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News Centre > Monday 01 August 2016

Guernsey Water's Health and Safety Co-ordinator achieves NVQ level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice

Guernsey Water Employee Pete Durham

Peter Durham, Health and Safety Co-ordinator, at Guernsey Water has successfully completed his City and Guilds NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice.

The two-year course includes 10 mandatory study units based around the development, implementation, communication, maintenance, review and audit of health and safety management systems.

Part of Mr Durham's role at Guernsey Water is to drive the business' health and safety initiative - 'WorkSafe HomeSafe' - including assessing health and safety policies to ensure they align with legislation and best practice and protect the health, safety and welfare of employees and others affected by Guernsey Water's business activities. The initiative is also aimed at making positive improvements to Guernsey Water's health and safety culture so that all employees are engaged and have ownership of health and safety in general.

 "This is a great achievement for me both professionally and personally. It has reinforced the things I have learnt over the 19 years of working for Guernsey Water (not just in a Health & Safety role). The additional skills and knowledge I gained on the course have cemented the importance of the procedures and processes we are putting in place under our 'WorkSafe HomeSafe' initiatives to keep seeking continual improvement" he said.

Many areas of work within Guernsey Water involve the safety of its employees, including working in confined spaces. Guernsey Water produced a confined space directive about a year ago to reclassify all confined spaces, making sure that employees were well informed about the health and safety requirements of each confined area. Mr Durham has reviewed this directive using the skills he acquired from his new qualification.

Stephen Langlois, general manager of Guernsey Water said: "This is a fantastic achievement for Pete. The nature of our work can be hazardous and our main aim is for all our staff, and those affected by our operations, to work safe and get home safe, which this qualification will support."

The qualification also meets the academic requirements for Mr Durham to become a Graduate member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and the route to Chartered status. 

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