Health and Safety Expert Panel

The Health and Safety Panel promotes the use of the risk management best practices to ICE members, industry and wider society.

The panel of experts is made up of ICE members who come from a range of civil engineering backgrounds. The panel works closely with the Health and Safety Register to develop guidance and more effective practices.

Meet the panel

The Health and Safety panel is made up of a variety of industry experts. Find out more about our panel chair and details of the panel's members.

  • Panel chair: Dr Ciaran McAleenan CEng MICE

    Health and Safety Expert Panel

    Ciaran is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Advanced Registrant of the ICE H&S Register and professional member of American Society of Safety Professionals. Working in industry since 1978, he has designed and constructed wastewater, water and highway infrastructure, developed and implemented H&S and highway design standards before joining the faculty at Ulster University in 2010.

    At Ulster he co-founded the Civic Ecology and Life Infrastructure research group and co-developed the MEng Safety Engineering and Disaster Management programme. Ciaran’s research led to the co-development of the operation analysis and control model of safety management and the organisation cultural maturity diagnostic tool. He is a member of ICE’s editorial board for ‘Management, Procurement and Law’ journal and sits on the H&S Register Steering Group. A regular presenter at International Congresses, Ciaran loves good music and the freedom experienced when running in mountains.


Other panel members

Panel member name Employer
Philip Baker IStructE
Peter Crosland CECA
Rajen Lavingia RHMA
Satbir Gill Hounslow Highways
Billy Hare Glasgow Caledonian University
Ciaran McAleenan Ulster University
Richard Wilks The Association of Project Safety
Joan Murray WSP
Karen Quigley Scottish Water
Burt Browne SOCOTEC
Claire Oliver AMEC Foster Wheeler
Lloyd Edmonds Mott MacDonald

What are we working on?

The Panel has a long history in trying to improve the understanding of the obligation on designers to 'eliminate or mitigate risk'.

The panel is pushing the health agenda through its Design for Health (DfH) initiative. The focus on early design decisions being key to better onsite construction safety. In this vein it has now produced the first three of what is hoped to be a series of designer guidance notes to guide designers towards a compliant solution. More details can be found on the Designing for health page.

The requirements on aspiring members with regard to training and knowledge acquisition are well documented. However thereafter, apart from the general requirement for CPD, the requisite knowledge in occupational safety and health risk management is not so well laid out. Members are encouraged to read, and adopt, the 'Life-Long Learning' guide produced by IIG which outlines recommended knowledge acquisition over a notional career life-span.

Upcoming event

Construction Legal Update – Wednesday 5 December 2018 at ICE, 6.30pm

The Chair of London Metropolitan Branch Construction Section, IOSH with the HSE’s input will present an update on important events in the construction industry over the year. A free event to attend, for further detail contact: [email protected].