David Thomas

EWMG Committee member

David graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Mining Engineering at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1983. After graduation he had a variety of posts at Imerys Minerals including statutory appointments under the Mines and Quarries Act and later the quarries regulations. After obtaining his MSc in safety Management from Bournemouth University he has worked for local authorities currently Corporate Health and Safety Advisor at Aylesbury Vale District Council.

He has been involved in the establishment of the Local Authority Waste Management Occupational Health and Safety, (LAWS),Forum from 2004; a forum he now Chairs. It comprises Waste Managers and H&S Practitioners from each of the English Regions and with ties to authorities in other parts of the UK including some authorities here in Scotland. Since the latter part of 2009 he has attended the WISH forum representing Local Authorities, has contributed to several of the WISH guidances and is actively involved in three of the workstreams, Culture, Competence - having developed and delivered training in Supervision and Monitoring to local authorities - and is working closely with the HSL team looking at occupational ill health metrics. He has been involved in the preparation of two highly commended Wastes Industry DVDs, Waste Collection Safety and Monitoring and Supervision click here for more information.

In 2009 David embarked on a period of self funded study with Glasgow Caledonian University looking at issues around musculoskeletal and back problems associated with domestic wastes collection specifically within local authority contacts.