I believe i am different, stand out from the crowd, my background and experiences being unique
Based by Dunfermline in Fife, covering central Scotland from Edinburgh to Glasgow and Stirling to Dundee
Nebosh qualification, IOSH recognised, CPD accredited training
Highly experienced in Health and Safety, Confined Space, Safety Management System, Control of Work, Risk Management, Safety Inspections, risk assessments, audits, policy and procedures, reports, fire risk assessments etc.
Worked in top tier COMAH and non COMAH sites, working for large corporations to myself, clients including medium sized organizations to sole trader.
Why I stand out from the crowd
In every sector of every trade, some people are academically minded, and some are practically minded, a few are both, and there is the unfortunate few who are neither. I am from the practical side, I learnt most of my knowledge by being hands on, listening and learning from others as well as time studying.
I believe that I am different from others. I stand out, my experiences are many, the way I operate is different, my beliefs and priorities are unique and therefore the services I offer my clients are exclusive. This is not only in my working life but also in other activities that I am involved in.
So where did it all begin, this health and safety life education
After school I decided to go to sea as a deck officer cadet with the Ben Line Steamers of Edinburgh. I ended up spending 15 Years as a deck officer rising in rank to chief officer. The one thing about being at sea and working on a ship is that the crew have to be able to do and repair everything, you cannot contact trusted traders and have someone there the next day to fix a problem. What this taught me was being able to problem solve, think outside the box and being adaptable.
Following rules, procedures and processes ends up being second nature, whether it is the rule of the road for collision prevention, to following loading and discharging plans and procedures to minimise stress and forces on the ship to tank wash procedures and processes to comply with pollution regulations.
Apart from being a deck officer we also had secondary roles such as safety officer, medical officer, cargo and stability officer, navigation officer, GMDSS radio officer, the list goes on. We were used to working as part of a team such as in emergency response, in charge of a team such as cargo operations as well as on our own in charge of our cargo or navigation watch. Yes, there were others you could call on however in most cases you had to decide there and then, responsibility is all part of the training.
I also spent 3 years on drilling rigs as ballast / stability control operator, again an expert in my own field, having to make my own decision and react there and then to any alarms or warnings. We were responsible for the maintenance and care of all lifesaving, firefighting, ESD and gas detection on the rig along with the safe system of work, Permits. This was at the time just after the Piper disaster when permits started to be compulsory offshore.
Next was 13 years in oil and gas production in the North Sea up to production supervisor; again, procedures and processes had to be followed for obvious reasons. In charge of the fire and gas monitoring systems, ESD systems, permit system along with the safe system of work. Environmental monitoring, coshh, manual handling, reporting and auditing, reviewing procedures, carrying out risk assessments and work site inspections, chairing safety meetings, all part of the daily life offshore.
The last 12 years working for others was as an Area Authority / Control of Work Specialist on large COMAH oil and gas processing, storage, export and pumping terminals. Basically I was responsible for all the work in my area from the idea on paper through to the completion, all permits, risk assessments, site visits, plant preparation and isolations, monitoring, rescue plans, lifting plans, COSHH, manual handling, audits, inspections, visitors, vehicle movement, and so it goes on. We worked on behalf of BP for a large portion of this, over a 2-year period we safely controlled more open flame hot work than the rest of BP combined.
Working on behalf of major clients, with the safety and cost implications, environmental, health and poor publicity of any incidents or delays can be a little pressure pot. I thrive on the challenge and I’m proud to say that all projects I was involved in had no accidents, incidents, or delays.
I am level 6 NVQ Diploma & Nebosh qualified, hold RoSPA approved qualification in Fire Risk Assessing and I am a Technical member of IOSH. Started my own health and safety advice service 2020. I am keen to keep learning and help others.
Some reviews I’ve received I think speak for themselves, I’ve included some from a side hobby, my motor sport photography, which demonstrates my belief that I am different in all aspects, I don’t just deal with the bosses but also the lads, I will always go that bit extra to be different and I am happy to always help those who will try and help themselves. I believe every day is a school day and you never stop learning. That is why you should choose me.
1. Ships safety officer – responsible for maintenance, update and renewal of all the ships safety, lifesaving and firefighting equipment including signage and documentation. I would also chair safety meetings.
2. Ships radio officer – responsible for operation and basic maintenance of all radio equipment including emergency radios. RT and GMDSS qualified.
3. Ships Medical Officer – responsible for basic treatment of patients, record keeping, stock taking and ordering of medicines and equipment. First Aid at Sea and Ships Captain Medical trained.
4. Responsible for running of the deck crew and deck department maintenance including the management of the safe system of work. Responsible for managing of regulations such as Puwer, Loler, COSHH, manual handling, working at heights etc.
5. Authorised gas tester to level 2, confined space testing.
6. Trained in sampling, analysing, monitoring and maintenance of environmental discharges such as flare, oil in water etc.
7. Member of emergency team and team leader, trained in ship, helideck and offshore firefighting, search and rescue, first aid team member, lifeboat and liferaft operation
8. Management and operation of the permit to work system, Safe isolation and reinstatement of plant, safe system of work and safety management system
9. Monitoring and testing of the ESD, Fire and gas system, management of overrides and inhibits and lock open / closed valve register
10. Advice and guidance on procedures and processes. Training – Performing Authority 1st and refresher interviews, CSE attendant assessments, competency assessment, Area Authority Assessments
11. Audits – permit, toolbox talk, area, safety management and isolation. Inspections and conversations – permit, area and safety managements. Observing and advice on tool box talks, work site monitoring etc. Assisting with investigations
12. Risk Management trained including hazard Identification, Risk assessing, HITRA, level 2 risk assessing, control management, hazops