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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Guidance on Working on Highways and Trunk Roads

Published September 2018 Roads are a very hazardous working environment and require a commensurate level of training and awareness of health and…


Guidance on the Investigation of Derelict Sites

Published September 2018 Derelict sites will inevitably be ‘brownfield’ sites on account of previous development on the site. By implication such sites…


AGS Guidance on Dangerous or Injurious Plants

Published September 2018 Geotechnical and geo-environmental engineers often need to visit sites as part of desk study work to determine potential site…


Guidance on the Risk of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)

Published 3rd July 2018 The legacy of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) contamination in the UK is becoming an increasingly prevalent issue, with more…


Guidance on CSCS Cards

Published 3rd July 2018 The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) delivers a card scheme for industry that requires individuals working in construction…


Guidance on Legionella for Transient Sites

Published 2nd July 2018 Each year over 300 cases of legionnaires disease are reported in England and Wales, with 10 -12% of…


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Network Rail – Safety Moment – Portland Park Embankment

The safety moment from Network Rail below describes discusses a worker who fell a short way down embankment and lacerated his leg…

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AGS Magazine: July/August issue

The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the July/August issue of their bi-monthly publication; AGS Magazine. To view…

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AGS Members’ Day 2018 – an overview from Neil Parry, AGS Chair

This year’s Members’ Day was held in the new venue of the National Motorcycle Museum, where the successful AGS Geotechnical Data Conference…

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AGS Magazine: May/June issue

The Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists are pleased to announce the May/June issue of their new bi-monthly publication; AGS Magazine. To…

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Archived AGS Publications

Superseded AGS Publications are available to purchase from the AGS. If you are looking for an AGS Publication and are unable to…

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AGS Members’ Day 2018 and Speaker Presentations

AGS Members’ Day 2018 was held on 11th April 2018 at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. The day was a great…


Safety WG Leader Adam Latimer Ian Farmer Associates
Henry Chapman Harrison Group Environmental Ltd
James Elson BAM Ritchies
James Harrison Delta-Simons Environmental Consultants Ltd
Jon Christie BAM Ritchies
Jon Rayner Hydrock Consultants Ltd
Chairman Elect Julian Lovell Equipe Training Limited
Kieran Gadd SOCOTEC
Madeleine Bardsley Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions UK Limited
Marian Markham CH2M
Matthew Peate Bachy Soletanche Ltd
Michael Coates Geotechnics Ltd
Michael Smith
Peter Boyd AECOM Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
Rob Ainsworth Soils Limited
Rob Vollans Structural Soils Ltd
Rosey Bloxham RSK Environment Ltd
Sandy David Listers Geotechnical Consultants Ltd
Steve Everton Jacobs UK Ltd
Tom Collins Applied Geology Ltd
Tristan Morgan WSP