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Yorkshire Branch Health & Safety Conference 2019

[fa icon="calendar"] Oct 3, 2019 10:30:00 AM / by IQ News Update

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Improving health and safety for everyone working in the mineral products sector is a top priority for all operators, producers and contractors. That means it is imperative that professionals are equipped with the knowledge, understanding and practical application of key regulations and standards that affect the sector in order to work towards the aim of zero harm.

In its role as the professional membership body for the mineral products sector, the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) and its network of regional branches organise regular events to share knowledge, network and socialise.

Yorkshire Branch Health & Safety Conference

The annual Yorkshire Branch Health & Safety Conference is a key event in the industry calendar. Organised by IQ Yorkshire branch, it recently took place at Holiday Inn Scotch Corner Hotel, Darlington.

With a well-planned agenda packed with presentations from industry professionals, the event was attended by more than 130 people. In addition to industry-focused subject matters and issues, one of the most engaging presentations came from Donna Mills-Hincks, Industrial Diagnostics Company. With an ageing workforce, the focus on wellness included a light-hearted discussion on the taboo subjects of prostate and testicular self-examinations.


08.15 – 09.00: Registration & coffee

09.00 – 09.05: Introduction from branch chairman Tim Harvey MIQ

09.05 – 09.45: HSE Update & Current Issues - Adrian Jurg FIQ, HSE Quarry Inspector

09:45 – 10.30: Empowering People Through Great Leadership - Julian Smallshaw FIQ, IQ Head of Education and Standards

10.30 – 10.50: Coffee break

10.50 – 11.35: Wellness - Donna Mills-Hincks, Industrial Diagnosis

11.35 – 12.20: Electrical Safety - Andy Meadows FIQ, Longcliffe Quarries

12.20 – 13.05: Accident Investigation - Colin Nottage MIQ, Influential Management Group

13.05 – 14.05: Lunch

14.05 – 15.35: Driver Safety Awareness - Adrian Hide, TTC Driver Protect

15.35 – 15.45: Questions and close from IQ branch chairman Tim Harvey.

Tim Harvey is the chairman of IQ Yorkshire. He says: “The health and safety day is always a popular event in our branch calendar. On behalf of the Yorkshire branch, I’d like to thank everyone who attended, both speakers and members. There is no room for complacency in our industry and it’s important that we stay up to date on subject matters relating to health and safety. It’s also an opportunity to discuss non-industry subjects, including the importance of wellness, which can affect our day-to-day working lives.”

IQ members who weren’t able to attend the Yorkshire Branch Health & Safety Conference can sign up to upcoming events in Derbyshire and the Midlands via

  • 9 October, Derbyshire Health & Safety Day
  • 27 November, Midlands Health & Safety Day.

About Yorkshire and the IQ Branch

As the UK’s largest county and home to two National Parks, Yorkshire is visually and geologically one of the most diverse regions in the whole country, with a rich industrial history of mining and quarrying from Roman times through to the Industrial Revolution. In fact, Jackdaw Quarry, which supplied stone down the River Ouse to the encampment at York during the Roman era, is still operating today some 2,000 years later.

For more information about IQ Yorkshire branch, to find out more about events or register an interest, contact:


Tim Harvey / 01723 862 142


Vice Chairman

Carl Rowley / 07775 856 438


Branch Secretary

Kevin Parker / 01765 635 435


Topics: CPD, Yorkshire Branch, Networking, IQ Community

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Derbyshire Branch

John McGough FIQ

Vice Chair
Chris Rowan FIQ

Lewis Pinch

John Hattersley MIQ

Devon and Cornwall Branch

Brian Wiltshire FIQ

Vice Chair
James Tupman MIQ

Branch Secretary
Penny Brodie Associate

Lancashire Branch

Thor Atkinson Associate

Vice Chair
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London and the Homes Counties Branch

Sam Tarr MIQ

Vice Chair
Gary McNeely MIQ

Hon. Secretary 
Mary Carter FIQ

Midlands Branch

For any queries about the Midlands branch please contact the IQ office on 0115 972 9995 or

North of England Branch

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Vice Chair
Mike Young FIQ

Susan Arnott TMIQ

North Wales Branch

Mark Jones TMIQ

Vice Chair
Adam Daniels MIQ

Branch Secretary
Dan Green TMIQ

Northern Ireland Branch

Patrick O'Connor MIQ

Vice Chair
Edward Nethery Associate

Pierce Kirwan Associate

Scottish Branch

Harry Cant FIQ

Vice Chair
Michelle Latimer MIQ

Ian Christie FIQ

South Wales Branch

Daniel Morgan MIQ

Vice Chair
Richard Harris MIQ

Brett Morris Associate

West of England Branch

Otto Harhunen MIQ

Vice Chair
Gary Edmends MIQ

Rod Noble FIQ

West Midlands Branch

For any queries about the West Midlands branch please contact the IQ office on 0115 972 9995 or

Yorkshire Branch

Carl Rowley MIQ

Vice Chair
John Carlon MIQ

Branch Secretary
Kevin Parker FIQ

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