History

A safety group has existed in the Falkirk area since the 1960s known then as Falkirk and District Industrial Accident Prevention Group, the name reflecting the heavy industry of the area at that time represented in the Group’s membership. Member organisations in the 1970s included Walter Alexander Coachbuilders, BP Chemicals, British Aluminium, Caterpillar Tractor Co., Gestetner, GR Stein Refractories, Glynwed Foundries, Grahamston Iron Co. and UG Closures and Plastics.

Meetings were attended by an HM Inspector of Factories, later to become an HM Inspector of Health and Safety with the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the creation of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Understandably the Act itself and its interpretation proved to be popular topics for many of the Group’s monthly meetings at that time.

In 1981 the group was renamed Central Region Chamber of Occupational Health and Safety aligning with the reorganisation of local government a few years previously. Membership of the Chamber was still representative of the not insignificant industrial base in the area and also included the Falkirk College of Technology, now the Falkirk campus of Forth Valley College.

The name of the group was shortened in the 1990s to Central Safety Group and now in the 21st century is known as Central Scotland Safety Forum. The Forum still retains strong links with local industries but our membership now also includes a range of organisations in the commercial and public sectors, reflecting very much the nature of today’s workplaces. These include several manufacturing companies, foodstuffs production, leisure facilities, facilities management, demolition and local government as well as Forth Valley College.

 

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