Workers urged to take responsibility for safety

The safety message that was promoted by the MPQC.
The safety message that was promoted by the MPQC.

An organisation based in Eastwood has urged workers to put the emphasis on safety in potentially dangerous jobs that could lead to accidents and even fatalities.

The Mineral Products Qualifications Council (MPQC) works for and with industries related to construction, quarrying and manufacturing, as well as mineral products.

Based at Meadowbank Way in the town, it has run a campaign urging employees to take a more proactive role in ensuring best practices. The campaign coincided with World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which was held last Saturday.

“Health and safety is at the heart of all we do,” said John Wilkinson, chief executive officer of the MPQC. “This includes ensuring quality training and assessment, and maintaining qualifications and standards.

“Our campaign gave us another opportunity to drive this home and involve our members. It is only by working as a collective that we can continue to embed best practices to avoid accidents and fatalities.”

While the sector has rigorous standards in place to ensure competence, the MPQC wants to reaffirm that every employee is equally responsible for both themselves and those around them.

The organisation spent last week putting out information across social media platforms, using the hashtag #responsible, on how workers can take a more responsible role in workplace health and safety.

It encouraged indoividuals to share what they are personally doing to make the sector a safer place to work. And its commercial division, MP Skills, also offered discounts of beteween ten per cent and 15 per cent on the cost of safety training courses.

Established in 1983, the MPQC is a not-for-profit organisation that also helps to develop and maintain training needs for the industries it is involved with.