Mach-Tool Engineering’s customers work in high hazard industries and expect exceptional standards in health and safety. Mach-Tool already had a good safety record, being ISO 9000 accredited and awarded. To take their safety to the next level, they updated to AS4801 and simplified health and safety management by integrating it into the overall management system.
Upgrading the company management systems to AS4801 has improved customer confidence, increased orders, and increased productivity tenfold. It also means that Mach-Tool can pre-qualify for tender opportunities.
The Directors committed the company to achieving AS4801. The process included a review of all management processes and integration of health and safety management into the system. The Directors also empowered the Quality, Audit and Safety Manager to manage changes.
Key success factors were:
The initiate had the desired effect, improving health and safety performance in a number of areas, including:
Safety was more than just great for morale – it also improved Mach-Tool’s profitability through:
The Board of Directors embraced the adoption of a positive safety culture and appointed Work Safety Hub to develop the safety management system and oversee its implementation.
Employees were encouraged to be safety conscious at all times and in all places, regardless of their role. Continuous awareness initiatives include regular meetings, toolbox talks, and safety audits to engage staff in continuous improvement. Safety Management review meetings are held every four months with representatives from staff, hourly paid employees, and the Managing Director. A committee meeting is held monthly and encourages representatives to raise health and safety matters.
An employee safety improvement award scheme has been implemented to encourage the workforce to seek improvements.
In recent years, the company has received formal recognition of its health and safety record.