety with line marking solutions


Following the recent spell of bad weather the UK has endured with the ‘Beast from the East’ and Storm Emma, Arco, the UK’s leading safety expert, is calling out to businesses to ensure their sites are still adhering to workplace safety regulations and taking the necessary steps to reduce onsite accidents, especially those involving transport. Cold weather can have detrimental effects


on road markings, making warehouses, carparks and loading bays extremely hazardous. To assist businesses looking to reinstate both internal and external road lines, however, Arco is offering a complete line marking solution. The Health and Safety Executive reports over 5,000 accidents involving transport in


UK workplaces every year, with around 50 of these incidents being fatalities.1


reported that forklifts are involved in about quarter of all workplace accidents.2


It is also Anyone


working in the vicinity of these vehicles, or anyone using forklift trucks, could be at risk of injury. To prevent such accidents, line marking


is critical and Arco has a range of products including specialist paints, marking tape and stencil sets, enabling this is to be done quickly and efficiently, resulting in optimum safety for everybody on site. When line marking the working environment, careful consideration should


be given to where this is placed, as well as the surface preparation and paint type used. Questions companies should ask themselves when implementing this system, include: • Volume of traffic in the area? • Will it be wet or slippery? • Are chemical spillages likely? • What is the surface material?


• Is interior or exterior marking required? Well-laid line markings on well-prepared


floors should last a number of years and implementing a clear line marking system, using Arco’s quality products, will improve safety in the workplace and reduce preventable accidents.


[1] www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/hsg136.pdf [2] www.hse.gov.uk/workplacetransport/lift-trucks/managing-lift-trucks.htm


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