Barry O’Toole - CMIOSH

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Barry trained in the mid seventies as a building surveyor and worked in private housing and local government. He became interested in safety as a site safety rep on some large London based projects.

Barry studied for NEBOSH when health and safety was a relatively new vogue. He joined local government as part of the professional construction team delivering a range of services including a one year secondment to the environmental health unit to look at public house licensing and prepare schedules of work for pre-licensing works - a very successful and innovative project which resulted in being invited to stay and join the health and safety enforcement unit, only to realise he was the only one who held a real health and safety qualification. He was appointed Principal Inspector for Health and Safety and was involved heavily in the developmental stages of Canary Wharf and the surrounding new works at a time when EHO's worked closely with the planning office and developers. During this time he was approached by ACAS to develop a training program to educate building managers on what their roles with regards to health and safety obligation are and what the EHO/ HSE inspectorate may be looking for and what types of documentary records would be required. Barry worked on a consultancy basis for a large American banking organisation whilst setting up their City office HQ. Currently working for one of the great twelve liveries in the city of London as their principal inspector and safety manager, he also lectures on environmental sciences for a number of training universities and is appointed as the finals Bsc and Msc examining officer.

Barry is currently helping to set up a health and safety policy, working practices and risk assessments for a small charitable school that delivers nutritional and dietary training to primary schools and others.

He's been a member of IOSH since qualifying, at first with the London Metropolitan Branch and then moving to the Essex branch for convenience.