MEMBERS of a group dedicated to promoting health and safety in the workplace visited Huddersfield’s Galpharm Stadium to find out what goes on behind the scenes.

Stadium health, safety and security manager Malcolm Pickup and crowd safety officer John Robinson explained their day-to-day duties and answered questions from members of the Kirklees and Calderdale Occupational Health and Safety Group.

The group, which is chaired by Gary Wood, assistant health and safety adviser at Huddersfield University, is made up of delegates from local businesses.

They meet six times a year to discuss issues relating to health and safety in the workplace and hear speakers from other firms and organisations such as the Health and Safety Executive.

They also make a “site visit” once a year to see health and safety experts in action.

On this occasion, Mr Pickup gave an overview of his job overseeing safety issues surrounding events such as high school proms to the current relaying of the stadium pitch.

Mr Robinson explained his responsibilities for matchday safety when Town or the Giants are at home.

Mr Wood said: “The group is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses that don’t have the health and safety resources of larger organisations.

“We explode some of the myths surrounding health and safety and provide expert advice on matters affecting them.”