Raymond Brown are proud to have successfully met the assessment criteria to be reaccredited with the Bronze Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).
The FORS Bronze accreditation confirms that an operator employs good practice and complies with the requirements laid out by the FORS Standard. This includes demonstrating dedication to driver and vehicle safety, combined with improving operating practices through effective monitoring of fuel and tyre usage.
Heather McLintock, Health, Safety and Audit Manager commented: “We are extremely proud to have received our Bronze FORS Accreditation for the third consecutive year. We are continually improving our vehicles and processes as we work to maintain the highest level of safety for our drivers and road users and improve fuel efficiency.”
Raymond Brown has been handed a prestigious award in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping our staff and subcontractors get home safely at the end of the working day.
Raymond Brown has achieved a President’s (10 consecutive Golds) in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.
The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.
Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards have become the key fixture in the health and safety calendar with new sponsors and new awards this year including the Leisure Safety Awards, the Safe@Work Safe@Home Award and the Inspiration Awards. Highly-respected, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, RoSPA award winners benefit from the wide-ranging rewards of improved sector reputation.”
The majority of awards are non-competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards, orders of distinction and the Patron’s Award are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years.
Driver, Mark Gale attended the South Coast Smile Wheels show in Eastleigh this weekend with his brownSkips.com lorry.
Mark’s lorry was awarded Best Commercial Vehicle at the event by judges who admired the colourful cab designed by Roman Way Primary School in Andover.
The South Coast Smile Wheels show takes place each year in June and welcomes trucks, cars and bikes, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Unit and Neonatal Unit at Southampton General Hospital.
brownSkips.com also donated a skip which Mark took to clear away the rubbish over the weekend.
chiltonSkips.com, part of the Raymond Brown Group, invited both Compton and Beedon Primary Schools to take part in a lorry design competition for two of its newest lorries.
The children from across both schools were invited to take part in the competition by designing posters for the lorries based around the themes of recycling and sustainability. A number of posters were submitted and the Raymond Brown directors then selected winning designs for each lorry based on their brightly coloured key messages.
On 12 March, the lorries were driven to the schools for an unveiling with the students and their parents and the winners presented with a Raymond Brown goody bag, certificate and a £10 book voucher by Councillor Jeanette Clifford, Executive Member, Transport and Countryside, West Berkshire Council and Jim Skinner from Raymond Brown. The students were also given the opportunity to sit in their lorry and have their photos taken in it and ask the drivers questions.
Almost all of the Raymond Brown fleet of lorries have been designed by different local schools and both Beedon and Compton Primary Schools were suggested by one of the drivers’ sons, whose artwork now features proudly on the door of his father’s vehicle.
The new Volvo FL250 lorries are the latest in their kind and feature new Multilift Futura Skip Loaders, they will be used to deliver and collect skips across Oxfordshire and West Berkshire.
Alison McDonald, Director of Primaries, commented: “We were very pleased to be part of this project. It tied in really well with our school environmental week and the children enjoyed researching ideas for their designs. The children were thrilled to see their designs on the lorries. Thank you to Raymond Brown for inviting us to decorate their new cabs.”
One of the Year Four students said: “I felt a little nervous at seeing my work for the first time but I was pleased with how bright and colourful it was. I will be looking out for the lorries on the road.”
The trommel screens in the main materials recovery building at the A303 have recently been replaced with a larger size mesh, resulting in around a third less material being delivered to the picking line. The increase in screen size has brought about the following benefits:
The 25mm to 60mm material, which previously went onto the Picking Line now falls through the trommel to be processed by the Proflow screener. This results in the workers on the picking line being able to focus on picking the large size material accurately, increasing throughput along the line significantly.
A reduction in labour costs for the business, by reducing the headcount on the picking line by two workers per shift, gives a saving of at least 240 man hours per week.
An improvement in the quality of the RDF/landfill material will be achieved, with a corresponding reduction in weight and disposal costs, because the small items missed by the workers, that previously went for disposal, are now being removed before they reach the picking line.
It’s almost December, which means the countdown to Christmas has started. It’s the perfect time of year to have a big clear out, making way for those much wanted Christmas presents and a fresh start to the New Year.
Not everything needs to be thrown away, you can take items to a charity shop, sell them or even recycle and upcycle them.
You can also hire a skip from us as you’ll be pleased to know that brownSkips.com recycles over a staggering 90% of the waste from our sites and we are striving for zero to landfill.
By ordering a skip with us, hardly any of your waste will be thrown away.
If you are having a Christmas clear out, our skip hire service will meet your requirements, our skips range in size from 4 to 40 yards and can all be placed within residential, commercial, industrial and construction sites.
We offer competitive prices, a professional service and guaranteed next day delivery. Most importantly, you can be confident that your waste is handled in a responsible manner.
You can book online now!
17 Safety Representatives from across the Raymond Brown Group took part in a Safety Training Day earlier this month at the A303 Enviropark.
The Safety Representatives were appointed this year from across each of the group businesses and their role is to raise awareness in health and safety and to help improve safety culture across the sites.
The training day was run by Heather McLintock, Health, Safety & Audit Manager, and its aim was to help recognise and control hazards within all aspects of the workplace environment as well as giving the representatives the opportunity to engage with each other and share feedback.
The course covered responsibility, workplace equipment, site set ups, signage, near misses, incidents and injury types.
The group were also given exercises on site which were focused around hazards and they were joined for lunch by Don Coates, Chief Executive Officer and Steve Clasby, Chief Operating Officer.
The feedback received after the event was extremely positive, with representatives stating that it was both enjoyable and a good opportunity to meet other staff and managers and understand safety across the business, not just in their own working environment.
Heather McLintock commented: “The safety reps are all volunteers and their role is much appreciated and vital to continue to promote safety within our sites. The day was a good opportunity for them to meet each other and discuss safety issues and solutions that may be similar throughout the group.”
Raymond Brown are delighted to announce Don Coates as the group’s new Chief Executive Officer.
The appointment is a key part of Raymond Brown’s future growth strategy, which will see Don steering the business through its growth and expansion plans.
Don commented: “Raymond Brown is a well-respected business and I am excited to be joining at a key time in the Group’s development when there are many great prospects. I will ensure that we remain committed to our employees, customers, local communities, health and safety and improving the environment, which underpins our core values. I look forward to supporting the senior team in leading the group through this next phase.”
Don has 30 years’ experience in manufacturing, working across a variety of sectors, and has led several businesses as CEO in both private and public company environments, including 17 years with DS Smith Plc, where his responsibilities included running the UK’s largest waste paper recycler.
Don will be working closely with Chief Operating Officer, Steve Clasby, Chief Financial Officer, Wayne Roberts, and the management team.
Steve Clasby commented: “On behalf of the Raymond Brown team, I would like to welcome Don, who we are thrilled to have on board. I very much look forward to working with Don to make the most of the opportunities ahead as we continue our success into the future.”
Each year we throw away over 600 million batteries, but did you know that batteries are a significant risk to our health and the environment?
- Many batteries contain harmful chemicals (particularly heavy metals such as lead, mercury, or cadmium) which can escape into and poison our environment and watercourses.
- Car batteries contain acids which can cause burns and harm wildlife.
- Lithium rechargeable batteries contain flammable materials under pressure which can cause fires when the battery becomes damaged. This is a significant risk on waste sites where the battery can become damaged during processing.
Please ensure that you and your family dispose of batteries safely;
- No batteries should be put into skips, recycling bins or household waste.
- Most large supermarkets and garages have designated collection points for batteries where you can take old batteries
- Council household recycling centres may also have collection points for all types of batteries.
- Some garages will recycle your car battery for you
Not only is recycling your batteries safer, it is also making a difference to the environment.