Career Opportunity – CDM Advisor/Principal Designer

Ref: PD1809
Job Type: Flexible
Salary Range: £30 – 40k

There’s currently an opportunity for a Principal Designer/CDM Advisor to join our team in Glasgow, helping  to deliver our services across Scotland. We’re an established specialist health and safety consultancy, with clients in a wide variety of industries, for both public and private sectors.

The role will involve acting as Principal Designer/CDM Advisor on a range of construction projects, and we need a candidate with a strong working knowledge of the CDM 2015 regulations, with proven experience. There is flexibility regarding the role, including the option for it to be part time, or delivered on a sub-contractor basis. 

Candidates must:

  • Be a member of IOSH and APS;
  • Hold NEBOSH Construction Certificate as a minimum;
  • Have recent experience as a Principal Designer/CDM Advisor, with sound knowledge of the CDM 2015 Regulations.

We’re also looking for the following qualities/skills:

  • Experience of working within a busy, customer-focused environment;
  • Ideally hold a degree in a construction or design-related field;
  • Able to engage with colleagues and clients at all levels;
  • Develop strong working relationships;
  • Pragmatic and customer focused;
  • Hold a full UK Driving License and be willing to travel as required

Our Equal Opportunities Policy affirms our belief that noone should be discriminated against on the basis of their race, sexuality, gender identity, age, parental status, disability, or other characteristic. We’re also committed to Fair Working Practices – we always pay above the Living Wage, and offer a flexible working environment.

If you believe that you have the necessary skills, experience, and attitude for this role, please send a CV and covering letter to careers@amalgamate-safety.com

Beginner’s Guide to Occupational Health Assessments

What is the Purpose of an Occupational Health Assessment?

If you are experiencing a long-term or serious health issue, your employer may request an Occupational Health Assessment for you. The purpose of the assessment is not to add to or replace your appointments with your GP, but to help your employer to understand the problems you’re experiencing, and how they affect your ability to work. Following the assessment, we’ll give your employer expert advice on what help they can give you in order to remove barriers to your successful return to work or, if you are still at work, ensure that you can continue to work safely.

If you’re suffering from back problems, for example, we might advise that your employer conducts an assessment of your work station to consider if there are any adjustments that could be made, or if any kind of specialist equipment is required. If you’re returning from a long-term absence, we’d be able to give your employer recommendations about options such as phasing your reintroduction to work or offering flexible hours so that you can make any necessary doctor’s appointments.

What Does the Occupational Health Assessment Process Involve?

The process starts with a company sending us a referral in which they tell us why they’re referring someone for an Occupational Health Assessment. Amalgamate then contacts the employee to obtain consent to go ahead with the assessment, and arrange a time for a consultation with an Occupational Health Practitioner. This consultation can be done face-to-face or over the phone, depending on what is most suitable for the specific situation.

During the consultation, the employee is asked questions in order for the Occupational Health Practitioner to understand the background of their case. The practitioner is aiming to understand what problems the employee might be having at work, or what barriers they might be facing that are preventing them from returning to work.

Based on this consultation, the Occupational Health Practitioner writes a report that outlines the background of the case as they have had it described to them. The report includes their interpretation of the case, and their recommendations for reasonable support or adjustments that the company could make. This report is then sent to the employee to read through so that they can check that it is an accurate representation of their consultation. If, for example, something the employee said has been misunderstood, or some factual detail is wrong, the employee can request a change. In this case the Occupational Health Practitioner would look over any possible alteration and check whether this has any impact on their recommendations.

The finalised Occupational Health Assessment report is then sent to both the employer and the employee. Sometimes we might also suggest that it would be beneficial to have a follow-up consultation with the employee to check their progress or assess whether their situation has changed at all.

If you’d like any further information on our Occupational Health Assessment process, call us on 0141 244 0181 or email health@amalgamate-safety.com. For more information on our range of Occupational Health Services, visit this page.

Sun Safety for the Summer

Most of us are probably pretty delighted with the current heatwave. It makes a lovely change from the usual rainy UK summer! But if there’s one thing British people are famous for, it’s getting over-excited at the sight of the sun. You know the drill – at the first sight of a bright blue sky, the men are getting their shirts off, everyone heads to a park, beer garden, or outdoor cafe, and pretty soon the streets are filled with sweaty sunburned faces. The fact is, when it comes to sun safety, we’re just not as savvy as our European counterparts. The novelty value of seeing real live sunshine at home overcomes our logic, and then our body suffers.

So what are the risks, and what should we be doing differently?

By now we should all be aware of the risks of skin cancer. But still, every year in the UK, more than 100,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed, and over 2,100 people die. So sunscreen is a must if you’re going to be outside in the sun. You should be using at least factor 15, and a lotion that protects against UVA and UVB.

Something that is often disregarded is how important it is to ensure that you’re using enough lotion. To cover your face, neck and arms, you should use around 2 teaspoons worth. For a full body, it should be about 2 tablespoons. And if you’re outside for an extended period of time you need to re-apply it frequently too. Covering up with loose fitting clothing and a hat is a great idea, as is making sure you get in the shade for at least part of the hottest time of day, from 11-3.

In high temperatures, especially if you’re not used to them, it’s easy to get dehydrated. And there’s also the risk of heatstroke – which is deeply unpleasant. If your body starts to overheat it can cause headaches and vomiting, and in severe cases delirium, seizures or loss of consciousness. To reduce the risks of sunstroke/heatstroke, spending time out of the sun will help, as will making sure you’re drinking enough water. So make sure you’re getting those recommended 8 glasses a day when things heat up.

Sun Safety for Outdoor Workers

Sun safety is particularly important for people who spend a lot of time outdoors. This includes road and construction workers, delivery staff and gardeners, among many others. UV radiation is classed as an occupational hazard for outdoor workers. This means that their employers must include sun protection advice in their health and safety training.

Depending on the type of work environment, there are various steps they could take, like encouraging staff to use adequate sun protection, wear a hat, and take breaks in the shade. They could also consider scheduling work to reduce sun exposure, and provide rest areas and water points that are shaded. As always, consulting employees and safety representatives is a good way of keeping people involved in health and safety, and getting new ideas.

Staying safe in the sun is pretty straightforward, you just need to get into some good habits. We hope you take the time to put these steps into action and protect yourself, and any employees you are responsible for. Now go enjoy the summer!

We offer a range of services that include guidance on all your H&S responsibilities as an employer. For more information, contact info@amalgamate-safety.com or call 0141 244 0181.

 

 

 

 

Fire Safety Advice for Evolution Skatepark

Amalgamate are delighted to be providing fire safety advice to Evolution Skatepark – an extreme sports facility in Ayrshire. The park is run by a community group, and offers children and young people a safe and secure environment in which to participate in a range of sports, including BMX, skateboarding and in-line skating. 

We’re particularly pleased to be involved in helping the park improve its safety, as we can see what an asset it is to the community. It’s a great example of a facility that has been built to meet specific local needs – providing leisure services, tackling youth crime, encouraging a healthier lifestyle, and improving the general opinion of the community in relation to young people within the local area.fire safety advice skatepark

Amalgamate has been taken on to carry out a comprehensive review of the park’s fire safety. Workplace fire safety is a big responsibility – on average about 20,000 fires occur in non-domestic properties every year in the UK. These lead to approximately 1,000 injured people, and around 20 deaths, not to mention the costs related to damage to property and assets. So making sure that risks are methodically assessed and reduced is a key part of any health and safety management plan.

To help Evolution Skatepark manage fire safety better, we’ve carried out fire risk assessments on the various buildings on their site, including the office, shop, toilet block, kitchen, etc.

The key steps in our Fire Risk Assessment process involve helping the team at the park to:

  • Identify people at risk
  • Identify fire hazards
  • Assess and reduce risks
  • Record, plan, inform, instruct and train their staff
  • Review their performance

Our fire safety specialists have investigated elements of fire protection, fire prevention and fire safety/management to ensure we could provide the park with the best possible fire safety advice in the form of a clear and concise report that enables actions to be taken swiftly to protect the park’s staff and assets.

We’re proud to work with Evolution Skatepark, giving them the information and support they need to meet their health and safety goals. If you’re looking for fire safety advice, or just want to know more about our health and safety services, e-mail us at info@amalgamate-safety.com or call our Glasgow office on 0141 244 0181 or our Ayrshire office on 01294 443 806.

HSE’s Training Guidance Changes for First Aid Courses

The Health and Safety Executive have recently amended their First Aid at Work training guidance, bringing in improvements to content, and recommending more modern teaching styles. The main changes are:

The introduction of blended learning as an accepted method of first aid training delivery. This allows a combination of both online digital media and traditional classroom methods being used together.

The addition of AED (defibrillator) use to First Aid at Work/Emergency First Aid at Work course content. As the number of workplaces that have an AED installed is increasing, the addition of this in the training gives First Aiders the knowledge and confidence to use one if they have to.

Here at Amalgamate, we’ve already been including AED training in our First Aid courses as we believe that they can make a big difference to survival rates. So we’re pleased to see the HSE changing their training guidance to ensure that AED training becomes more widespread.

Haemostatic dressings/tourniquets have been added as examples of additional training/equipment that might be identified as appropriate in an employer’s needs assessment. A workplace would need a risk assessment to be carried out first to determine if this would be a necessary requirement, but for industries such as forestry/arboriculture the addition of this to the first aid training would be invaluable.

We can support in the development of risk assessments for this, and we also have trainers qualified in the teaching of catastrophic bleeding, ready to provide this training to your team.

First Aid training is an integral part of workplace safety, and we have a number of different options to suit all kinds of businesses. For more information, visit our Training page, contact us by email at training@amalgamate-safety.com or phone our Glasgow office on (0141) 244 0181 or our Ayrshire office on (01294) 443 806.

 

 

What a team! Amalgamate secures 3 year health and safety contract with sportscotland

Amalgamate is straight off the starting line after winning a three year contract to provide expert health and safety advice and act as Competent Safety Advisor for sportscotland – the national agency for sport. As one of Scotland’s leading health and safety consultancy specialists, Amalgamate will be offering comprehensive advice and ongoing support to sportscotland at sites throughout Scotland.

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Our Director, Allan MacDonald, commented: “Working with such a great Scottish organisation is brilliant for Amalgamate. We admire sportscotland’s commitment to health and safety, and their target of zero accidents and zero work-related ill health, and believe that we are well-placed to help them achieve their goals via our pro-active methods, partnering approach and dedication to ‘best practice’ standards in health and safety management.

We’re looking forward to developing strong partnerships with the senior management team and their national centre principals. We’ll be providing mentoring and coaching, and driving engagement to deliver a consistent safety message and cohesive advice across all sportscotland’s operations.”

Director of Corporate Services at sportscotland, Stuart Ogg, said: “Health and safety is of critical importance to all aspects of sportscotland’s operations and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Amalgamate. Amalgamate’s expertise and experience in the field of health and safety will be of huge benefit to sportscotland in the months and years ahead.”

As part of their work with sportscotland, Amalgamate will build on existing skills, knowledge and experience, to enhance safety-led behaviours, develop standards and improve safety performance. A key priority is to engage people across the organisation in managing everyday health and safety matters, and further develop a pro-active health and safety culture.

We use a collaborative approach with clear objectives that can make significant improvements to the wider success of an organisation, as well as helping them meet their health and safety objectives.

To learn more about the range of consultancy services that we can provide, visit our Consultancy page. If you’d like to get in touch, email us at info@amalgamate-safety.com or phone 0141 244 0181 for Glasgow, or 01294 443 806 for North Ayrshire.

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Part-time Administrative Assistant role available

There is currently an opportunity for a part-time Administrative Assistant to join our team. We are looking for a self‐motivated person to support our health and safety consultants in providing excellent service to our portfolio of clients.

The role will primarily consist of proof-reading and formatting of technical reports in Pages and PDF formats, and preparing them to be submitted to clients. There will additionally be some scheduling of appointments using Daylite – our internal Client Relationship Management software. Guidance and training will be provided on the use of all of the above, but prior knowledge is beneficial.

This is a flexible part time role of 10-12 hours per week, to be split across 2-4 days, with some home-working possible. These elements will be discussed at interview.

It is essential that candidates:

  • Have excellent English and proof-reading skills;
  • Maintain high levels of accuracy and attention to detail in their written work;
  • Have good IT skills, with knowledge of Apple software including Pages, and also Adobe Acrobat, beneficial;
  • Be able to organise their work‐load effectively, completing tasks to strict client-led deadlines.

If you are interested in the role and fit our criteria, please email careers@amalgamate-safety.com with your CV and covering letter before September 15th.

Health and Safety Training for New Hotel Staff – Getting it Right from Day 1!

It’s always good to get out and about in Scotland, so we enjoyed travelling up North to deliver a range of health and safety training to the team at Perle Oban as they got their new hotel ready to open. The hotel is part of the Perle Hotels group, an independent hotelier with 3 existing locations on the beautiful Isle of Skye.

We were on site to do a general Health and Safety ‘walk round’ and review with staff to identify potential hazards and risks prior to opening, as well as a Fire Risk Assessment, and sessions of Fire Warden, First Aid and IOSH Working Safely training. Our aim has been to ensure that their health and safety arrangements reflect their corporate values, as well as ensuring that their legal duties and responsibilities are fully considered.

The work we’ve done so far has given them a solid grounding in health and safety, and made sure that their staff have the knowledge to be able to support customers in the event of an emergency – and most importantly, the skills to help prevent one from ever occuring.

It has been a great experience working alongside the Perle Oban team, helping them to make sure that a positive Health and Safety culture is embedded in the hotel right from the start. We wish them all the best at their new site!

Opening up new premises is always a busy time for any company, and sometimes Health and Safety considerations get put to one side. But leaving health and safety training and management for later is just not worth the risk. We can be there to assist you from the start – making sure health and safety are integrated from day 1 and that your team and assets are protected. Get in touch with us today to learn how we can help you as your business grows. Call 0141 244 0181 or email info@amalgamate-safety.com

 

Asset Protection – fire door survey for international manufacturer

The Fire Door Survey

We recently completed an extensive fire door survey for a large international soft drink manufacturer. Their production site had around 200 fire doors and emergency exits. All of these needed to be visited and checked to see whether they were fit for purpose. Our Fire Safety Consultant, Billy Murdoch, spent the day on site, verifying which doors were up to scratch, and which ones needed work.

A thorough examination was made of:

– Door leaf & frame;
– Glazed apertures;
– Intumescent fire and smoke seals;
– Closing & opening devices;
– All ironmongery;
– Mandatory safe signage; and
– Cleaning

Lessons Learned

As we’ve seen in many offices and factories, one particular problem was fire doors being kept wedged open. This can happen when staff want increased ventilation, things are being moved between rooms, or simply because they want more convenient access. However, a fire door that’s propped open isn’t a fire door anymore. It has been prevented from doing its job. On a day to day basis that might not seem like a big issue. But if a fire occurs, that choice could be devastating, as a fire would progress unchecked through any adjoined areas.

We recommend that the responsible person at any site makes a regular tour of their company’s premises, to make sure this isn’t happening, and remind staff of the importance of keeping fire doors closed. This is a common and easily identifiable problem, with a simple solution. For more technical matters of course you need an expert – but it’s great to keep an eye on the basics yourself.

Continued Support

After successfully completing the fire door survey and feeding back the remedial actions, Amalgamate have been asked to coordinate the remedial works on behalf of the client. Working closely with one of our other clients, Worksmart, we have agreed a works package, and developed robust Risk Assessments and Method Statements that fulfil the client’s needs in a stringent production environment. We look forward to completing the working in the coming weeks.

If you need consultancy support or advice on managing your fire safety duties and responsibilities, Amalgamate’s fire safety experts are on hand to provide that help.

Contact us in Ayrshire on 01294 443 806, in Glasgow on 0141 244 0181. Or email info@amalgamate-safety.com for more details.