CULTURE One of Scotland’s leading engineering groups has announced a company-wide commitment to enhanced safety standards.

AJT Engineering has upgraded its 5S culture to 6S – adding in safety as a key element.

The initiative is being carried out across the firm’s four divisions in Aberdeen, Port Glasgow and East Kilbride.

Over 40 members of AJT’s 111-strong workforce are participating in the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) “Working Safely” course.

Health, Safety and Quality (HSQ) Manager Ronnie Brown said: “Following the successful implementation of 5S at our Altens facility in Aberdeen, we’ve taken the decision to roll out 6S across all four

facilities – adding safety to the other five elements.

“As part of the safety roll-out we analyse our performance in key safety areas that are critical to our operations, with initial focus on safe use of work equipment, housekeeping standards, high-risk elements that are specific to each of the facilities, and safety culture.”

The culture element considers the way people behave, and to what extent they participate in the day-to-day running of the safety management system, their attitudes towards safety controls, PPE, observation reporting and also their taking ownership of safety issues.

Ronnie added: “The IOSH Managing Safely course aligns perfectly with our 6S initiative and has provided our employees with the knowledge and tools they require to work, think and act safely.”

The course aims to improve the safety culture within the organisation and provides employees with an

Environmental (HSE) Manager, as the engineering services-led business continues to expand.

Reporting to Dean Cocklin, JCA’s Director of Engineering, McDonald has responsibility for implementing all HSE policies, practices and procedures, as well as delivering the statutory requirement of providing health and safety advice to the company.


MANAGER Hertfordshire-based principal contractor, JCA, has appointed Jamie McDonald to the new position of Corporate Health, Safety &


Further responsibilities include regular HSE audits and monitoring all JCA’s construction and maintenance sites, in accordance with Regulation Five of the Management of Health & Safety in the Workplace legislation.

Jamie’s experience includes a 26- year career in the Royal Marines and United States Armed Forces, as well as three years in a senior HSE practitioner role within construction, mechanical and electrical environments. He possesses a wealth of qualifications in HSE, project management and leadership.

understanding of how their actions in the work place contribute to safety, health and wellbeing, as well as their individual safety responsibilities in keeping themselves and others safe at work.

The certificate issued is an international safety certificate based on best practice and provides an awareness of general workplace hazards and focusses on why health and safety is important to the wellbeing of the worker and those around them.

Dean Cocklin said: “Jamie’s appointment underpins JCA’s safety-first culture and continuing focus on ensuring the highest standards possible in all areas of health and safety. His knowledgeable and proactive approach is essential as our business expands and ensures that we achieve the highest levels of compliance at all times.”

Speaking about his new role, Jamie commented: “JCA has a demonstrable track record in delivering major projects and services for a diverse portfolio of clients and I’m delighted to be joining the organisation at a time of significant growth. JCA’s core values of honesty, quality, safety, trust and transparency are embedded in its culture and it’s refreshing to see the depth to which this approach cascades through every aspect of the business. I look forward to bringing my experience to bear in further developing JCA’s safety-first approach.”

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