2016 District Presentations

8 December 2016, presentations:
Practical ways of reducing risks of hand arm vibration in the workplace (PDF 2 MB)
Understanding workplace vibration (PDF 1.4MB)

Ian Hartrick, Health & Safety Consultant HAVS, Reactec
Paul Appleby, Sales Director, Impacto
Sean Churchill, Regional Sales Manager, Arco

Sean, Ian and Paul gave members an overview of the legal requirements placed on employers by the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations, 2005 and practical ways of meeting these requirements. Sean explained how workplace vibration can have adverse effects on the human body, the legal requirements placed on employers to reduce employees' exposure to hand arm and whole body vibration and the need to set up safe systems of work including health surveillance.

Ian then concentrated the management of exposure to hand arm vibration. He identified four main requirements: elimination or control of vibration exposure, Risk Assessment - equipment and task (not generic), provision of information, instruction and training and health surveillance (as appropriate).

He explained the concept of continuous reduction of exposure and the need for employers to have an accurate way of estimating each employees' HAV exposure for use with HSE's points system. He said that this was important because the highest proportion of workplace disability claims were due to HAVs - leading to a financial impact on employers and to long term health problems for employees that also impacted on their families.

Ian discussed the problems of obtaining accurate estimates of vibration exposures when employees were working with a range of tools. He explained how new technologies had led to the development of individual HAV monitors that are programmed to download data to docking stations. The data is then sent to cloud based servers where dedicated computer programmes generate reports that can be e-mailed to specified individuals using internet enabled PCs and tablets.

Paul Appleby, Sales Director, Impacto, then showed members Viscolas, a vibration-reducing elastomer. He explained that Viscolas can be wrapped around some tool handles to provide a softer handle surface that absorbs some tool vibration and therefore helps reduce the tool user's exposure to hand/arm vibration.

Our thanks too to Sean Churchill, regional Sales Manager, Arco, who persuaded Ian and Paul to come and talk to our group. This was a worthwhile meeting that generated some helpful discussion about ways of managing hand/arm vibration in the workplace.

17 November 2016, presentation: Worker involvement: developing a 'felt' management system (911 KB)

Speaker: Alistair Dunn, Project Lead, Capital Programmes and Property & Economy and Highways, Cumbria County Council

Alastair has recently moved into public sector project management after working for 20 years in quarry management and civil engineering. He explained that the theory of  ‘felt’ leadership involves encouraging employees to think about the best way of undertaking their tasks so that they are done efficiently and safely. He said that workers need to have confidence that their managers value their opinions, that they are prepared to listen to constructive suggestions and that they do not adopt a 'do as say, not as I do' attitude.

He gave members an insight into ways of introducing and using 'felt' leadership systems to develop positive workplace safety cultures through case studies. These demonstrated how the theory of ‘felt’ leadership could be used to improve employee engagement in workplace safety. They included: ways of empowering employees to challenge unsafe acts and situations positively, ensuring that there were fair and just processes in place for incident investigation, and  understanding that workplace safety culture cannot be changed over night.

He explained that before embarking on management initiatives to improve safety culture it is important to understand the current individual, team and organisational culture so that a realistic training and management programme can be established. Alistair suggested that if managers can get this right it improves business efficiency as well as safety culture!

November 2016 - Should South Cumbria & North Lancashire District apply to become an IOSH Branch?

Our District committee are considering whether or not to apply to IOSH to become an IOSH Branch. The attached file provides members with information about the differences between IOSH Branches and Districts. We hope that you will read this short document so that you can decide whether or not you think your committee should proceed with an application to become an IOSH Branch.

15 September 2016, presentation: HSE update (4 MB)

Speaker: Mark Dawson, HSE Head of Operations NW

Mark Dawson gave members an insight into HSE health and safety priorities for 2016/17. Mark touched on a selection of topics, including fatal accident trends, HSE's Helping Britain Work Well initiative, and new health and safety sentencing guidelines. His presentation was thought provoking, and challenged us to ask ourselves if our contribution to health and safety helped or hindered others in the workplace.

20 October 2016 - Understanding workplace health risks. This seminar covered a number of topics, including business health risks, occupational cancer, and sick building syndrome. The full seminar details are available to view, along with the speaker presentations.

21 July 2016, presentation: Can workplace drug and alcohol testing be an effective management tool? (720 KB)

Speaker: Denise Aitken, Compliance Officer, Hampton Knight

Denise emphasised that workplaces need to have drug and alcohol policies that are applied uniformly to all employees, that are seen to be fair, that are accepted as an effective way of improving workplace safety and that provide a support programme for employees with dependency problems. Her presentation led to a lively debate about practical ways of dealing with alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace.

16 June 2016, minutes: Works visit to Sellafield construction sites (523 KB)

16 June 2016, presentation: Works visit: developing a zero harm safety initiative at Sellafield construction sites (830 KB)

Speaker:   Dave McCaul, Health Safety and Environmental Manager, Balfour Beattie Construction Services

19 May 2016, presentation: Auditing programmes - an effective management tool or a tick box exercise? Speakers: Carol Stearne, Director, Safety Health & Environment Consultancy and James Woolgrove, Director, James Woolgrove Associates (283 KB)

Carol and James stepped in as our speakers, with less than 24 hours notice. They gave a thought provoking, interactive presentation showing that auditing programmes can be used to improve workplace culture if the auditors and management plan them effectively. A refined version of their hastily prepared presentation is available via the link above.

21 April 2016, presentation: Working at height. Speakers: Peter Dodd & Anthony Kavanagh, Instructors, Lyon Work & Rescue Training Team, Tebay (7 MB)

17 March 2016, presentation: Problems associated with accident investigations: transport related case studies. Speaker: Scott Bell, Solicitor, Backhouse Jones Solicitors, Clitheroe (3 MB)

18 February 2016, presentation: Control of Major Accident Hazards 2015: key changes and practical advice. Speakers: Russell Spriggs & Neil Rowley, Directors & Principal Consultants, COMAH Consulting Ltd, Runcorn (503 KB)

21 January 2016, presentation: CDM Regs 2015: what do they mean in practice? Speaker: James Woolgrove, Director and Principal Consultant, Woolgrove Associates Ltd, Warton (PDF, 3.12 MB)