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Safe Maintenance Seminar -April 2011

Copies of the presentations given at the forum BHSEA held in conjunction with the HSE are available below.


Aim of the Seminar

Simple and practical guidance for planning, managing and supervising safe maintenance activities, with guidance reinforced by case studies.

The seminar is a development of the important initiative launched by the HSE, Engineering Employers Federation and the Unions last year and is crucial to addressing an area of work which is the source of a significant proportion of accidents each year. As always, with BHSEA seminars, we are placing great emphasis on giving practical guidance and hands-on experience with this event and see it as an essential tool for preventing expensive accidents when profits are already threatened by other pressures.

Seminar flyer    Pictures here




Programme, Speakers and Presentations


Opening Address
Managing Maintenance

Peter Galsworthy


Hazards in maintenance operations
Case study -photographs that delegates were asked to comment on

George Allcock


Risk assessments and safe systems of work 1
Generic, specific and point of work risk assessments

George Allcock


Risk assessments and safe systems of work 2
Written systems, method statements, permits-to-work and critical behaviours

Ed Friend


A Union view of maintenance risks
Training,competence and worker involvement including information and communication.

Peter Try


Techniques for some common maintenance tasks
Selection and management of Contractors
Work at height
Lone working  Lone working check list
Hot work
Work in confined and restricted places
Operator intervention on systems

Mark Hoare
Ed Friend
Tim Prestage
Ed Friend
Neil Hancox
George Allcock


Safe maintenence case study
Part A: Developing a safe system of work and actions when things go badly wrong
Part B: Conducting accident analysis to identify critical behaviours, barriers to safe behaviours and ways to remove those barriers to ensure safety.
Sample risk assessment form for exercise

George Allcock



Speakers' Details

Peter Galsworthy, HSE Head of Operations, Midlands Region Peter is the HSE's Head of Operations for the West Midlands. He joined HSE is 1993 and, after completing training as an Inspector, has undertaken a variety of operational and policy roles. He has have inspected in most work sectors and, in policy roles, has developed guidance on crowd safety and led for HSE on negotiations on chemicals legislation (including REACH). Prior to coming to Birmingham in 2009, he managed a HSE Construction team working in the Home Counties. His background before joining HSE was in chemistry and education and he is a Chartered Chemist and Scientist and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Health & Safety.

Peter Try, Unionlearn, Regional Education Officer, Midlands TUC Peter is the Unionlearn Education and Training Officer for the TUC Midland Region since 2003. Prior to that worked for 18 years as a trade union educator and union activist within NATFHE (now UCU), the main union for college lecturers. He left school in 1965 to complete an engineering apprenticeship, gained an Open University BA degree whilst working in manufacturing industry during the 1970’s and went on to receive a Masters Degree in industrial relations with the University of Warwick in 1985.

Ed Friend, BSc., AIIRSM, Consultant Ed served as an HSE Inspector from 1965 to 2004, when he retired from his appointment as Head of Operations, HSE Field Operations Directorate, Midlands Division. In addition to his vast experience as an inspector in all industrial sectors, he has served as Chairman of Foundry Industry Advisory Committee, Chairman of Ceramics Industry Advisory Committee, Chairman of ILO committee of experts drafting ILO Guidance for the Iron & Steel Industry, Joint author of Health & Safety training Solutions published by Jordans and as a Judge in the Mineral Products National Health & Safety Best Practice Awards 2005-10.

George Allcock, CMIOSH, BSc George has over 30 years health and safety management, consultancy, training and engineering experience in a wide range of automotive, aerospace, engineering and service businesses. His last full time position (1997 – 2008) was Group Safety Adviser for GKN plc, a company operating in 40 countries and employing 40,000 people. Whilst at GKN he guided the development of health and safety management with a focus on leadership. During this period the Group’s accident rates fell in each and every year to a point where they bettered the performance of many benchmark companies in each of the main countries and industries in which GKN operates.

Mark Hoare CEng, CMIOSH, MISTR Mark is the Health and Safety Manager at the University of Birmingham, where he has been since 1994. Previously he was an engineer with British Coal. Mark uses his experience and knowledge to promote health and safety beyond the University and is involved with other health and safety organisations, being the current chair (until July 2011) in the Institute of Safety in Technology and Research (ISTR) and a past chairman of the Birmingham Health and Safety Association.

Tim Prestage, Consultant, Tim Prestage Ltd. Tim Prestage has been in Health and Safety since 1977, both as a Company Safety Officer and since 1981 as the Principal Consultant of Health and Safety Consultants Tim Prestage Ltd. The company is based in Hall Green Birmingham and has Clients in Engineering, Food Industry, Construction, Local Authorities, and the National Health Service. They were one of the first companies to be appointed Training Providers for the NEBOSH General Certificate Courses in 1989. As Safety Consultants they also carry out Engineering and Building Inspections, design Safety Systems, carry out Air Sampling and Noise Measurements.

Neil Hancox CMIOSH, SHEQ Manager Infrastructure, Morgan Sindall Experienced in all aspects of civil engineering and tunnelling works, Neil has been involved in some of Europe’s largest construction projects. These include the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Kárahnjúkar Hydroelectric Project in Iceland and the Heathrow T5 development. The Heathrow project involved managing the health, safety and environmental compliance for the road, rail and storm water tunnels in a joint venture and multi contractor environment. His current role with Morgan Sindall involves leading a team of safety, health, environmental and quality advisers to support infrastructure projects across the UK.

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