Peterborough Environmental Occupational Safety and Health Group

 
Peterborough Environmental Occupational Safety and Health Group

History

The Peterborough and District Fire Prevention Association was formed more than 30 years ago with the express aim of improving Fire prevention techniques within the industrial, commercial and public authority sectors in Greater Peterborough.

Changes in legislation and focus over the ensuing years saw the group change its name and constitution to meet the demands of an ever changing world, In 2003 The Peterborough Environmental, Occupational Safety and Health Group, (PEOSH), was formed, its objectives were still fundamentally the same as that of the original group, but now for the first time included an Environmental element within its make-up.

PEOSH continued to operate in this role for over three years, unfortunately problems with the availability of a reliable ‘home’ venue caused the membership to dwindle, until it finally ceased meeting in 2006.

A New Beginning

In January of 2012, fresh impetus came in the offer of a new ‘home’ venue (The Leeton Group Headquarters), by April 2012 enough like-minded people were on board to make an attempt to resurrect PEOSH. The first meeting of the reformed group confirmed that given hard work and commitment PEOSH could once again be a viable proposition.

Blueprint for Growth

PEOSH has adhered to the overall strategy policies published by SGUK, ROSPA, EA, Local Authorities and the HSE and will strive to promote best practice and reduce injuries at work through:

• Actively encouraging new members from the Greater Peterborough and surrounding areas, thereby spreading the Health, Safety and Environmental message whenever and wherever it is sought.
• Putting in place a succession plan that will see members of the executive committee stepping aside after two years, allowing for fresh thinking and new ideas to be introduced, thereby maintaining the impetus of the group into the future.
• Providing a financially sound group, using its funds wisely to provide its members with top quality speakers and venues.
• Providing a schedule of events, chosen by the members, for the members.
• A pro-active approach to health, safety and the environment by the use of best practice guidance, circulated to and received from its members, SGUK, ROSPA, EA, Local Authorities and the HSE
• Listening to and responding to its member’s needs, with expertise and advice, either from within the group or by using specialist contributors from external sources.
• Forging strong links with, and supporting other environmental and Safety groups, exchanging ideas and learning from them.

The Future

With a membership figure approaching 50, PEOSH is now better placed than ever to progress from its former dormant position, striving forward to become a vibrant and proactive safety group, offering the advice and support that its growing and diverse membership requires, along with a structured programme of relevant topics and networking opportunities for businesses and individuals within, and surrounding the Greater Peterborough area.

SGUK Awards

In recognition of their hard work in resurrecting the group, followed by an enhanced program of events in its second year, PEOSH have be presented with the prestigious Alan Butler ‘Bronze’ and ‘Silver’ awards in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Having achieved Bronze and Silver in its first and second year PEOSH has set its sights on a ‘Gold’ award for 2014, with that in mind it has joined forces with Peterborough Regional College to carry out a number of presentations to this year’s intake of apprentices to highlight the importance of remaining healthy from the start of your working life.

Contact: Neal Davis (Secretary): neal.davis@moypark.com    Barry Grigg (Chairman): b.grigg@leetongroup.co.uk
www.peosh.org

 

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