Since the early 1980s Paul Reeve has made a sustained policy contribution to the role of UK business in improving health and safety at work.
Paul is chemical sciences post-graduate, and a Chartered Fellow of both the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and the Institution of Environmental Management and Assessment. He began his health and safety career in 1983 when he joined the (then) ‘Safety Practitioner’ as one of its first editors. In 1988 he became editor of ‘Health and Safety at Work’ magazine, where he continued the title’s campaigning style with a successful call for higher fines for serious health and safety offences.
Paul has made a major input to the development of health and safety policy and legislation and guidance, both in the UK and in Europe. In 1990 he joined the Engineering Employers’ Federation (EEF) as Head of Health and Safety. At the EEF he played a leading role in many initiatives such as researching and presenting, with Lloyds Bank Business Services, the tangible business case for effective health and safety management. He also made a significant contribution to the practical integration of health and safety with environmental management and sustainability. Paul moved from the EEF in 2001 to become Executive Director of the UK chemical industry ‘Responsible Care’ programme, and in 2002 he was presented with the RoSPA’s Distinguished Services award. In the early 2000s Paul moved into the building services industry, but he still produced groundbreaking articles on the urgent need to apply REACH, and the principles of CSR, to the development of nanomaterials, e.g. ‘Nanotechnology: A Size Matter’.
Other contributions to the development of health and safety have included chairing RoSPA’s National Occupational Safety and Health Committee (NOSHC), IOSH Risk Management Strategy working group and more recently, Safety Schemes in Procurement. He has also been an elected member of IOSH Council. Paul is currently Head of Business Policy and Practice at the Electrical Contractors’ Association, where he continues to head the ECA’s health and safety initiatives and to influence broader policy issues in the building services contracting sector.
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