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Staff Feature - Andy Manson - SHEQ Manager 

Hannah Bradshaw, Warrington Office

I was born in Glasgow and grew up in a small village called Bearsden. In the mid 1970’s career choices were limited so I ran away to sea and spent the first 18 years of my working life in the Royal Navy. Working with missiles and other things that explode gave me a keen interest in safety which I carried over into the next phase of my career. I have now been working as an H&S professional for 20 years, the last 9 of them with I & H Brown.

It may seem like a cliché but no 2 days are the same in this job. One day I can be in the office reviewing our management systems, the next I could be on a site carrying out an incident investigation or conducting a SHEQ Audit.

Part of my role is maintaining our accreditations to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 which are considered to be the industry benchmarks for Quality, Environmental and Safety Management Systems. Another part is to ensure that everyone involved with the site based activities knows what the audits are showing and what is being done to ensure that we continuously improve.

Representing the Company during formal visits by external auditors is becoming an increasing part of my role. I also carry out internal audits with our QA Consultant. All these audits ensure that our systems are working as well as they can be. They also give any interested external parties confidence that I & H Brown has well managed and well maintained systems in place.

Another part of my role is training. Maintaining proof of competence is vital to what we do on sites. It gives our site management teams and our Clients the reassurance that we employ people who are competent to carry out the works. I also ensure certificates with expiry dates, such as first aid, are kept up to date by organising refresher training when needed.

Outside of work, my wife and I are season ticket holders at the field of dreams which is Murrayfield Rugby Stadium to the uninitiated. We go to all the Scotland rugby games at home and some abroad if we can. We also greatly enjoy musical theatre and are regular visitors to the Edinburgh Playhouse.

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