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Spreading health & safety word

CIVIL ENGINEERS with middle and upper management jobs have little understanding of health and safety regulations, a North West localassociation meeting was told last month.

North West branch development engineer (LADO) Mike Eldred gave an all day seminar to branch members on the importance of health and safety.

Using case studies of prosecutions arising from the contravention of health and safety regulations, Eldred encouraged the young engineers present to learn by others' mistakes.

After discussions with the group of 25 engineers, Eldred said that 'few of those present had a thorough understanding of theramifications of health and safety.'

However, his main concern was that most of those attending said that their employers showedlittle understanding of health and safety issues.

Eldred said he got theimpression that 'employers knew health and safety checks had to be done but they did not know how. They seem constrained by commercial pressures such as time and costs'.

Afterwards Eldred said the engineers went away with a clearer understanding of health and safety and the part they hadto play in enforcing it.

He hopes that the lectures will encourage engineers to go back to the workplace and spread the health and safety word.

The lectures offer CPD for the branch's members at a reasonable cost.

They also serve to fund the cost of having the three branch development engineers at the North Western LocalAssociation.

Mike Eldred (0161) 736 0442, mgeconsultants@claranet.co.uk

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