Past events from 2014

October - Visit to Llyn Brenig Reservoir

On a beautiful autumn day the branch had an unusual type of works visit to Welsh Water (Dwr Cymru) reservoir at Llyn Brenig in rural North Wales.

Speakers from Dwr Cymru Nick Kite, Area Lands Manager and Stephen Shakespeare, Dam Safety Operations Manager, gave a presentation on the management of the Welsh Water Brenig Estate, with emphasis on health & safety considerations and on reservoir safety in Welsh Water. They outlined the E- CARE (Estates, Conservation, Asset Management, Recreation and Education) approach which has been adopted. Afterwards questions were accepted and the meeting closed with thanks from the Branch Chair to the speakers.

For further information visit the Welsh Water WebsiteReview the photographs.

September – Occupational cancer: an overview

Phil Bates, IOSH’s Senior Policy and Technical Adviser, presented an overview of Occupational Cancer.  He set out what cancer is and how many types there are (over 100) and then set out the history behind occupational caner with the first identified occupational cancer being ‘soot wart’ or ‘chimney sweep’s cancer’ – a skin carcinoma of the scrotum.  He then went on to discuss the current research of Dr Lesley Rushton: ‘The burden of occupational cancer in Great Britain’, the first study of its kind confirming the connection between what people do for a living, and the cancers they develop.   He talked about the top 10 occupational cancer registrations and deaths, with Lung cancer being number 1 in each.  Phil overviewed what  H&S professionals can do about occupational cancer and then reviewed the IOSH occupational health toolkit and then introduced the forthcoming IOSH campaign on occupational cancer due to be launched in November.    

For further information visit the IOSH Website.  Review the Speaker Presentation: IOSH North Wales Speaker Presentation Sept 2014 Occupational Cancer.pdf

August – Event safety management – taking creativity seriously

Richard Limb of Capita presented on Event safety management – taking creativity seriously.  He talked about his practical experiences and give a detailed insight in to the challenges he has to face and that others undoubtedly will face when managing large scale events.   For further information visit the Capita website.

Richard was also keen to encourage IOSH members to get involved in the National Outdoor Events Associations campaign:Ban Sky Lanterns

Review the Speaker Presentation: IOSH North Wales Speaker Presentation August 2014 Event Safety Management.pdf

To find out what Members thought of the Speaker Presentation see: IOSH North Wales Feedback Results August 2014 Event Safety Management.pdfJuly – Working Safely in Rural Industries

July – Working Safely in Rural Industries

Thirty-three Branch members and guests, attended this meeting which was a joint meeting with the IOSH Rural Industries Group.  Representatives of the Welsh Government attended as did representatives of the HSE

Former Site Director Eurwyn Edwards opened the meeting with an introduction to Coleg Meirion Dwyfor which is part of Group Llandrillo/Menai Colleges.  North Wales Branch Member Dave Phillips, Group SHE Manager for Llandrillo/Menai College then set out the arrangements for the practical part of the afternoon and Alan Plom, Vice Chair of IOSH Rural Industries Group, overviewed the current picture of Occupational Safety & Health in rural industries including accident statistics and case studies of life on the farm.

Practical demonstrations were held to overview safety implications and requirements in the use of quad bikes, tractors and telehandlers and finally when Cattle handling.

For further information visit the Rural Industries Group Website.   Review the Speaker Presentation: IOSH North Wales Speaker Presentation July 2014 Rural Safety Event.pdf

To find out what Members thought of the Speaker Presentation see: IOSH North Wales Feedback Results July 2014 Working Safely in Rural Industries.pdf

June – Health & Wellbeing

More than 240 people attended a 3 Branch (North Wales, Merseyside & Manchester) day on Health & Wellbeing held at the Halton Stadium, home to Widnes Rugby League Club.

Ian Harper, IOSH President Elect. delivered the 1st session on the IOSH OH Tool kit, and how it can help Occupational Safety & Health practitioners.  He was followed by Dr John Hobson who presented on Occupational Skin Disease, and how to identify & manage the risk factors.  After lunch, Gordon Tinline of Robertson Cooper looked at managing stress and improving wellbeing in the workplace, highlighting key interventions, including resilience and increased individual responsibility.  Finally Dr. Katherine Fuller of HSE's Long Latency Group, examined trends in occupational health, and outlined the current HSE approach to reducing deaths and illnesses from cancer, and respiratory diseases.

Review the Speaker Presentations:  IOSH North Wales Speaker Presentation June 2014 managing stress & improving wellbeing.pdf / IOSH North Wales Speaker Presentation June 2014 Occupational Skin Disease.pdf

May – Managing Substance Abuse in the Workplace

An interactive presentation and discussion with staff from CAIS is a provider of personal support services in Wales, CAIS help people who are having problems with addictions, mental health, personal development and employment - as well as offering assistance and information to their families and friends.   The presentation focused on the consequences that drugs and alcohol can have on business and how this can be addressed.  Means of addressing these consequences start with a good policy, providing support and training to staff. 

For further information visit the CAIS website or review their training prospectus: IOSH North Wales May 2014 CAIS 2013-14 Prospectus.pdf.  Review the Speaker Presentation: IOSH North Wales Speaker Presentation May 2014 CAIS Managing Substance Abuse.pdf

To find out what Members thought of the Speaker Presentation see: IOSH North Wales Feedback Results May 2014 CAIS Managing Substance Abuse.pdf

April – The Person in Safety Culture

Tim Marsh, Managing Director of Ryder Marsh Safety led an interactive workshop on the Person in Safety Culture.

Using Occupational Safety & Health examples such as Ladbroke Grove Train Crash (large number of Signals Passed at Danger), Piper Alpha and Blue Water Horizon, Tim explained that although process safety was considered the cause of the violations resulting in these events, they could all be traced back to unexpected behaviours.

He went on to say, Safety Culture is a mix of behaviours: some good, some bad and to improve safety, and it is beneficial to tease out good behaviours and promote them so they become the Norm i.e. the way we do things round here!  Key behaviours should be identified and proactively endorsed through positive leadership, training: e.g. tool box talks and a Just Culture approach to and from management.

Tim then took us through some hands on routines to test this out, including assessing our CIA potential!  The workshop finished with some video clips to illustrate the points made.

For further information visit the Ryder Marsh Safety website.  Review the Speaker Presentation:  IOSH North Wales Speaker Presentation April 2014 The Person in Safety Culture.pdf

To find out what Members thought of the Speaker Presentation see: IOSH North Wales Feedback Results April 2014 The Person in Safety Culture.pdf

March – HSE & CDM Update

The first Branch meeting to be held as a breakfast meeting on Thursday 20th March was a great success.  The audience was made up of both IOSH Branch members and managers from the Partners of the North Wales Working Well Together Group, some of whom are of course members of both.

There were 60 attendees and following an excellent full breakfast in the College refectory, Paul Harvey the HSE’s Senior Inspector of Construction for Wales gave an update on the past year in Wales including prosecutions etc. and what the HSE inspectors would be targeting in the coming 12 months.   A lively debate ensued on a number of subjects including the long awaited CDM Regs. 2015(?).

For further information visit the HSE website.  Review the Speaker Presentation:  IOSH North Wales Speaker Presentation March 2014 Construction HSE.pdf

To find out what Members thought of the Speaker Presentation see: IOSH North Wales Feedback Results March 2014 Construction HSE.pdf

February - Environment & Waste Management

The Committee would like to advise North Wales branch members that it neither endorses nor supports some of the views and comments made by the speaker. There was mis-communication as to the subject matter which resulted in the content not being as specifically advertised. Steps have been taken to ensure the requirements of future branch meetings are clearly understood by all concerned. 

The speaker concentrated not on OSH best practice in the Waste Management industry, but more about the IOSH Environment & Waste Management Group's role in trying to promote best practice in the Industry.

For further information visit the IOSH Environment & Waste Management Group website. 

To find out what Members thought of the Speaker Presentation see: IOSH North Wales Feedback Results February Environment & Waste Manangement.pdf

January - Electrical Safety in Industry 

Our Speaker, Jackie Wooldridge, Chair of IOSH Food & Drink Group, gave a presentation on Electrical Safety in the F&D industry. The F&D Group have produced a free DVD which promotes best practice in electrical safety.  Jackie's presentation included: electrical hazards, accident statistics, case studies, a showing of the DVD, electrical safety rules, risk assessments, staff competence, hardware & procedural solutions and permit to work authorisations.

For further information visit the IOSH Food & Drink Group website.  Review the Speaker Presentation:  IOSH North Wales Speaker Presentation January 2014 Electrical Safety.pdf

To find out what Members thought of the Speaker Presentation see: IOSH North Wales Branch Feedback Results January 2014 Electrical Safety.pdf