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Briggs of Burton Breath Easy as investment continues in staff Health and Safety

Briggs of Burton have invested in leading Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) for the Briggs Manufacturing team following recent legislative changes. In February 2019, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) changed its enforcement expectations regarding exposure to welding fumes, following new scientific evidence that exposure to welding fumes can cause lung cancer, and possibly kidney cancer.

The HSE further stated that “All businesses undertaking welding activities should ensure effective engineering controls are provided and correctly used to control fumes arising from those welding activities. Where engineering controls are not adequate to control all fume exposure, adequate and suitable Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) is also required to control risk from the residual fume.”

Steve Vickers, Briggs of Burton’s General Manager, Manufacturing said “Briggs have a high regard for Health, Safety and Welfare of their employees and we pride ourselves on this ethos. We are always looking for ways to ease any effects on our employees by looking at smarter working techniques and will continue to do so in the future. Following the recent change in legislation, Briggs of Burton have invested extensively in the relevant equipment to ensure compliance and have plans to invest further in the “Breathe Freely” campaign.”

This investment continues from the recently awarded Gold RoSPA Award Briggs of Burton were successful in securing for the second consecutive year. The award recognises the high level of commitment to workplace safety, staff training and raising awareness of the “Zero Harm” initiative, which was setup to reduce the number of accidents at work. Health and safety is a core value at Briggs of Burton and is evident from accruing nearly 4.0 million-man hours since their last Lost Time Accident (LTA) over the last decade.