b'Why safety is the number-one priority in manufacturingWorkplace accidents can be devastating to manufacturers, so a sensible safetyContributorsBrendan Freestrategy and collaborative relationshipIndustry Sector Manager, RS Componentswith suppliers is essential Brendan has worked for RS for over 10 Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are a significant part ofyears, starting as a National Account Manager and moving to Industry the manufacturing sector, producing unbranded goods to be sold onSector Manager in September 2015. by other companies. As youd expect, when employees are in closeHe is responsible for the portfolio proximity to automated machinery, moving parts and electricalmanagement of some of the UKs largest manufacturing, transportation and devices, they must be suitably protected. defence companies, helping customers understand and develop their MRO According to Jimmy Quinn, President of the Institution ofstrategy.Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), workplace safety shouldJimmy Quinnbe at the heart of a companys business strategy. Safety and President, Institution of Occupational health are key to the success and sustainability of businesses. If youSafety and Health (IOSH)look after your people, the returns on this investment are extremely significant, he says. During a 24-year career in the British Army, Jimmy attained the rank of Warrant Officer and trained as a Health Safety and health are key to the success andand Safety Advisor/Trainer. After leaving the Army he worked on a number of sustainability of businesses. If you look afterhealth and safety projects before joining Babcock International PLC as a HSE your people, the returns on this investment areTrainer and Advisor before becoming extremely significant a Health and Safety Manager for a large Middle East transport group. A Jimmy Quinn, President, Institute of Occupational Safety andChartered Fellow of IOSH and a member of Chartered Institute of Building, Health Jimmy is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. He is also Vice-There are plenty of reasons to persuade manufacturers to invest inChair of the IOSH Construction Group.health and safetylegislation, which if broken could lead to punitive fines, potential personal lawsuits from injured employees, not to mention the damage to a companys reputation.Read more news and articles on driving Quinn says the COVID-19 pandemic has focused attention on healthMRO efficiency atand safety for the whole workforce. Around the world, our members have helped their businesses and the clients they work with implement measures which ensure the risks of virus transmission areCONNECTEDmanaged.They are also managing the risks of mental health and wellbeingTHINKINGand, with many people working remotely, ensuring employees arent at risk of suffering with musculoskeletal issues. rs-connectedthinking.com'