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    Occupational Hygiene Management Group

    The rail industry is continuously looking at ways it can improve the protection it offers employees from harm at work. The application of occupational hygiene as a science will allow the industry to anticipate and recognise how eliminating or controlling exposure to hazardous materials and environments can look towards eliminating occupational diseases.

    Scope

    The purpose of the Occupational Hygiene Management Group is to focus on strategic activities for the assessment and management of the key health risks in the railway. Therefore, the group focuses on exposure to health hazards that could potentially lead to both short and long term occupational diseases—such as silica, noise, vibration, DEEE, welding fumes and microbiological materials such as Legionella.

    Message from the chair

    So very often we measure our exposure to harmful substances and environments through lag measures.  We capture physical damage to the people we are responsible for through health monitoring and surveillance and worse through employee liability claims, truly trying to close the door after the Horse has bolted.  Where we understand legal requirements for COSHH, Vibration, Noise etc. we work to industry and legal standards to try and manage the hazard.  We look at these in isolation, and in reality we know through a working lifetime our colleagues are likely to be exposed to many if not all of these hazards.  And at some time during this time we will measure to see how much damage has been done.

    Damage that is being done right now!

    The Occupational Hygiene Management Group wants to be proactive, start at the beginning and consider the Occupational Hygiene risks in our industry recognising our history, cultures, and climate.  We want to create a better understanding of the risks from exposure to hazardous substances and environments that are likely to cause injury and harm and give advice, guidance, tools and best practices to help mitigate current and avoid future risks.  These tools and materials can support organisations to develop an Occupational Hygiene strategy as something that will not only enable legal compliance, prevent illness and injury and reduce cost but improving the quality of life of our colleagues.

      Membership

      Chair of committee: Leyton Powell , Transport for Wales
      RSSB main representative: Ian Mulhall , Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      Other Members
      Company
      Representing
      Other members
      Ian Mulhall
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      RSSB
      Stuart Haden
      Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd T/A Arup
      Infrastructure Contractor
      Stuart Anderson
      GB Railfreight Limited
      Freight Company
      Annette Edgington
      Rail Operations (UK) Ltd
      Freight Company
      Alyna Jones
      London & South Eastern Railway Ltd
      Train Operating Company
      Leyton Powell
      Transport for Wales
      Christine Kinloch
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      RSSB
      Ian Strudley
      Balfour Beatty Rail Limited
      Infrastructure Contractor
      Michelle O'Sullivan
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      Mick Rayner
      Balfour Beatty Rail Limited
      Non Passenger Train Operator
      Nicola Hide
      First Greater Western Limited
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Paula Davies
      First MTR South Western Trains Ltd
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Rosemary Tinker
      First Greater Western Limited
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Sharon Mawhood
      Office of Rail and Road
      Office of Rail and Road
      Do you need to get in touch with this group?
      Contact our Assistant Strategy Implementation Manager for questions about the next meeting or about vacancies within this group.
      Christine Kinloch
      Tel: 020 3142 5571
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