Who’s Who? QHSE Manager – Mark Howell

Who’s Who? QHSE Manager, Mark Howell  – “Safety is a choice you make…”

Mark Howell, pictured above, receiving the South & West Wales Safety Group certificate for outstanding safety performance Mark Howell has been working as the QHSE Manager for C&P since December 2017 and has the following safety message…“I would like to formally introduce and give a little background on myself. I have been working within Health & Safety for 10 years, most of which came within the Oil & Gas industry covering sites such as Valero Oil Refinery, Wilton International – SABIC and TATA Steel.”

“My most recent post was a Health & Safety Consultant where I had a diverse client base of approx. 50 companies. This knowledge I brought to C & P Engineering Services Ltd when I started in December 2017. When I started with C&P, I could see there was some opportunity for improvement on the documentation side of things, this provided me with a starting platform to ensure all hazards and risk were mitigated. Site wise, I could see the intentions were there to do the right thing. However, these intentions weren’t always carried out. This has been my focus for the past 6 – 8 months to ensuring the basics are in place before any work starts as “Poor planning is planning to fail”. We have now come a long way since I started in this aspect, but as always, there is room for improvement and consistency is the key to ensuring compliance with both C&P and clients’ policies and procedures.”

“Busy! Busy! Busy! C&P as a company have been busy in maintaining their current certification (ISO9001:2015, ISN, Safe Contractor, GWO, Achilles FPAL/UVDB) in addition to this, we have recently been accredited to ISO45001:2018 which is a huge achievement with not many companies worldwide currently holding such accreditation. We are also looking to expand further certification (ISO14001:2015, F4N and NERS) to assure any perspective clients have “come to the right place” to fulfil their electrical and instrumentation needs with knowledge that they are partnering with a company that takes Health & Safety seriously.

To maintain the above standards, we have to ensure our workforce are suitably trained, some of the courses that we have carried out includes 18th Edition (BS7671), GWO (HV Offshore), Manual Handling, CompEx, Abrasive Wheels, Confined Space, First Aid and CCNSG. Courses that are planned to go ahead by the end of the year include Asbestos Awareness (UKATA), Face fit testing, Working at Height / Harness training for inspectors. The above training courses attended have helped us maintain Zero accidents with 1 near miss occurring. We all need to be aware of the risks involved in the climates we work in and again I reiterate to say, Planning does make a difference in achieving our end goal of Zero Harm.

Please don’t be a statistic! Finally, I would like to thank you for the support and assistance you’ve given me since I started and the expected continuation of this going forward. Together, we can all make the difference and ensuring all our colleagues go home safely to their families.”