Competence seminar on the road
EPIC and the Health and Safety Executive are currently running a series of one-day seminars on the subject of competence for quarry managers and the HSE’s requirements for employers to demonstrate the competence of managers and others working at quarries.
"The main speaker at the events is Rob Pearce, HSE Principal Inspector, who informs delegates of the HSE’s preference for the NVQ in Health, Safety and Environmental Management in Quarries at levels 3, 4 or 5 as appropriate proof of competence, and offers guidance on the training of personnel and on the benefit of maintaining competence through the adoption of a continuing professional development (CPD) discipline."
From April 2004 the HSE expects all companies to demonstrate a commitment to these awards by engaging on an NVQ programme or confirming an intention to do so within a defined time frame.
"Mr Pearce is supported at the seminars by David Allan, EPIC senior training advisor, who delivers brief talks on competence, competence assurance and training to assist delegates in building a CPD portfolio. Delegates also have the opportunity to express their own views and to ask questions throughout the day and during an open forum at the end of each event. "
"So far four seminars, attended by 135 delegates, have been held in Bristol, Loughborough, Edinburgh and Wakefield. A fifth seminar, which is fully subscribed with 40 delegates, is being held in Newmarket this month and further events will be arranged according to demand. Anyone interested in attending should register their interest with:"