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10 QUESTIONS


10 QUESTIONS WITH... RICH SANSOM


Every issue, we ask a Health & Safety professional the Tomorrow’s Health & Safety 10 Questions. This month, we chatted to Rich Sansom, Product and Procurement Manager – Hazardwear at Arco.


other aid agencies involved and I’ve been privileged to meet people who have had no hesitation in putting themselves forward to help save lives in very challenging circumstances.


Q4 Q5 Q1


WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB? When I was 16 I earned my


pocket money working as a silver service waiter, but my first job after I graduated from University was with Arco – as a Stock Controller.


Q2


HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY


INDUSTRY? I graduated from Hull University and had heard of Arco. The company had a reputation for being a good place to work, with promising career prospects, and helping to keep people safe seemed like a very worthwhile thing to be doing. Arco has fully supported my career development and as well as in-house training, I’ve also achieved a NEBOSH health and safety qualification.


Q3


WHO, IN ANY OTHER INDUSTRY, DO YOU MOST


ADMIRE? At the moment, the people I most admire are those volunteers going out to Sierra Leone and other parts of West Africa to help treat patients affected by the Ebola outbreak. These people are true heroes. We are supplying essential protective clothing to the government and


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IF YOU COULD BE A FLY ON THE WALL ANYWHERE,


WHERE WOULD IT BE? In the England cricket team dressing room on the last Ashes tour to Australia!


HOW WOULD YOU IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY


INDUSTRY? Our company values are focused on helping to keep people safe at work so that they can go home to their families at the end of the working day. I find it really disappointing that the industry gets such a bad press and I’d like to challenge those negative opinions and see health and safety being promoted as a positive force for good.


Q6 Q7


WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE?


When I was very young I wanted to be Optimus Prime, who was strong and courageous! As I grew older, I wanted to be a professional cricketer.


WHAT DO YOU DO TO UNWIND?


I enjoy playing and watching cricket and most other sports. I have a 6 month old son who I love spending time with and I also enjoy cooking and eating lots of good food.


Q8


IF YOU COULD HAVE A DINNER PARTY WITH ANY


THREE PEOPLE, DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY? As a history graduate first on the list would be Churchill, he is certainly a person I admire for his unwavering beliefs in the most difficult circumstances. I would also invite Ayrton Senna, such an amazing


character and someone who would be great entertainment at a dinner party! Finally, it would be Dwight Eisenhower. I’d love to know what went through his mind, all the planning and detail leading up to and after D-Day during the Second World War.


Q9


WHAT DO YOU THINK THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR THE


HEALTH AND SAFETY INDUSTRY? There is a perception that we need to ‘reduce the burden of health and safety red tape’.


In the right


circumstances there may be some benefit in this, but we have to be very careful that we don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. This country’s excellent record on workplace accidents and injury needs to be maintained and improved. Therefore we should continue to focus on long- term latency illnesses so that future generations of workers can live their lives to the full.


Q10


TECHNOPHILE OR TECHNOPHOBE? DO


YOU BELIEVE APPS SUCH AS AUDIT TOOLS AND NOISE LEVEL METERS FOR MOBILE DEVICES CAN HELP IMPROVE HEALTH AND SAFETY OR DO THEY DETRACT FROM ITS PROPER MANAGEMENT? I think the new apps are a positive way of engaging with people and could make some aspects of health and safety management easier to carry out – which has to be a good thing. There’s no doubt that we’ll see a growth in the development of this type of device and they have their place in a range of proven health and safety management tools.


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