About the Jersey Safety Council

The Council consists of a Chairman, appointed by the States of Jersey on the recommendation of the Minister for Social Security, four members and one co-opted member, all of whom are selected from the working community and recognised as individuals with an interest in health and safety at work.

The Council is assisted by a part-time secretary as the only paid employee of the Council, with the Chairman and members serving in an honorary capacity.

Since its inception, the Council has been involved in holding seminars, training courses and more recently carrying out promotional activities and awareness raising through various means.

The achievements of the Council over this period have been recognised and formally recorded, initially by the Social Security Committee and subsequently by the Minister, with thousands of individuals having benefited from the work carried out.

In order to carry out this work, the Council is financed with an annual grant by the States of Jersey which is provided by the Minister for Social Security. This grant is based on a carefully controlled budget.

We continue to look at ways of raising awareness of health and safety within the working community through a variety of options. 

All members of the Committee are listed below.

Paul Richardson - Chairman

As an employer of over 40 staff operating in many businesses throughout the Island and the person ultimately responsible for Health & Safety I have gained considerable experience in this subject allowing me to better equip my clients in compliance, hazard identification and risk reduction.  

Being involved with Council for over 11 years has allowed me the opportunity to share this knowledge with a much greater audience and hopefully encouraging, through the use of effective training and monitoring, a means of reducing the negative effects of accidents.

Mike Osborne - member

I have worked in the mining and quarrying industry for over thirty years, which is a potentially hazardous environment, but which is an industry sector with a very strong focus on safety.

A workplace where we have to manage significant risk should also be a safe workplace. With the correct planning, and with training and supervision that ensures all employees are competent to undertake every task with which they are engaged, we can ensure that all our colleagues return home safely every day.

The work of the Jersey Safety Council supports the development of ever improving occupational health & safety standards and culture, and I am pleased to be able to contribute to the objectives of creating harm-free work places.

Simon Boarder - member

For over 30 years I have been employed within the Civil Engineering Industry. Initially operating at site level, but progressing through to senior management and board level appointments for contractors within the UK, the Channel Islands and the Falkland Islands.

In recent years I have been appointed as Resident Engineer and Supervisor to a number of significant local projects involving tunnelling, geo-technical engineering, construction, waste management and aggregate recycling.

Health and Safety has always been high on my personal agenda. I sincerely believe that a strong culture of health and safety within all industries is not just a morale responsibility but also good for your business.  

Adrian De Gruchy - member

I originally worked within the Agricultural Industry and since 2003 within the Construction sector. Working initially for an equipment hire company, I have had experience on an extensive range of projects.

For the past 10 years I have headed up a local safety training company and have co-ordinated tailored solutions to many local businesses. I am great believer in providing quality training to candidates so they are empowered, more efficient and safer to do their work and not just tick a box.

I believe I can assist the Jersey Safety Council to continue their on-going promotion of good health and safety practice within the island.

Steve Taylor - member

I worked for 32 years in the oil industry, becoming a senior leader responsible for developing and managing oilfields around the world.

Safety is the single most important aspect of hydrocarbon production hence I am experienced in safety intervention techniques, safety audits & incident investigation. I believe that having a strong safety culture driven by visible safety leadership can dramatically reduce harm to others.

I enjoy engaging across an organisation, from technician to senior management, with the objective of promoting safety thinking and increasing the individual’s knowledge about their accountability and responsibilities in health and safety. 


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