What got you interested in the sector you are in?
Growing up I never envisaged a career in health and safety, who would! But throughout my career it became the part of my role that I was most interested in developing and learning more in mainly due to the wide variety of areas it covers, there are so many different working environments that all have different risks.
What do you love about your job?
I enjoy the structured ways of working, knowing that ultimately there are certain things that just have to be done to comply with the legislation and knowing that you are making the working environment a safer place to be is great.
What are the negatives about your sector and how do you differ?
Whenever you tell people you work in the health & safety sector the response is always the same, you get the roll of the eyes and the usual comment about being a killjoy or the person that stops all the fun. In reality, all we want is for people to be safe and healthy in the workplace. When you consider that the construction industry has one of the highest rates of fatal injuries in the UK, making sure that workers and the general public are not injured is very important.
What are your aspirations for the future?
To continue to learn new skills and increase my knowledge in the sector to be able to make a difference in the business and help it grow.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to work in your sector?
Make sure you know your stuff as getting something wrong can have serious consequences and always keep up to date with the relevant laws and legislation as they change regularly.
What’s happening in the business right now that you’d like people to know?
This side of the business is relatively new, but we already have many services that we can offer out to clients and other businesses including CDM coordination, Principal Designer services, Project Management and provision of site-specific risk assessments. We are continuing to look at other areas where we can offer services which is really exciting!
What are your 3 rules of success?
Always have a plan.
Don’t be afraid of change.