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3rd December 2019 Quarterly Meeting

The final quarterly meeting of 2019 is on the 3rd December.

Meet at 10:30 for 11:00 City Chambers East, 40 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JL.

Quarterly Meeting Agenda:

  1. Apologies
  2. Matters arising
  3. Events
  4. Safety Groups UK
  5. Safety Campaigns
  6. Website
  7. Treasurer’s Update
  8. Reports from Groups and Partner organisations
  9. Other competent business
  10. Session 2020 Dates

Add all 2019 dates to your diary.

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day 2019

Today is World Mental Health Day and this years theme is suicide prevention, the hope is to raise the issue so it will be given priority in public health agendas around the world.

In the next week, 15,120 people will end their life through suicide.

One person every 40 seconds.

Suicide doesn’t stop the pain, it just passes it on.

This years SCoS Conference is focussed on improving mental health in the workplace. In the 3rd session of the day we will be showing the video #nostigma.

stonemasonry dust

Controlling exposure to stonemasonry dust consultation

As many of you will be aware, the HSE HSG201 guidance document ‘Controlling exposure to stonemasonry dust’ was published in 2001 and is out of date (e.g. it mentions MEL of 0.3 mg/m3 for RCS). 

HSE has been working for some time on replacing this document and would like your comments on the replacement draft (Word, 11Mb).

The new HSG201 is designed to provide practical information and controls for stone dust and that it will provide duty holders with simple to understand guidance. The document will eventually be both a priced HSE publication and a free to download pdf.

Please note the following points:

  1. Each appendix contains additional detail on key matters such as types of LEV, health surveillance programmes etc.
  2. The document makes reference to the revised ST series CoSHH essentials sheets which have not yet been published but hopefully will be soon.
  3. In section 5, machinery is discussed in the order of what might expect to be seen more commonly in stone work manufacturing.
  4. The document should also be useful for construction site applications.

Comments must be sent directly to both Susan Hambling and Sarah Palfreyman by the 11th of October 2019.


Unwanted Fire Alarm Signals

TISA monthly meeting on the 15th October at the Ardler Complex, Dundee, DD2 3TP, will be a presentation by Scottish Fire & Rescue Service dealing with the issue of Unwanted Fire Alarm Signals.

The SFRS aim is to help companies and organisations understand and manage their fire alarm systems to reduce business disruption.


Tackling Toxic Workplaces

This years 19th Annual Scottish Hazards Conference will be on the 7th November. Jointly hosted by Scottish Hazards and Trade Union Education Centre of the City of Glasgow College.

The conference will concentrate on two key strategies: Devolution of H&S and Scottish adoption of a Toxic Use Reduction strategy.

Download the registration form here


SGUK Awards 2019

The SGUK Awards are now open! Designed for groups to obtain the recognition they deserve for the excellent work being done and to celebrate the efforts of individuals in individual Safety Groups who provide outstanding service to the Safety Groups movement. The award info pack is available to download from

The award categories are:

  1. Innovation Awards – Any organisation who raises the standard of health & safety
  2. Excellence Awards – For Safety Groups
  3. Outstanding Service Award – For an individual nominated by a Safety Group
  4. Development through Education –  Any organisation, for any project that advances health & safety in the sphere of education

The closing date for entry into the Development Through Education and Innovation awards is Friday 4th October 2019.

Entries for Excellence & Outstanding Service can be submitted up to the deadline of Friday 22nd November 2019

The Awards Ceremony will be held in the Gladstone Library of the Royal Horseguards, Whitehall Palace, London on Monday 24th February 2020.  This is a magnificent setting, worthy of the SGUK Awards Ceremony and will make the Awards Ceremony a wonderful experience that builds on the success of previous years and provides further opportunity for celebration. 


Gas Safe Week Scotland 2019

Gas Safe Week Scotland takes place from the 16th – 22nd September 2019.
The Institute of Gas Engineers and Managers are holding a reception at the Scottish Parliament on the 17th September from 17:30 to 19:30 for the launch of the inaugural Gas Safe Week.


World Suicide Prevention Day 2019

The 10th September was world suicide prevention day.

One person dies every 40 seconds from suicide, by the time you’ve finished reading this. Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected.

Suicide doesn’t stop the pain, it just passes it on.

Suicide was the second leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29 years, after road injury. Among teenagers aged 15-19 years, suicide was the second leading cause of death among girls (after maternal conditions) and the third leading cause of death in boys (after road injury and interpersonal violence). The most common methods of suicide are hanging, pesticide self-poisoning, and firearms.

To reduce suicides, the most effective interventions are restricting access to means; educating the media on responsible reporting of suicide; implementing programmes among young people to build life skills that enable them to cope with life stresses; and early identification, management and follow-up of people at risk of suicide. 

Michael McGinley MBE

Michael McGinley MBE

It is with sad hearts we share news that Michael McGinley MBE, SCoS Honorary Chairman from 1989 to 1991, passed away peacefully at home on the 22nd August 2019.

Michael was born in 1925 and became an electrician. While working for Goodyear at the Drumchapel site he was asked by the general manager if he would like to become a safety officer. Excited by this new challenge he never looked back. Every moment of his working life from then on was safety focused and he loved every minute.

Mike became a committee member of the Strathclyde Health & Safety Group in 1969. He held every office position including Treasurer, Vice-Chair, Chair and Secretary until his retirement in 1989. He was secretary of the committee which oversaw the amalgamation of the Lanarkshire and Strathclyde Groups in 1986 to form the precursor of the current organisation. He was appointed Life Vice-President of SGWS (then Strathclyde H&S Group) in 1990 and continued his interest and involvement for many years after.

In 1985 he joined the executive committee of SCoS, becoming Vice Chairman and then Chairman in 1989. He was presented with the Distinguished Award for Services to Industry (Occupational Health and Safety) by RoSPA. It was during his tenure as SCoS Chair that, in 1990, aged 65, he was awarded an MBE for his contribution to safety.

Michael is survived by Anne, his wife of 71 years. He was a beloved father, father-in-law, grandfather and great grandfather. Those who knew him best described him as a man of deep faith and integrity. The medical staff, who cared for him in recent months, all used two words to describe him – gracious, gentleman.


SCoS Conference 2019

On October 30th, 2019, Health & Safety professionals from across Scotland will gather at The Lighthouse in Glasgow for an exceptional conference focused on improving the mental health of our workplaces.

Featuring a keynote address from Martin Temple, Chair of the Health and Safety Executive, including Kris Kelly from SAMH, Saskia Garner from Suzy Lamplugh Trust & Claire Walsh of BAE Systems.

Tickets are available from