Julia Clark FSRP, CMIOSH

Spotlight on a Broadcasting and Telecommunications Group Committee member

How did you become part of the BTG committee?

I became part of the BTG Committee when I changed roles and finally had time to get more involved in IOSH activities.  I volunteered to join the BTG committee and after attending one meeting I was invited to join.

What benefits do you feel that the BTG brings for you?

I feel the BTG brings me the chance to exchange ideas and good practice with other Health and Safety professionals and get involved in organising events that contribute to IOSH members’ development. We can all learn from others’ experiences. These groups and the events and knowledge shared are so useful.

What do you do in your “day job”?

I am “EMF Safety specialist” for Link Microtek. Link are the company who sell the best Electromagnetic Safety test equipment and my role includes training, consulting, and advising our customers on all aspects of Electromagnetic Field Safety. So on any one day I might be delivering training or looking at a problem and suggesting ways of reducing the EMF exposure to the workers, or just advising how to be compliant with the new EMF regulations which come into force on July 1st  2016

How would you describe the way you do your role – in 5 words?

Passionate, collaborative, friendly, geeky with a huge dollop of common sense!

What do you find the most interesting part of your role?

All of it but I love delivering training and going into organisations and helping them solve their problems. We like to support and advise but then let the customer run with it themselves feeling empowered. So rather than sell a “measurement service” we show our customers how to make the measurements for themselves so that they take the control. We are always at the end of the phone to help if they need more advice.

What part of your role presents the most challenges?

To be honest I am not keen on sitting in traffic jams so I would say the travel is the only thing I really dislike about my role, but it’s a necessary evil.

What’s your health and safety “soap box” subject?

Ooo dear, I think I have a number of soap boxes I feel the need to spout on about. I really detest any organisation that uses “Health and Safety” as an excuse to cancel something when they couldn’t be bothered to manage it properly. It’s just laziness and blame shifting.

What is your one piece of advice for any safety professional?

No-one knows everything. Ask the people who are doing the job for their advice, usually they have some great ideas that no-one has listened to in the past. I always encourage people to use their common sense when deciding what is appropriate. Ask the questions “is that practical?”, “ is that sensible?” and “What will really happen when no-one is watching?”