Safety Group · West Scotland, formerly SHEF(S), is the oldest safety group in Scotland; originally formed in 1937, we have been promoting safety for nearly 80 years. We normally meet on the third Wednesday of every month from September to June at Reid Kerr College, Paisley, click here for more information. Meetings are open to everyone and membership is available from £50 for new members. Attendance at each meeting entitles those relevant persons to allocate CPD points to their choosen CPD scheme. If you would like to join click here for the application form or get in touch if you want to[…]


Legal update from Pinsent Masons

We are delighted to welcome Lindsay MacNeill from Pinsent Masons as our first speaker of the new 2016 / 2017 session. Following a traineeship in prosecution at the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, Edinburgh in 2010, Lindsay has worked with a number of excellent firms and leading individuals to her current role within the Pinsent Mason Risk Advisory Services Group, specialising in the defence of Health and Safety prosecutions and ‘white collar’ crime. On 14th September at 2 pm Lindsay will bring us an update on impact of the recent sentencing guidelines and what Brexit might mean for Health & Safety[…]

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Site Visit to Forth Replacement Crossing

The Forth Replacement Crossing is Scotland’s biggest transport infrastructure project in a generation. The project will deliver a new bridge – the Queensferry Crossing – as well as upgrading the connecting road network on both sides of the Firth of Forth. On the 18th June at 2pm SHEF(S) members will visit the site to view the current stage of construction.  Places are limited to 12, if you wish to attend please register your interest by contacting the Secretary. Please do not turn up on the day without registering as you will be unable to go onsite. After a short visitor induction we[…]


Prof. Roger Willey on Asbestos

SHEF(S) were very excited to welcome Prof. Roger Willey on the 21st May to speak on Asbestos. Roger  is a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and in October 2000 Roger was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He currently lectures and undertakes speaking engagements world-wide and is a highly regarded Expert Witness in asbestos related court cases. This has included cases in the Court of Session and High Courts of Ireland and Australia as well as acting as Court Appointed Expert in the High Court in London. You can download a[…]

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX (3784964b)
Edinburgh tram line launch, Scotland, Britain - 31 May 2014
The first passenger carrying tram ran on Edinburgh's Princes Street this morning, the first since November 16th 1956. A transport blueprint that included the reintroduction of trams in Edinburgh was first launched by the city council in September 2001. However, the first bill for a tram line extending from the airport to Princes Street was only passed by Scottish Parliament on March 1, 2006. The scheduled opening of February 2011 was pushed back more than three years and the project's budget blown out from £375m to £776m.

Edinburgh Trams – the story so far

On the 19th of February at 2pm, SHEF(S) are pleased to welcome Sheena Smith from Enviroqual Ltd. Sheena is a graduate of Napier University in Edinburgh, with postgraduate qualifications from both Napier University and De Montfort University in Leicester. Sheena is the founder and Director of Enviroqual Ltd who provides consultancy and training services for all industry sectors in regard to Quality, Environmental and Health and Safety Management Systems. The media have made light work of the problems encountered during the course of the current Edinburgh Tram Project, but it is it all as it appears? What ‘good’ can come[…]


Road Safety – Joint meeting with ScORSA, RoSPA & CIHT

We are please to welcome back Dr Karen McDonnell, Head of RoSPA Scotland. In her role as Head of RoSPA Scotland Karen is responsible for the management of activities’ linked to the RoSPA’s mission ‘to save lives and reduce injuries’ within Scotland. This is achieved through influencing policy via the promotion of RoSPA key issues such as the Management of Occupational Road Risk within a Scottish context, leading to the formation of the Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance which she chairs. This is a joint meeting with the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) which is a learned society concerned[…]