New Appointment Further Strengthens Mine Safety Team

A new post has been created at the ICL UK Boulby mine in east Cleveland.


During a twelve-month contract in the safety department Billy Payne was encouraged to apply for the new role and was successful. He will commence studies on a two-year training programme to qualify as our first safety, health and environment (SHE) technician. His studies will commence March 1st.


Managing Director and Boulby manager Andrew Fulton said: “The introduction of this brand-new position to our working practices is clear indication of the vital importance we attach to health and safety of everyone at Boulby and Teesdock.”


On a daily basis the SHE Technician will assist to develop, review and check on the implementation of safe systems of work, deliver training (e.g. toolbox talks & inductions), investigate incidents, analyse data and present findings to the management team.


It’s a wide-ranging remit but Billy is enthusiastic about the challenge: “It is a fantastic opportunity in a brand-new role for Boulby,” he said. “My manager has put together a plan that will see me work across all ICL UK sites which should enable me to understand all aspects of the business from pick point to port – and the vital role that safety plays within it,” he added.


This opportunity came about as changes to the apprentice programme were introduced. “In the past we concentrated on trade apprentices but we wanted to broaden our scope and range of apprenticeship offerings and opportunities,” explained Emma Wilson, HR Manager.


“Alongside Billy we will also be looking to roll out a further two or three apprentice placements within other support areas throughout the business,” she added.


The SHE Technician will engage with all aspects of the organisation to support the embedment of a culture that ensures everyone is able to return to their family and friends unharmed every day whilst also protecting and enhancing the global land, air and water resources for future generations