We would like to introduce John Sweeney, the latest member of the BW team. John has joined Booth Welsh as our new Health, Safety and Environmental Manager. We caught up with John to learn more about his role and his life outside of the workplace.

  • Tell us about your background?

My career extends to Circa 35 years in the construction industry, during which, I have fulfilled various roles from tradesman, through junior, to senior contract / construction and Health and safety management roles. Geographically my areas of coverage comprised, East, West and central Scotland.

 

  • What about your education background?

Initially, during the 1970s, I studied Plumbing, Heating, Gas and Oil installation services at Clydebank Technical College and attained the City and Guilds of London Institute Craft and Advanced Craft certificates.

Subsequently, I undertook several modes of study at Glasgow College of Building and Printing and was awarded:

  • City and Guilds of London Institute- Licentiate Certificate- Building and Engineering Services
  • Chartered Institute of building Site / Project Management certificate
  • Chartered Institute of building, Construction, Management, Surveying & Planning- Direct Entry Examinations and Peer review culminating in the award of Chartered Status-MCIOB

I later studied at Glasgow Caledonian University. During the periods of managing the construction process, a large feature in my workload was the planning, coordination and management of health and safety throughout the project life cycle, I therefore had attained several health and safety related certificates in support of my role, and Being passionate about preserving the health and well-being of others, I decided to supplement my health and safety knowledge, experience and training by studying and attaining the B.A. Occupational Health and Safety Management. This led me to focus more on the management of the Health and Safety aspects of the projects in lieu of the construction process.

In the past 15 Years, I have owned my Health and Safety Services company providing, Guidance, advice, training, support, management, asbestos surveying, fire risk assessment, management systems preparation, tender, PQQ assistance etc.

 

  • Can you describe your role within Booth Welsh?

I have recently joined Booth Welsh in the capacity of Safety, Health and Environmental Manager, I am based in the Design office within Booth Welsh HQ.

My Role will be wide and varied and includes but is not limited to providing Safety Health and Environmental Guidance, Direction and support to project installation teams, Supervisors, senior management and Directors of Booth Welsh. My approach is of a proactive nature, aiming always to ensure the potential for injury to result from our works or that of others including the client, other contractors / trades with whom we interface, is properly planned risk assessed, managed and controlled.

Working collaboratively at pre-construction / Install phase and throughout the works duration with Booth Welsh Project managers, Engineers, supervisors and installation teams, this will assist in maintaining an accident / incident free working environment and continuing the good work achieved to date, in attaining a thirteen year Lost time incident free period which demonstrates the commitment within the company to preserve life, health and well-being.

 

Life outside of the workplace?

I am married with three grown up Daughters, we have a dog and two cats. In my spare time, which is very limited, I like to relax by spending time with my family, playing guitar, walking or going for a run on my motor Bike.