Risk assessments

Teesside IOSH Branch and Environmental & Waste Management Group

Risk assessments
  • Tue 27 Mar 2018 8:45 AM -
    Tue 27 Mar 2018 3:00 PM

  • Teesside University (building/room tbc),
    Borough Road,
    United Kingdom

    TS1 3BA

  • Branch meeting

    Tees Branch
    Environmental and Waste Management Group

  • This event is free to attend


This event is brought to you by the Teesside IOSH Branch and Environmental & Waste Management Group

8:30 - Registration

8:55 - Welcome

9:00 - Machinery Risk Assessment Methodology (everyone needs an ology) - Derek Coulson (Safe Machine Ltd)

10:00 - Travel Abroad: Managing Business Travel Risk - Andrew McKenna (Newcastle University) 

11:00 - Coffee

11:30 - Environmental Risk Assessment - Andy Robertson (IOSH Environmental & Waste Management Group (EWMG) Chair)

12:30  - Lunch

13:30  - Research Session for those taking part in ASIPRE / CROW – Matt Flynn (Hull University)


Derek Coulson was one of the founders of Laidler Associates in 1998, probably the best-known Machinery Safety consultancy in the UK until it became part of TUV SUD in 2010. Overnight it went from 35 people to 17,000.

Derek left in 2012 to start Safe Machine Ltd. to assist companies with Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulation (PUWER), assessments, Machinery Risk Assessment and CE Marking.

Recent projects include CE marking at the AkzoNobel paint factory in Ashington, road gritters from York and George, a storage system in IKEA.

Andrew McKenna has worked for Newcastle University as a Health and Safety Adviser for approximately 3 years providing advice and support to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professional Services.

Prior to this he worked in an enforcement role as Principal Environmental Health Officer for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council managing a team of health and safety officers enforcing legislation in over 2000 premises including retail, warehouses, leisure centres, catering and hospitality.

Andy Robertson

After 24 years employed in the manufacturing / engineering / construction sectors, Andy has subsequently spent the last 11 years as an independent EHS Consultant & Trainer.  Andy is currently Chair of the IOSH Environmental & Waste Management Group and Communications Coordinator for the IOSH Tyne & Wear Branch.                                                                              

What's in it for you?

CPD and networking opportunities.

Who should attend

Safety Practitioners, who’s work involves undertaking risk assessments for machinery, environment, or traveling for work.


What you need to know

Session 1 Machinery Risk Assessment Methodology (everyone needs an ology).

Risk assessment affects all walks of life. Machinery has the power to affect lives significantly when it goes wrong, which is why it is essential to carry out regular risk assessments on it to keep people from harm. More importantly are the control measures required. We’ll discuss a common machinery risk assessment method that allows risks to be prioritised. This method is used by many machinery consultants and organisations. We’ll see practical examples before and after.

Session 2 Travel Abroad: Managing Business Travel Risk

The presentation will provide an overview of how to manage the risks from business travel including:

·         Legislation: UK vs rest of the world

·         A snapshot of travel at the University

·         How to manage travel risk

·         Travel risk assessment form

·         Useful travel safety websites

Session 3

Presentation Summary – Environmental Risk Assessment

Not as prevalent as those for health and safety, environmental risk assessments have predominantly been reserved for organisations with an Environmental Permit or with ISO14001. Is there a simple 5-step approach, as there is with health and safety? Sources of guidance are reviewed.

For more information please contac teesbranch@ioshnetworks.co.uk.


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