14th April 2014
AGM & HSE Update

The Annual General Meeting will be held at the start of the meeting. A Letter of Invitation, Agenda, Minutes of last year's AGM and Nomination Form for Election to the Committee are available as a download. Followed by the major part of the meeting

Richard Boland, HSE Inspector, will discuss legislative changes that have been introduced in the past 12 months together with other planned and implemented changes within the HSE.
12th May 2014 (9.30 - 16.00 hour)
Gordon Hicks Memorial Day
Construction Safety

This all day workshop is dedicated to the memory of Gordon Hicks, who died in July 2012. There will be a charge to cover the catering costs. For further details download the Programme and Booking Form or see the Programme Page.

All applications are to be made using the Booking Form. The form and cheque can be posted to the address given on the form. Alternatively, it is can be given to Liz Ferrier at the April meeting, when payment may be made in cash or by cheque.
17th March 2014

The Equalities Act for H&S Managers

Albert PetersAlbert Peters, Director of Pegasus Personnel Consultancy, gave a presentation on the Equality Act 2010 and its implications for H&S Managers.

The Equality Act 2010 replaces the old Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

The new Act contains requirements that have been updated and extended, particularly with regard to making “reasonable adjustments” for disabled persons.

Come and find out what initiatives have been taken recently. Also to hear what has been said by employees, Trades Unions and the Courts.
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14th October 2013

Slaying the Sacred Cows of Safety

Duncan Spencer, Safety Manager at the John Lewis Partnership, challenged the status quo by prompting a debate with the audience on "How far does one need to go, in order to be safe enough?
As a Profession are we too bureaucratic? Emphasis has been placed on conducting Risk Assessments on all significant hazards. But as a profession do we have the confidence to say "Stop this is an Insignificant Hazard". How many risk assessment can a manager cope with before he becomes overwhelmed with paperwork that is left unread?

Duncan's presentation is now available as a download.
13th January 2014
Work at Height

Jon O'Neil from Avalon gave an interesting talk on their approach to work at height.

He started by turning the hierarchy of controls on its head and then rethink everything from first principles.

A full house is always a good sign.

Don't forget that anyone that wants an individual CPD certificate needs to contact Jon direct.
10th February 2014
Confined Spaces Training

Ken Smith from ARCO gave a presentation on confined spaces training, which is available as a download.

Confined spaces have traditionally been considered as an industrial problem, particularly in the oil, gas and water industries. However, many manufacturing sites have recently identified areas that need to be treated as confined spaces.

In addition, confined spaces are to be found in many buildings and installations, where previously their existence had not been recognised. For instance, university and hospital buildings, also airports and many other infrastructures.
18th Nov 2013
Risk Assessment

Stephen Gregory, Senior Safety Manager at the BBC,  explained how safety is seen as an enabler and that it is underpinned by the Reithian values to inform, educate and entertain.

Steve talked about what that means in practice and how risk management is at the heart of supporting programme makers creative ambition.

He also talked about the realities of operating within an environment where it’s often ‘a matter of opinion’.
9th Dec 2013
Prevention of Slips, Trips and Falls

Christian HarrisChristian Harris, a director at Bonasystems Ltd, gave a Presentation on How to Prevent Injuries due to Slips on Level Flooring. Slips are the most common cause of serious accidents in public places and are a perennial problem to Facilities Managers.

Christian talked about the need to test floors and gave some best-practice advice on simple steps to mitigate this risk. His talk included a wide variety of environments and the importance of specify the right flooring. He concluded by emphasising the importance of maintaining floors in a clean and safe condition.

Christian gave an introduction to  Bonasystems Ltd, the market-leading manufacturer of specialist floorcare chemicals and anti-slip solutions. He is also a member of the UK Slip Resistance Group, the organisation (chaired by the HSE) that sets the standards on how to measure, monitor and classify slip risks.
10th June 2013
Electrical Safety in the Workplace

Amy LyonsAmy Lyons, Applications Engineer with the Seaward Group, gave a presentation on the Maintenance and Testing of Electrical Equipment.

The IET Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment, 4th Edition, was published in November 2012. The changes take account of the Portable Appliance Testing aspects of Professor Löfstedt’s report and the HSE view that promotes a proportionate risk-based approach when assessing the safety of electrical equipment and appliances.

The two major hazards with electrical equipment are electrical shock and fire. Both must be considered when taking a structured approach to risk assessment for the determination of equipment inspection and testing intervals.

The new Code indicates that a less frequent schedule of Inspection and Testing may be appropriate in a low risk environment.

Amy also provided further clarification on the responsibilities of duty holders and the extent to which the involvement of external contractors or advisors might be used.

Seaward offer some Guidance Booklets on their website, although, please note, the Common Sense Guide to Electrical Safety Testing is due to be revised in the near future.
9th Sept 2013
Gordon Hicks Memorial Safety Day
Exploring Safety Culture & Employee Engagement

This all day workshop is dedicated to the memory of Gordon Hicks, who died in July 2012. 

Behavioural Safety - A View from the Shop Floor 
Les Doves and Malcolm Davies, from UCATT (Union of Construction, Allied Trades & Technicians), provided a thought provoking session on how the introduction of behavioural safety programs can be received on the shop floor.
Their presentation is available as a download.

A Psychologist View
Dr. Jennifer Lunt, Principal Psychologist with the Health and Safety Laboratory gave the presentation.

Fighting Complacency
Martin Woodhall, from Lattitude Safety, gave a thought provoking presentation with some practical ideas on fighting complacency. He will conclude with a powerful and emotional film on the subject.

Implementing a Safety First Culture
Jak Thomas, National Safety Manager at Allied Bakeries, presented a case study on his company's experiences.

They undertook a programme to engage all levels, to bring safety to work at all of its factories across the UK. This has resulted in a significant reduction of injuries and property damage.
13th May 2013
Visit to the Lee Tunnel Project


An intrepid band of LHSG members
, with a keen interest in construction work, journeyed to Galleons Reach on the DLR to find out more about, what was said to be, the biggest civil engineering project in Great Britain.

The Thames Tideway Improvements currently envisions digging two massive tunnels and upgrading five sewage treatment plants in both capacity and performance. This is Thames Water's plan to make a radical improve to the London sewage system. It is an investment that may eventually cost £3 billion.

The old sewage system in London was designed to deal with both sewage and surface water. Unfortunately, with the growth in population over the last 150 years, the sewers are now unable to cope when there is a particularly heavy rain storm.

The Lee Tunnel Project involves digging a new four mile tunnel, costing £635m. When there is a heavy down pour of rain, it will carry sewage from the Abbey Mills Pumping Station in Stratford to the Beckton Sewage Treatment Works in Newham. This will stop 16m tonnes/yr of untreated sewage overflowing into the River Thames.

Tunnel SoilBucket
Soil from the Tunnel is a slurry of chalk and flints

13th May 2013
Visit to the Lee Tunnel Project

Grandstand View
A Grandstand View of activity at the mouth of the Tunnel

This is a massive project and it has the figures to prove it. For instance, the tunnel boring machine, named Buzzy Lizzy, is 120 metres long and cuts a tunnel 9m in diameter wide (big enough for three double decker buses); although progress is only 17m/day. The depth of the tunnel is equal to the height of the Big Ben Clock Tower and is the deepest in London.

Private companies are not know for spending large amounts of money without compelling justification. In this case it was suggested that the EU were contemplating massive fines. So inaction was financially unattractive.

The contractor for this project is a consortium of three major companies. Health and safety during the project was a carefully documented part of the tender. So far, the accident figures have been commendably low. This shows the benefit of using experienced companies with proven H&S systems.

Much more information can be found through a Google search, with a prime source being the Thames Water website.

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A view of the plant and equipment above the Tunnel

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Dried Slurry and Equipment at the mouth of the Tunnel

Tunnel Boring Machine
TBM Data
Tunnel Boring Machine and tunnel linings
Storyboard 1Storyboard 2
Information on the Tunnel and its Installation
To read the text, download the photos and enlarge to suit.
Storyboard 3
Tunnel Design and Geological Context
8th April 2013
HSE Report on Recent Activities and Future Plans

Tim GallowayTim Galloway, Head of Operations, HSE London gave a presentation on Recent HSE Activities.

The government is committed to reducing the current 21,000 Statutory Rules and Regulations.

Hence HSE has already implemented 8/18 recommendations of the Lofstedt Review. These include Setting up a Myth Busters Panel, and Developing a web-based advice resource The Health and Safety Toolbox: How to control risks at work. The HSE has also just started recovering some of its costs under the Fee for Intervention regime.

Estates Excellence is an innovative approach to helping SMEs on industrial estates. This is a partnership between HSE and leading employers in offering seminars, training and advice to SMEs.

Pilot projects have been very successful so there is a plan to introduce it on the Park Royal Estate in London next year.

Also, HSE is planning to carryout less inspections. However, these will be focused high risk industries, "poor performers" and topics such as asbestos and legionella.
8th April 2013
Annual General Meeting

The meeting started with the Group's Annual General Meeting; the Agenda and Supporting Papers are available to download. There were no controversial items on the agenda so the AGM was quickly completed. The Committee Page gives the names of the new committee.

Retirement Presentation

A presentation was made to Gill Elwell and Roger Hinds to mark their retirement from the committee after about ten years valuable service. The photo above shows left to right Elaine Tym, out-going Chairman; Lisa Hayes in-coming Chairman, Gill Elwell; Tim Galloway, speaker and Roger Hinds.

NB:- These reports have been written by a member of the audience so they may not fully reflect the views of the speaker.
News Pages for previous years can be found on the Archive Page.
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