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The GLASS Charter is an industry wide health and safety initiative, initiated by British Glass in 2011 British Glass is actively committed to continually improving the glass industry’s health and safety performance and by working with members, unions and regulators we produce relevant guidance and standards to resolve industry issues.

The glass industry has a long track record of taking a proactive approach to health, safety and sensible risk management and the industry’s GLASS Charter initiative is widely held as a benchmark for industry improvement schemes.

Key activities of the Health and Safety Department include the coordination and development of good practice guidelines and tools, the monitoring of industry performance through collation of statistics, improvement programmes such as the Safety Merit Scheme and monitoring, consultation, early intervention and advice on legislative issues in both the UK and Europe.

Working in close partnership with stakeholders - including members, the Health and Safety Executive, unions and industry experts - provides an excellent platform for open communication, discussion and consultation of potential issues in order to improve standards, raise awareness and share good practices to continually improve the industry’s health and safety record.

The strength of the industry’s commitment - and the extensive network formed - supports the development of guidance, standards, codes of practice and practical tools to overcome issues specific to glass-supply chain sectors through working groups that can be further supported by experts in relevant fields.

Regular communication through health and safety committee meetings, working groups, email bulletins, the website and direct communication ensure that all members are kept up-to-date of legislative changes, government policy, current issues and other events that may affect their activities. This enables the industry, and sub-sectors, to establish agreed positions and suitable actions to take where events require change or could adversely affect the glass industry.

In depth knowledge of the industry, its specialised sub- sectors and processes, held within British Glass and our expert panel of industry champions means that members have continual access to ad-hoc support and advice on issues affecting their operations.

Related Publications


Incident and Near Miss Reporting Guidance

Incident and Near Miss Reporting Guidance

This guidance aims to introduce the concept of near misses, provide assistance to organisations looking to implement a reporting system into their workplaces, clarify understanding of different types of...

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Guidance for Managing Working in Elevated Temperatures

Guidance for Managing Working in Elevated Temperatures

Developed in consultation with all sectors of the UK glass manufacturing industry, the Health and Safety Executive and with input from worker unions, this guidance provides practical guidance to help employers...

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Code of Practice for Glass Forming (I.S.) Machines

Code of Practice for Glass Forming (I.S.) Machines

This code of practice provides practical guidance for container glass manufacturers on the safe operation, assessment and control of glass forming machines and ancillary equipment; as well as providing...

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Safe Swabbing Guidance Note (GC-021-01)

Safe Swabbing Guidance Note (GC-021-01)

This guidance note sets out minimum, good practice standards for the manual lubrication ('swabbing') of glass container moulds in a simple "Always" and "Never" format. Now adopted and in daily practice,...

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Reliable Industrial Measurement of Core Body Temperature

Reliable Industrial Measurement of Core Body Temperature

The project involved field data study in workplace environments where individuals are exposed to elevated temperatures, including furnace operations in both glass and cast-metals manufacture. Individuals...

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