Emma Carr Profile – HSE and Facilities Coordinator
From July this year, valued employee Emma Carr has joined the Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Team (HSEQ) as HSE and Facilities Coordinator. Working closely with Head of HSEQ Matt Davies and Facilities Manager Greg Farrar, Emma is responsible for keeping an updated training matrix for employees and ensuring contractors have the correct competencies and documentation to work on site.
In addition to these regular responsibilities, Emma is also building her knowledge of relevant legislation to check we have the correct policies in place and identify areas of improvement.
After previously working in the Call-Off and Accounts departments, Emma is carrying out an online learning course to develop her understanding of key health and safety principles. This NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety is a widely respected course, which offers learners everything they need to know to make the workplace safer. Currently in the early stages of this training, Emma is undertaking online learning modules which will form part of her overall qualification after taking exams.
Through working in various departments within RML since 2013, Emma has gained strong awareness of our processes and formed working relationships across the group to contribute towards this role. The newly created role of HSE and Facilities Coordinator has also allowed Matt and Greg to focus on the strategic objectives of the business, whilst Emma is able to provide support for the daily activities that contribute to our health and safety processes.
A consistent process for Emma includes forming a weekly risk dashboard, which identifies any potential issues with machinery from daily checks, summarises near miss accidents and records moisture levels of timber deliveries for quality purposes. As well as identifying any issues or potential hazards, Emma assists with putting solutions in place. Through our AssessNET platform, risks are easily reported and relevant tasks to solve the problem are logged. Emma therefore ensures that every action has been followed up and completed in a timely manner to avoid accidents.
As coverage of all sites is required in this role, Emma has now visited every RML site – apart from Scotland due to travel restrictions – to gain better awareness of the facilities in each factory. This has been an aspect of Emma’s role she has particularly enjoyed, in addition to the new challenges and learning opportunities available. The focus will now be on developing Emma’s knowledge of legal requirements and general health and safety best practice to gain more autonomy in making decisions.
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