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Caithness News Bulletins September 2003
|Safe Highlander Exhibition At Dounreay For Caithness
One of Britain's safest workplaces formed the backdrop today to a major initiative to raise awareness of personal safety among children in the northern Highlands.
An estimated 400 children from primary seven classes throughout Caithness and Sutherland are taking part in Safe Highlander, a three-day event at Dounreay to promote important messages about their safety.
A dozen organisations are putting on a variety of displays and communication activities in tented village set up in the grounds of the UKAEA visitor centre at the leading edge of Britain's nuclear decommissioning programme. Johnson Controls, UKAEA's facilities management contractor at the site, is also providing support to the event.
Organisations ranging from the police and fire service to the local alcohol and drugs forum, Caithness Community Safety Action Team and the Health and Safety Executive are using the event to raise awareness among the young people about how to keep themselves safe on land and at sea.
Dounreay safety manager Peter Bates officially opened the three-day event, which was also attended by Councillor Alistair Macdonald, vice-convener of the Caithness area committee of the Highland Council.
Mr Bates said: "UKAEA Dounreay has one of the most pro-active safety communication programmes of any workplace in Britain, promoting key messages to staff not just about their safety at work but in their home lives as well. The choice of Dounreay to host an event that seeks to communicate important safety messages to young people is recognition of the award-winning culture we have developed on the site.
"Contrary to the impression that our critics seek to create, Dounreay continues to be one of the safest places to work in the UK. The Level Eight rating awarded to Dounreay in the independent International Safety Rating System and successive awards from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the British Safety Council are evidence of this."