Manufacturing and Engineering industries rely heavily on standards and compliance. Quality assurance is key to growth and market penetration. However these sectors are heavily regulated by a range of authorities including the Department of the Environment, the Health and Safety Executive and others.

Environmental impact and heath and safety are particular issues. According to the HSE the manufacturing sector alone is made up of a range of diverse industries with an estimated 2.5m workers. In manufacturing over the past 5 years, each year an average of 22 workers died in workplace accidents. There was also an average of more than 3,100 reports of major injuries and about 4,100 reports of injuries that kept workers away from work for seven days or more. Anything that can be done to reduce these figures is a major win for all concerned.

Many manufacturing workers also suffer ill health from workplace exposures. It is estimated that each year an average of 33,000 workers suffer from illness caused or made worse by their current or most recent job in manufacturing (source: HSE and Labour Force Survey).

For Engineering, employee focus may be placed on using engineering machinery, vehicles, slips & trips, electricity and manual handling. Similarly employee attention may be directed to information on metalworking fluids, welding, noise and cleaning & degreasing. Compliance regarding safe maintenance, pressure systems, electricity or moving goods all play their part within the manufacturing and engineering supply chains. With so many points of reference, it is critical that employees and contractors are helped to comply with all applicable policies and standards as easily as possible.

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Having worked with a range of national and global manufacturing and engineering organisations, our Read and Comply solution is designed as a one-stop-shop to publish standards, procedures, policies and compliance documents and media to audiences within your industrial workforce, however geographically dispersed. In doing so you are taking a big step forwards in providing regulatory compliance excellence for your organisation. It does not need to be difficult as our Orchestra Read and Comply™ solution assists you by making your complex regulatory world simpler.

Fines can be punitive from breaches assessed by regulatory bodies and the courts, therefore anything you can do to assist in meeting regulations and reducing health and safety issues assists your organisation enormously. Acting after a breach has occurred is already too late. By leveraging Orchestra, your organisation is taking another step towards ensuring that your workforce not only are compliant, stay compliant and understand the importance of regulatory and organisational compliance in their manufacturing and engineering supply chain roles but also helps actively drive a compliance culture that benefits all.

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