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Safety 'Excellence' for Medway businesses

Publication date
17 May 2013
News release text
Businesses on the Medway City Estate are being invited to attend a free advice and information event at Lakeside Business Park next Wednesday and Thursday (22 and 23 May) on all matters to do with safety and wellbeing in the work place. 
 
As well as displays and fire safety demonstrations, there will be advice on hand in the form of drop-in sessions and details about a wide variety of fully-funded training taster courses available to businesses. These range from fire safety, manual handling, health and safety and workplace health, to devising a driving for work policy and writing a fire risk assessment. 
 
This is all part of a multi-agency safety initiative, “Estates Excellence”, (EE) brings together large employers, councils, regulators and other organisations to use their specialist knowledge and expertise to guide small firms and help them manage risks to their workers and business. 
 
Participating businesses will be visited by specially trained staff to identify the support they need. This includes free training on areas like fire safety, manual handling, risk assessment and security. Businesses will also be able to take advantage of free occupational health testing including hearing tests and lung function. 
 
KFRS Senior Fire Protection Manager Mark Richards said: “The “Estates Excellence” project offers local businesses within ‘estate communities’ the chance to help themselves by increasing their work-place health and safety knowledge. 
 
“By working with businesses to identify any knowledge gaps they may have and by offering guidance and fully-funded training taster sessions, the partnership’s ultimate aim is to help improve overall health and safety levels on the business estate and reduce work-related injuries and ill-health.” 
 
He added: “I would urge all businesses to come along on either day between 9am and 4pm to find out more about the assistance available.” 
 
The drop-in event are being held at Unit 13, Lakeside Business Park, Neptune Close, Medway City Estate on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 May from 9am to 4pm. For further information call 0800 8498012. 
 
Notes to Editors: 
 
Participating businesses include: Health and Safety Executive, working alongside Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS), Medway City Council, Kent Police, Kent County Council, Veetee, Veolia and Caxtons to help reduce the risk of work-related accidents, injuries and sickness.
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