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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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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competent advice on lev

Joint meeting with ILEVE

How do you find good advice when choosing an LEV solution? Come to our last event of the session on the 12th June at 2pm and find out. We meet in Room 2, Abercorn Conference Centre, West College Scotland. We welcome Adrian Sims from Vent-Tech Ltd to our joint meeting with ILEVE. ILEVE promotes air quality in the workplace. The organisation aims to reduce ill health and death due to airborne contamination and hazardous substances in the working environment. Adrian will be discussing the challenges selecting competent advice, what to look for and common pitfalls to avoid when purchasing LEV[…]

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