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Health and Safety Sessions in Top Gear : Be quick to book a place 11 October 2005

    The Department of Local Government and the Environment is pleased to announce that its Health and Safety at Work Inspectorate is running a number of free advisory sessions for local businesses in the next few weeks.

    John Rimington, MHK, Minister for Local Government and the Environment, said:

    “The Department is always keen to promote the health and safety message. By helping businesses to learn about key developments in their area we can show them how to comply with health and safety law in a practical way. I’m particularly pleased that we are working with both the Isle of Man Employers’ Federation and the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce to reach as many businesses as possible and to provide the best possible service”

    The first event will be for the quarry industry. The Quarry Safety Day is being held on Thursday 13th October and has been organised by Brian Arnold, Senior Health and Safety Inspector. Brian said:

    ”We have had a fantastic response- every quarry operator has responded to our invitation. We are planning on an open and interactive day, but we have arranged for local quarry specialists to discuss key topics. We have also arranged for Rob Pearce, the UK HSE’s Head of Quarry Safety, to come over and talk about how the standards have been changing there and how our operators can learn from the UK experience.”

    The Inspectorate is running a number of sessions to support the Flagship Construction Week being promoted by the Isle of Man Employers’ Federation. A few places are still available for the key safety event of the week, the Inspectorate’s annual conference. This year, the event will be held at the DHSS Keyll Daree Training Centre and will focus on health and safety in property maintenance. Senior Inspector Steve Bentham has been arranging this day. He commented:

    “The construction industry is really keen to move forward on health and safety and we have had a great deal of interest from companies that manage or maintain property. We have arranged for experts with good practical experience to cover topics such as asbestos, legionella, electricity and gas safety. There is no charge for attendance, but we would ask anyone who wants to book a place to contact us on 685952.”

    Further ahead, Nick Black, Chief Health and Safety Inspector, will be making a series of presentations for the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce. He commented:

    “The Chamber of Commerce have been running a number of seminars for members on key business issues. We are very happy to work with the Chamber and hope that the 3 sessions booked for early November will help their members understand the risks they face and how they can respond to them.” There is a small charge for attendance to cover the costs incurred by the Chamber of Commerce in hosting the sessions. Enquiries about dates and bookings should be made to the Chamber of Commerce on 674941.

    11th October 2005

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