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Martin Barnard s safety column

So, nothing new then? Responses to the caption competition outweigh the debate on designer role in safety by 8 to 1( NCE 23 May 2002). While such a good response is welcomed, it does perhaps sum up the depth, or lack of it, of debate and interest in the fundamentally important role of the designer in health and safety. I've put it as a half-time score in the hope, (probably forlorn), that others will contribute to the debate. Go on prove me wrong!

Of those responses received, there is a consistent view that HSE appears rather silent on the role of the designer. Perhaps HSE would like to join in. More next month.

WHAT DO YOU CALL 2,500 SAFETY OFFICERS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA?

- A GOOD START! !

While World Cup fever has broken out in the Far East, such a number of health and safety professionals gathered in Vienna for the World Congress. According to International Labour Office figures:

About 2M workers die worldwide each year from work-related accidents and diseases (That is more than 5,000 per day). In contrast, only 600,000 are killed each year in wars across the world.

Fatal accidents usually occur to workers who still have a long working career ahead of them; many being inexperienced. In contrast work-related cancer and respiratory/circulatory disease tends to occur late in working life, often after retirement.

The top three killers were cancer 32%, respiratory/circulatory disease 23%, accidents 19%.

Asbestos alone claims 100,000 lives per year.

There are 270M accidents worldwide each year, of which 360,000 are fatal. Worse still 12,000 children die each year worldwide.

If best health and safety practices were put into place, nearly 90% of the annual deaths and 75% of annual accidents could be prevented.

ICE Register of Health & Safety Professionals

The ICE is seeking to raise the standard of health and safety across the industry. As part of this process a register has been established for those who wish to demonstrate a defined level of competence in the application of health and safety within the construction process. Such a person needs a sound working knowledge of the design process and experience of the site processes likely to be involved in the project and in future maintenance refurbishment or demolition. The register will be launched this autumn.

The title of Register of Health & Safety Professionals, including Designers, Planning Supervisors and project managers is very long winded. It doesn't trip off the tongue! We would like ideas for a more punchy title for those involved in health and safety work. The ICE Health & Safety Board is offering a prize of a bottle of champagne for the best proposed title. Best offer you've had this week! Send your ideas to: peter. fry@ice. org. uk Martin Barnard is Symonds Group health and safety director Email: martin. barnard@symonds-group. com

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