• Assessing the risks of a new water treatment media

    2003 - Waste

    This project was funded by WRAP. The client had developed a process for manufacturing a water treatment media from recycled glass. However, for it to be used for drinking water supplies, the regulator required stringent tests. Andy assisted a colleague, who was addressing wider ranging issues with the project, by developing a method of assessing the potential risks of using the new treatment media. Working with the client, this was used to demonstrate that, whilst risks did exist, they were comparable or less than those associated with more traditional media (e.g. sand). Given that the new media had been shown to have very good performance in treating water, the risk assessment was an important element in making the case to the regulator.

    The client was planning to change from a 8-hour to 12-hour shift pattern. The main driver for this was that they were having problems arranging cover for holidays, sickness etc. This had resulted in frequent working of double shifts (i.e. 16 hours). Andy made extensive use of fatigue research documented in HSE Contract Research Report 254/1999, and the working time directive and UK regulations. Communication was key element in this project and research about shift handover described in HSE offshore report OTO 96003 was used.
  • Assessment of occupational dust exposureign stage of a LNG storage and export facility

    2003 - Waste Water

    A very large sewage drying facility was located on the site. Problems with continual leaks had resulted in high levels of dust being experienced in the process buildings. The staff were concerned about the potential affects to their health, but little action had actually been taken to reduce dust levels. Andy's role in this project was to evaluate the risks posed by the dust exposure and communicate those risks to staff and management in a way they would understand so that effective action could be taken. Dust level monitoring was carried out by sub-contractors and an occupational hygiene company was employed to provide some analysis of the results. Andy worked with the staff to elicit their views and concerns, and to determine what practical solutions existed. Tasks were risk assessed (according to potential dust exposure) and those with the highest risk were analysed further. There was a significant cultural element to the situation, where high levels of dust were being tolerated, although everyone know this was a problem. The assessment showed that the risks from dust exposure were unacceptable and had to be reduced. Andy proposed some immediate behavioural changes that would reduce personnel exposure. Also, he advised the company that a wide ranging culture change was necessary to ensure dust releases were no longer tolerated, and when they did occur, dealt with efficiently and effectively. Andy presented the report to an action group tasked with addressing the problem, who accepted the findings and recognised the need to urgent action.

    The client was planning to change from a 8-hour to 12-hour shift pattern. The main driver for this was that they were having problems arranging cover for holidays, sickness etc. This had resulted in frequent working of double shifts (i.e. 16 hours). Andy made extensive use of fatigue research documented in HSE Contract Research Report 254/1999, and the working time directive and UK regulations. Communication was key element in this project and research about shift handover described in HSE offshore report OTO 96003 was used.
  • Environmental due diligence of waste management sites

    2005 - Waste management

    A Waste Authority was planning to tender waste disposal operations under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI). The legal firm carrying out due diligence for the authority had sub-contracted out the environmental aspects. Andy managed a team of consultants to carry out this environmental due diligence audit and co-orientated the report. Working to a tight timetable on a high profile project, this involved auditing 31 waste collection, transfer and recovery sites. The report highlighted potential environmental liabilities, plus some significant health and safety observations.

  • Initiating a human factors program at COMAH site

    2008 - Waste incinerator

    The client had been asked by their inspector about their plans to address human factors within their COMAH report. Andy was asked to present two one day courses to staff from a number of sites as a general introduction. Also, he facilitated a number of workshops where critical tasks were subject to task analysis and human HAZOP. The result was some much improved procedures and a much better understanding of the human factors risks. The client adopted the techniques as a key part of developing procedures and managing change. They found that the training Andy had provided had quickly allowed them to address human factors with minimal support.