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Health & Safety Awareness Day for officials

The ever enterprising National Gundog Association organised a Health and Safety Awareness day on Friday 14th November 2003 at the NEC, Birmingham.

The aim of the day was to provide a platform of expert speakers to give specific guidance to General and Group Championship Shows on Health and Safety issues. The seminar was attended by a total of 23 representatives from various Clubs and Societies plus Kathryn Symns and Janet Hunter representing the Kennel Club and Chris Bexon and Margaret Holmes representing National Gundog Association.

The day started off with an introduction from Margaret Holmes, the Chairman of National Gundog, who welcomed the delegates and speakers and thanked Kathy Gorman and Fosse Data Systems for sponsoring the event.

The first presentation entitled "Fire Safety and Relevant Legislation" was given by Bill Short of Welsh Springer fame who is a former fire officer and fire safety trainer. The most important message which came out of this and other presentations was the need to make contingency and emergency plans and to try to assess any possible risks and take appropriate action, before the event, to avoid them happening.

Message

This was followed by a presentation from Tim Harrison, also of Welsh Springer (and Cocker) fame, who is a former Environmental Health Officer and who now trains EHOs. The subject of his presentation was "The Management of Health and Safety" and the main point gleaned from this was importance of having a control system in place to identify hazards and prioritise risks.

The Legal Perspective of Health and Safety issues was presented by Richard West, a partner in Kennedys Solicitors and the topic of Insurance Cover was introduced by James by James West from Euclidian Direct Ltd.

After lunch, Bill Short returned to the platform to discuss "Risk Assessments, Accident Investigation and Reporting" and Tim Harrison gave the final presentation on "The Role of the Enforcing Officer".

Altogether a slick, well-organised day given by excellent speakers and packed full of relevant and important information. One not to be missed by show organisers if another such day is planned for the future.