Solvay staff pit their wits against each other in innovative training event at Heanor

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Staff from Solvay’s sites at Heanor and Derby recently took part in a variety of workplace-related challenges that communicated health and safety messages in a fun and engaging way as part of a training event. 

The Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Awareness Day, which was held at Heanor, saw teams compete against the clock in activities that supplemented the formal, classroom-based training given during nine workshops

The challenges included administering emergency first aid, witnessing a kitchen fire and handling water hoses; identifying and donning the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) required for specific tasks; scaling a climbing wall to appreciate the risk of working at height and performing a 360 degree scan to identify manufacturing site safety hazards that had been set-up.

Warrick Codling, HSE Manager at Solvay, said: “As a business that is committed to achieving a world class HSE culture, we planned our first Safety Day at Heanor to enable learning in an environment where all employees could interact together while having fun.

The feedback we received from participants showed it was a very powerful and engaging format. It will now be an annual event on the site.”  

The training day also proved to be a bonus for the Heanor site’s chosen charity, Ben’s Den, as a cake sale organised on the day raised £220 for it.