HomeAbout NeboshQualificationsWhere to studyShopFAQs

News

posted on 14 November 2018
David Renshaw
David Renshaw

David Renshaw, 2016/2017’s NEBOSH Best Candidate for National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety is a Health and Safety Advisor (Property) for the City of London Corporation. In this article he provides us with an insight into his working life working in health and safety in the construction industry. 

My sister’s reaction when I told her I was joining the City of London Corporation was “Oh so you work for the Council now!” Well the City of London is no ordinary Council to work for. 

When people think of the City of London they think of the Square Mile, with its iconic properties such as Tower Bridge, Mansion House and the Central Criminal Courts (The Old Bailey to most!). These fall within the Corporations remit but it manages so much more. 

There’s the Port Health Authority, who manage the River Thames; and our own City of London Police Force, with horses still used to patrol the streets; the iconic Guildhall, where the Corporation is based; and the Barbican Centre which hosts numerous high-profile events and houses. 

But where the City really differs from other councils is the £2 billion property portfolio it manages in the City and surrounding area. The income generated being used to fund the City’s many varied activities.

With such a diverse portfolio of properties - from Tower Bridge to a cricket score hut on Hampstead Heath, it’s a great place to work in health and safety.

In my role I focus on property health and safety. I lead on overseeing and directing the Corporation’s strategy for managing asbestos and legionella with such a wide range of properties across the city; the starting point has always been a gap analysis to see what properties we own and what responsibilities we have in each of them. This is not always as easy as it sounds in an ever-changing portfolio.

To help, I implemented a compliance database, as I’ve always believed in using IT to make life easier. This now holds our records for statutory compliance and greatly improves access for third parties who need them, as its web based.

I work closely with our Facilities Management partner to ensure delivery of services. We have meetings every month to discuss issues identified and ensure problems are addressed openly rather than just reported. Their contractors attend, as well as our Property Managers, which ensures that everyone is talking to each other.

This year, I’ve spent a lot of time writing and tendering corporate contracts for various asbestos and legionella services, focusing on obtaining high quality providers rather than just the lowest cost. So having a good knowledge of how these service areas work, has been really helpful. Having worked as both the contractor, consultant and the client before, helps me get a better view of the challenges faced by all the parties involved.

Getting out to sites is the best part of the job. I regularly audit sites and when needed undertake accident investigations. I support the Fire Advisor or Health and Safety Manager when specific initiatives are launched, such as identifying all our confined spaces.

As health and safety is ever-changing, training and development never seems to stop. In the last 4 years I’ve completed 3 NEBOSH Certificates, various British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) asbestos courses and am currently working through the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. It keeps life interesting and makes you realise how much there is still to learn.

 

David Renshaw B.Sc. (Hon)

Health & Safety Advisor (Property)

City Surveyor’s Department 

City of London Corporation 


Will Dunster
posted on 01 November 2018
Will Dunster, Project Engineer at British Sugar and NEBOSH’s 2017/2018 Best Candidate for the National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety, provides us with his top tips for success. 

Karen McDonnell
posted on 30 October 2018
In this guest column, Karen McDonnell, Occupational Health and Safety Policy Adviser for RoSPA and Past President of IOSH, talks about the personal as well as organisational benefits of self-development.

Utility Week
posted on 25 October 2018
NEBOSH will be showcasing the NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Health and Safety Leadership Excellence qualification at UtilityWeek next month!

Ian Taylor
posted on 08 October 2018
The Board of Trustees of NEBOSH are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Ian Taylor as Chief Executive. Ian has extensive management experience in leading a variety of commercial businesses, membership bodies and charities with a track record of delivering significant transformation and growth.

HS North Logo
posted on 28 September 2018
NEBOSH will be exhibiting at this year’s Health and Safety North where delegates can join them for an interactive leadership session with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

TB BCRSP
posted on 18 September 2018
NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) has secured the first UK qualification to be recognised by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety professionals (BCRSP).

40 Under 40 Logo
posted on 28 September 2018
Nominations are now open for the NEBOSH-sponsored ‘40 under 40’ celebrations which will mark Health and Safety at Work magazine’s 40th anniversary.

Push and pull
posted on 17 September 2018

Around nine million working days are lost each year due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).


David Towlson
posted on 28 September 2018

NEBOSH is heading to the Middle East HSE and Sustainability Forum where it will discuss what it takes to be an effective health and safety leader.