Improving health and safety for everyone working in the mineral products sector is a top priority for all operators, producers and contractors. That means it is imperative that professionals are equipped with the knowledge, understanding and practical application of key regulations and standards that affect the sector in order to work towards the aim of zero harm.
In its role as the professional membership body for the mineral products sector, the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) and its network of regional branches organise regular events to share knowledge, network and socialise.
Yorkshire Branch Health & Safety Conference
The annual Yorkshire Branch Health & Safety Conference is a key event in the industry calendar. Organised by IQ Yorkshire branch, it recently took place at Holiday Inn Scotch Corner Hotel, Darlington.
With a well-planned agenda packed with presentations from industry professionals, the event was attended by more than 130 people. In addition to industry-focused subject matters and issues, one of the most engaging presentations came from Donna Mills-Hincks, Industrial Diagnostics Company. With an ageing workforce, the focus on wellness included a light-hearted discussion on the taboo subjects of prostate and testicular self-examinations.
- 08.15 – 09.00: Registration & coffee
- 09.00 – 09.05: Introduction from branch chairman Tim Harvey MIQ
- 09.05 – 09.45: HSE Update & Current Issues - Adrian Jurg FIQ, HSE Quarry Inspector
- 09:45 – 10.30: Empowering People Through Great Leadership - Julian Smallshaw FIQ, IQ Head of Education and Standards
- 10.30 – 10.50: Coffee break
- 10.50 – 11.35: Wellness - Donna Mills-Hincks, Industrial Diagnosis
- 11.35 – 12.20: Electrical Safety - Andy Meadows FIQ, Longcliffe Quarries
- 12.20 – 13.05: Accident Investigation - Colin Nottage MIQ, Influential Management Group
- 13.05 – 14.05: Lunch
- 14.05 – 15.35: Driver Safety Awareness - Adrian Hide, TTC Driver Protect
- 15.35 – 15.45: Questions and close from IQ branch chairman Tim Harvey.
Tim Harvey is the chairman of IQ Yorkshire. He says: “The health and safety day is always a popular event in our branch calendar. On behalf of the Yorkshire branch, I’d like to thank everyone who attended, both speakers and members. There is no room for complacency in our industry and it’s important that we stay up to date on subject matters relating to health and safety. It’s also an opportunity to discuss non-industry subjects, including the importance of wellness, which can affect our day-to-day working lives.”
IQ members who weren’t able to attend the Yorkshire Branch Health & Safety Conference can sign up to upcoming events in Derbyshire and the Midlands via www.quarrying.org.
- 9 October, Derbyshire Health & Safety Day
- 27 November, Midlands Health & Safety Day.
About Yorkshire and the IQ Branch
As the UK’s largest county and home to two National Parks, Yorkshire is visually and geologically one of the most diverse regions in the whole country, with a rich industrial history of mining and quarrying from Roman times through to the Industrial Revolution. In fact, Jackdaw Quarry, which supplied stone down the River Ouse to the encampment at York during the Roman era, is still operating today some 2,000 years later.
For more information about IQ Yorkshire branch, to find out more about events or register an interest, contact:
[email protected] / 01723 862 142
[email protected] / 07775 856 438
[email protected] / 01765 635 435
For more information visit: www.quarrying.org/members/branches