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Launch of new health and safety campaign at A-Plant

A-Plant continues to increase safety levels with new ‘setting the safety standard’ campaign

Demonstrating the company's continuing focus on health and safety in the workplace, A-Plant has launched a new campaign to increase safety levels in the wide range of industries served by the company. The new 'Setting the Safety Standard' campaign answers a market need identified by customers for more information and solutions to meet current and future safety legislation. This campaign follows on from the previous campaign 'Your Safety…Is Our Priority.'

Through the Setting the Safety Standard campaign, A-Plant will be working with customers to reduce injuries on-site by ensuring their employees operate in the safest possible working environment. The new campaign reflects the growing importance of Health and Safety and reinforces A-Plant's commitment in this area.

The ongoing investment in the A-Plant fleet of over £80 million per annum ensures that the customer can always hire equipment which meets or exceeds the required safety standards.

A-Plant has published an enhanced version of the company's highly popular 'Site Safety Pack' as part of the Setting the Safety Standard campaign. The comprehensive Site Safety Pack from A-Plant comprises folders, posters, stickers, Hand-Arm Vibration leaflets and an extensive 60-page health and safety handbook. The health and safety handbook gives a wealth of information on a range of subjects - from Hand-Arm Vibration Safety and working in confined spaces to manual handling and the safe use of access scaffolds and ladders and is designed to help site workers to understand the ever evolving health and safety legislation and guidelines.

As demonstrated by the contents of the Site Safety Pack, the Setting the Safety Standard campaign will offer an ongoing programme of health and safety initiatives, inspired by new legislation and guidance from organisations such as the HSE. For example, the Site Safety Pack features an enhanced document covering the dangers of working with Dust, focusing on the substantially reduced Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) exposure introduced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Designed to help protect over 140,000 workers in the UK construction industry exposed to airborne dust containing RCS on a regular basis, the new WELs set by the HSE are designed to reduce the possibility of these workers contracting the irreversible lung disease, Silicosis.

The Site Safety Pack describes the industry-leading Dustcontrol range of dust extraction and suppression equipment now available from A-Plant to help contractors to meet the reduced WELs. The A-Plant equipment complies with COSHH regulations stating that dust should be primarily extracted from the point of its production, with airborne dust cleaning being a secondary back up.

The enhanced Site Safety Pack also incorporates information supporting the HSE's 'Better Backs' Campaign, highlighting products available for hire from A-Plant to assist with lifting and manual handling. Whatever needs to be lifted on site, A-Plant has a massive range of lifting, materials handling, mechanical and non-mechanical equipment to help, including Vacuum Lifters, Chain Hoists, Stair Climbers and much more. All of this equipment is designed to help employers and workers avoid serious back or other injuries and prevent potentially costly periods of absence or inactivity.

All of these products are included in the comprehensive fleet of safety products from A-Plant, which forms part of what is intended to be the best hire service in Europe as reinforced by the company's new website at www.aplant.com, which provides a definitive online guide for the equipment hire industry. A-Plant is part of FTSE 250 company, Ashtead Group plc, the leading UK and US equipment outsourcer.