Mr Bob Knott – Health, Safety & Environmental Manager, Addo Food Group – Poole Bakery

  • Speaker Bio:

    Bob Knott has in excess of 30 years commercial experience gained in a broad range of industries, including:

    • Food manufacturing
    • Electronics manufacturing
    • Power generation engineering
    • Oil & gas industry
    • Sheet metal fabrication
    • Supply chain distribution
    • Corporate training & consultancy
    • Voluntary emergency services

     

    Starting as a production operative & progressing through a number of QA & technical roles he inherited the role of safety officer along the way, which then proceeded to become the dominant role in his career.  In 2000 he achieved associate IOSH membership via the NVQ3 route with City & Guilds based on safety systems he had developed in both corporate & voluntary sectors.

     

    Bobs’ approach to safety has always been pragmatic & commercially aware, with a “How do we do it?” attitude that has served him well in environments where risk can only be managed & not eliminated.

     

    Bob joined Poole Bakery in 2009 & in his spare time works with his local voluntary 4×4 Response team supporting police, ambulance & hospitals in severe weather emergencies

     

    He lives on the Hampshire / Dorset border, is married & has a son at university & a daughter at college.

     

    Presentation Title:

    Promoting Safety in a Diverse & Demanding World or alternatively titled “Zen & the Art of Herding Cats”

    Presentation Synopsis:

    In this presentation, I look at the challenges of addressing safety in a busy manufacturing environment where the needs & objectives of the key stakeholders is not always perfectly aligned.  From the senior leadership team who see a vision for the future & drive headlong to achieve it, the production departments who are looking to eliminate cost, the technical department whose objectives for food safety can be at odds with staff safety, the engineers who are overstretched & finally the hygiene department who take water, chemicals & electricity & mix them altogether.  These disparate interests & demands on the business can be encouraged to move in the same direction if you can employ three core approaches being:

     

    • Communication
    • Training
    • Innovation

     

    The trick is how to achieve this trilogy with limited budgets & where time is a premium.  I give examples of how we have addressed this triad in Poole Bakery & share the results of our efforts

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