its Hard Targets initiative IN 2005. The “Hard
Targets“initiative aims to improve the health and safety
record of the sector through continuous improvement. Over the
next five years the aim is to half the number of accidents. Planned
actions and activities in the initiative include:
- The establishment of “hard target clubs” which
will meet locally on a county basis to offer help and assistance
to individual members to improve health and safety management.
It is intended that clubs will offer a friendly and supportive
environment in which members can learn together, share experiences
and move towards establishing best practice in health and safety
within their own organisations.
- The introduction of health and safety awards and competitions.
- Feedback to companies as to how they can improve their health
and safety performance.
- Each member will be encouraged to formulate a specific health
and safety action plan.
- The organisation of workshops and quarry open days to provide
practical advice and guidance.
It is hoped that the regular feedback received from the hard
target clubs will allow the QPANI Health and Safety Committee
to identify and focus on particular areas of concern and subsequently
formulate strategies and further initiatives to help members reduce
risks and improve performance in the areas identified.
The overall business benefits for the industry, and individual
companies, by having the hard targets initiative cannot be underestimated.
These include reduction in insurance premiums and an improvement
in the way that the insurance industry views the quarry products
sector. The initiative will also improve the image of the sector
and promoting it as a career opportunity to our young people.