CHEP – the global leader in pallet and container pooling – is targeting a 50% reduction in the vibration levels of tools and machinery being used at each of its 18 repair and maintenance depots across the UK.
The regular use of equipment such as power saws and nail guns can lead to health issues related to vibration. CHEP has been working with external agency Sound Advice which measured the vibration levels of all the equipment used. As a result, finer saw blades and lighter nail guns fitted with second safety handles have been introduced which has brought about a 20% – 30% reduction in vibration levels.
Operatives have also been shown how a change in grip can further reduce vibration.
Hugh Kempton, CHEP’s plant operations manager said. "With all the measures in place, we are confident of achieving an overall 50% reduction in vibration levels. Employee wellbeing is a key priority for CHEP and these latest initiatives will have a positive impact.
The measure have been introduced under CHEP’s Zero Harm policy which is dedicated to providing and maintaining a safe working environment and to preventing injuries or illness to all employees. One essential indicator of Zero Harm’s success is the measurement of LTIs (Lost Time Incidents) which is a standard industry measure. The latest figures reveal a drop in LTIs to a level significantly below the industry average.