18 March 2021
Venue: Zoom meeting
Topic: Health and Safety prosecutions, including road transport, and how to avoid them!
Speakers: Ian Whitehurst, Barrister, Exchange Chambers & Mark Davies, Director, Backhouse Jones Solicitors, Clitheroe
Ian Whitehurst began the session by defining workplace transport as any activity involving vehicles used in the workplace environment. He explained that vehicles driven on public roads are excluded except when they are being loaded, or unloaded, on a public road adjacent to a workplace. He then covered the following topics:
- The scale of transport related accidents.
- The role of law enforcement agencies.
- Practical ways of managing transport safety on site – including site design, site vehicle management, vehicle maintenance, driver training and specific risk assessment.
- Sentencing guidelines – including business financial impact and case examples.
Ian then handed over to Mark who focussed case studies and practical ways of minimising workplace transport accidents, especially those associated with loading and unloading vehicles and other high risk transport activities.
A summary of health and safety transport prosecutions meeting can be found here.
A copy of the presentation can be found here.
18 February 2021
Venue: Zoom meeting
Topic: A practical approach to reducing workplace stress and improving mental wellbeing
Speaker: Lucy Atkinson, Customer Success Co-ordinator, Crams, Scarborough
Lucy began her presentation by explaining that work-related stress is a serious issue, that it is often considered a ‘silent’ illness. She explained that employers and managers often do not realise that their colleagues are struggling with stress or mental health problems even though the effects the individual, or on business productivity, have the potential to be just as damaging as more tangible workplace hazards.
Lucy used her own experience of mental health illness, when she was in her early 20s, to illustrate how struggling on, without help, can lead to a downwards spiral and loss of employment. It was a moving story, with a positive outcome. Since then, Lucy has used her experience to ensure that all employees at her current workplace have access to all the help and information that they need to cope with mental health problems and stress.
HSE statistics released for 2018 showed that 57% of all working days lost to illness were attributed to work-related stress. In the last 12 months, over 600,000 workers reported suffering from stress, depression and anxiety, worsened by work.
21 January 2021
Venue: Zoom meeting
Topic: Farm safety - the challenge of managing animals and equipment safely, with case studies.
Speaker: Danny Pyrah, Senior Risk Management Consultant, NFU Mutual Risk Management Services Ltd
Danny started his presentation by posing the questions “…What’s the problem with agriculture? …” and “…Why has agriculture got the worst rates of workplace fatalities in the UK..?”
He used HSE’s 2019/20 statistics to illustrate the types of agricultural accidents and incidents that still occur. Then he discussed the reasons why it was more difficult to establish routine safe systems of work in many parts of the agricultural industry particularly on small family run farms.
He covered a wide range of agricultural safety topics including safety and maintenance of farm vehicles and machinery, working at height, working with livestock, managing Rights of Way and zoonotic diseases.
Danny said: “…Agriculture is Britain’s most dangerous industry with an average of 40 people killed per year and many more injured. My presentation aims to give the viewer a little more insight into the hazards faced and some of the controls that can be implemented to try and bring about change…”
10 December 2020
Topic: HSE update
Speaker: Steven Boyd, Principal Inspector of Health and Safety, Health and Safety Executive, Carlisle
Steve covered three main topics during his presentation:
- HSE’s 2020/2021 workplan focusing on: Covid-19, the Building Safety Regulator and the EU Transition
- HSE’s 2021/2022 workplan
- Matters of interest and recent notable health and safety cases in Cumbria and North Lancashire
19 November 2020
Venue: Zoom meeting
Topic: Preventing Legionella and stagnation in water services – awareness of problems, especially in a post Covid world
Speaker: Niall Phillips, Hygiene and Technical Services Manager, Hydraclean
Niall gave members an insight into the way that Legionella bacteria thrived in stagnant water. He highlighted potential problems with water stagnation in workplace water systems leading to biofilm formation and Legionella proliferation and ways of preventing this from happening. He also considered ways of balancing the need for safe water systems with the environmental and cost impacts of control regimes.
He then explained how these problems have been exacerbated by reduced workplace footfall and limited occupancy in buildings due to Covid-19 regulations and an increase in home working.
A copy of the presentations and additional information can be found here:
- Niall's presentation
- Outlet flushing where Legionella is present or suspected
- Water Hygiene during COVID-19 partial closure or closure (19-03-20)
- Process for flushing buildings with partial or no use
22 October 2020
Venue: Zoom meeting
Topic: Managing your Fire Risk Assessment in the aftermath of Covid-19.
Speaker: Andy Anderson, Managing Director, SOA, Safety Ltd & SOA Engineering Ltd, Dalton-in-Furness.
Andy explained that a robust workplace Fire Risk Assessment needed to follow the basic principles of all risk assessments, but it also required the assessor to understand the design and construction of the building, the full range of activities that were undertaken on site, the way that fires start and spread and how the building(s) were occupied over 24 hours.
He also considered the conflicting demands of workplace compliance with Covid-19 regulations and the requirements of workplace emergency fire evacuation plans.
A summary of the meeting can be found here
A copy of Andy’s presentation will be added when it is available.
18 September 2020
Venue: Zoom meeting
Topic: Managing on site partners and contractors
Speaker: Gary McAteer, Safety Advisor, Management of Contractors Department, Sellafield Sites Ltd, and Director, Energy Coast, Safety, Health and Environmental Solutions.
Gary gave members an insight into the way that Sellafield Ltd manages their massive decommissioning operation of 12,500 staff, who work for over 40 main contactors (who also employ sub-contractors), in six different Sellafield site locations.
He then gave members a brief overview of his recommendations to SMEs who needed to employ contractors to maintain, refurbish or extend their premises.
A summary of the meeting can be found here
A copy of Gary’s presentation can be found here
21 August 2020
Topic: Five ways to wellbeing
Speakers: Logan Smith, Director, Unmasked Mental Health, Halifax & Doug Dennison, Director, Unmasked Mental Health, Halifax &
Logan introduced the session by telling members that mental health and wellbeing is a valuable asset that people often take for granted. He said that research has shown that nearly 50% of people in England are likely to suffer from some form of mental illness during their lifetime. This can affect their ability to function adequately at home, at work and or in a social environment.
Logan and Doug explained why they decided to use their experiences of suffering from, and coping with, mental stress as a way of helping others to develop personal coping mechanisms to boost their resilience and improve their personal wellbeing. Their experiences led them to advocate five ways of improving mental and physical wellbeing - a series of coping mechanisms that individuals can adapt for their own circumstances.
Unmasked’s goal is simple - to remove the nationwide stigma surrounding mental ill health and to get people talking.
Download a summary of the meeting
Download a copy of Logan and Doug’s presentation
7 August 2020
Speaker: Elsa Mason, Director, DMA Safety Management Ltd (Inspire Safety), Seascale.
Elsa’s presentation discussed the impact of Covid-19 lockdown and subsequent easing of Covid-19 restrictions on businesses and their employees.
She also considered how OSH professionals can help organisations implement strategic business reviews as well as workplace Covid-19 risk assessments and employee support schemes. Her presentation covered the following topics:
- Communication (employer/management ↔ employees)
- Reviewing core risk assessments to take account of Covid-19 restrictions.
- Developing Covid-19 safe systems of work.
- Training – Covid-19 workplace induction, re-skilling etc…
- Strategic business planning.
- Supporting the return to work.
- Moving to permanent working from home.
- Mental health, and
- Business interruption, strategic future planning.
You can also access Elsa’s presentation on Rising to the new challenges for our organisation
Speaker: Michelle Walsh, Training & Development Coordinator, Safenet
After welcoming attendees to the joint meeting of South Cumbria & North Lancashire IOSH Branch and South Cumbria Occupational Health & Safety Group Dave Wilson, Secretary (Zoom meetings) introduced Michelle Walsh, Training & Development Coordinator, Safenet to members.
Michelle explained that Safenet are the lead provider in Lancashire for domestic abuse refuge services. She said that their support staff are trained to help victims of domestic abuse gain access to the right support services. Safenet provides refuge safe houses for women and children, male safe houses, community-based support and specialist refuges for those with additional problems such as addiction or mental illness.
She then defined domestic abuse and explained that anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse. She said that living with domestic abuse has a serious and life-changing impact on all aspects of life especially health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions have led to an increase in domestic abuse, including amongst children who no longer have the safety net of attending school.
Michelle explained how managers can spot signs of domestic abuse in their work colleagues and suggested practical ways that those suffering from abuse can be encouraged to seek the professional help and protection that they need.
Michelle gave members a worthwhile and thought-provoking presentation. A copy of Michelle's presentation can be found here
03 July 2020
Topic: First Aid during and following a pandemic.
Speaker: Phil Newton, Managing Director, Skills Shop, Barrow-in-Furness.
After welcoming attendees to the joint meeting of South Cumbria & North Lancashire IOSH Branch and South Cumbria Occupational Health & Safety Group Gary McAteer, Chair, South Cumbria & North Lancashire IOSH Branch introduced Phil Newton, Managing Director, Skills Shop who is also a qualified First Aid instructor.
Phil discussed ways of providing adequate First Aid provision while complying with Covid-19 requirements such as recommendations about additional items for First Aid kits, Corvid-19 training for First Aiders and ensuring that First Aiders were not amongst population groups who are more vulnerable to Covid-19. Phil also recommended that members should set emergency contacts on their i-phones because these could be accessed by emergency services in the event of an accident.
A copy of Phil’s presentation - Managing First Aid Post Lockdown.
A summary of the meeting - First Aid during and following a pandemic.
19 June 2020, Zoom meeting - Covid-19: Work management question time.
Chair: Elsa Mason, Director, DMA Safety Management Ltd (Inspire Safety)
Carol Stearne CFIOSH, BAE Systems, Preston
Dave Wilson, HSQE Manager, Playdale Playgrounds Ltd, Haverthwaite.
Gary McAteer, Safety Advisor, Management Control & Oversight of Contractors & Leaseholders, Sellafield Sites Ltd, and Consultant, Energy Coast Safety Health and Environmental
After welcoming attendees to the joint meeting of South Cumbria & North Lancashire IOSH Branch and South Cumbria Occupational Health & Safety Group Elsa explained that the session would start with a brief introduction from each panel member followed by a mixture of questions that had been submitted before the meeting and questions typed into the chat panel by members during the meeting.
A summary of the meeting - Covid-19 work management question time.
A copy of Carol's introductory presentation - Covid-19 returning to work.
A copy of Dave's introductory presentation - Covid-19 returning to work case study.
A copy of Gary's introductory presentation - Covid-19 work management overview.
A copy of the Covid-19 Zoom chat questions and comments.
05 June 2020, Zoom meeting - Covid-19: Returning to the workplace
Carol Stearne CFIOSH, BAE Systems, Preston and
James Woolgrove FIIRSM ICIOB, Director, Heritage Health & Safety, Warton
Gary McAteer, Chair, South Cumbria & North Lancashire IOSH Branch, welcomed members to South Cumbria & North Lancashire IOSH Branch and South Cumbria Occupational Health & Safety Group’s third joint Zoom meeting. He explained that Carol and James would each make short presentations focussing on the key requirements of returning to the workplace and then Elsa would put questions from attendees to the speakers and coordinate the subsequent discussion.
Carol’s presentation gave a general overview of:
- Creating a Covid-19 compliant and safe workplace: workplace adaptation, Covid-19 Risk Assessment, staff wellbeing and anxieties and managing home working.
- Communication and training: before returning (summary of workplace proposals, personal checklist to help employer make suitable adaptations), Corvid-19 training sessions.
- Covid-19 Risk Assessments: hazard, people, control measures, home risk assessments.
- Control measures for the ‘new normal’: temperature checks, enhanced cleaning regimes, one-way systems, extra wash stations, training needs etc…
- Communication: posters, newsletters e-mails etc…
- Physical distancing: stagger shifts, stagger breaks, screens floor markings, remove excess furniture etc…
- Risk assessing tasks that need to break the 2 m distancing rule: barriers, PPE (choice and donning and doffing), training and waste disposal.
- Cleaning regimes: contact surfaces, touch points, hand washing facilities, ventilation etc…
- Other restart risks: legionella controls, fire practice, statutory inspections (pressure systems, lifting equipment), and management of contractors.
- Individual wellbeing needs
- Sources of reliable Covid-19 advice.
A copy of Carol’s presentation.
James then focussed on the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on the construction industry. He explained that he planned to focus on the more difficult aspects of managing Corvid-19 requirements on construction sites because there was already a lot of good guidance available from Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and HSE
Key points from James’s presentation:
- The importance of providing adequate welfare facilities that are Corvid-19 compliant: toilets, hand washing, should workers bring their own towels?
- Workers wellbeing: physical and mental health, management communication, training in Corvid-19 procedures etc…
- Concept of physical distancing rather than social distancing: man is a social animal – it is physical distancing that is important to combat the spread of Corvid-19; workers should be encouraged to communicate with one another.
- Hand washing and the use of sanitizers: excessive hand washing can lead to severe dermatitis, use of hand sanitizer.
- Health and Safety Regulations: still apply therefore Corvid-19 controls need to take account of these.
A copy of James’s presentation.
A copy of James’s Mentimeter question results.
NB James apologises that he made a typing error when setting up the third Mentimeter answer page. The correct answer was 20, not 16!
Sources of further information recommended by James included:
An article on hand washing and dermatitis by Chris Packham: www.hsimagazine.com/press-release/covid-19/
An article on ventilation systems: www.cibsejournal.com/technical/cleaning-the-air/
HSE have also produced some excellent Corvid-19 advice and guidance: www.hse.gov.uk/news/coronavirus.htm?utm_source=hse.gov.uk&utm_medium=refferal&utm_campaign=coronavirus&utm_content=home-page-banner
Gary then thanked Carol and James for giving members such helpful presentations and generating some useful discussions on the use of masks and hand sanitizers as well as the suitability of air conditioning systems during the Covid-19 pandemic.
21 May 2020, Zoom meeting - Covid-19: Mitigating the effects - Your Mental and Physical Wellbeing
Speaker: Dr David Gold MOEd CFIOSH, Vice President, IOSH & Managing Director and International Consultant, Gold-Knecht Associates
Elsa Mason, Vice Chair, South Cumbria & North Lancashire IOSH Branch, welcomed members and David to the second joint Zoom meeting of South Cumbria & North Lancashire IOSH Branch and South Cumbria Occupational Health & Safety Group.
David started his presentation by asking members to register their Corvid-19 stress levels by choosing options from an online pole. As he expected this demonstrated that stress levels amongst attendees ranged between coping well and high levels of stress.
His talk then covered:
- Factors that determine individual stress levels: control of the situation, competing lifestyle demands and level of social support networks.
- Risk assessment: calculating risk and risk ratings.
- The stress spiral: financial insecurity, inadequate exercise, addictive behaviours, inadequate sleep, poor diet and exposure to violence.
- Breaking the chain of causality: the role of the OSH professional, looking after yourself, seeking professional help.
Elsa Mason thanked David for giving members an overview of factors that affect personal stress levels.
A copy of David’s presentation.
07 May 2020, Zoom meeting - Covid-19: Managing home workers through lockdown and beyond.
Speaker: Dave Mason, Director, DMA Safety Management Ltd (Inspire Safety), Seascale.
Gary McAteer, Chair, South Cumbria & North Lancashire IOSH Branch, welcomed members and Dave to the first joint Zoom meeting of South Cumbria & North Lancashire IOSH Branch and South Cumbria Occupational Health & Safety Group.
Dave then gave members an interesting and helpful overview of the challenges facing employers who are having to manage home workers for the first time and also to adapt their workplaces so that they comply with Covid-19 restrictions as well as health and safety regulations.
His presentation covered the following topics:
- Employers’ and managers’ responses to Corvid-19 restriction phases: emergency (1- 2 months), rehabilitation (2 – 12 months) and reconstruction (7 – 30 months)
- Understanding how individuals need to ‘manage’ their health and wellbeing during and after the Corvid-19 pandemic: fear, learning and coping mechanisms
- Self-help strategies: communication, structuring the day, strategy to balance the competing demands of family and work.
- Management strategies: communication with workers (especially home workers and furloughed workers), Corvid-19 risk assessments (including home workers), lone working, statutory workplace inspections etc...
- Planning for the future: phased return to workplace, additional equipment needs, back to work Corvis-19 training, succession planning and need for additional mental health support.
- Leadership: use workers’ expertise to help decision making, good communication is the key to a successful outcome.
Gary McAteer then thanked Dave for giving members such a worthwhile presentation.
Our joint committee would also like to thank Dave and Elsa Mason for agreeing to make our first joint meeting Zoom presentation and for all the help that they have given to committee members who are novice Zoom users.
A copy of Dave’s presentation.
05 June 2020 - Covid 19: returning to workplace within Government Guidelines – Carol Stearne
16 January 2020 - CDM – best practice for small and medium sized business Clients and Designers
Speaker: James Woolgrove, Director, Woolgrove Associates Ltd, Carnforth
James has many years of experience in helping Clients and Designers comply with the requirements of the CDM Regulations for small and medium building projects and when renovating historic buildings. He believes that pre-project planning and user/builder-friendly project designs are the cornerstone of successful building project management.
His presentation covered the following topics:
- An overview of the main aims, definitions and requirements of the CDM 2015 Regulations.
- Project planning – theoretical, Client’s expectations and the reality.
- HSE’s CDM priorities.
- Information needed for CDM project planning - what is needed? How should it be gathered and shared?
- Use of new technologies at the design stage of a construction project.
A summary of the meeting.
A handout copy of James’s presentation.
12 December 2019 - Using case studies to improve major accident risk assessment
Speaker: John Gould, Director, Process Safety Technical Advisory Service & Lecturer, Process Safety Management & Loss Prevention, Sheffield University
John Gould has many years of experience of identifying potential major accident scenarios in the gas industry including off-shore rigs for firms such as Centrica. He was also a Specialist HSE Inspector (1994 to 2001). He used a series of major accident case studies to help employers and managers undertake effective risk assessments with the aim of preventing major accidents that often result from well-intentioned minor failings such as poor communication, ‘patching up’ or bypassing a small part of the main process system to avoid unscheduled ‘shut- downs’ for more complicated maintenance work.
A summary of the meeting.
A read-only copy of John Gould’s presentation.
21 November 2019 - Young people in the workplace
Speaker: Stuart Mason, Health & Safety Adviser, Gilbert Giles & Gordon Ltd, Kendal.
When young people start their working-life they will be unfamiliar with the workplace environment, its associated risks and the behaviour that is expected of them. Stuart Mason, used case studies, based on his work experiences since leaving school, that he cross referenced with HSE guidance about managing young people in the workplace to explain how workplace attitudes to young workers have changed.
A summary of the meeting.
A read-only copy of Stuart Mason’s presentation.
17 October 2019 - Shortcuts lead to disaster! Your guide to getting it right - people, equipment, mindfulness and engagement
A summary of the meeting, with links to presentations.
The speaker bios.
19 September 2019 - HSE update
Speaker: Steven Boyd, Acting Principal Inspector of Health & Safety (Cumbria & Lancashire), HSE, Carlisle.
Steve’s presentation covered three main topics: HSE’s Strategy for 2020 to 2030 (currently being formulated), HSE’s Workplan for 2019/2020 and recent health and safety matters of interest and notable safety prosecutions in Cumbria and North Lancashire
A summary of the meeting.
A read-only copy of Steven Boyd’s presentation.
08 July 2019 - Dealing with HSE Inspectors: best practice and guidelines
Speaker: Karl Tindale, Associate Director, Safer Sphere
During his presentation Karl explained the way that HSE used strategic health and safety problems as a basis for developing targeted routine health and safety inspections alongside proactive inspections after major RIDDOR incidents.
He reminded members that HSE provided useful guidance on a wide range of health and safety topics on their website and he explained the step by step approach used by HSE Inspectors to make their enforcement decisions. He also explained how HSE Fees for Intervention were applied and looked ways of challenging Notices of Contravention or Fees for Intervention if you think that they have been applied unfairly. He also gave examples of court cases where fines have been reduced.
20 June 2019 - Works visit: Managing a visitor attraction with structural problems – Furness Abbey, Barrow-in-Furness
Mark Twitchet, Health & Safety Manager, NW Area, English Heritage
Mike Callaghan, Property Manager, Cumbria & Lancashire, English Heritage &
Lucy Ronald, Site Manager, Furness Abbey
Furness Abbey, Manor Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA13 0PJ
The group had a worthwhile visit to Furness Abbey where members were given a fascinating insight into the problems of managing a historic visitor attraction with structural problems.
A read-only copy of English Heritage’s presentation.
16 May 2019 - Lone working: a solutions-based approach
Speaker: Arup Majhi, Safety, Health & Environment Manager, Carlisle City Council
Venue: Netherwood Hotel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria
Arup provided members with a comprehensive overview of risk reduction strategies that Carlisle City Council have adopted to help reduce lone working risks to staff, Council Members and contractors. He used this information to encourage members to exchange ideas about the pros and cons of different approaches to managing lone workers.
11 April 2019 - Safety ownership: carrot or stick?
Speaker: David Mason, Director, Inspire Safety
Venue: Netherwood Hotel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6ET
Dave introduced himself by explaining that he had a wide range of safety management experience including being Health & Safety Director at Travis Perkins prior to taking on his role as Director at Inspire Safety. During this time, he has tried several different approaches to encourage, Directors, managers and employees to take ‘ownership’ of their workplace safety culture. He explained how studies of group behaviour can inform our approach to developing a positive workplace culture but that there is no ‘quick fix’. His presentation led to a worthwhile and wide-ranging discussion and exchange of ideas about how to achieve effective workplace safety initiatives to develop a positive workplace culture.
21 March 2019 - Consequences of a fall from height; a thought-provoking personal account
Jason Anker MBE, Director, Anker & Marsh
Jason introduced his presentation by explaining that he had adopted a different approach to his presentations because he had recently put his accident into perspective. He then used examples of celebrities’ life experiences and experiences from his own life to show that it is often the way that we cope with our problems that has the biggest effect on our lives, our mental wellbeing and our ability to develop effective coping mechanisms.
21 February 2019 - What you should be expecting to see from your scaffolder
Mark Clarke, Director, Clarke Health & Safety Consultants Limited
Mark introduced his presentation by explaining that he had learnt about scaffolding from the bottom up. He illustrated his presentation with photographs of good and bad scaffolding as he explained some of the key things that Clients and site managers need to look for when they are responsible for jobs that involve the use of scaffolding on site.
17 January 2019 - The future of the H & S profession; attracting the next generation
James Quinn, Vice President, IOSH
James gave members a brief summary of IOSH’s history, and statistics, followed by a summary of IOSH’s key aims before focusing on the main topic of the meeting: The future of the health and safety profession: attracting the next generation.
13 December 2018 - A practical approach to workplace manual handling
Paul Barden, Director, Get Set Training, Leeds
Paul adopted a practical approach to manual handling using members of the audience to help demonstrate manual handling best practice. He explained that he had reservations about some of the published manual handling guidance because much of the advice was based on lifting a uniform box in an unobstructed area whereas workplace manual handling problems often involved lifting various shaped objects into awkward spaces at award angles.
15 November 2018 - Leading self and others through imposed workplace change
Andy Harmer, Head of Leadership Development, VA Consultants, Kendal
Andy adopted an interactive approach to his subject; he ensured that no-one was allowed to fall asleep in the back row because members spent most of their time standing up and discussing leadership skills in different small groups of attendees and then reporting back to the full group.
20 September 2018 - HSE update
Leona Cameron, HM Inspector of Health & Safety, HSE Carlisle
Leona divided her presentation into four main topics:
- A brief history of the HSE.
- Human behaviour in the workplace.
- HSE’s plan of work for 2018/19 and
- A personal insight into workplace culture from an HSE Inspector’s point of view.
07 June 2018 - Works visit: BAE Systems Barrow-in-Furness
07 March 2018 - Work experience pupils training day at Kirkbie Kendal School
15 February 2018 - Driving on company business
18 January 2018 - CDM (2015) in practice at the construction stage
14 December 2017 - Integrated management systems: a risk based approach
16 November 2017 - Managing mental health in the workplace
17 October 2017 - Managing Risk Day Seminar
21 September 2017 - HSE update
20 June 2017 - Work experience pupils training day notes
15 June 2017 - Site visit to Nationwide Fire Training notes
16 March 2017 - Trees, grass and caterpillars
19 January 2017 - Management of contractors