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Health and Safety in Cumbria

Health and Safety as part of your Business Strategy

Mention health and safety to most people and they either see it as a necessary evil or have some story to tell where health and safety is over the top, gone mad or it’s just common sense. To a certain degree there is an amount of sympathy with these views, the popular press has over the years utilised the extremes to mock and lambast a subject that to all intent and purpose is there to stop people being hurt and to save lives. READ MORE

Who we work with

DMA works with businesses who care passionately about the product or service they deliver and want the reassurance that they are making the best safety decisions to protect and develop their business.

Some of these passionate businesses are in construction, coastal enforcement, hospitality, manufacturing, nuclear supply chain, and professional services.

Health and Safety in Cumbria
Elsa out in the field. Literally.

Case Studies

A large engineering contractor, undertaking a high hazard project on a nuclear licensed site in West Cumbria, needed safety practitioner support.  

We delivered this support as an independent advisor. 

The company identified many benefits to the project from our involvement, including: –

  • A dedicated, professional resource available at the workface
  • The safety provision was tailored to satisfy the end clients’ requirements
  • Industry best practice and technical specialism was at the heart of the project team
  • A rapid and positive response to incidents, queries, investigations and Learning From Experience
  • Proactive measures aided incident prevention throughout the project
  • Health and safety documentation was produced and regularly updated for the project
  • Regular safety briefings were given, influencing the safety of behaviours seen in the team
  • Rigorous, regular inspections, taking a coaching approach to drive standards
A Plant Hire company in Cumbria needed external checking support for their accreditations.

We undertake scheduled inspections and provide ad-hoc advice and guidance.

This has helped the company to:

      • Demonstrate H&S compliance
      • Demonstrate access to competent advice
      • Identify areas for improvement within the business
      • Make business and health and safety improvements year on year

A small government agency, based in North-West England, wanted to ensure legislative compliance and the safety of their teams.
To help them we:

      • Reviewed safety arrangements
      • Developed an improvement plan together
      • Regularly review the plan and assist in its implementation
      • Do regular visits for high risk activities

The benefits include:

        • A risk based approach to their health and safety priorities
        • Strategic direction in making improvements
        • Specialist advice and guidance on hand when needed
        • Support that understands their business and organisational drivers
An Architect’s practice in Cumbria needed help with their role under new construction legislation (CDM 2015).

We developed new processes and procedures, trained the architects and support staff on the regulations, and now provide specialist input on their more complex projects.

This has helped the practice to:

      • Understand new legislation
      • Translate that legislation into pragmatic working practices
      • Support their clients in fulfilling duties under CDM
      • Have H&S support to supplement their in-house expertise

“We were thoroughly impressed with her knowledge and her understanding of our business. Elsa presented and explained exactly what we needed in the right proportions; without industry jargon.

We were so impressed, we commissioned DMA to review and update our company CDM practice manual, and our CDM working documents for managing our projects.

We continue to use DMA on a regular basis to review our CDM requirements on specific projects.

We have been, and remain extremely grateful for Elsa Mason’s timely and prompt guidance, in this important aspect of our industry.”

Graham Parker, Projects Office Manager at James Fisher Nuclear Ltd - Nov 2017
"Elsa has driven the highest safety standard and embedded a robust and firm safety culture into our Project Team, which has enabled us to deliver a challenging and ground-breaking nuclear decommissioning project with a flawless safety record."
Nick Elgey, Commercial Manager, Citadel Estates - Oct 2017
“We use DMA Safety Management as professional advisors on all our health and safety requirements and we have no hesitation in recommending their expertise and service.”
Ben Cunliffe, Owner, Ben Cunliffe Architects - Nov 2017
“We continue to use DMA on a regular basis to review our CDM requirements on specific projects. We have been, and remain extremely grateful for Elsa Mason’s timely and prompt guidance, in this important aspect of our industry.”
Tom O’Malley, O’Malley Plant Hire Ltd - Oct 2017
"We have always found the service provided by DMA Safety Management Ltd to be helpful, positive and enhances our safety management arrangements"
Alistair Fell, Director, Prospus Group Ltd - Dec 2017
"Elsa provides us with strategic advice and training in CDM and Health & Safety.  Her friendly and patient approach coupled with detailed knowledge of the subject and infectious enthusiasm make for a brilliant learning environment.  We have also worked with Elsa on some complex construction projects where she has ensured that we are compliant and working to best practice.  I couldn’t recommend DMA enough"

Elsa Mason


Working in health and safety consultancy over the last 15 years, Elsa has improved health and safety in a wide range of businesses and industries.  Some of these have been short term projects, whilst others have been long term involvement, providing support and direction to deliver health and safety improvements.

Her thoughtful and thorough approach leads to business solutions whose benefits are visible throughout the organisation

David Mason


David is a Chartered Safety Practitioner who believes passionately that good health and safety performance should not come from rules and regulations but a focus on getting the right mindset and behaviours to work within a fit for purpose framework.

His formative years were spent in the UK nuclear industry. This involved him working on a variety of sites in a number of roles, including operations, design, construction, engineering, research and development.

On leaving the nuclear industry, he formed DMA Safety Management Ltd and built a reputation for delivering strategic solutions across a broad range of industries including defence, nuclear re-processing, construction and power generation.

An opportunity arose during his work for RS Components, to join the senior management team, as Global Head of Health and Safety responsible for the health and safety of 7,500 Global employees spread across 27 countries, helping steer their performance to two RoSPA Gold Awards and two British Safety Council International Safety Awards.

Following the success with RS Components, David moved to Travis Perkins as the Head of Supply Chain Health and Safety and latterly as the Director of Health and Safety. So he has seen health and safety performance from all sides and also knows that businesses are looking for pragmatic approaches that will bring tangible improvements.

He has a proven track record of designing and delivering safety solutions and initiatives that have won national safety awards. These have included behavioural safety workshops, national conferences, organisational learning processes, health and safety training, culture improvement workshops and safety management systems. David has an excellent understanding of the challenges involved with managing health and safety and matches this with a dynamic approach to his work.

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