South Cumbria and North Lancashire Branch recent events

For further information about our Branch meetings please contact: Chair or Programme Secretary 

08 July 2019 - Dealing with HSE Inspectors: best practice and guidelines

Speaker: Karl Tindale, Associate Director, Safer Sphere

During his presentation Karl explained the way that HSE used strategic health and safety problems as a basis for developing targeted routine health and safety inspections alongside proactive inspections after major RIDDOR incidents.

He reminded members that HSE provided useful guidance on a wide range of health and safety topics on their website and he explained the step by step approach used by HSE Inspectors to make their enforcement decisions. He also explained how HSE Fees for Intervention were applied and looked ways of challenging Notices of Contravention or Fees for Intervention if you think that they have been applied unfairly. He also gave examples of court cases where fines have been reduced.

A summary of the meeting can be found here

A read-only copy of Karl’s presentation can be found here


16 May 2019  - Lone working: a solutions-based approach

Speaker: Arup Majhi, Safety, Health & Environment Manager, Carlisle City Council 

Venue: Netherwood Hotel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria

Arup provided members with a comprehensive overview of risk reduction strategies that Carlisle City Council have adopted to help reduce lone working risks to staff, Council Members and contractors. He used this information to encourage members to exchange ideas about the pros and cons of different approaches to managing lone workers.

A summary of the meeting can be found here

A read-only copy of his presentation can be found here


11 April 2019 - Safety ownership: carrot or stick?

Speaker: David Mason, Director, Inspire Safety     

Venue: Netherwood Hotel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6ET

Dave introduced himself by explaining that he had a wide range of safety management experience including being Health & Safety Director at Travis Perkins prior to taking on his role as Director at Inspire Safety. During this time, he has tried several different approaches to encourage, Directors, managers and employees to take ‘ownership’ of their workplace safety culture. He explained how studies of group behaviour can inform our approach to developing a positive workplace culture but that there is no ‘quick fix’.  His presentation led to a worthwhile and wide-ranging discussion and exchange of ideas about how to achieve effective workplace safety initiatives to develop a positive workplace culture.

A summary of the meeting

A read-only copy of his presentation


21 March 2019 - Consequences of a fall from height; a thought-provoking personal account

Jason Anker MBE, Director, Anker & Marsh

Jason introduced his presentation by explaining that he had adopted a different approach to his presentations because he had recently put his accident into perspective. He then used examples of celebrities’ life experiences and experiences from his own life to show that it is often the way that we cope with our problems that has the biggest effect on our lives, our mental wellbeing and our ability to develop effective coping mechanisms.

A brief summary of his presentation can be found here.

21 February 2019 - What you should be expecting to see from your scaffolder

Mark Clarke, Director, Clarke Health & Safety Consultants Limited

Mark introduced his presentation by explaining that he had learnt about scaffolding from the bottom up. He illustrated his presentation with photographs of good and bad scaffolding as he explained some of the key things that Clients and site managers need to look for when they are responsible for jobs that involve the use of scaffolding on site.

A brief summary of his presentation can be found here.

17 January 2019 - The future of the H & S profession; attracting the next generation

James Quinn, Vice President, IOSH

James gave members a brief summary of IOSH’s history, and statistics, followed by a summary of IOSH’s key aims before focusing on the main topic of the meeting: The future of the health and safety profession: attracting the next generation.

A brief summary of his presentation can be found here.

A read-only copy of his presentation can be found here.

13 December 2018 - A practical approach to workplace manual handling

Paul Barden, Director, Get Set Training, Leeds

Paul adopted a practical approach to manual handling using members of the audience to help demonstrate manual handling best practice. He explained that he had reservations about some of the published manual handling guidance because much of the advice was based on lifting a uniform box in an unobstructed area whereas workplace manual handling problems often involved lifting various shaped objects into awkward spaces at award angles.

A brief summary of his presentation can be found here.

15 November 2018 - Leading self and others through imposed workplace change

Andy Harmer, Head of Leadership Development, VA Consultants, Kendal

Andy adopted an interactive approach to his subject; he ensured that no-one was allowed to fall asleep in the back row because members spent most of their time standing up and discussing leadership skills in different small groups of attendees and then reporting back to the full group.

A brief summary of his presentation can be found here.

A read-only copy of his presentation can be found here.

20 September 2018 - HSE update

Leona Cameron, HM Inspector of Health & Safety, HSE Carlisle

Leona divided her presentation into four main topics:

  1. A brief history of the HSE.
  2. Human behaviour in the workplace.
  3. HSE’s plan of work for 2018/19 and
  4. A personal insight into workplace culture from an HSE Inspector’s point of view.

A summary of his presentation can be found here.

19 July 2018 - First Aid and emergency treatment training – how much is enough?

07 June 2018 - Works visit: BAE Systems Barrow-in-Furness

17 May 2018 - Working at height: management of scaffolding, portable scaffold towers & ladders

19 April 2018 - Why? And How? The business case for changing workplace culture and managing stress effectively

15 March 2018 - COSHH: helping SMEs by focusing on Quantity, Concentration and Duration

07 March 2018 - Work experience pupils training day at Kirkbie Kendal School

15 February 2018 - Driving on company business

18 January 2018 - CDM (2015) in practice at the construction stage

14 December 2017 - Integrated management systems: a risk based approach

16 November 2017 - Managing mental health in the workplace

17 October 2017 - Managing Risk Day Seminar

21 September 2017 - HSE update

20 July 2017 - Can safety committees & safety representatives have a positive impact on workplace culture?

20 June 2017 - Work experience pupils training day notes

15 June 2017 - Site visit to Nationwide Fire Training notes

18 May 2017 - How can we manage workplace use of VDU workstations, laptops, tablets and smart phones?

20 April 2017 - Skills, knowledge, experience and training - how should we assess workplace competence?

16 March 2017 - Trees, grass and caterpillars

16 February 2017 - Managing workplace transport: site, warehouse and vehicle/pedestrian interface

19 January 2017 - Management of contractors