Disciplinary Committee hearing on 19 April 2016

Peter Mills, Halesowen, West Midlands, England

The Disciplinary Committee found that Mr Mills, who was a chartered member of IOSH, had breached Code points 3.5 and 3.6 in the Code of Conduct twice. This misconduct occurred through his actions as the sole director and shareholder of Crystal Safety Training Limited (06739674). This company went into insolvent liquidation on 18 February 2016. Mr Mills failed to respond promptly and appropriately as required by Code point 3.6 to complaints made to him by two subcontractors to the company. They complained about non-payment of invoices for their services. In total there were five invoices raised between October 2014 and June 2015. The failure to respond to the two subcontractors occurred over periods of six and nine months respectively. This caused each subcontractor to obtain a County Court Judgment (CCJ) against Crystal Safety Training Limited. Neither CCJ was satisfied prior to the liquidation in which there were total assets of £100, estimated to realise £Nil. The Disciplinary Committee found that Mr Mills was responsible for the business activity of Crystal Safety Training Limited. In relation to the non-payment of each subcontractor he had failed to ensure that the company’s business activity was reasonable as required by Code point 3.5.

The Disciplinary Committee took into account the losses of the subcontractors and impact on public trust and confidence in IOSH members. It therefore ordered that Mr Mills be expelled from membership as a penalty and ordered him to contribute to the costs of the hearing.