Clearview National July 2016 - Issue 176 - Page 8

INDUSTRYNEWS LETTER TO THE EDITOR We all know that colour has exploded in popularity over the last few years, with a bigger selection of finishing options than ever before. For consumers, that’s great! It means more choice and the ability to match products to a specific project or property. But is it possible that, as an industry, we’ve become too prejudiced against traditional white finishes and are too fixated on colour? »»WE HEAR A LOT about the benefits of colour, of which there are many. But very rarely do we hear anything about the potential pitfalls. Colour for colour’s sake can produce some unpleasant results. We’ve all seen houses with eye-wateringly garish doors and windows that clash with their surroundings and, personally, I believe that one unexpected effect of the colour revolution will be a renewed appreciation of traditional white. In order to work, colour has to be used extremely sensitively. Strong colours can only be used in certain contexts and look in-keeping. The beauty of white lies in its versatility, the attribute that lies at the roots of its widespread use for so many years. It perfectly suits older, traditional-style properties, it suits contemporary-style newbuilds, it can fit with practically any property or project and, given that the majority of homeowners still opt for white windows, blends perfectly into any residential area. Of course, that’s not to argue that homeowners shouldn’t use colour at all. If you mix and match colour with white, so opt for a coloured bi-fold and white windows for example, it can be a hugely effective addition to a property. I think we could see more and more homeowners starting to realise the long-unappreciated benefits of white PVCu as it becomes less common and coloured windows and doors become more popular, and that we could be on the cusp of a white PVCu revival. As an industry, I think we need to watch the market closely and be prepared for this potential development before we put all our eggs in the colour basket. It’s not about doing colour down, it’s vastly increased consumer choice and has made our towns and cities much more interesting places to be. It’s about appreciating white for the versatile, timeless finish it is. Yours sincerely, Peter Dyer, Managing Director, Dempsey Dyer Do you have something to say? Email 8 » JUL 2016 » CL EARVI E W- U K . C O M RECOGNISING THE BEST HEALTH AND SAFETY PERFORMERS »»THE BRITISH SAFETY Council has launched its prestigious 2016 Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards, designed to recognise and celebrate health, safety and environmental management excellence worldwide. The 2016 awards mark the 37th year of the Sword of Honour, awarded for health and safety management excellence, and the seventh year of the Globe of Honour, awarded for best practice in environmental management. These two awards are open to business units and sites from all countries and business sectors who have achieved the maximum five stars in the British Safety Council’s independent Five Star health, safety and environmental management audits in the period 1st August 2015 – 31st July 2016. To be awarded a Sword of Honour or Globe of Honour, an organisation must be able to demonstrate to an independent adjudication panel that it has a proven track record and a culture of best practice for excellence in health and safety or environmental management that runs throughout the business, from the shop floor to the boardroom. The Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour are an important part of the British Safety Council’s drive to recognise and celebrate exemplary health, safety and environmental management in the workplace. Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said: “The British Safety Council’s vision is that no one should be injured or made ill at work. Currently, 6,300 people die every day globally as a result of occupational accidents or workrelated diseases, contributing to over 2.3 million deaths per year. The economic cost of poor occupational safety and health practices is estimated at 4 per cent of global Gross Domestic Product each year (source: ILO). This demonstrates that there is still a great challenge ahead of us to convince business leaders around the world that investing in good health, safety and environmental management is a social imperative that also makes business sense.” The closing date for applications is 2nd September 2016 and the results will be announced on 7th October 2016. The winning organisations will be invited to a celebratory luncheon on Friday 25th November 2016 at the historic Drapers’ Hall in the City of London to receive their awards.