Welcome to the second edition of the ‘new look’ newsletter. We hope you are enjoying the new format and it is making it easier for you to access and use the HSE Website that contains a mass of useful information – if you know where to look.
Instead of one big Partnership Conference in London, LAU and LACoRS are holding a series of Regional Events on the theme of shaping local priorities. Full details are provided in the related article within this edition of the newsletter. By holding these events in the regions as well as Scotland and Wales, we hope that more of you will be able to attend and have the opportunity to discuss what matters to you and what the impact of all the changes taking place will have.
There is also an article on work being carried out on producing a competence framework for Health and Safety Regulators. The project started as an examination of the long- term training needs of LA Health and Safety (H&S) enforcement officers. It was soon realised that the first step had to be the development of a competency framework and this could cover all H&S Regulators. We are looking to pilot the framework in the near future.
This month we have to say farewell to Allan Davies who has been head of LAU since September 2002. Using his experience and contacts in local government and private industry, Allan successfully pushed forward the concept of Partnership Working between LAs and HSE such that it has become the norm rather than the exception. Other government departments are realising that this is the route to follow – a testament to its success. We wish Allan well in his new job.
And finally, this will be my last editorial as I too am moving on. I leave confident that the newsletter is in the safe hands of my colleagues Tracy Hamilton and Shirley Howes. I want to thank them for all their help, support and hard work in putting the newsletter together and updating the format.