There are many things that have an impact on those running businesses within the surface finishing industry. Of those, Health & Safety is at the forefront. As the trade association representing surface engineering and finishing, the SEA is able to provide help and guidance on all Health & Safety issues that affects our industry, from compliance with current legislation to preventing workplace injuries.
A large and diverse industry, there are a number of potential health issues that could affect employees of surface engineering companies, whether these are related to ill health (occupational and work-related asthma, dermatitis, musculoskeletal injuries etc.) and injury (manual handling, slips and trips, contact with harmful substances, falls from height etc.).
To help our members, the SEA are able to offer advice and guidance on a range of Health & Safety issues, including the following:
Most of the companies in the UK operate in the sub-contractor sector, i.e. offering processing techniques to the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). The majority are small companies employing less than 50 people and specialise in specific processes. A number of large companies have their own 'in-house' processes, finishing their own manufactured components.
HSE's contact with the industry is mainly through the Surface Engineering Association's Health, Safety and Environmental Committee which, for over 10 years, has co-ordinated the interests and activities of all those involved with health and safety in the industry.
The HSE's website reports that the industry has a lower over 3 day injury rate (for fatal, major and 3-day injuries) than manufacturing as a whole. Full details can be viewed at - http://www.hse.gov.uk/surfaceengineering/over3dayinjuries.htm
If you have any questions regarding Health & Safety issues affecting your business, or would like help in understanding the various pieces of legislation, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The HSE's website reports that the surface finishing industry has a lower over 3 day injury rate (for fatal, major and 3-day injuries) than manufacturing as a whole.
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