Small business focus from revitalised group of health and safety specialists
Relaunching North East Lincolnshire Safety, Health and Environment Group. Clockwise from back left, Mark Smith, Mike Hall, Darren Shelton, Lynne Fulton and Sarah Owen, members of the executive committee. Not pictured are Geoff Fulcher, Chris Dougherty a
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 2 Mar 2018
NORTH East Lincolnshire Safety, Health and Environment Group has been revived, with a new chairman, new programme and several new committee members for 2018.
The group, which counts current global president of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Craig Foyle, among its executive alumni, has been reinvigorated after a dormant period.
Taking the helm is Mark Smith, head of health and safety at North East Lincolnshire Council, with Lynne Fulton of OH Services as vice chair, and Darren Shelton of Forefront Recruitment and Training as treasurer.
They are joined on the top table by Mike Hall of Jacobs, Sarah Owen, lead auditor of ConCom at Catch, Geoff Fulcher, managing director of FES (EX) Ltd, Chris Dougherty, co-owner of Emerald Health and Safety and Mike Hryckowian, head of Pelagia Grimsby, formerly United Fish Industries.
Mr Smith, who helped guide the authority to winning Rospa’s Public Service and Local Government Sector Award in Occupational Health and Safety Management 2017 last summer, said: “The group lost its way over the last year or so, so we looked at the constitution, elected a new chair, got some new members on the executive committee from various sectors and interests, and built a new website, while launching a new programme as well.”
Linking up with Healthy Places, NELC’s public health and wellbeing solutions provider, it is also liaising with business support organisation E-Factor.
Mr Shelton said: “Historically it was always big Humber Bank factories who were members, who had health and safety capability within. Now we are trying to open out to embrace smaller companies who perhaps don’t have such capacity. They can tap into our experience. It is a new audience, and an important one.”
Academies are another target area, with Mr Smith aware of the move from local authority control to independent status.
NELSHE is part of Safety Groups UK, established in 1947, and was formally known as South Humberside Health and Safety Group, but rebranded in 2013 to encompass environmental elements.
March 2: Fire Safety Awareness and Practical Extinguisher Workshop
May 25: Management of Health and Safety / Risk Assessment Training
September 21: Stress / Mental Health and Emotional Resilience Workshop
December 7: Annual Conference – Behavioural Safety and Legal Update
All events are held at Grimsby Town Hall between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.