Welcome to our new trainee

It a big welcome from us all at Green Dragon to our new trainee Amber Levitt who joins us on the 1st of March. Amber has a varied background joining us from the world of insurance and as that is where our innovations come from Amber will be an excellent fit

Look out for her as she will be round with the team to see you on your updates, Amber is looking forward to meeting all our customers

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SSIP Multiple Certifications

Some clients are insisting that contracting companies have multiple certifications, ie from more than one provider even though the HSE has issued guidance that one certificate is enough

This is a difficult subject as some clients have procedures and trying to change these is challenging and they may choose to ignore HSE advice rather than change their procedures

Our advice it to find out early on in the tender process what type of certification will be needed by them so you can make arrangements in good time should you be awarded the work

Have a safe month. Ian and the team

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Quarterly update

The quarterly update has been issued to all Green Dragon customers and as usual is packed with top tips and information

If you have not received yours yet, please let us know, so we can get one out to you

Have a safe quarter. Ian and the team

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Competencies

We are speaking to all our customers about staff competencies and how they deem their staff as competent. This will be an ongoing theme this year and will be dealt with as a matter of routine as we visit

Should you have any specific questions please let us know

Happy New Year, Ian and the team

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The HSE’s Position on Stress at Work

Guidance has been published by the HSE after an increase of reports to them of stress at work. Their position is that if there are wider company issues they will investigate but they will not investigate individual complaints

The HSE has also confirmed that stress is not reportable under RIDDOR, even if there is a medical certificate stating that stress is work related . Stress cannot be reported as an over seven day event even if it is alleged the stress was caused at work

Mental health conditions are not listed in in the schedule for reportable occupational diseases

Have a safe month. Ian and the team

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Resilience – Business continuity

We are receiving a number of requests for a service that provides Resilience / Business continuity plans. This is being driven by insurance companies that wish to see that businesses they insure have a plan to continue trading should they receive some sort of business interruption, such as (but not limited to) loss of utilities, interruption by protesters, (at offices and plants) floods etc

Should you require this service please let us know and we can provide a tailored plan for you. This service is available in the UK or abroad and can include security should this be necessary

As ever, a brilliant service at reasonable and fair costs

We look forward to hearing from you

Have a safe month. Ian and the team

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Why Training Records are Vital

Each time an employee completes any training ensure the training is recorded, a class signature sheet, should be kept on file with an individual signed form going in to each trainee’s P file, include a record of the training conducted and the syllabus of the course, even if this is a Toolbox Talk. This is to provide the evidence necessary to prove the training was carried out and what was taught in the training session

If you can provide this sort of evidence,should you be challenged by an inspector your are on the way to passing the test of reasonableness

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Gates, roller shutters, doors

All gates, especially power operated gates, roller shutters and doors must be the subject of regular checks.

The recent death of a child, killed by an electric gate have thrown these devices back into the limelight.  As with all equipment these items should be uniquely identified and regularly checked by a competent person

Don’t forget to keep a record of what has been done, by whom and when

Have a safe quarter, Ian  and the team

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Ensure your racking is safe

Storage racking may seem like a simple system in your workplace but it must be properly installed, correctly fixed and adequately maintained, generally this means each rack being identified with a unique number and receiving an annual inspection by a competent person.

Don’t get caught out, if in doubt give us a shout.  Ian and the team

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