I am a fully-chartered occupational hygienist and a graduate member of IOSH. I specialise in the assessment and control of workplace noise and vibration, and COSHH assessments. As a member of the faculty of occupational hygienists I am fully committed to continuing professional development (CPD), ensuring my knowledge and technical skills remain fully up-to-date.
My consultancy offers a wide range of health and safety services including:-
• Exposure assessments
• COSHH assessments
• Noise and vibration surveys
• Health and safety policy development
• Bespoke training
• Ergonomic risk assessments
• LEV design, commissioning and testing
Providing expert opinion on occupational disease claims for civil litigation cases in the UK.
UK-wide services, Chartered Occupational Hygienist.
Holcombe Occupational Hygiene Services Ltd.
Occupational Hygiene Consultant- Current
Zurich Insurance Company
Senior Occupational Hygienist and Risk Consultant2002 - Current
Occupational hygiene / exposure assessment surveys (including for biological hazards, noise, hand-arm vibration, chemicals, dusts, fumes and gases etc.); Subject-specific management reviews (e.g. for legionella, asbestos, hand-arm vibration and noise etc.); Strategic health & safety management reviews; construction site visits; workplace inspections; occupational health management audits; providing specific advice on various occupational health and safety topics to both customers and underwriters; hazard-specific researches; public and employers’ liability assessments; composing and delivering training to both customers and colleagues; advising customers on specific policy development etc.
These services were provided to a very large customer base across the UK and Ireland. This work also included several visits tocustomers’ sites across Europe and occasionally further afield, and required a working knowledge and interpretation of other national occupational hygiene standards.
This phase of my career provided excellent experience in employers’ liability insurance, its mechanisms and claims processes, defence and mitigation etc. I also had to occasionally attend claims review meetings to discuss specific cases and help evaluate claim trends for some customers.
General experience gained in high-level /strategic risk management, and both public and employers’ liability issues.
At Zurich, I was regarded as the go-to person in the UK for all occupational health queries, and was particularly consulted regarding chemical manufacturing sites, pharmaceuticals, foundries etc., and for biological hazards, ergonomic issues, unusual working arrangements (e.g. hot works, low oxygen environments etc.); and in asbestos / legionella risk management issues for example.
1988 Bachelor of Science with a 2(1) Applied Biology [Liverpool polytechnic]
1995 Certificate of Operational Competence in Occupational Hygiene [BIOH]
1999 Diploma of Professional Competence in Occupational Hygiene [BIOH]
2001 National General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health, with credit [NEBOSH)
2007 Postgraduate Professional Diploma in Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management
Clubs and Associations
1996 Licentiate of British Institute of Occupational Hygienists
2000 Full Member of British Institute of Occupational Hygienists
2007 Graduate Member of IOSH (Grad-IOSH)
2012 Chartered Member of the Faculty of Occupational Hygienists (CMFOH)
2015 Registered Occupational Safety and Health Consultant (OSHCR)