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10 QUESTIONS


10 QUESTIONS WITH... STUART BARKER


Each issue, we ask an industry professional the Tomorrow’s Health & Safety 10 Questions. This issue, we spoke to Stuart Barker, General Manager of Weedoo Health and Safety Signs.


Q1.


WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?


My first job after leaving school was as a cleaner – although I didn’t go too far afield as it was a cleaning job at my former school!


Q2.


HOW DID YOU GET


INTO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY INDUSTRY? I came into the health and safety industry within the last 12 months via my role at Weedoo Signs. I actually have over 13 years’ experience in the signage industry and joined Weedoo Signs in June 2011. We launched a division focusing specifically on producing and providing health and safety related signage for commercial buildings, sites and vehicles, which is proving very popular.


Q3.


WHO, IN ANY OTHER INDUSTRY,


DO YOU MOST ADMIRE? There are three people that jump to mind – the first being my former boss, who had a memory like a sponge! I was always impressed with his level of knowledge. The second is Lord Alan


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Sugar as he is a real life rags-to-riches success story, which has come as a result of not being afraid to try new things. The third is Tim Sanders, MD of Weedoo’s parent company, Sandhurst Autoprint. He is a motivational character that is full of energy. In fact, he is about to embark on a charity cycling challenge that will see him cycle from Sandhurst to Lands End within 24 hours.


Q4. Q5.


IF MONEY WAS NO


OBJECT, WHAT CAR WOULD YOU BUY? It would be between an Aston Martin Vantage or an Aston Martin DB9 – although if money was no object, perhaps I could have both?


HOW WOULD YOU IMPROVE


THE HEALTH AND SAFETY INDUSTRY? When comparing the UK against Europe in terms of health and safety, our statistics are much lower than our neighbouring countries. I guess a key area is to ensure that ongoing training is maintained so all staff members are kept fully informed of key procedures that will keep them safe from potential risk.


Q6.


WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE


WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE? I actually aspired to be an


Q8.


IF YOU COULD HAVE A DINNER


PARTY WITH ANY THREE PEOPLE, DEAD OR ALIVE, WITH ONE PERSON COOKING AND THE OTHER PERSON PROVIDING THE MUSIC, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY? I would have Elvis overseeing the music so we can listen to some all- time classics. The person cooking has to be Jamie Oliver as he can whip up a tasty meal in no time, and the other guest would have to be the icon that is David Beckham. It would be great


architect as I wanted to design a house for my mum!


Q7.


WHAT DO YOU DO TO UNWIND?


I love nothing more than to run or for total relaxation, fish. I have always enjoyed coarse fishing and you will often find me sat around various lakes in the South East on the weekends.


to hear what it’s really like to live in the limelight.


Q9.


WHAT, DO YOU THINK, IS THE


FUTURE OF THE HEALTH AND SAFETY INDUSTRY? The health and safety industry will only evolve – it’s an ongoing and ever- important aspect of every business’ operations and, as technology continues to advance, I’m sure that this will help support the training, monitoring and compliance processes even more.


Steve Ringshaw, Health & Safety Manager at ANT Telecommunications Limited, asks...


Q10.


WHAT WOULD YOUR ADVICE


BE TO A BUSINESS THAT HAS LONE WORKERS? My advice is to undertake the same level of risk assessment and monitoring for lone workers as you would if you were operating a team. It is important to ensure that any member of staff and the role that they manage is properly assessed to avoid potential hazards, or have measures in place to deal with any emergencies.


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