South Cumbria and North Lancashire Branch recent events

For further information about our Branch meetings please contact: Chair or Programme Secretary 

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 can be found here.

A handout copy of James’s presentation can be found here.


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 can be found here.

A read-only copy of John Gould’s presentation can be found here.


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 can be found here.

A read-only copy of Stuart Mason’s presentation can be found here.


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, can be found here.

The speaker bios can be found here.


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 can be found here.

A read-only copy of Steven Boyd’s presentation can be found here


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.

A summary of the meeting can be found here

A read-only copy of Karl’s presentation can be found here


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 summary of the meeting can be found here.

A read-only copy of English Heritage’s presentation can be found here.


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.

A summary of the meeting can be found here

A read-only copy of his presentation can be found here


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.

A summary of the meeting

A read-only copy of his presentation


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.

A brief summary of his presentation can be found here.

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.

A brief summary of his presentation can be found here.

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.

A brief summary of his presentation can be found here.

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.

A brief summary of his presentation can be found here.

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.

A brief summary of his presentation can be found here.

A read-only copy of his presentation can be found here.

20 September 2018 - HSE update

Leona Cameron, HM Inspector of Health & Safety, HSE Carlisle

Leona divided her presentation into four main topics:

  1. A brief history of the HSE.
  2. Human behaviour in the workplace.
  3. HSE’s plan of work for 2018/19 and
  4. A personal insight into workplace culture from an HSE Inspector’s point of view.

A summary of his presentation can be found here.

19 July 2018 - First Aid and emergency treatment training – how much is enough?

07 June 2018 - Works visit: BAE Systems Barrow-in-Furness

17 May 2018 - Working at height: management of scaffolding, portable scaffold towers & ladders

19 April 2018 - Why? And How? The business case for changing workplace culture and managing stress effectively

15 March 2018 - COSHH: helping SMEs by focusing on Quantity, Concentration and Duration

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 July 2017 - Can safety committees & safety representatives have a positive impact on workplace culture?

20 June 2017 - Work experience pupils training day notes

15 June 2017 - Site visit to Nationwide Fire Training notes

18 May 2017 - How can we manage workplace use of VDU workstations, laptops, tablets and smart phones?

20 April 2017 - Skills, knowledge, experience and training - how should we assess workplace competence?

16 March 2017 - Trees, grass and caterpillars

16 February 2017 - Managing workplace transport: site, warehouse and vehicle/pedestrian interface

19 January 2017 - Management of contractors