I have studied the competencies identified for membership of the ICE's new Health & Safety Register (NCE 17 October), and I am surprised that they do not reflect the activities of members who work for clients, designers, contractors and principal contractors. They are singularly focused on the role of planning supervisor.
I am all for doing health and safety better, but to focus on the particular role undertaken by only a portion of the membership seems completely wrong.
The real need is for highly visible health and safety 'champions' throughout the industry. Surely the register should concentrate on identifying and promoting champions.
All members of the institution have 'to keep abreast of professional and regulatory changes and to advance their knowledge in technology and good practice'.
Shouldn't the register's members therefore be required to act as mentors to the wider membership?
John Scholey, KBR Infrastructure, John.Scholey@halliburton. com