Strength of communications and partnership gives Synthomer Plc ultimate confidence in HFR Solutions CIC’s ability to deliver high-quality firefighting and confined spaces training
Client Synthomer Plc
Sector: Industrial, Chemical manufacture
Location: Stallingborough, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire
Courses attended: Industrial Fire Fighting
Confined Space Rescue & Recovery
Confined Space Rescue Training
Synthomer Plc is one of the world’s major suppliers of latices and speciality emulsion polymers to leading organisations in many market segments.
The catalyst for engaging a third party training specialist was threefold: concerns over the effectiveness of existing in-house confined space training, a resource gap due to the retirement of the Training Officer and the use of live fires being prohibited for on-site training.
Initially, HFR Solutions CIC delivered five sessions of Confined Space Rescue and Recovery training to Synthomer Plc employees, to ensure immediate proficiency of staff. Synthomer Ltd’s Safety Officer, Neil Hardy, then completed training with HFR Solutions CIC which would allow him to maintain consistency of standards by conducting the courses internally. Neil explains the motivation for working with HFR Solutions CIC, “We had a very positive long-standing association with HFR Solutions CIC so when the time came to put in place a training partnership it was a natural progression to utilise their expertise and excellent facilities.”
“Communication is critical for the safe operation of our plants and I have nothing but praise for HFR Solutions CIC in this respect – they are very professional. A chemical plant is quite different to any other situation in which a rescue could take place and so there needs to be a symbiotic relationship to keep both parties aware of the potential hazards and subsequent rescue scenarios.”
Added value at each step
Neil recognises that there were more benefits gained from the training than the obvious operational skills and techniques, commenting: “We learnt a lot regarding the equipment we needed to invest in for greater efficiency, for example the type of winches needed for use in confined space and rescue. Going through the Confined Space Rescue and Recovery training also allowed us to assess our equipment and use HFR Solutions CIC´s experience to ensure it was fit purpose.
Neil continues, “The harnesses used were much superior to the ones we had on site, now we not only use them for rescue but the workshop purchased the same type. They are much more comfortable, easier to get on and lessen the likelihood of suspension injuries. It saved us a considerable amount of time and resource researching the information in-house.”
The Industrial Firefighting training was delivered at Humberside Airport’s dedicated fire training facilities which enables delegates to fight real fires and simulated chemical fires, adding an extra element of value with the use of genuine firefighting foam. This is possible thanks to a reed bed at the airport, which allows foam to be deposited and extracted with no detrimental impact on the environment and helps to replicate realistic fires.
Highlighting the advantage of this approach, Neil says “The ability to practice with the actual foam used in an incident prepares the user to a far greater extent than a substitute would, by giving them a much more accurate impression of what to expect.”
Training of this complexity must be engaging, to the point and accessible and Neil is confident that the courses from HFR Solutions CIC meet the brief, given the response from recent delegates: “Our guys really enjoy the training and look forward to the sessions and that gives us great confidence in HFR Solutions CIC.”