Expert's View

Kym Allan

As an established provider of safety products and services, we take our responsibilities to customers very seriously. To ensure that we keep up to date with changes in health and safety legislation, we work closely with Health and Safety Consultants to maintain best practice.

In particular, we proud to work in association with Kym Allan, who having spent 34 years working for Cumbria Local Authority, with  over 20 years managing health, safety and welfare for Cumbria Children’s Services, now works as an independent health, safety and welfare consultant advising those in the education and care sectors.

Having built a reputation in the Local Authority for handling every kind of regular and random school related issue, Kym is committed to improving the support given to schools in this vital area of management.

Having witnessed first-hand the implications of failing to install the adequate finger protection measures, Kym can testify how important it is to install finger guards.

 “During my time at the local authority, dealing with finger-trapping incidents was a relatively common occurrence.  Schools and other settings often sought advice after an accident, which in addition to the trauma experienced by the child concerned, unfortunately in many cases led to successful insurance claims against the Local Authority.

We would advise that schools safeguard themselves by carrying out regular risk assessments to prevent finger-trapping accidents. A free-of-charge door safety risk assessment is available from Fingershield Safety (UK), who I know from previous experience have an excellent reputation in the education sector. They also provide finger guards with a 10 year warranty, which is the best warranty I am aware of and represents good value for money.”

Kym Allan
Grad IOSH

Director, Kym Allan Health & Safety Consultants Ltd



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