ACO Technologies’ state-of-the-art surface water management systems make travel safer for car, air and rail passengers across the globe. We helped them build an equally innovative safety solution for their own team that realised cost savings of 20%.

With managers working against obsolete systems, limited H&S awareness and the demands of their day jobs, key compliance requirements were slipping through the net. It was time to transform ACO’s safety culture, powering up employees to take ownership of critical tasks like staff training, equipment reviews and risk assessments – and make compliance a key part of their company ethos.

In April 2015, ACO implemented Safety Cloud – our user-friendly health and safety management solution that places all compliance-related documents, policies and data in a central online hub.  Working alongside a dedicated Southalls expert, the team shaped a sustainable safety strategy that worked for ACO’s high-risk environment, covering comprehensive document audits, bespoke risk assessments and tailored policy templates.

Three years on, the benefits stretch beyond simple compliance to a proactive partnership based on inventive ideas, measurable results and employee buy in that’s built to last.

To get the full story on ACO Technologies’ culture change and cost savings, download the case study.

With ambitious plans to expand their family of casually classic French restaurants, Bistrot Pierre needed a scalable safety solution that could hold its own across 21 thriving outlets. Southalls’ frontline EHO expertise guided the business as they grew, helping them set exemplary health and safety standards in every kitchen while delivering unforgettable experiences front of house.

By implementing Safety Cloud H&S management software, Bistrot Pierre gave every site an instant, online window into key data, policies and training modules – as well as personal ownership of critical compliance tasks. Automated tools and templates – accessible on everything from a manager’s PC to a chef’s mobile – made quick but consistent work of daily back of house, bar and cellar checks. Meanwhile, more formal food hygiene assessments were seamlessly delegated, completed and authorised via a web-based process built on current regulations and bespoke in-house practices.

With incident stats – from staff injuries to customer complaints and claims – captured on the Safety Cloud system, Bistrot Pierre were able to pinpoint hot spots, track trends and take proactive steps to prevent future civil action.

To learn how Southalls’ environmental health experience helped Bistrot Pierre boost their ‘Scores on the Doors’ and Trip Advisor ratings, download the full case study.

Steel stockholders and distributors John Tainton had worked hard to build a solid safety track record across their UK and Ireland operations. So when an incident prompted a visit from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), they partnered with Southalls to take their approach to the next level.

With high-risk equipment and a schedule of mandatory inspections to manage, job one was the introduction of Safety Cloud, Southalls’ comprehensive, web-based H&S management tool. The system swapped cumbersome paper processes with a simple online solution that kept procedures, records and reporting current, consistent and compliant.

With Safety Cloud successfully streamlining practices enterprise wide, John Tainton made the leap to a fully-managed consultancy service in February 2017. By tapping into Southalls’ hands-on, one-to-one guidance on a rolling basis, the 90-strong team cut the cost of placing a permanent safety specialist on the payroll. Now employees are clued up, confident and clear of their role in the bigger compliance picture, and the partnership has built health and safety into the bedrock of the John Tainton business.

To learn how John Tainton’s smarter safety methods reduced risk, elevated standards and boosted customer focus, download the full case study.

When East Anglia-based builders’ merchant Kent Blaxill were hit with a weighty fine for failing to ensure adequate separation of vehicles and pedestrians at its Colchester branch, the team got serious about safety. They looked to Southalls to create a H&S solution that’s cut reported accidents by 43%, dropped manual handling injuries by 32% and boosted days on the job by 78%.

An initial audit set the standard for the entire business, with full risk assessments, bespoke H&S policies and a back-to-basics redesign for the Bury St Edmunds yard. We then rolled out a progamme of safety excellence across all 13 regional locations and continued to raise the bar with rigorous six-monthly follow-up visits.

By implementing Safety Cloud software, Kent Blaxill created an instantly-accessible hub of all safety data and documents, allowing them to analyse accident stats, track trends and transform training and working practices for all employees – from drivers to directors.

With staff empowered to take responsibility across every site, Kent Blaxill has made compliance a consistent and core part of their operation.

Looking to reduce your slips and trips rate by 55%? Find out how we did it for Kent Blaxill in the full case study.

As designers and manufacturers of high-performance residential and commercial joinery, family-run AJB Group understand that skilled craftsmanship relies on solid safety practices. So when a minor incident cued a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) consultation, they looked to Southalls to cover compliance from every angle.

After delivering on HSE recommendations, including the addition of a qualified Health and Safety Manager, AJB maintained momentum with a company-wide culture change. By implementing Safety Cloud software, key compliance tasks – from machinery checks to COSHH assessments – were easily delegated and delivered, sharing ownership across the business. Meanwhile, a bespoke on-boarding programme and training for current team members ensured safety standards remained an achievable priority for every employee.

With on-site and ad hoc guidance from Southalls, AJB took a safety-centric approach to a range of significant business transformations – from an ambitious site move and headcount additions to the purchase of cutting-edge equipment. AJB’s existing daily factory floor walks, weekly action plans and monthly audits were made even more effective with a suite of customised safety documentation, including tailored risk assessments, managers’ audits and site-specific health surveillance questionnaires.

To see how Southalls hands-on support boosted confidence across AJB’s entire company, download the full case study.

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DOES YOUR SAFETY PROGRAMME COVER THE CRITICAL BASES?

Growth in warehouse and distribution centres has been matched by a corresponding jump in fines for health and safety infringements.
 
The potential for punitive fines makes the argument for establishing robust warehouse safety management all the more compelling for operators.
Download our free e-guide WAREHOUSING AND DISTRIBUTION: The Key to Successful Safety Compliance now. This e-guide takes you through the key areas to consider when devising a safety strategy and offers tips and advice on best practice.

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