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Health and safety is at heart of company

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 07, 2013

By Leslie Jackson

Managing director Gary Dukes, left, receives the award from Colonel Tim Collins OBE.

Managing director Gary Dukes, left, receives the award from Colonel Tim Collins OBE.

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A COMPANY which has almost completed a £1million investment in buildings and new production lines has won a coveted safety award.

Cheadle-based Vulcan Refractories has achieved the award for the second year running for its behavioural safety programme called 'From an Art to a Science'

Following its success at the 2012 conference, the British Ceramic Confederation has awarded the company a second Health and Safety Pledge Showcase Award at the British Ceramic Confederation Safety Conference, held at the Best Western Stoke-on-Trent Moat House.

Managing director Gary Dukes said: "I am proud to receive this award on behalf of the company and our workforce.

"This builds on our success in 2012 and our ROSPA Silver award we achieved this year.

"We are passionate at Vulcan about health and safety, and firmly believe it can be the base for excellent performance in all areas of the business."

From an Art to a Science concentrates on measuring safety performance by involving all the workforce, and includes cutting edge initiatives such as Visible and Felt Leadership, bespoke safety leadership mentoring, and a unique interactive workshop called 'Challenge Me'. The programmes are spearheaded by Vulcan's health and safety advisor Ian Mycock.

Mr Mycock said: "From an Art to a Science shows that it is possible to measure and address the most difficult aspect of safety performance - human behaviour.

"As part of Vulcan's professional and focused safety improvement plan, it gives everyone at the factory an opportunity to get involved in safety and make a difference."

Mr Dukes added: "It is an exciting time for Vulcan.

"In addition to the awards, we have almost completed a £1million investment in our buildings and production lines, which will ensure that we remain efficient and competitive for the future, helping to safeguard jobs and providing the foundation for further growth of the business."

Vulcan Refractories, which is a part of the Zampell group, is based at Brookhouse Industrial Estate.

The company specialises in the manufacture of refractory high temperature ceramics, supplying to many industries worldwide.

Exports account for approximately 70 per cent of the business.

The firm employs 35 staff, of which more than 80 per cent come from within a ten-mile radius of the town.

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