Carbon Fibre Manufacturing Safety

Ensuring workplace health and safety compliance for a leading manufacturer in the carbon industry.

The Challenge

The primary objective was to assist this leading carbon fibre manufacturing business in ensuring that its main production lines complied with necessary workplace health and safety legislation (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)). The comprehensive assessment aimed to identify applicable legislation, pinpoint key non-compliances across all critical production lines, and conduct in-depth gap analysis for lines requiring special attention. This process would enable the business to implement design and process changes to achieve compliance and demonstrate this to regulators, particularly the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

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Initial Site Assessment

The consultant initiated the project with a comprehensive site visit to our client’s facility. This initial assessment provided insights into the manufacturing processes, workplace conditions, and existing safety protocols.

Legislation Identification

Understanding the importance of accuracy, the consultant meticulously identified the applicable workplace health and safety legislation and machine specific safety standards for Carbon Industry manufacturing operations. This step laid the foundation for assessing compliance gaps.

Gap Analysis Across carbon fibre manufacturing Lines

The consultant conducted a broad analysis across all critical production lines, identifying key non-compliances and potential safety hazards. This helped our client prioritise areas that required in-depth gap analysis.

In-Depth Gap Analysis

Two production lines were highlighted for in-depth gap analysis against applicable safety requirements. The consultant meticulously reviewed design specifications, operational processes, and safety protocols to identify specific compliance gaps.

Gap Analysis Reports

Comprehensive gap analysis reports were delivered, outlining specific non-compliances, safety hazards, and recommended corrective actions. These reports served as a roadmap for achieving compliance.

Design and carbon fibre manufacturing Process Changes

With detailed knowledge of machinery legislation, the consultant provided guidance to implement necessary design and process changes. These changes were designed to align with workplace  safety legislation and enhance the safety of the production lines.

Results and Benefits

The collaboration proved instrumental in ensuring workplace health and safety compliance for the operation’s main production lines. The partnership yielded several key benefits:

Regulatory Compliance

The client achieved compliance with necessary workplace health and safety legislation. Thus demonstrating its commitment to the safety of its workforce and carbon fibre manufacturing operations.

HSE Confidence

Through the delivered gap analysis reports and implemented design and process changes, our client gained the confidence of regulators. Including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), showcasing a proactive approach to safety.

Expanded Scope in carbon fibre manufacturing

Recognising the value of the initial work, the scope of the project was extended to cover other aspects of its facility. This provided valuable insights into regulations for its maintenance and engineering teams, fostering a culture of safety and compliance.

Investment Value

This leading Carbon Industry manufacturer referred to the project as “money well invested,” highlighting the tangible benefits of ensuring workplace health and safety compliance.

The outcome - carbon fibre manufacturing

Through a strategic partnership, our client successfully achieved workplace health and safety compliance for its main carbon fibre manufacturing lines. By conducting thorough assessments, delivering gap analysis reports, and implementing design and process changes, we demonstrated the commitment to safety and regulatory adherence. The collaboration not only enhanced the company’s compliance but also fostered a culture of safety, benefiting its workforce and operations.