11 April 2014
An innovative scheme will be launched in an area of Hartlepool on Monday (14 April) which offers free help to businesses.
Estates Excellence is a multi-agency initiative which aims to improve health and safety practices within individual businesses as well as promoting good health among employees.
The first initiative in Hartlepool is covering the Longhill and Sandgate Industrial Estates which incorporates dozens of businesses in areas such as Burn Road, Mainsforth Terrace, Green Street and Bertha Street.
It involves numerous organisations working together providing support, training and assistance to local companies in the area.
The organisations include Hartlepool Borough Council, Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Public Health England, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Northumbrian Water, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust.
Local firm Seymour Civil Engineering is assisting by providing a base for the project while EDF Energy will be one of the organisations delivering the free training to companies.
Councillor Robbie Payne, Chairman of the Council’s Regeneration Services Committee, said: “This is a fantastic scheme which offers a wide range of advice, training and support to local businesses.
“I really do hope that businesses take up the offer of the expert, free advice which is available to them to ensure that they have safe workplaces and promote good health for their employees.”
During the coming weeks, officers from the various organisations will be encouraging businesses to get involved in the scheme.
Paul Baldwin of the Health and Safety Executive, added: “HSE is delighted to bring this initiative to Hartlepool. This is not a traditional health and safety inspection. The aim is to support local, small businesses by raising awareness of the common health and safety challenges they face in their workplace, providing a range of support, free information, advice and health and safety training workshops.
“This will all be delivered locally, at a time convenient to the business and totally free of charge. This is designed to help them improve the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees and their business.”
The project is expected to run until May 2014. Anyone wanting further information should Contact Lesley Huitson at Hartlepool Council on 01429 523321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Note to News Editors – The media are welcome to attend Havelock street on Monday 14 April at 11.30am. There will be photo/interview opportunities with key partner organisations present.
Press release PR16557 11 April 2014.
Issued by Alastair Rae, Public Relations Manager, on 01429 523510.