12 Nov A new SHIFT Website for a new Phase

The SHIFT Initiative, which strives to improve the safety and health of employees in the UK foundry industry, is now in its third phase. Administered by the Cast Metals Federation, (CMF), the UK foundry Trade Association, the initiative is a collaboration between the Casting Health and Safety Advisory Committee, (CHASAC), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the CMF.

By signing up to SHIFT, foundries are able to demonstrate publicly their commitment to the wellbeing of their employees through attending SHIFT workshops, sharing and implementing best practice and reporting their accident statistics. This year marks the start of phase III of the initiative, targeting a further 25% reduction in reportable accidents and ill-health, and with a secondary target to halve the overall number of accidents reported. Using the results from 2017 as its starting point, this phase aims to meet these challenges by the end of 2022. So far the initiative has not failed to meet its targets and accident rates have consistently been reduced since its inception in 2003. To facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practice, CMF has invested in a new website for SHIFT.

Richard Heath, the Health, Safety and Environment Officer for CMF, and SHIFT Administrator, says “The new website will make it much easier for our foundries and industry suppliers to access the information they need in a user-friendly format – CHASAC has invested time in developing good practice guides and case studies which we can share. In addition, there are a number of Frequently Asked Questions, (FAQ’s), on the website that will be particularly useful for the smaller foundries where the H&S person often has a range of responsibilities in addition to their H&S role. “One of the main strengths of SHIFT is the way in which all the members collaborate during our regular forums, sharing information and helping each other to improve – the new site will make this even easier.”

To find out more about SHIFT and how to get involved visit https://shift-initiative.org.uk/

Angela Mason
Angela Mason