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Our sector’s productivity rests on the skills and knowledge of its employees – so their health, safety and wellbeing are paramount. That’s why British Glass works with its members and other stakeholders to make the glass industry a safe and healthy place to work – today and into the future.

 
Our Health and Safety Forward scheme is a dynamic system for continuous improvement across our sector, aligned to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Helping Great Britain work well strategy. The scheme is open to all British Glass members – and all ten of the UK’s major glass manufacturers fully signed up members. 

Health and Safety Forward – through its meetings, training days and working groups – identifies and addresses the glass sector’s priority wellbeing, health and safety issues.  

British Glass wider work on health and safety includes:

  • publishing industry guidance
  • collecting and reporting annual health and safety statistics
  • providing industry specific training including IOSH Working Safely for flat glass and container glass.  

British Glass also works closely with both the HSE and CHARGE (a forum for the ceramics, heavy clay, refractories, glass and glazing, cement and concrete industries). 

Related Publications


Stay safe when swabbing

Stay safe when swabbing

This poster outlines the key dos and don't for IS machine operators when it comes to swabbing.

Free download only available for British Glass members.


Furnace leaks - H&S Committee session

Furnace leaks - H&S Committee session

Slides from H&S Committee session on furnace leaks - with former firefighter Rod Johnson, who now runs TASCOT (providers of bespoke training in tackling furnace leaks). Includes real-life case studies...

Free download only available for British Glass members.


Slips, trips and falls

Slips, trips and falls

Fall prevention is rightly on the agenda for glass manufacturers when it comes to keeping their staff safe – which is why we had Rob Shaw, Technical Team Lead on Falls Prevention at the Health and Safety...

Free download only available for British Glass members.


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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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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