Coronavirus Update

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Due to current government restrictions Safety First Consultants have taken the decision to stop delivering the quarry passport course in the immediate future. However, we hope to recommence in the summer dependent on circumstances and government advice at the time. You will find a revised schedule of provisional course dates on our website recommencing in June. If you wish to provisionally book places you may do so via email or phone.

If you have a quarry passport that is about to expire you now have 3 months to renew it after the expiry date. This may lead to a log jam once courses are able to be run. We would advise you to provisionally book your places early, however if demand requires it, we will endeavour to run additional courses. Please get in touch if you need further information or if our current dates do not suit you.

In the meantime please stay safe and follow the latest government advice

Coronavirus Information (Covid-19)

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In view of the current advice from the UK Government Safety First Consultants is considering its options for running the Quarry Safety Passport courses.

The next course scheduled for 23rd – 24th March is now full. Numbers have been restricted to a maximum of 10 candidates in a room designed to hold 20 persons, this to achieve a little “social distancing”. Candidates have been asked to provide their own lunches and provide hand gels to limit the interface with the hotel training room facilities.

Safety First Consultants have requested that any persons displaying the published symptoms of Covid-19 or have any reason to suspect they may have contracted the virus should NOT attend the quarry safety passport course,  no matter how short this notice may be. In such cases Safety First Consultants will endeavour to rearrange courses so that candidates fees are not lost.

Clearly the national situation remains fluid and it may be that future, planned courses have to be cancelled. However it is the current intention that quarry safety passport courses will continue to be run not withstanding future advice from the UK Government.

Vehicle Accidents

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The HSE announced in 2017 that “being hit by a vehicle” was again one of the top three causes of workplace fatality, this was still the case last year.

Busy quarries can have up to 200 vehicle movements a day so it’s vital we all pay attention.

The Quarry Passport Course is full of helpful advice on how to avoid incidents in this regard, including the correct use and selection of high vis clothing. Why not attend Safety First Consultant’s next course on 23rd – 24th March 2020 and make sure you are up to speed with current thinking.

Safety First Consultants Audit 100% Compliant

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Safety First Consultants have recently been audited by SPA Ltd. whilst presenting the MPQC / SPA Quarry Safety Passport Course in February. Safety First Consultants achieved 100% compliance in all 42 audit protocols.

The author commented:

“Chris delivers a very interactive quarry safety passport course. Lots of great discussion throughout. Chris uses lots of scenarios which delegates can relate to. A great course with lots of information provided without getting too technical and overwhelming the delegates”.

No Risk Assessment Lands Company with £400,000 Fine

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A Coventry based materials division of a large French Company has been fined £400,000 after a worker had to have his left arm amputated after it became trapped beneath a rotating stone drum fed by conveyor whilst attempting to clear a blockage. A fellow worker inadvertently activated the start button.

The HSE investigation revealed there was no risk assessment or safe system of work in place for clearing rock safely from tail end drums.

Want to know more about risk assessments and safe isolation procedures? Attend Safety First Consultant’s next quarry passport course on the 23rd – 24th March 2020.

Two Quarry Passport Training Providers Agreements Terminated

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SPA Ltd have recently terminated the contract of two training providers who have been found to be fraudulently delivering quarry passport training courses. Safety First Consultants Ltd would like to remind you that courses are either 2 full days or 1 day renewal and each day will last a minimum of 6 hours. Under no circumstances can we deliver a 2 day quarry passport course in 1 day.

SPA and MPQC carry out audits which are unannounced and can be completed at any time of the day. As trainers we must complete annual CPD to remain eligible to deliver the quarry passport course.

Also, please note that once your current quarry passport has expired, even if it’s only by one day, you must then redo the two day course. There are no exceptions.

January Quarry Passport Course Completed

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The first quarry passport course of the year has been completed at Safety First Consultants Ltd. 17 delegates successfully gained their MPQC / SPA Mineral Products passport.

Course delegates came from a variety of disciplines including earthmovers, electricians, mechanical installers and maintenance engineers.

Candidates commented that the quarry passport course is increasingly required by quarry operators.