spacebands is a multi-sensor wearable that monitors external, environmental hazards, anticipates potential accidents, and gives real-time data on stress in hazardous environments.
I gained an interest in safety whilst working at one of the UK's leading adventure & trampoline parks. After a year of ‘bouncing around’ & taking on various safety tasks I was unsure of what was next for me & I was in need of a career path.
I was approached by a previous employer, and offered the opportunity to focus primarily on safety. Without a clear idea of what I wanted to do, I thought "lets see where this goes."
I enjoyed the aspects of safety and reviewing working practices, but I never thought I would go full throttle at it. Fortunately, I had a great mentor who gave me the opportunity to complete various safety courses, and I gained the General Nebosh qualification in 2020.
Out of the blue I came across my current role with the Goodwood Group. Goodwood is a playground for safety professionals and I have not seen any roles that offer as much diversity - Goodwood has a farm, hotel, racecourse, motor circuit, aerodrome & Heritage buildings all under one banner, it has been a great learning curve and a great challenge for a health & safety professional.
Every day is unique at Goodwood, our motto is ‘Daring-Do’ so I never know what new ideas will land in my inbox.
A quick YouTube search will give an insight of our events, but most of my time is focused on the 365 businesses and their daily running – Audits / Inspections / Risk Assessments etc.
- Communication - Clear communication & knowing your audience is key.
- Visibility – Feet on the ground, get stuck in, know your team.
- Accountability – Participation, Evaluation, Transparency
Verature – A contractor management system which requires contractors to upload relevant documentation and permit requests.
Not currently but we are always open to new ideas & software
- Verature – Contractor management system
- safeREACH – Incident response management system
- Safety Culture – Inspections, schedules & action trackers
Networking– If you have a problem, ask opinions & discuss. You will probably find a solution.
Personally – Apple products, I cannot get enough of them. Although I’ve never owned a MAC.
Professionally – safeREACH, this system has been a great asset & received full buy in from our team. It has been tried and tested on the estate, greatly improving our approach to incident response.
Create a forum with company owners & those in control of budgets where safety critical topics can be presented and discussed in depth.
Buy In – There's so much tech out there now but if the workforce does not see the potential, it will not be used.
Ask the team what they need before you go ahead. Slow & Steady – Introduce the system by departments, testing its features and receiving feedback before full integration.
Vehicle Movements – We use various mitigation methods for vehicle movements during our events.
AI will play a part in all our lives whether we like it or not. In my opinion AI in safety will have its positives & negatives but I do not have enough knowledge in the area to provide an educated answer. My guess is:
- Reducing the need for workers in hazardous environments
- Inspections of complex areas
– Chimneys, Roofs, Extraction ducts etc.
- VR training
- Potential hazard mapping
- Admin & schedule creation
– Employees writing a risk assessment without evaluating the task & talking to the workforce
- Workforce moral decrease
– Fear of being replaced
- Reliance on AI to monitor near misses.
- Reducing workforce interaction and discussion around workplace hazards
- Skill fade
– Professionals may rely on “ChatGPT” for an educated response to questions without research and personal knowledge