SCoS Conference

SCoS Conference 2019 – Improving Workplace Mental Health

In place of our usually meeting, SGWS members will be attending the SCoS Conference on October 30th at The Lighthouse. Health & Safety professionals from across Scotland will gather at The Lighthouse in Glasgow for an exceptional conference focused on improving the mental health of our workplaces. Featuring a keynote address from Martin Temple, Chair of HSE, and speakers from SAMH, Suzy Lamplugh Trust, Healthy Working Lives, Grangemouth Contractors Safety Alliance & BAE Systems. We all know some days are good and some are bad. Negative thoughts, unwelcome comments, intrusive thought patterns, confusion. They lead to stress, anxiety, and depression[…]

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Michael McGinley MBE

Michael McGinley MBE

It is with sad hearts we share news that Mike McGinley MBE, Life Vice-President of SG·WS, passed away peacefully at home on the 22nd August 2019. Michael was born in 1925 and became an electrician. While working for Goodyear at the Drumchapel site he was asked by the general manager if he would like to become a safety officer. Excited by this new challenge he never looked back. Every moment of his working life from then on was safety focused and he loved every minute. Mike became a committee member of the Strathclyde Health & Safety Group in 1969. Within[…]

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Legal

New session starts with Legal Update

On the 11th September, in our first session of the new programme, we welcome back Lindsay MacNeill of BTO Solicitors. Lindsay has presented several times and is very knowledgeable when discussing members questions. Joining BTO in 2012, Lindsay moved to Pinsent Masons in 2016, before returning to BTO in March 2018. Lindsay trained as a solicitor with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) and worked on a number of high profile cases within the Proceeds of Crime Unit. Lindsay has represented clients in a wide range of criminal proceedings including the high profile Fatal Accident Inquiry into the death of a worker on[…]

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Ann Denham

Guidance for Fire Safety in Specialised Housing

Ash Denham, Community Safety Minister, today launched a consultation on fire safety guidance. The Guidance has been drafted to deliver on the sixth recommendation from the Review of the Fire Safety Regime for High Rise Domestic Buildings in Scotland. The Review’s other recommendations relate to fire safety in high rise domestic buildings and were agreed by the Scottish Government Ministerial Working Group on Building and Fire Safety that was set up following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower. The sixth recommendation “Introduction of Scottish guidance concerning Fire safety in specialised housing” is not specific to high rise domestic buildings but also agreed[…]

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Alan Gunn elected Treasurer of SGUK

SGWS’ Chair Alan Gunn Appointed Treasurer of Safety Groups UK

This month our Chair, Alan Gunn, was elected as Treasurer of Safety Groups UK. Congratulations to Alan! Safety Groups UK, established in 1947, is the coordinating body for over 70 Occupational Health and Safety Groups throughout the UK. A registered charity, it’s mission is “To promote heath and safety by supporting a thriving network of health and safety Groups”. Each local Groups promotes awareness and shares experience on how to manage health and safety risks in the workplace. Even though the UK is a global leader in workplace health and safety, SGUK recognises that much can still be done to[…]

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