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Occupational Health & Safety: 2018 Buying Trends

Behavioural Safety, Stress Management and Risk Management & Assessment top the list of solutions the UK’s leading H&S professionals are sourcing in 2018.

The findings have been revealed following the Occupational Safety & Health Forum which took place earlier this month. Delegates attending the event were asked which H&S areas they needed to invest in during 2018 and beyond.

Over half were looking to invest in Behavioural Safety and Stress Management solutions, with 50% sourcing Risk Management & Assessment solutions. Just behind were Noise Control Monitoring, Equipment & Services, Fire Safety Management and Personal Protection Equipment & Clothing.

“It’s probably no surprise that Behavioural Safety and Stress Management top the list of areas our delegates were most interested in,” said Occupational Safety & Health Forum Event Manager Lisa Rose. “But the full table provides a valuable insight into trends within the health and safety sector.”

% of delegates at the Occupational Safety & Health Forum sourcing certain products & solutions:

Behavioural Safety 53%

Stress Management 53%

Risk Management/Assessments  50%

Noise Control Monitoring/Equipment & Services 49%

Fire Safety Management 47%

Personal Protection Equipment & Clothing 46%

Occupational Health & Wellbeing Services 43%

Waste Management 41%

Eye Protection & Care 38%

Lifting &  Handling Aids 38%

Incident Reporting 38%

Lone Worker Safety & Equipment 37%

Compliance 37%

Working at Height/Fall Arrest 35%

Back Care/Manual Handling 35%

Contractor Management 35%

To find out more about the Occupational Safety & Health Forum, visit www.oshforum.co.uk

Lloyds Energy to create 700 jobs in liquid gas trade

Lloyds Energy Group LLC has submitted a formal application to export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to countries with a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the US, creating a large number of jobs in the process.

Production involves extreme compression of natural gas, often methane, in order to improve the transportation process. The volume in a liquid state is 600 times less than in a gaseous form.

Exporting from their facility in Calhoun County, Texas, the project will be known as Point Comfort LNG and aims to significantly benefit the south central Texas coastal region, in part in the creation of around 700 direct, long-term jobs.

Lloyds Energy expects the project to also indirectly lead to thousands more jobs, as well as economic benefits and a predicted hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

“Lloyds Energy is strongly positioned to meet client demand, and submitting our Point Comfort LNG FTA application is an important first step towards making the final investment decision,” said Philip Holland, Lloyds Energy CEO. “The U.S. has an abundant supply of natural gas and the international market has a growing demand for cleaner, more-efficient fuel.”

 The company hopes to expand further into new territories, and with a potential new deal between the US and UK on the cards, many more could start setting their sights on Britain within the coming year.

Crises, CCTV and Cyber Crime top the total security summit

The global landscape has experienced a rather monumental change over the last year, with security being more relevant than ever as we go into 2017.

The first Total Security Summit of the year is determined to address these issues and uncertainties in a bespoke two-day event for security professionals.

Meet, share, connect and debate business relevant to your current and future projects with matchmade face-to-face meetings, experience a day of dining, drinks and discussion as you network with fellow business professionals and attend seminars covering a range of relevant topics.

Reaching a landmark age in political global challenges and uncertainties, it’s vital to prepare for the future, protecting crowded areas, addressing terror threats and discussing counter-terrorism is Dr Anna Maria Brudenell, Lecturer in Military and Security Studies,
Cranfield Defence and Security for the first seminar on Global Security Strategy.

As terror threats continue to rise and evolve without warning, discussing and understanding the implications is crucial to develop your security in a crisis. Chris Phillips, Managing Director, International Protect and Prepare Security Office (IPPSO) is presenting seminar 2 on Crisis Management and Communications

Video surveillance is being used in greater quantity and with higher quality expectations, with Britain among the leaders in CCTV operation, but are the benefits worth the cost? With few resources and increasing legal parameters, Simon Lambert, Independent CCTV Consultants, Lambert Associates is discussing  CCTV and Video Surveillance in seminar 3.

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John Marsden, Head of Fraud, Equifax, is discussing how to identify and tackle theft as it happens, assessing risk, detecting threats and ensuring on-going training in Seminar 4: Keeping your Business’ Cash and Assets Safe and Secure

Going into your second day, and following morning networking, James Willison, Founder, Unified Security Ltd goes digital. As our dependency on technology grows, many companies are more vulnerable than ever, between data and privacy risks to ransomware, hackers are becoming more sophisticated, and businesses need to adapt quickly for Seminar 5 on Cyber Crime – the United Security Response.

With a continuing rise in companies at risk of fraud, from physical fraud to high level hacking, security needs to be tight across the board, and the final seminar before more discussion and networking addresses these fears. Fraud Prevention with David Lee, Fraud Prevention Manager, Transport for London sees the summit almost to a close.

Taking place between the 13-14 March at the Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted, this year’s Total Security Summit is the industry go-to for professionals.

To secure a complimentary delegate place at either of the two annual Total Security Summit events, call Liz Cowell on 01992 374 072 or email l.cowell@forumevents.co.uk.

Or, to attend either event as a supplier, call Nick Stannard on 01992 374 092 or email n.stannard@formumevents.co.uk.

For more information, visit www.totalsecuritysummit.co.uk.

Industry Spotlight: Advice and tips on attracting future engineers…

Doug Anderson, sales and marketing manager at Guttridge, discusses the importance of attracting future engineers and offers a few top tips along the way.

As a company, it’s important to not only chase the next customer, but also chase the next employee. The engineering sector should constantly attract new talent and actively encourage more females into what has traditionally been a male-dominated environment. It’s vital that future engineers should be motivated and passionate at the earliest stage in their professional development…

Why work in engineering?

The engineering sector is regarded as a cornerstone of the UK’s economic progression. In the future, engineers will be charged with producing cutting-edge technology and building structures that will help the UK tackle any renewable energy issues. To achieve this, there needs to be as many people entering the industry as possible. Organisations must remove any existing preconceptions and make engineering an attractive career path for all young people, by taking actions to promote and encourage working in the industry. How do we do this? Well here are four tactics to help secure the future engineering talent.

Generate interest early

Firstly, it’s vital to ensure that children and students of all ages, male and female, are informed about engineering. There are many different disciplines within the sector, offering different opportunities. Young students who are passionate about engineering and keen to enter the industry should have the opportunity to make informed educational decisions in order to realise their ambition.

The education sector and schools are improving increasing awareness in the sector, by using dynamic teaching methods to help bring science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to life. Attracting girls to the industry is a huge priority as they are still scarce in the engineering profession despite the career opportunities it offers.

As well as emphasising the importance of STEM to students, male and female, it is just as important that teachers and parents are aware of the importance and benefits that working in engineering can bring.

Earning and learning

In the past, engineering companies tend to lack an on-campus presence at schools, colleges and universities which hasn’t helped graduate intake into the sector. However, in recent years the visibility in terms of career potential are now in front of young talent.

The cost of attending university deters many young people, so it’s crucial to make them aware of the existence of other routes to a successful and rewarding career. Apprenticeships and internships offer an opportunity to learn whilst earning a wage, and can become a huge step to further education later in life. In-house training is offered alongside fully funded qualifications to help employees enhance their formal education. Organisations need to provide these development opportunities to help attract engineers from a wider range of social backgrounds. Learning on the job can produce more well-rounded employees – as it requires hard work and dedication.

Removing industry preconceptions

In the past engineering has been perceived as a male-oriented industry, and the lack of female engineers in the UK suggests that very little has changed. Given the diversity roles within the sector, there is absolutely no justification for this.

Perhaps as an industry we need to effectively relay the message that a career in engineering offers a wealth of opportunities that actually take place in very modern and high-tech environments, as opposed to grubby ones.

Wealth of opportunity

The scale of opportunity that engineering can provide for entry level students is superb. Engineering is an exciting career field to be involved in, and new opportunities are always available for qualified engineers. It is a flourishing and fast growing sector, not to mention engineering graduates earn some of the best salaries in the country.

Many engineering businesses have offices overseas, so there are also opportunities for graduates to travel abroad, especially to the MENA area.

When it comes to interviews and the selection process, recruitment of new staff in the engineering sector needs to be based on talent alone, rather than gender or any other arbitrary factor. The more that a company builds its female workforce, the more women will be attracted to fill positions in the industry, and the industry will thrive.

It is therefore up to those currently involved in the engineering sector, to spread the word and improve the appreciation of a career which knows no bounds, and continue to do what we can for our future engineers.

At Guttridge we encourage the STEM subjects by working with The Imagineering Foundation to introduce school children to the fascinating world of engineering and technology. We are seeing extremely encouraging results with our local school and are working hard to ensure the children are inspired to consider a career in engineering.

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‘Modern’ safety and health challenges studied in new book…

A new book based on research funded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has investigated the changing context of health and safety policy and
‘modern’ concerns emerging in the OSH sector.

The chartered body commissioned studies over a five-year period by teams from: the
Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM), Cranfield University, Loughborough University, and the universities of Reading, Portsmouth and Nottingham to create Health and Safety in a Changing World (2017, Routledge).

Shelley Frost, executive director of Policy at IOSH and co-editor of the book alongside professor Robert Dingwall, said:OSH is steeped in a colourful history, shaped by public perception and hugely dynamic.  This book explores those facets and provides a perspective on how the OSH professional can respond to the changing needs and expectations of the world of work.

“There are real opportunities explored on how those driving forward OSH agendas can position themselves to influence and shape the future.”

Considered to be one of the most ambitious research projects undertaken about the ways people are protected from injury and ill health in the workplace, were published in October 2016 and can be found here.

To find out more about the book, click here

Research places older workers at the forefront of OSH policies…

A pilot project hosted by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has presented some key findings as a result of a series of reports conducted on occupational safety and health (OSH) in the context of an ageing EU workforce.

One report ‘The ageing workforce: implications for occupational safety and health’ demonstrates the physical and psychological implications of work and age-related challenges; pinpointing the need for OSH policies to pay particular attention to chemical and physical hazards…

Furthermore, although it’s commonly thought that older employees can struggle to keep up with the demands that shift work can bring, the report explains they often exhibit ‘better judgement’ and ‘enhanced knowledge’ compared to their younger counterparts.

An additional report, Analysis report on EU and Member States policies, strategies and programmesdelves further into the major influences on policy development and clarifies some of the key differences between OSH systems in EU countries.

To find out more information, visit the Healthy Workplaces for All campaign website and follow all activity via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter using the hashtag #EUhealthyworkplaces.