Against the backdrop of our outstanding seventh International Safety Award from the British Safety Council for ongoing commitment to safety in the workplace we turn the spotlight on the Premier Technical Services Group PLC (PTSG) Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) team, along with our SHE Advisor Mark Brackenbury.

PTSG’s SHE team is working collectively to improve our approach to Health and Safety. Together, we are now reaching standards that go beyond compliance and set the pace for the rest of our industry to follow. The team is led by SHE Director Terry Willcock.

Also integral to the team is Paul Campbell, who specialises as Group trainer and NVQ assessor. Paul is responsible for the induction, portfolios and submission for verification of Lightning Protection, Steeplejacks, Fall Arrest installation and Building Maintenance Unit engineers’ vocational qualifications. Paul’s input and organisational skills have contributed to PTSG being confirmed as an Approved Training Organisation by CITB.

Working together also allows individual team members to rise to various challenges faced by all of us. SHE Advisor Mark Brackenbury is one such team member and, along with other members of the team, provides the Group with essential advice, knowledge and experience.

Over the last eight months, Mark found himself in the lead role of Group Health & Safety due to unforeseen circumstances and during this time led by example.

He said: “Without prompt I put myself fully into the role, whilst continuing with my own duties to ensure the safety of all our employees during this period. I led our team forward and ensured I gave support and assistance where required to all our employees. I enjoyed covering the role and learnt a great deal during this period which I will utilise going forward with my professional development with PTSG.”

Mark has also mentored PTSG’s Southern SHE Advisor Matthew Bumpus over the last six months, allowing Matthew to carry out his role to his full potential.

“Matthew has progressed quickly and transitioned into the Group role with ease,” said Mark.

Working closely with divisional management teams and SHE Director Terry Wilcock, Mark also supervised the smooth transition, renewal and conversion of existing management and reporting systems into the group format. The results of this combined effort has seen PTSG be successful in renewing their UKAS accredited ISO 9001:2015, ISO14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certification.

Mark is committed to benefiting other Health and Safety professionals, having successfully become a NEBOSH examiner recently, studying outside of his working days.

He said: “I see this as a great opportunity to help others make steps to becoming full time health and safety professionals. I have also been put forward to complete the 9001 IRCA approved lead auditor course which will assist me in my professional development with PTSG.”

Mark has also completed the NEBOSH Fire Management course and successfully achieved AMIFPO membership.

Mark, along with every other member of the SHE team, wants to make a difference and create a culture of Health and Safety that ensures that everybody is aware of the need to work to the highest standards possible, which is of massive value to PTSG and its employees.

Mark said: “I have had significant input into the risk assessment methodology and safe systems of work with our Clarity system, ensuring our workers carry out a dynamic risk assessment and also preventing workers continuing unless they have read and understood the RA/MS.

“In addition, lone working is a significant risk for the construction industry. I have been involved in the development of our own bespoke lone worker application which is now live via ClarityWORK. The introduction of our lone worker application ensures the safety of our employees at all times. Feedback from our engineers has been extremely positive.”

Health, safety, environment and well-being are all a priority for PTSG, underscored by the company’s “if we can’t do it safely, we don’t do it” mantra.

Look out for our exclusive safety feature in the April edition of the leading facilities management journal PFM.

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