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GLASS Charter progress for The Window Company

The Window Company (Contracts) Ltd in the
GLASS Charter Merit Scheme
for Health and Safety in the workplace

The Window Company (Contracts) Ltd has been recognised at Silver 3 level in the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) GLASS Charter Merit Scheme

In 2016 The Window Company (Contracts) Ltd took part in the first group of audits against the GGF GLASS Charter. The culture of the business and the evidence provided clearly showed they were a company that recognised the clear link between safety of employees and customers with success.

They achieved Silver Level 2 at the first go, the highest level any Member of the GGF has reached the first time around.

The company have been keen to progress in the scheme and invited Phil Pinnington, GGF Director of Health and Safety, to conduct a further audit earlier this year. The audit identified that recommended improvements had been made from the previous visit and therefore in recognition of their sterling work the company was awarded Silver 3.

Phil Pinnington commented: “David and his team are excellent ambassadors for safety in the industry and it is highly likely they will be the first Member company to achieve Gold standard.”

David Thornton, MD of the Window Company Contracts added, “Everything around the GLASS Charter is positive for us – it helps to strengthen the Health and Safety culture which already exists here and it brings us positive recognition from our commercial clients. We’re now focused on the incremental improvements we need to achieve Gold and we’re excited by that challenge.”

About the GGF GLASS Charter Merit Scheme

In 2001 the glass industry took up the Government’s Revitalising Health and Safety Initiative. In partnership with both industry and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) the Glass and Glazing Federation launched the GLASS Charter (Goal; Less Accidents, Safer Sites). In 2016 the scheme was updated in line with the Health and Safety Executive’s 5 year strategy.

The Merit Scheme is open to all GGF Members no matter the size of business, sole trader to multi-national companies. The unique advantage is that it focuses on systems appropriate to the size and nature of the business whilst applying a set of common standards.

To find out more about GLASS Charter, you can download the GLASS Charter booklet for the publications section of the GGF website.

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Glass and Glazing Federation(GGF)

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is the primary trade association for companies that make, supply or fit flat glass and related products representing more than 60% of the industry’s turnover. As such the GGF is the recognised leading authority for employers and companies within the flat glass, glazing, window, home improvement, plastics and window film industries. This includes double glazing, Energy Efficient Windows, replacement windows, doors, conservatories, applied film, hardware, safety glazing, sealants, fire resistant glass, emergency glazing, decorative glass, secondary glazing, solar control and plastics.

The GGF provides information for homeowners, professional specifiers and anyone seeking professional and unbiased information on any aspect of glass and glazing in the UK. GGF members supply replacement windows, doors, conservatories and Energy Efficient Windows in all framing materials including Aluminium, PVC-U, Steel and Timber.

The GGF is a great promoter of energy efficient glazing and the GGF’s Carbon Calculator enables homeowners and others to see how much money and carbon can be saved by installing new Energy Efficient Windows.

Architects and Specifiers are well supported with a range of literature and professional advisors to assist with all aspects of specification and related issues. GGF Members sign up to the Federation's Code of Good Practice and are vetted before being accepted. A free conciliation service is provided for mediation between customers and supplying member companies when required.

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