It’s safety first on every level as GL events Owen Brown invests heavily in IOSH training

By 30/01/2014 Company news

A leading supplier of temporary structures has underlined its commitment to health and safety by putting their on-site operations managers through an IOSH training course.

GL events Owen Brown believes that it has gone further than anybody else in the industry by sending 26 staff, from its head office in Derbyshire and its sister company, Snowdens marquees, on the four-day Managing Safely course.

The course outlines how managers are accountable to their teams when it comes to safety and taught the participants about assessing and controlling risks, identifying hazards and measuring performance, as well as bringing them up to speed on the latest legislation.

The training will enhance the company’s health and safety procedures and ensure that safety remains at the front of everyone’s minds from the planning stage to de-rigging , whether they are a foreman, site manager or project manager.

Both Owen Brown and Snowdens have an exemplary safety record and the training follows their involvement in the Olympic and Paralympic Games last year, where staff, who built 166,000sqm of temporary structures across 83 sites, were required to work under the Health and Safety Executive’s Construction, Design and Management regulations, in line with the regular construction workers.

Scott Hayward, managing director of GL events’ UK divisions said: “Although our industry doesn’t usually have to observe those same regulations, exposure to working under those conditions has strengthened our commitment to ensuring that everyone we send on site is informed and has the right credentials.

“This training makes sure that nothing is ever left to chance and guarantees a commonality of approach and full, shared knowledge of best practice throughout the project management chain.

Owen Brown has also been awarded safecontractor accreditation for the third consecutive year, recognising its high standards in health and safety management.