Working Group Safety

The Safety Working Group’s aims are to promote safety awareness for the geotechnical and geoenvironmental industry.

Strategic Plan

The Safety Working Group aims to provide guidance and links to relevant documents via this web page.

We produce regular updates throughout the year and all guidance documents are downloadable to make them as accessible as possible.

We aim to provide generic guidance to inform practice – it should be noted that for every site a specific risk assessment must be made to assess the actual site hazards present and how they can be addressed to minimise risks to people and property.


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Safety Guidance

Guidance on the prevention of HAVS

Published in December 2021 (Original guidance published in September 2015) HAVS is the collective term for conditions caused by operation of Vibrating…

Safety Guidance

Guidance on Health and Wellbeing at Work

Published June 2021 Wellbeing is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy”. Looking after…


Assessment and Control of Asbestos Risk in Soil - Part 2: Protection of Personnel working in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Laboratories

Published May 2021 This guidance is split into two parts; Part 1 provides information on the assessment and control of asbestos risk…


Assessment and Control of Asbestos Risk in Soil - Part 1: Protection of Personnel working on Ground Investigations

Published May 2021 This aim of this guidance is to assist employers in their duty to protect personnel undertaking ground investigations against…

Safety Guidance

Guidance on Working on Soft Ground

Published May 2021 This guidance considers access to construction work on soft ground and in particular ground investigation. Working in areas of…

AGS Documents

AGS Interim Strategic Plan 2021

Published March 2021 This document is the AGS Interim Strategic Plan 2021.  


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AGS Safety WG – Update

Roseanna Bloxham, Leader of the AGS Safety Working Group, has provided an update on the top issues the Safety Working Group discussed…

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AGS Award Results 2021

The results are in! We’re pleased to announce the winners of this years AGS Awards: Loss Prevention Rachel Griffiths (Award) Russell Jones…

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Expectant and New Mothers in Construction

Article contributed by Roseanna Bloxham, Senior Geo-Environmental Engineer, RSK and AGS Safety WG Leader. Pregnancy is a part of life, its something…

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Contamination During a Ground Investigation

The Safety Working Group aims to provide guidance to inform practice and aims to produce regular updates throughout the year.  It was…

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AGS Helplines

Currently the AGS offer helplines to all Member companies and practitioners with respect to: the AGS Data Format (the discussion forum on…

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AGS Diversity Statement

The AGS is a non-profit trade association that is managed by elected individuals from member organisations, none of whom are paid by…


Adam Branson Card Geotechnics Limited
Adam Latimer Ian Farmer Associates
Alistair Cima CC Ground Investigations Ltd
Chris Dimelow Lankelma Ltd
Chris Lightowler Soil Engineering
Fiona White Geo-Integrity Ltd
Henry Chapman Harrison Group Environmental Ltd
Jim Clifford Delta-Simons Environmental Consultants Ltd
Jon Rayner AECOM Limited
AGS Past Chair Julian Lovell Equipe Training Limited
Lindsey Marie RSK Environment Ltd
Liz Withington CC Ground Investigations Ltd
Madeleine Bardsley Wood Group UK Limited
Marco Di Mauro AECOM Limited
Marian Markham Jacobs UK Ltd
Matthew Peate SOCOTEC
Michael Smith
Neil Breach Fugro Limited
Nick Brown Hydrock Consultants Ltd
Owen Seymour WSP
Safety WG Leader Roseanna Bloxham RSK Environment Ltd
Sandy David Listers Geotechnical Consultants Ltd
Steve Everton Jacobs UK Ltd
Tom Collins Applied Geology Ltd