Richard Brooks

Technical Trainer/Technical Advisor

Technical Trainer/Technical Advisor

Richard Brooks 

Technical Trainer/Technical Advisor

Tell us about yourself

I joined TÜV SÜD in 2018 as a Technical Trainer/Technical Advisor for Machinery Safety in the Product Service division. My background is as an engineering graduate, with experience of designing machinery, assessing machinery design. Previously, I've worked in technical sales, as a consultant advising on machinery safety and CE-marking for over ten years and also five years working for the for the enforcement authority, Health and Safety Laboratory (part of the HSE).

Why did you choose to apply to TÜV SÜD?

TÜV SÜD offered the prospects of a large organisation, with opportunities to develop and progress within a larger team of colleagues.

Where do you work?

Normally, I’m at home although I get out regularly around the country to deliver training and to look at all sorts of machinery, which I enjoy doing. It’s good to keep a balance.

What are your main areas of expertise?

Definitely the safety-related design of machinery, which is an engineering discipline rather than a health and safety discipline.

What are your main responsibilities?

Mainly delivering training to people who need to understand the landscape of machinery safety – they’re the duty holders. My machinery safety training courses include:

  • Introduction to Electrical Machinery Safety
  • Introduction to Machinery Safety

  • Machinery Safety Awareness

What most interests you about your role?

Looking at, analysing, critiquing machinery in all sorts of industries and workplaces. It’s like Greg Wallace’s BBC TV show “Inside the Factory” – we’ve been to most places he goes. I’m looking at a tequila distillery at the moment and I’m working on a training/certification program which will provide the most comprehensive qualification available in the subject!

What future trends do you see developing in your area of work?

Technology progresses quickly and our work and training need to keep up. The regulations and standards regarding machinery safety have been around for decades now. But there’s still widespread misunderstanding and urban myths that need addressing. Then there’s considerable work to do in light of developing technology – software, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence – all with relation to machinery and engineering though.

What is your biggest challenge?

I know it sounds corny but the pursuit of quality; dragging it out of the chaos. That’s what’s going to make a positive impact.

Describe your fellow workers in four words

Helpful, considerate, individual, varied

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of applying for a role similar to yours?

You get out what you put in.

 

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