Brakel Airvent Profile – Theresa Burch
Theresa has one of the most important roles in the whole of the Brakel Airvent organisation – she’s our new Health & Safety Manager.
Starting out in the field back in 1999 following attainment of her NEBOSH certification at a power press manufacturing facility, Theresa set out on a path that has led to her possessing an impressive list of qualifications:
- NEBOSH National General Certificate (Level 3)
- GradIOSH (Graduate Member of the Institute of the Occupational Health & Safety) complete with ongoing CPD
- Post Graduate Certificate (Level 7) in Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Management from Portsmouth University
- ENV1 Environmental Legislation
- Fire Safety Management Certificate
In her time Theresa has been a team leader in charge of 16 health and safety auditors, managed H&S in a manufacturing environment and studied for her post-grad while also being a full-time worker and mother to a five-year-old. She likes watching darts, socialising and fitting in some gym time when she can – always tricky when you’re a busy working parent as many of us know.
Theresa role at Brakel Airvent is critical to the safety and compliance of the work we do for our many clients UK wide. The scale of our team – which includes over 50 directly-employed engineers and a wide range of partners and subcontractors – provides challenges which include ensuring that everyone in the BA family is fully aware of their responsibilities.
We asked Theresa about a major part of her role in Brakel Airvent – managing subcontractors to the company’s own high standards of health and safety.
She comments: “Our subcontractors’ ability to deliver the project on time and to the required quality and safety standards is very important as they are viewed by the client as an extension of our business – a failure by the subcontractor can adversely affect our reputation.
“My role is to assess all subcontractors through a thorough pre-qualification assessment, taking into account the following: health and safety policy; liability insurance; risk assessments; training / competency records; COSHH assessments; HSE enforcement notices; and references from projects undertaken over the past three years. This is reviewed prior to going on-site – once fully assessed they will go on our list of Approved Subcontractors and then this process is repeated every 12 months.”
But for Theresa, it’s also important to focus on internal concerns. “The biggest challenge facing any business in our industry is one of consultation with employees. Health and safety is so vital to everyone that we need to work to promote a positive health and safety culture and ensure everyone is given an opportunity to influence health and safety policies and procedures.”
In closing she adds: “Safety is vitally important when it comes to Brakel Airvent – it literally informs our purpose for being and it forms part of our business values.”