On Wednesday 11th May the Scottish branch of the NDTG hosted a very successful regional meeting on behalf of the IDE. Over 20 attendees participated in a workshop style event, and although this was a slightly different format to previous IDE meetings, it proved to be very enjoyable and informative for all who took part.
Jim Caldwell Snr delivered a presentation on Health Surveillance. He took the meeting through the statistics and then looked at the NFDC Site Audit Scheme. Comments were sought from the floor to obtain views on Health Surveillance and what the audience thought was required as an employer. It was interesting to hear during the morning how certain companies undertook their health surveillance and also the fact that some companies did not have any procedures in place and were looking for assistance and advice on how to take this forward – It was good to see those who attended share best practice. NDTG Scotland also advised that they have recently undertaken health surveillance on their recent intake of apprentices and would be addressing further in the future in order to determine how best we can serve members in this area.
It became clear that those in attendance would welcome some assistance in order to identify what would be required with regards to health surveillance for the demolition operative and have an in-house system that would ‘tick all the boxes’ and run smoothly with little downtime (i.e. no need to do paperwork if it doesn’t mean anything). Feedback at the end of the event was very positive.
The IDE wish to thank all those involved in organising such a successful event and hope that this can be repeated in Scotland again later in the year!