Next meeting – Wednesday 4th July – 1:30 Group Meeting – Topic:- Occupational Skin Cancer

Meet up from 1:00 for refreshments and chat with other members before the meeting starts at 1:30.  Barry Clinch will be presenting his usual unique insight into HSE activities since our last meeting in May.  The session will finish about 3:30 following a presentation from Deb on the cause and prevention of skin cancer during leisure and work activities.

The Deb session will be very interactive, with a presentation by the Deb Technical Manager followed by UV scans of all volunteers.  Someone will be on hand to discuss any queries after their individual scan.  Each UV scan takes only 2 minutes per person.  The Deb Safe skin evaluation process taking 15 minutes will be available for anyone interested in staying on longer.

Venue:  The Sewell Studio, Geneva Way, off Leads Road, Hull  HU7 0DG        ALL WELCOME

Report on the last meeting 2nd May – AGM & Group Meeting – Topic:  Fire Protection Post-Grenfell

19 members attended with Tony Bolder giving an overview of fire safety legislation and possible reasons why the Grenfell situation was allowed to occur.   Tony is an authority on fire safety and is very familiar with high-rise dwellings (check out his CV – very impressive).  He is also involved in the Hackitt review and is providing feedback on the final report which should be published in mid-May.

Following the AGM, we are pleased to announce that Denis Fowler from York University has joined the Committee.  Unfortunately due to work commitments  Mandy Masters (Rix Shipping) and Dale Robinson (safety consultant) have resigned along with Graham Kettlewell (retired, Hull College) who wants to spend more time with his family.

Note from the Editor:  The Hackitt Review was published on Thursday 17th May and perhaps surprisingly did not recommend the banning of combustible cladding.  According to the i newspaper it has drawn considerable criticism, not least from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) which said:  “This review should have been a defining moment.  We are extremely concerned that it has failed to act on the urgent need to immediately protect life safety.”   And the MP for Tottenham, David Lammy, considered it unthinkable that flammable [sic] cladding has not been banned.   The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has put out a statement urging the Government to act swiftly on the Hackitt fire safety recommendations – more details from IOSH through this link.


You may also be interested in

… Hull CVS’s one day free workshop on Basic Health & Safety Management 09:00 – 16:30 on Monday 4th June.  More info here 

… IOSH Humber Branch’s meeting on Wednesday 6th June, 10am-12pm at the Hallmark Hotel, North Ferriby, when there will be a presentation entitled “Workplace Security and External Threats” – more info here.

… HOHSG’s seminar on STRESS on the 10th October in the light of the HSE’s recent findings that 38% of NHS staff feel unwell due to work-related stress – more info here    The NHS is not alone – stress is one of the most commonly reported cause of occupational health in Britain, accounting for 40% of all work-related ill-health causes, and 49% of all working days lost due to ill-health in 2016/17.