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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, it has resulted in a significant reduction in swabbing-related injuries. This guidance note should be used in conjunction with the Code of Practice for Glass Forming (I.S.) Machines, and it is hoped that together these documents will help to further reduce incidents on and around glass forming machines. 

The document has been developed by the British Glass I.S. Machines working group - comprised of all UK manufacturers of container glassware (bottles, jars, etc.), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and manufacturers and suppliers of glass forming equipment.  Manufacturers have shared extensive accident/injury data which has allowed the British Glass working group to fully investigate all hazards posed, and so establish appropriate guidance and standards.

The glass industry has a long track record of taking a proactive approach to health, safety and sensible risk management. The industry, in partnership with HSE and unions, launched the 'GLASS Charter' initiative in 2001 in order to push forward improvement and demonstrate its combined commitment to health and safety. The charter was the first sector initiative of its kind and now, 11 years on, is setting about refreshing the scheme and setting a new ambitious strategy leading forward to 2020.

Current Issue: 2, Reference GC-021-01, October 2011

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