Safer with Hot Metal DVD

Safer with Hot Metal DVD
Caerphilly County Borough Council has worked with Merlin Communications to produce a DVD that allows hot metal processes to be taught safely in secondary schools and encourage students to pursue an engineering career.

The Hot Metal DVD demonstrates engineering skills such as casting, forging, arc and gas welding.

It was set at Rhymney Compre-hensive in Caerphilly county borough.

Caerphilly's risk manager Dayton Griffiths said the DVD would lead to fewer accidents and a sound standard of safe practice being implemented in UK schools.

Reshuffle in H&S
Workplace health and safety has a new ministry and ministerial team following the recent general election.

Safety is now part of the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR), which is a new ministry run by Secretary of State Stephen Byers.

The minister responsible for health and safety is Nick Raynsford, previously responsible for construction.

Economic secretary Ruth Kelly will be responsible for Chester Street Insurance. The Department of Pensions, and Work's Malcolm Wicks is responsible for industrial injuries benefits.

Yvette Cooper will remain Public Health Minister and former Trade Union Congress media head John Healey will cover financial support for safety training under the Department for Education and Skills.