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David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS

David is a health and safety consultant and tutor, having over 20 years experience in this field. He has expertise in general health and safety management, construction design and management, logistics operations, fire safety management, and cognitive psychology. His major training work includes the preparation and delivery of NEBOSH and IOSH accredited health and safety management courses, and a range of bespoke classroom and online courses.

Recent Posts

What Causes Mistakes and Near Misses at Work?

Written by David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS on 18 September 2019 10:15:00 BST

Mistakes are not inevitable and near misses can be avoided. Improving the culture of businesses and teams is fundamental to effective health and safety management. So, what is a mistake and how might this lead to a near miss?

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Tags: Advice for businesses & organisations

CDM 2015: Three Years On

Written by David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS on 22 January 2018 10:00:13 GMT

So, coming to the end of the first three years of CDM 2015, we might ask what has changed?

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CDM 2015: The 9 Principles of Prevention

Written by David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS on 12 September 2017 10:00:38 BST

 

All designers and contractors involved in the planning and execution of construction work must take into account the general principles of prevention when carrying out their respective duties. As a fundamental requirement of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the principles provide a framework to identify and implement practical and procedural measures to protect the safety and health of workers, and those who may be adversely affected by work activities.

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Unit NCC2: Construction Health and Safety Practical Application Part 2 – The Management Report

Written by David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS on 06 April 2017 10:33:37 BST

In Part 2 of this guide to the NCC2 practical, I will be looking at the ‘Report to Management’, practical element of the moderation.

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Tags: NEBOSH courses, Advice for learners

Unit NCC2: Construction Health and Safety Practical Application Part 1– The Safety Inspection

Written by David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS on 15 March 2017 12:44:54 GMT

In this part 1 guide to the NCC2 practical we are looking at the safety inspection of a workplace. I should start this blog with (what I think is) a very important comment:

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A Review of CDM 2015 – One Year On

Written by David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS on 27 April 2016 13:53:38 BST

In a keynote address to the recently formed ‘CDM Forum’, which has been widely publicised in the industry, a former Chief Executive of the HSE stressed the importance of the ‘Industry Taking Responsibility’ in matters of design and management. Using his first-hand experience of the catastrophic effects of the 2011 earthquake aftershock on the city of Christchurch, Geoffrey Podger cited two main reasons why 115 people died in the Canterbury TV building. Firstly, the building was designed incorrectly, and secondly, the contractor who built it was not competent to do so. Clearly, these are significant causative factors, and although, thankfully, events such as large earthquakes are not the norm in this country, those points are exactly the sort of issues which the CDM Regulations 2015 are supposed to prevent.

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Advice for Extreme Winter Weather

Written by David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS on 17 November 2015 11:55:15 GMT

Are you ready to manage the adverse weather conditions in the UK? Is your organisation prepared? At this stage most people would say, “isn’t dealing with cold weather just common sense?” and as the author of this work I would have a tendency to agree with you. However, I would also ask, “Where do I get my common sense from?” Your common sense is developed from childhood by your parents/responsible adults in your life and is developed through interactions with others and I hope we can all agree that our version of ‘common sense’ changes over the years due to our experiences; in fact we are all the sum of our experiences.

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Responsibilities of the Principal Designer under CDM 2015

Written by David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS on 14 April 2015 11:46:24 BST

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 came in to effect on 6 April 2015 with the key aim of encouraging safer working practice in order to prevent injury, ill-health and fatalities to those working in construction and also to reduce bureaucracy.

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CDM 2015 Roles and Responsibilities of Duty Holders

Written by David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS on 23 January 2015 11:21:36 GMT

In light of the draft Construction (Design & Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015 having been published to replace CDM 2007 enforced 6 April 2015, here is an outline of all duty holders involved in a construction project and their duties.

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Temperature in the Workplace

Written by David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS on 02 December 2014 12:50:08 GMT

Temperature within the workplace can be very subjective.  One person’s ideal temperature can make another person too hot or cold.

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