Manufacturing a new safety culture at the AMRC

26 March 2021

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has appointed Alcumus to streamline its processes and effectively monitor and manage risks and compliance through one integrated, scalable software solution. 

Recognising the market-leading technology capabilities and expertise Alcumus delivers, Stephen Davies, Head of Health Safety and Environment at the AMRC, chose Alcumus to further strengthen its continuous improvement plan, match specific requirements and digitise manual processes across the organisation.

The Alcumus Info Exchange platform connects people, processes and data, allowing the AMRC to continuously improve its environmental, health, safety and quality (EHSQ) performance and importantly, identify and reduce risks and achieve regulatory compliance.

Specialising in world-leading research into advanced machining, manufacturing and materials, the AMRC has grown significantly since 2001, employing more than 500 researchers and engineers across centres in Sheffield, Rotherham, Preston and Broughton, North Wales. Working with high profile global manufacturing companies that include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Airbus; the AMRC manages a diverse risk profile beyond health and safety. 

To manage its risk profile and demonstrate ‘industry best in class’ standards, the AMRC will be working with Alcumus to manage its incident reporting, audits and inspections, risk assessments, asset register and COSHH management to effectively reduce the risk of working with hazardous substances through software provided by Alcumus Sypol.

Stephen Davies, head of Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) at the AMRC, said: “As a complex organisation a ‘one size fits all approach’ did not meet the diverse requirements we needed. To effectively manage our operational risk and reduce the time spent on tracking, managing and reporting, making sure we have one true view through a technology-led approach and real-time insights was a key focus for us. The Info Exchange team really understood our business, matching our specific requirements that gives us the insight, streamlined processes and confidence that will help to drive greater control and increased efficiency.”

Helen Jones, Chief Operating Officer for Enterprise at Alcumus, said: “We’re excited to be working with Stephen and the AMRC team to bring greater transparency of operational risk through technology and create opportunities to improve efficiency. Now more than ever, organisations worldwide are investing more in their EHSQ programmes, risk management and technology solutions. In a digitised world, with complex risk profiles, it’s vital that organisations have the right insight to be able to mitigate risk exposures and manage compliance.”

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