Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Playing Safe Is the Name of the Game and Winning It Is Crucial

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Playing Safe Is the Name of the Game and Winning It Is Crucial

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Staying safe and environmentally friendly are now top of the agenda for businesses on the local, national and global front. And a growing Teesside-based team is now helping companies achieve the highest standards. AK EHS & Risk is the specialist environment, health, safety and risk consultancy of AK Engineering Services, which has its European headquarters at Stockton.

The business was started three years ago to address demand from the former Kvaerner Process Northern for health, safety and environmental compliance on its own projects.

"As we started to do assessments on projects more and more clients asked us to come back and do more work at their sites," said Lyn Fernie, business manager.

"Despite being set up for Kvaerner's own internal requirements, the bulk of our work is now for external customers."

Since the early days the team has grown from just two staff to 25 - and more recruitment is already planned for 2004.

The team provides a full range of services that are necessary to achieve regulatory compliance.

Its staff have safety and environmental experience from a wide range of industries.

Key areas of its work are in process, petrochemicals, nuclear, water, power and pharmaceuticals sectors.

It has extensive experience in working with local authorities, the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive.

"We employ a number of former professional regulators with first hand experience of the Environment Agency and local authority Environmental Health departments," added Lyn.

"Clients are looking for real expertise as health, safety and environmental regulations are moving so fast.

"There has been a great deal of new safety and environmental legislation emerging from Europe over the past few years.

"As this gets enacted into UK regulations, companies need to ensure that they maintain compliance. This becomes a more and more daunting task as resources are reduced.

"In the last 30 years there have been more than 300 new pieces of legislation in the HSE field.

"Companies are busy with the day-to-day business of running their operations, it makes it very difficult to have that kind of knowledge in-house. …

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