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Health and safety consultant

Bespoke Safety is a health and safety training, support and advisory consultancy. 

I initially set up this training business to fill the vacuum in practical and authoritative training in health and safety regulation. Everything I include in my training is drawn from my 20+ years experience as a health and safety regulator. During this time I have used the full range of enforcement options from service of notices to prosecution of both individuals and large multisite businesses.  I set health and safety strategic direction for my employer being responsible for setting the health and safety work programme and responding to national consultations. I have sat on a number of regional and national groups and boards but my real interest is regulation and investigation.

I managed a team of local authority health and safety regulators and acted as mentor for their investigations. This involved providing advice on appropriate action, use of powers under S20 Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, providing advice on investigations and supporting them through to prosecution where appropriate. This has enabled me to develop detailed practical skills in investigation and interview techniques, PACE interviewing (including PEACE), dealing with lawyers and building successful cases for prosecution.

I also provide advice to other local authorites assisting them in their investigations, reviewing prosecution files, acting as second interviewing officer and advising on all matters in between.

I have acted as the local authority liaison officer providing support to those bereaved following workplace fatalities. I have written guidance on this role which forms the basis of my training in family liaison. I have produced reports for coroners inquests and have presented evidence during inquests as well as advising colleagues new to this area of work.

Although I have a local authority background, I also spent 2 yrs working for the Health and Safety Executive.  During my time in the Field Operations Directorate – Safety Unit, I organised and delivered training for LA and HSE Inspectors and provided advice on machinery safety with regards to European Standards as well as the local authority opinion on many aspects of health and safety regulation.

Please get in touch if you would like further information.  All discussions are in strictest confidence.

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