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Employers in Swansea get help making the workplace safe

Employers within Swansea are calling on other local businesses in the area to get appropriate in health and safety training in the workplace to help keep staff safe and well.

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More than 3,000 employees in approximately 200 businesses in Swansea have received advice and training in a bid to boost productivity, raise morale and lower sickness levels for staff.

The training has also helped businesses deal with the real risks in the workplace and can result in reducing sickness levels.

Swansea Council and a range of partners, including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Healthy Working Wales (HWW) launched the South West Wales Estates Engagement Project (SWWEEP) in May 2016. Since the project has began hundreds of small and medium businesses have been visited by officers from Swansea Council, HSE and HWW.

Major employer 3M, based in Penllergaer, is also supporting the project.

Martin Peel from 3M said: "3M is proud of its health and safety record, with its site in Gorseinon regularly receiving recognition from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

"The company is delighted to join the City and County of Swansea, the Health and Safety Executive and the Swansea and West Wales Occupational Safety Group to promote health and safety training and awareness."

The HSE has reported that work based accidents in general have reduced in the last 20 years but that fatal and non-fatal accidents still occur in the workplace across the UK. 

In 2014/15 an estimated 611,000 workers sustained a non-fatal injury at work. Of these injuries: 198,000 led to over 3 days absence from work; of which 152,000 led to over 7 days absence.

Fforestfach based gymnastics centre - Swansea Gymnastics Centre has already benefited from the training and guidance offered by the project.

Paul Carter said: "SWWEEP visited our facility and were extremely professional, at the same time keeping it plain and simple to help us understand Health and Safety and our role within it. Recommendations were given which we have acted upon. I would definitely recommend to other businesses."

The SWWEEP is holding a free training event on October 6th and hopes businesses will take advantage of the opportunity to gain information from professionals and other businesses attending the event.

Mark Child, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing & Healthy City, said: "All businesses can benefit from additional advice and training linked to health and safety. Employers have a duty to ensure the premises their staff work in is safe.

"Statistics gathered by the HSE clearly show that although incidents have reduced in the last 20 years, accidents still occur and that more can be done by employers to improve safety in the workplace.

"With the wide range of partners on board in the SWWEEP project, we can make sure businesses in Swansea are doing all they can to protect their workforce and boost their productivity."

Notes to editors

The Project is being delivered by a range of partners including the Health and Safety Executive, City and County of Swansea, Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Swansea and West Wales Occupational Safety Group, Healthy Working Wales and 3M's

The Health and Safety event takes place on Thursday October 6, at the Fforestfach Day Services Centre. Registration takes place at 4.30pm

Find out more about the training at http://www.hse.gov.uk/strategy/


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