HSE International ISSUE 100 - Page 30

ENERGY & UTILITIES: RENEWABLEUK “First and foremost, our principle role as a trade association is to facilitate health, safety and environmental best practice in the renewable industry. We also have a personal responsibility to the trade body and to our own employees,” Further offerings of help and support are available from RenewableUK via its Member Services. These services include the provision of industry intelligence and data, statistics and benchmark information available exclusively to its members. “We provide health and safety services and training accreditation, and we run a number of national exhibitions and conferences including specialist events such as our Health and Safety Conference. “Our offering is very much about bringing people together to talk and to learn, and this in turn creates a supporting structure of networking and business development opportunities. “Networking through information sharing and business development is front and centre of what we do. Working with the big manufacturing companies such as Siemens has enabled us to evolve as global network leaders, particularly in offshore wind. Networking, business development and promoting jobs and opportunities within the renewable sector is a big part of what we do,” Chris added. HEALTH AND SAFETY As Director of Health & Safety, Chris Streatfeild is appropriately qualified in the activities RenewableUK supports its members on. “I have over 25 years’ health and safety experience working in a diverse range of industries. My first degree is environmental based, I’m a Charted Fellow of IOSH 30 HSE INTERNATIONAL and I’m a Charted Environmentalist. I’m also a Charted Occupational Hygienist and my personal passion and interest is Occupational Health. For the last 8 years I’ve been a Director of RenewableUK”, Chris explained. “First and foremost, our principle role as a trade association is to facilitate health, safety and environmental best practice in the renewable industry. We also have a personal responsibility to the trade body and to our own employees,” he continued. RenewableUK produces recognised industry guidance, all of which is available online. Chris commented: “We were actually the first to put together trading standards in the sector. “We actively engage with regulators and key stake holders throughout the process of producing new guidance, ensuring a global benchmark of best practice for an emergency. “We have one of the premier health and safety renewables events where we’re keen to share this information. We’re very clear in working positively and proactively and we’re very proud of our health and safety awards. By sharing successes and having an open network within the industry, there is opportunity to ensure a benchmark for how safety standards are met and can be improved. “I am very confident to say that the UK has been a global leader in putting health and safety at the forefront of the development in renewable energy technology.”