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The Springfields nuclear site in Clifton is celebrating passing a safety milestone following the introduction of the Behavioural Safety Observation process.

Springfields has now gone for 20,000 safety observations without a single injury, with the particular focus on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) cited as a major factor in the success.

The new safety procedures were introduced in 1999, since when 97 per cent of observations have been deemed to be safe operations.

Blackpool Today quoted Springfields Fuels managing director, Mike Tynan saying: "I'm delighted that we have achieved our 20,000th behavioural safety observation.

"Each observation is an opportunity to help a colleague to avoid injury. It is practices such as our safety observation process that have helped the site gain a Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) safety award for six years running."

Checks that have been introduced since the adoption of the Behavioural Safety Observation process include ensuring that the correct tools are being used, risk assessment have been conducted, procedures are being followed and that potential hazards have been identified.

However, perhaps the most crucial step is ensuring that all workers wear the correct PPE, including full radiation suits where appropriate.

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