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AOHSG – Performance Excellence in HS&W

Ayrshire Group is extremely excited to welcome Darren Sutton, Behavioural Safety & Performance Psychologist to their 27th April meeting.

Creator of the world’s only fully IOSH Certificated Behavioural Safety Leadership Program.

Darren holds an MSc in Performance Psychology and is passionate about helping people and their organisations become the very best that they can be.

Hobbies include travel, ocean swimming and live music. He has held a variety of leadership roles in some of the most challenging environments in the world.

Please contact the for more details and to register your interest.

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be aware, the HSE HSG201 guidance document ‘Controlling exposure to stonemasonry dust’ was published in 2001 and is out of date (e.g. it mentions MEL of 0.3 mg/m3 for RCS).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

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. 

The Scottish Chamber of Safety

The Scottish Chamber of Safety is the regional body for safety groups in Scotland. It is an advocate for health and safety in Scotland and functions as a liaison between the various groups and individuals who have an interest in health and safety in Scotland.

The Chamber is made up from the various Safety Groups and supporting organisations throughout Scotland. If you require information or on-going support the local groups provide an excellent source of advice and experience.

Find where your local group meets and get involved. Not all groups have their own websites but contact details for all of the groups is available through the main Safety Groups UK website.

SCoS Awards 2017

The SCoS awards are a great opportunity to recognise, celebrate and communicate the success of Scottish organisations and their contribution to improving health, safety and environmental issues.

The Awards have three main prizes, held by the winners for a year:

  • The Lord Cullen Cup – award for first place in recognition of outstanding contribution to improving health, safety & environmental issues in Scotland.
    • The Albert Porter Rose Bowl is awarded to the first place organisations associated Safety Group.
  • The Silver Punch Bowl – award for second place entry.
  • The Stevenson Shield – award for third place entry.

Every submission will receive a certificate of merit in recognition of their organisations effort.

Awards Schedule

  1. Entries must be submitted by 24th February 2017
  2. 31st March 2017 – Entries judged by panel
  3. 30th April 2017 – Winners notified
  4. Winners are being notified, check back for details.
    • Lord Cullen Trophy – Freyssinet
    • Albert Porter Rose Bowl – SGWS
    • Stevenson Shield – Binn Group
  5. 3rd May 2017 – SCoS Seminar and Award Ceremony at Health & Safety Scotland, SECC, Glasgow

HSE SCoS December Meeting

Save the date – Tuesday 1st December
10:30 (for 11am start) – 14:00

HSE Offices,
Belford House,
59 Belford Road,

Limited space, only 20 places available.
Lunch will be provided.
Agenda to follow with details of Speakers.

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Save the Management Regs ACoP

Unfortunately, the Government plans to cut important guidelines that help employers to comply with health and safety laws. Organisations use the ‘Management of Health and Safety at Work Approved Code of Practice’ (ACoP) to manage risk and prevent accidents, injury, illness and death in the workplace. But the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) wants to replace this with non-approved guidance that lacks the same authority and assurance. This would be a mistake that could potentially cost lives, SCoS and many others strongly urge the DWP to improve and retain this much-valued ACoP.

IOSH have posted an e-petition on the Government’s website and if it reachs 100,000 signatures, it triggers consideration and a possible debate in Parliament. Such a debate would draw attention to the issues and supporting MPs would get the opportunity to make the case for retention. To help secure 100,000 signatories, we’re encouraging our membership and all interested parties to sign-up. More information about e-petitions is available on the website.

SCoS would like to encourage all groups and any interested family and friends to sign this e-petition. Signing is quick and easy and can be done by visiting It just requires your name, address and email address, please take two minutes to support this petition.