ACAS issues hot weather tips for employers during heatwave
Posted 1st August 2018
ACAS has offered some top tips to help employers manage workplace challenges caused by the hot weather.
"Our advice offers some top tips for employers to help ensure their businesses remain productive during the heatwave whilst keeping staff happy too."
ACAS' top tips for hot weather working include:
Workplace temperatures should be reasonable. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advise that the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings must be reasonable. The HSE offers advice on how to carry out a thermal comfort risk assessment if staff are unhappy with the temperature: www.hse.gov.uk
Keeping cool at work. Switch on any fans or air conditioners to keep workplaces comfortable and use blinds or curtains to block out sunlight. Staff working outside should wear appropriate clothes and use sunscreen to protect from sunburn.
Stay hydrated. Employers must provide staff with suitable drinking water in the workplace. Workers should drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration and not wait until they are thirsty.
Dress code. Employers are not under any obligation to relax their uniform or dress code requirements during hot weather but where possible it may be advisable for employers to relax the rules for wearing ties or suits.
Getting into work. If public transport gets adversely affected by the hot weather, this could affect staff attendance and their ability to get into work on time. Staff should check timetables in advance.
Vulnerable workers. Some workers may be more adversely affected by the hot weather, such as the elderly, pregnant women or those on medication. Employers may wish to give them more frequent rest breaks and ensure ventilation is adequate by providing fans or portable air cooling units.
"Certain workers may be adversely affected by the extreme heat such as pregnant women and elderly employees. The heat can impact public transport too, which can affect employees commuting into work.
Plastic shredder News!!
"Waste Plastic Shredder for plastic recycling and plastic remake"
Posted 1st July 2018
Home improvement retail giant Kingfisher has unveiled its first UK net-zero energy store, which brings together solar panels, battery storage and air source heat pumps to power operations.
The Screwfix Peterborough store marks the first time Kingfisher has used solar panels or air source pumps together with battery storage to power operations around the clock. They will generate as much power as it uses and pass surplus energy back to the grid.
Power at the site is generated by the solar panels during the day, and excess energy used to charge the batteries which power the store in the evening. The air source heat pump has replaced gas and electric heating to heat the store more efficiently. A "huge milestone" in the company's overall goal to become a net-positive business. creating very low-carbon stores, and this approach is informing our next phase of investment in energy projects for the near future.
Kingfisher last month revealed its new sustainable growth plan, with a headline goal of achieving 50% of the group's sales by 2020 from products that "actively make customers' homes more sustainable" - such as LED lighting, insulation and low-flow taps. By achieving its headline target, its customers will be able to halve their own energy use and improve their water efficiency by 50% within the next seven years.
The sustainable growth plan sets goals for 2025 and will run alongside Kingfisher's Net Positive sustainability plan, which incorporates 50 specific targets for 2050, including making every Kingfisher store and customer home zero carbon at least.
Plastic shredder News!!
"Waste Plastic Shredder for plastic recycling and plastic remake"
Posted 1st June 2018
Waste plastic is one of the most valuable resources if recycle in a proper way
Waste plastic can be classified and shredded to remake plastic, produce fuel for plant and generate electricity for power plant, etc.
Waste plastic shredding is a critical step to manage various kinds of waste plastic, it helps to reduce the space of storing the bulky waste plastic, lower the transportation cost in the meantime, minor plastic granulates is good for the further waste plastic management.
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Posted 1st May 2018
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ISO 45001 - What to expect from the new Standard
Posted 1st April 2018
What does an OH&S Management System do?
Poor Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) management can have a negative effect on any business. It can result in higher insurance premiums, the loss of key personnel, regulatory action, reputational damage, business interruption and the loss of customers.
Introduced in 1999 by the British Standards Institute (BSI), the OHSAS 18001 standard was one of the only true internationally recognised documents, alongside the ILO Guidelines on OSH Management Systems (ILO-OSH 2001).
OHSAS 18001 is renowned for its ability to improve Health and Safety in the workplace, not just for staff but for customers too, having helped more than 900,000 organisations worldwide to reduce risks, improve staff morale and save money.
Why do businesses need the new ISO 45001 standard?
With more than 40 versions of the OHSAS 18001 standard used worldwide today, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has decided, like with many previous national standards, to create one, universally adaptable standard that will incorporate and supersede all those former standards. This new standard has been named ISO 45001.
ISO 45001 has been developed so that OHS Management can be more easily aligned with the management system approaches adopted by other ISO management system standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 - which both underwent upgrades in September 2015.
The new ISO 45001 standard enjoyed input from a number of safety practitioner bodies including the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
What are the differences between OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001?
ISO 45001 will follow the same Annex SL structure that is used in standards like ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 27001, making system integration much easier for certified businesses. The Annex SL structure will use common text throughout and will also cover the following:
Context of the organisation
A lot of the requirements of the new standard will be similar to those within OHSAS 18001, so organisations already certified to OHSAS 18001 should find switching to the new standard fairly straight forward.
The new standard offers a slightly different definition of the terms 'Risk', 'Worker' and 'Workplace', as well as introducing new concepts, for example:
Context of the organisation - This will identify the external and internal factors affecting the organisation in order to prepare the foundation for the effective management of risk.
Leadership - This will require that top management takes full ownership of, and responsibility for, OHS management and that effective controls are put in place.
Management of change - This will ensure that the organisation effectively plans and manages changes to the OH&S management system in order to avoid any deterioration in performance.
When can we expect to see the new ISO 45001 standard?
Final publication of ISO 45001 is due in October 2016.
According to the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, there are 860 000 occupational accidents every day and the direct or indirect cost of occupational illness and accidents at work is estimated to be approximately GBP 1.8 Trillion, worldwide. By introducing the new international standard for OHS Management it is believed that this could help to save more lives, reduce accidents further and improve employee morale around the world.
To find out more about OHSAS 18001, ISO 45001 or how you could achieve certification; contact QMS today at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0333 344 3646.
UK Overestimates plastics recycling by one-third
Posted 1st March 2018
The UK is significantly underestimating the amount of plastics packaging waste produced across the country, according to new research.
Researchers claim the UK may have failed to meet its EU plastic packaging recycling targets in each year from 2008-12
The latest Defra figures claim that UK businesses and households produced 2.26 million tonnes of plastics packaging waste in 2015. But research from waste consultancy Eunomia finds that this number reflects the amount of plastic packaging placed on the market by producers, and that the real amount is much higher - around 3.5 million tonnes.
The real recycling rate in 2015 was not 39% as claimed in official data, but somewhere between 23%-29%. As such, the UK may have failed to meet its EU plastic packaging recycling targets in each year from 2008-12.
This is because the quantity reported as recycled often reflects the measurement of waste which includes moisture and other contaminants but the amount that companies say they produce is reported when it is clean, dry and free from extraneous material and contaminants.
Researchers also take aim at the producer responsibility system, which create a legal obligation for packaging producers to ensure that a proportion of their marketed products are recovered and recycled. Businesses can show evidence of their compliance by purchasing Packaging Recovery Notes (PRNs).
For the UK, this cost is around €20/tonne, but other European nations have an average for producer responsibility at around €150/tonne. PROs from UK businesses currently contribute to just 10% of the cost of waste disposal, with taxpayers paying the remaining 90%. Official recycling statistics were conducted for Defra by the UK's largest compliance scheme, Valpak.
A lower figure also reduces the amount of material that needs to be recycled in order to meet the targets, researchers claim, keeping down the costs of compliance to industry.
"The scheme supports the reporting of compliance at low cost, rather than achieving high quality recycling of plastic packaging. The disparities between datasets indicate that the existing scheme gives a weak foundation on which to base the recycling figures."
Winter driving: the importance of road safety policies
Posted 1st February 2018
Fleet managers and business owners are being called upon to ensure they have a robust road safety policy for winter driving.
The call comes after the recent poor weather conditions in the UK, which left many employees stranded at home, unable to travel, or broken down in an attempt to get to work in the hazardous conditions.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advises business owners and employers that health and safety law applies to on-the-road work activities and the risks should be effectively managed within a health and safety system.
Stuart Thomas, Director of Fleet and SME services at the AA, said:
"Company car drivers are 49% more likely to be involved in an accident than ordinary drivers, even when higher mileages are considered. Businesses need to ensure all risks to their employees are minimised and that they are not putting themselves, or other road users, in jeopardy.
"Ensure your road safety policy covers every issue your drivers could face, from prohibiting alcohol and drug use while driving, to driver behaviour and self-care behind the wheel. By including these measures, fleets and businesses can easily improve their employees' safety and efficiency in 2018, and beyond.
"Additionally, any policy should include information on electric vehicles usage, with two-thirds of fleets expected to run their vehicles on alternative fuels in just five years' time."
Further guidance on work-related road safety, including what the law says and practical measures employers should take, is available on the HSE website.
The top five things employers should be aware of for 2018
Posted 1st January 2018
1. Data protection. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in May 2018. Billed as the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years, after four years of preparation and debate the GDPR was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016 and will be directly application in all member states from May 2018 - at which time those not complying will face heavy fines. Click here to read some key takeaways employers should be doing to make sure they comply.
2. The Gender Pay Gap. From 5 April, firms with at least 250 employees must reveal data about the differences in pay between men and women in their workforce. The European Commission is stepping up its efforts to reduce the pay gap, backed by the UK's Women's Business Council.
3. From 1 April, landlords must upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties to band E or better, meaning it will be unlawful to rent out a property which breaches this minimum rating, so properties that fall in the less efficient 'F' or 'G' category will no longer be acceptable.
4. The minimum wage will continue to increase, rising from £7.50 to £7.83. Workers between the ages of 21 and 24 will see their pay rise from £7.05 to £7.38, wages will rise from £5.60 to £5.90 for 18-20 year olds, from £4.05 to £4.20 for 16-17 year olds, and from £3.50 to £3.70 for apprentices aged under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship. The Living Wage will undoubtedly continue to gain prominence amongst companies wanting to be seen as responsible employers.
5. Employment Tribunal applications will most likely rise, since the Supreme Court ruled that it was unlawful for the Government to impose fees to those wishing to take their employer to Tribunal. With the knowledge that some sort of fees will be applied in due course, it is probable that employers will start to see a short-term rise in retrospective applications, and new applications, since the 79% dip in applications in the last three years.
Paper mill waste recycling solution by Harden Industries
Posted 1st December 2017
With the raising awareness of protecting forest and grass, most paper mills choose to recycle waste paper as raw materials to produce paper. Various waste paper can be used to remake paper, like carton box, office documents, cardboard for package.etc. A report shows that a recycled paper mill with an annual output of 1 million 500 thousand tons will produce 180 thousand tons' paper making waste residue' a year. As there are some plastic, mental and grits in the waste paper, taking advantage of these kinds of waste to remake fuel is the other potential business for the paper mill.
Waste produced in the process of paper remaking
Normally used paper will be packed by wires via compactor and then transferred to the paper mill.
Most of the used paper will dissolve in the process of manufacturing pulp, the rest of metal wires and plastic will be curled together. That's how the ragger wire and ropes comes from.
Difficulties of Paper Mill Waste recycling
Lots of mixed paper mill waste which is difficult to dispose by manual
Derivatives produced in the process of paper remaking is highly difficult to be processed
Harden has developed a one-stop paper mill waste processing system, including the ragger wire shredder, hammer mill and ferrous separator. This kind of system is prevalent in the market, harden one-stop paper mill waste processing has received thousands of successful cases since released.
In 2016 HSE published 'Helping Great Britain work well' - a new strategy for the health and safety system. As part of HSE's contribution to that we have now set out our focus over the next 3-5 years in 19 industry sectors and 3 cross-cutting, work-related ill health themes. Construction is one of these sectors. The sector plans have benefited from the input of employers, trade unions and professional bodies.
The plans do not attempt to capture all that HSE does. Instead, they highlight specific priorities, within an overall framework that captures how we:
Lead and engage others;
Sustain an effective regulatory framework (including any implications of the UK's exit from Europe);
Secure effective management and control of risk through direct interventions with duty holders;
Reduce the likelihood of low-frequency, high-impact incidents that have potential for extensive harm to workers and the public.
British engineering firm Dyson is set to enter the battery electric vehicle (EV) market with the launch of a new model by 2020
Posted 1st October 2017
Sir James Dyson confirmed that £2bn investment would go towards an battery electric vehicle prototype model.
A 400-strong team of Dyson engineers and experts from the wider automotive industry, including key staff formerly with Aston Martin and Tesla, have been working for two years on the project.
This "radical" vehicle would be different from current models on the market, by bring all our technologies together into a single product, which would be expensive to purchase.
Dyson refused to give specific details on the project, saying that while the electric motor has been designed, the prototype is yet to be built and a factory site had not yet been chosen.
His interest in the field stretches back to the 1990s, Dyson said, when he first examined the idea of designing filters to reduce particulate pollution for diesel engines. He has since concluded that EVs are the best way forward to tackle emissions. Rather than filtering emissions at the exhaust pipe, today we have the ability to solve it at the source.
Commenting on the news, the Renewable Energy Association's (REA's) head of EVs spoke of the "major opportunity" for UK firms not traditionally associated with vehicle production to enter the EV market and it is excellent to see new companies entering the space, creating new competition, and driving fresh innovation in the sector.
Having already acquiring Sakti3, a solid state battery company, and being well-versed in developing electric motors, albeit on a smaller scale, Dyson may have the majority of the building blocks in place to be a real contender in the electric vehicle market.
Traditional manufacturers have stepped up efforts to develop EVs in recent times. Major players such as Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) have announced plans for all new vehicles to be electric by 2020. Meanwhile, VW, embroiled in the 2015 dieselgate scandal, has pledged that every vehicle in its model portfolio will have an electric version on sale to customers by 2030.
The anticipated expansion of EVs comes amid a swathe of announcements from governments planning to ban international combustion engines, as early as 2025 in Norway and the Netherland. Nicola Sturgeon this month announced that diesel and petrol cars and vans will be phased out in Scotland by 2032, eight years earlier than the UK Government's target.
Four types of Tribunal claim that will soar in the post-fee era
Posted 1st September 2017
The Supreme Court surprised many last month when it decided Employment Tribunal fees were unlawful. Statistics cited during the case revealed the number of tribunals brought had fallen by as much as 70% since the charges were introduced in 2013. The following are the four types of case that employment lawyers believe courts are likely to be hearing more in the future.
Equal pay disputes
Claims surrounding equal pay are likely to increase, particularly given the attention the BBC pay report garnered along with the onset of gender pay reporting.
"The publication of a pay gap within a company may lead to disgruntled employees bringing a sex discrimination or equal pay claim on the basis that the report identifies they are being paid less in comparison to a colleague of the opposite gender.
"Voluntary contextual information will become more important for employers to use; providing an objective, non-discriminatory explanation for the pay gap and revealing the future steps the company will take to address this could reduce the risk of being taken to tribunal."
Research published in March by the Young Women's Trust found that almost one in four young mothers have experienced maternity discrimination. Such claims can prove expensive, with one mother awarded £25,000 in compensation earlier this year after a Tribunal decided she had been unfairly dismissed.
"It was difficult to bring maternity discrimination claims before the fees were imposed: most claimants would have been weighing up the reduced income that pursuing a claim might involve, and their personal priorities regarding their pregnancy. Now the financial barrier has been removed, it's likely that we will see more of these claims."
Discriminatory dress codes
A petition signed by more than 150,000 people protesting requirements for women to wear high heels in the workplace brought issues around workplace dress to national attention earlier this year.
"Non-discrimination issues around dress codes in the workplace, whether gendered issues like high heels or overly restrictive prohibitions on religious dress, have previously been shown to lead to challenge and litigation.
"People can now bring those claims without personal cost: previously, if you were hacked off about having to wear high heels at work you probably wouldn't have paid upwards of £1,000 just to take this issue to a tribunal. Now this barrier has been scrapped, I expect we will see more cases - and high heels could well be at the forefront."
Claims from younger workers
"We expect a bigger increase in claims from younger workers, as the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills' Findings from the Survey of Employment Tribunal Applications 2013 found that 49% of claimants were influenced by the requirement to pay a fee, with younger workers aged between 20 and 24 more heavily affected than those aged over 65."
Brewing for the future how to slash the water footprint through supplier engagement
Posted 1st August 2017
A supply chain management philosophy built on engagement over enforcement enabled brewer MillerCoors to reduce its water footprint by 17% last year. The firm has been galvanising the farmer community to create resilient, future-proofed beer supply chains.
MillerCoors is delivering a "roadmap of improvement" for its suppliers, which account for 90% of it's water footprint. MillerCoors released its annual sustainability, revealing a 15-billion gallon reduction in water use in 2016 - the equivalent of more than 500 million kegs of beer.
While a portion of this reduction has been attributed to wet weather conditions, MillerCoors' says that promoting water use best-practice to suppliers has been one of the primary drivers of this saving; creating a supply chain built on trust, data and a desire to innovate and boost productivity.
"A key aspect is to have a shared understanding that water is the cornerstone of different communities. For a business to thrive, you need a thriving community as well. Our suppliers interact with their communities and compliance is built on a base of trust. We have to ensure that we use information for the right purposes to improve the overall implementation and well-being of the community in relation to water." Indeed, suppliers account for 90% of MillerCoors' water footprint.
MillerCoors decided on a process that would draw on and utilise the expertise of the farmers, rather than being seen to hand down orders.
In 2015, numerous 'showcase barley farms' were chosen to trial precision irrigation techniques that demonstrated the benefits of water stewardship. The showcase barley farm in Silver Creek Valley, Idaho, for instance, has championed data management and new growing and harvesting techniques to collectively restore 550 million gallons of water annually.
A year later, MillerCoors launched the Grower Portal, a digital platform that gathers information that can enhance water savings. Eventually, this platform will allow growers to share data and promote the desired best practice.
These showcase farms are "significantly more powerful" than any report or document that could be shared to other farmers interested in adopting new practices and need to create the right conditions for them. By promoting early adoption of technology and practices the farmers will have improved productivity, efficiency and bottom-line results.
But for independent farmers, introducing new practices as part of a pilot or trial could have unforeseen consequences on productivity or crop yields during early adoption.
Federal funding is then made available to facilitate the necessary knowledge and technology and MillerCoors will provide extra financial incentives.
The aim of these partnerships is to create low-risk supplier relationships built on trust. In exchange for the funds, the independent farmers are expected to disclose "critical and sensitive" information on farming techniques, so that MillerCoors can uncover and share best practices.
One practice that has already been uncovered is the tendency from farmers to over-irrigate during the "late irrigation" stage, to ensure that the yield doesn't dry out. In partnership with academic institutions in Idaho, MillerCoors found that this was having a detrimental impact on the yield. By demonstrating less-intensive late-stage irrigation techniques to the farmers, MillerCoors' water use fell considerably as a result, without impacting yield quality.
On the horizon
The potential disruptions caused by embedding innovations into farms aren't exclusive to the farmers. MillerCoors collects and stores reserve barley yields from farmers one year in advance. This process encourages the exploration of new farming techniques as farmers are aware that MillerCoor's output won't be disrupted as a result.
This future-proofing aspect can extend beyond a one-year timeframe. MillerCoors is closing in on a goal to reduce its average water-to-beer ratio across all major breweries to 3:1 by 2020 - the firm is currently operating at a 3.2:1 ratio. A goal to restore the volume of water in used in its products is also within sight.
MillerCoors is already working with Molson Coors - the brewer which completed acquisition of full ownership of MillerCoors in October 2016 - to develop new 2025 goals. At least two of the goals will be aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - Goal 6 (water) and Goal 17 (partnerships) will be championed under the new 2025 strategy.
While the water-energy nexus is becoming clearer for businesses, corporate water reduction targets don't have a science-based platform to work towards (as carbon emissions targets do, through the Science-based Targets initiative). And, although organisations like the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) are making inroads, more corporate attention needs to be paid to water stewardship.
The business case is a hybrid of more traditional indicators of savings in the bottom line, and the extended benefits of what a resource like water provides to your other actions and the communities that you are operating in. By pro-actively analysing the nexus and how that measures against the productivity of your water use.;
NEW Shredder for WEEE material
Posted 1st July 2017
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GDPR Will be Implemented in UK.
U.K. to maintain its world-class protection of people's personal data.
Organisations need to understand GDPR Requirements including:
Designating a Data Protection Officer (DPO).
It has been reaffirmed in the Queen's speech that the UK Government will implement the EU General Data Protection Regulations despite pending Brexit negotiations.
There is now just under a year until the May 2018 deadline for EU member states to incorporate GDPR in to their domestic laws; and all U.K. Organisations who handle personal data will need to ensure they comply.
The speech which opens a two-year session of parliament, committed the U.K. to maintaining its world-class protection of people's personal data.
An additional document detailed additional rights for individuals to demand social media and other digital companies delete personal data they have shared prior to turning 18.
But it also made clear, a priority to allow police and other authorities to "continue to exchange information quickly and easily with international partners" to fight terrorism and other serious crimes.
Organisations now need to ensure they understand how new GDPR rules will affect the way they collect, process, protect and manage personal data, and this might include a need to revalidate consent from data subjects or amend policies and procedures, to make sure such staff are compliant in their handling data.
Now would be a good time to conduct a Data Protection Audit which will identify the personal information within a company and how it is used.
Organisations will also need to be familiar with Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA) and designate a Data Protection Officer (DPO). Guidance from the ICO is expected in the coming months.
This is the biggest reform in data protection laws since the 1998 act so organisations may benefit from a workshop with a GDPR Consultant.