Helen Marini, Tech IOSH, ACMI
I come from a long line of business-owning relatives so I suppose it was inevitable that I would end up doing the same. I occasionally escaped and worked as an employee – in a bank, at Heathrow Airport, at a College and as a Business Advisor at Business Link. However, sooner or later, I always ended up working for myself. I started in the family Property Maintenance business where I worked on and off for 20 years. I gained an invaluable insight into the workings of small businesses and also into why family businesses don’t always work. I ended up in Health and Safety because a) I had gained a good qualification in it, and b) because I’m perverse – I saw how health and safety was continually the butt of cheap jokes when in reality a good understanding and implementation of the legislation has saved lives and really, seriously, helps businesses to grow. I wanted to spread the word.
Socially, I rarely told anyone I worked in this industry as I got fed up with the responses. But eventually I realised that I should stand up for Health and Safety, I should bust the myths and I should do what I enjoy – help businesses to recognise that their workforce is their biggest asset and should be properly looked after. I love the variety my job brings, particularly the people I meet and the huge range of businesses I have had the privilege of working with.
Making sense of the health and safety rules for your organisationMore
Gaining external recognition of your health and safety management systemsMore
Fire risk assessments, fire safety training, fire safety management systemsMore
Enabling you to run your business whilst we keep you compliantMore
Taking a view of all aspects of your business to give you the best adviceMore
We aim to keep you working and comply with health and safety legislation – a win for you and your workforceMore
Employers should ensure that if anyone is injured or taken ill at work they should receive immediate attentionMore
Ensuring all those involved in the manufacture, preparation and handling of food understand their responsibilitiesMore
Making sure you comply with the sections that are relevant to your organisationMore