HISTORY AND ROLE OF THE GROUP
The Group was established in 1963 under the name of “The East Hants Health and Safety Group” and brought about at the instigation of Mr Robert Moffett, the then H.M. District Inspector of Factories; located at Kings Road, Southsea in conjunction with local and regional organisations and businesses.
The name of the group was changed in 1997 to The Hampshire Health Safety and Environmental Group in order to better reflect the geographical placing of the member companies and the inclusion of the environment into our title expressing the increasing importance of its protection in the workplaces.
In our endeavours for future success we remember our beginnings and recognise the splendid work and achievements of past committees for it from their management and development. We are now one of the largest and most successful health and safety groups in the country. Today in its operation, the group continues to successfully provide a networking facility with up to date information, knowledge and expertise along with practical advice and assistance across the full health and safety spectrum, which includes environmental and welfare issues.
THE GROUP TODAY
An executive committee elected from volunteer representatives of our member organisations currently manages the group.
The group’s objectives are:
1. To maintain a high focus on health and safety and environmental matters within member organisations.
2. To promote a positive health and safety and environmental culture within member organisations.
3. To foster co-operation and co-ordination between all levels of workforce within member organisations.
4. To promote continuing professional development in health and safety and environmental matters within member organisations and to share learning experiences.
In order to achieve these objectives the group holds monthly meetings, 10 per year, which take place at different members premises at 14:00 hrs on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Our meetings are addressed by high quality speakers on a variety of topical health, safety and environmental issues and include the opportunity for member organisations to network with like-minded professionals.
Biennially, in October, the Hampshire Health Safety and Environmental Group holds its prestigious one day conference which attracts speakers eminent in the field of health, safety and the environment also in occupational health and medicine. An important feature of our conferences is the safety awards for innovative contributions to improving health, safety and environment protection within member organisations, schools and further education colleges. In 2002, youth organisation’s contributions were also included.
The late Phillip Coutts, our past chairman, conceived the awards scheme and it is in his honour they and The Solent Safety Award were instituted by the group in 1984. The late Jack Bennett, a founder member and active conference organiser is also recognised for his work within The Jack Bennett Trophy safety award. More >>
The group has enjoyed a special liaison with ROSPA and British Safety Council over the years and today enjoys full honorary membership of both.
The group is most fortunate in having much and varied professional competence within its ranks and thoroughly deserves the high regard its standing has within the community and by the authorities.
WHY JOIN THE HAMPSHIRE HEALTH SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP?
Membership of the Hampshire Health Safety and Environmental Group is recommended to you in support of your professional active pursuits to reduce the number of workplace accidents, incidents of work related ill health and protect the environment thus promoting a positive health, safety and environmental culture within your organisation. More >>