The 2014/2015 academic year has seen the USHA Estates Specialist Group continue to build from strength to strength. A successful annual seminar in March 2015 has opened up doors with the HSE and major UK client groups.
Myself and Richard Hutchinson, University of Leeds and Dennis Murphy, Imperial College London are now instrumental in the Health and Safety Task Group working with major UK clients and the HSE to shape how safety is managed in the construction sector.
Three specialist sub-groups are now well established and continue to drive change across the HE Sector in Asbestos Management, Statutory Compliance and implementation of CDM2015. A fourth specialist sub-group very much in its infancy has been formulated to focus on environmental and waste management in construction.
As we move into the new academic year the group is planning its annual seminar; to be held on the 2nd March at the University of Liverpool London Campus in Finsbury Square in the heart of London’s professional and business communities. The theme of the seminar will focus on Health in Construction and include a review of CDM2015 one year on.
The planning of the asbestos roadshow in collaboration with the AUE raising awareness of asbestos removal projects has been progressing in the background and will be delivered this academic year.
A particular driver for the group this academic year is building partnerships and establishing collaborations with AUDE, the University Chemical Safety Forum and the USHA Fire Safety group to direct and shape how safety is managed across the HE Sector.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank and recognise the members of the Committee and Sub-Groups for their hard work and passion to change and influence safety performance across the HE Sector.