On 6th September a new national phone number “105” will be launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area. Key points to note about this service are: Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.
- 105 is just one of the ways that customers can contact their electricity network operator. They can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators are on social media too.
- 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.
- Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.
- Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.
A consumer awareness campaign will run from September through to next spring and will include PR, media advertising, social media and coordinated messaging through partner channels. AMPS members can help to raise awareness of this important new national 105 service through your own channels, once the service is launched. Materials will be available for use from 6th September including copy for newsletters, websites and magazines, 105 imagery, tips on what to do in a power cut, comment from 105 spokespeople, social media assets, an animated film explaining 105 and the offer to co-create bespoke content specifically for your channels. A Stakeholder Toolkit which includes creative collateral you might wish to use, along with the brand guidelines, has been produced. It can be downloaded from http://www.energynetworks.org/info/ powercut105.html and the password is “poWercuT105”.
Keeping Safe and Sound
AMPS working alongside the HSE.
AMPS have just joined the newly formed Great Britain Health and Safety Engineering Partnership. This board has been set up involving over 20 different industry associations around the country, working alongside the Health and Safety Executive that helps to facilitate the meetings. The aim of the partnership is to support sharing best practice in regard to Health and Safety across Great Britain. AMPS will promote all activity being shared by the partnership through its current communication channels, so watch this space…
AMPS Best Practice Health and Safety Group
AMPS are setting up a best practice group for Health and Safety and are looking for anyone wanting to get involved. The group will meet once per quarter with the first meeting aimed to start in August. Anyone wanting to get involved should contact Kevin Bell firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
AMPS helping to reduce Occupational Road Risk.
AMPS have started working with Applied Driving Techniques to support a multi-award winning driver safety programme. The importance and benefits of taking proactive action is to ensure that employees driving on company business are kept safe and the employing company is fully legally compliant. Driving on company business is typically the most dangerous activity an employer ever asks an employee to undertake on behalf of the business. One third of all deaths on UK roads occur during “at work” journeys Many employers are unwittingly at risk and exposed due to their failure to manage “Occupational Road Risk” (ORR) and fulfil their Duty of Care responsibilities and comply with current HSE “Driving at Work”
Guidelines. An employer’s lack of awareness of their ORR obligations is no excuse in law as “Corporate Reputation” and staff well-being are both jeopardised by noncompliance. Significant financial benefits (direct and indirect) can also be achieved by successfully managing ORR and also addressing inefficient driving behaviours. Road accidents at work result in increased insurance premiums and related costs. Accidents also reduce operational efficiency, lost working time, missed deadlines and absenteeism. Employers often overlook the fact that all ORR legislation and their responsibilities also apply to business journey’s undertaken in cash allowance vehicles and non-company funded vehicles, as well as those provided by the company. To raise awareness to support the reduction in accidents, AMPS members can take a free health, process and policy check on a multi-Brake Award winning business critical service. Any support required after the health check AMPS members will receive at discounted rates. For your free AMPS/ADT Employer or ORR Compliance Health Check go to www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/AMPSORR/