Helping our clients in the Energy Sector Including Renewable Energy
Health, safety and environmental management challenges in the Energy Sector are varied, diverse and constantly changing as technology develops. With over 30 years experience, we know how radically the world has changed and how safety management has changed too.
We provide a range of specialist services which are tailored to the disciplines of your own specific area, whether its oil and gas safety, renewable energy, distribution networks or installation of systems.
We provide services both in the energy sector at production level (ie at site) as well as in the management and administration parts of the business. This client has offices in London and Scotland (and in other locations globally). Following the pandemic we supported them in their return to work strategy by completing COVID-19 risk assessments. This helped them develop a strategy whereby their key staff feel sufficiently safe and secure to return to the office to continue their valuable work and build on their successes.
Clean Hydrogen R&D and Production
After winning a comprehensive tender exercise, we worked with our client who was moving from the R&D phase to production, with a fast growth strategy. With sites across Europe and the UK, we started with an initial detailed audit and paid much attention to staff engagement using 1-1 meetings, open door sessions and surveys. Once the findings were shared with the Board we worked to develop an action plan to integrate quality, safety and environmental management into the development programme.
We spent time in training the teams to work closer together, and developing synergies that would enhance the growth strategy. We completed a range of complex tasks including working as a team during HAZOP analysis using a multi-disciplinary approach and developing safe working practices. Whilst the company was familiar with HAZOP processes they had never considered integrating a specialist health and safety practitioner into their team of highly qualified physicists, chemists, engineers etc.
As time has progressed we assisted the company to become more independent in terms of risk and safety management and developed a recruitment process, guiding our client in finding their own specialist in-house manager. This is a particularly exciting segment of the energy sector, and we are delighted to continue supporting this company at arms- length, on specific projects as the business develops and when additional expertise is needed.
Connecting Smart Meters with Business Systems of Energy Suppliers
Another successful tender application saw us supporting this exciting and innovative energy sector organisation to develop their health and safety systems as the business works with multiple energy providers who each work in their own ways. The challenge is to integrate health and safety into the wider business practice to ensure consistency and quality of installations from all suppliers in a way that is safe for all.
Our client’s vision is very much aligned with our own, to lead smarter and greener lives (and from our point of view, safer lives). Starting from developing their organisational structure for safety and environmental management, we work with their teams to develop coherent and workable policies and systems, and help their managers to implement safe working processes throughout all parts of the UK. Developing a proactive culture of ownership and buying from all parts of the business, including the suppliers is one of our main objectives.
Wind Farms – Construction, Maintenance and Management Systems
Ainscough Industrial are supporting the renewable energy strategy by (inter alia) the installation and management of windfarms. They understand the necessity for strong safety management and have robust systems in place, and are now developing their safety behaviour programme. We have worked with them to identify their status of health and safety culture, what safety behaviour means and looks like for their industry and the key behaviours they wish to improve.
For over 10 years our sister company, QCS International, has been providing a wide range of management system and health and safety support to the Clean Energy division of Wood plc. Wood provide engineering, consultancy and project management services for renewable energy developments including wind (onshore and offshore), solar, hydro, biomass and wave. QCS supported Wood to achieve certification for their integrated management system for quality, environmental and health and safety management and continues to do so.
Additionally, QCS helped to design and implement an ISO 17025 management system to support calibration of energy output of installed renewable equipment. Post certification, our consultants continued to deliver services such as audits, health and safety inspections and system development to ensure the business enjoys ongoing improvement in the performance of their management system.
Our Expert Witnesses Services involves us advising the courts in criminal and civil litigation. One case we dealt with involved injury to an employee during an emergency evacuation drill. We reviewed extensive documents to establish duty of care and safety management in practice. Given that many wind-farms are offshore this can be complex. We understand the space restrictions that operatives have to work in whilst maintaining equipment in the nacelle and how detailed procedures are needed, based on worker input, to achieve safe working procedures.