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10 QUESTIONS WITH... DARRAN YATES


Every issue, we will be asking a Health & Safety professional the Tomorrow’s Health & Safety 10 Questions. This month, we chatted to Darran G Yates, MBICSc Safety Health, Environment, Quality and Training Director and Corporate Social Responsibility Director for IDG Holdings, Indepth Managed Services and Uniloads Ltd.


Q1.WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?


A merchandiser for Index Catalogue on the jewellery division based at the head office in Liverpool.


HEALTH AND SAFETY INDUSTRY? Joined a national vehicle logistics company called Uniloads as a Management Trainee and moved sideways to their sister company Indepth Managed Services as a Management Trainee some 16 years ago and fell, so to speak, into H&S with a vocational attachment.


Q2.HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE


INDUSTRY, DO YOU MOST ADMIRE? Don’t really follow or admire any industry leaders as I believe you create your own path in life rather than travel down a path already walked. I would have to say our own Chairman, Peter Roach, is an inspirational and forward thinking person that I admire for numerous reasons.


Q3.WHO, IN


OBJECT, WHAT CAR WOULD YOU BUY? 1969 Dodge Charger (great year) or the General Lee or a Lamborghini Bravo - had it


Q4.IF MONEY WAS NO 56 ANY OTHER


in my Top Trumps as a youngster and it was the top card to have.


THE HEALTH AND SAFETY INDUSTRY? As I sit on a HSE forum I can vouch that they are more than willing to work with the industry to ensure best safe practice is always worked towards without the need for reams of red tape by applying a degree of common sense approach. I do feel that some spurious claims need to be thrown out or challenged somewhere between brokers, insurance companies and the courts to send out a clear message that a fraudulent claim is not an easy way to make money. The phrase “settle on best terms” I wish, in some cases, did not exist! I also think that a further review on the ambulance chasers needs addressing.


Q5.HOW WOULD


TO BE WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE? I never wanted to be anything when I was little; I craved no career path when I was at school, nor college. It was six years into my time in the cleaning industry when I happened upon my


Q6.WHAT DID YOU WANT YOU IMPROVE


vocational interest of H&S and BICSc and was able to pass my NEBOSH, IOSH and BICSc Assessor.


TO UNWIND? Clean, I love it (sad I know!). I also cook to a high standard of Wigan cuisine and occasionally XBox in between gym sessions.


Q7.WHAT DO YOU DO


DINNER PARTY WITH ANY THREE PEOPLE, DEAD OR ALIVE, WITH ONE OTHER PERSON COOKING AND THE OTHER PERSON PROVIDING THE MUSIC, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY? Love to have a beer or three with Chris Moyles, Radio One DJ - I think his humour and opinions are similar to my own. Supplying the ambient music would be Jean Michael Jarre, hopefully with laser and light show. With regards to the cook, got to be Jamie Oliver, as he is quite pukka and I have nailed so many of his recipes.


IS THE FUTURE OF THE CLEANING AND HYGIENE INDUSTRY,


Q9.WHAT, DO www.tomorrowshs.com YOU THINK, Q8.IF YOU COULD HAVE A


AS ONE OF OUR TOPICS THIS MONTH? The environmental and Corporate Social Responsibility issues are not going to go away only grow with magnitude. Sustainability and all things green are the way forward and you need to pick out the companies who just get the piece of paper to say they are environmentally friendly and those who truly invest in the positive influence of the environment and whole eco-system. I am still very optimistic about the industry and its future even through these dark days of economic plight.


The Tomorrow’s Health & Safety team asks...


LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2012? End of the World, Olympics, Euro 2012 Football...It’s a tough choice but I will go with Man Utd lifting the Champions League Cup!


Q10.WHAT ARE


www.indepth-cleaning.co.uk www.uniloads.co.uk


Check out next month’s issue to see what Darran asked our next industry professional...


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