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Identifying Challenges Ahead and Solutions for Them

Annual Conference 2017 – Health and safety: preparing for the future, 4 October 2017


The British Safety Council is holding its Annual Conference ‘Health and Safety: preparing for the future’ on Wednesday, 4 October 2017 at The King’s Fund, London. The conference speakers will identify health and safety challenges that industry is facing and propose strategies for dealing with them – at the national, organisational and individual level.

Featuring expert speakers, case studies and thought leadership sessions, the event will examine the following issues:

  • The implications of Brexit for health and safety
  • The future of health, safety and environmental management and what organisations should be doing differently
  • The changing world of work and the evolution of workplace risk
  • Case studies of successful strategies for managing mental health.

The programme of the conference

Session 1: Preparing the country

  • 9.40 Regulatory priorities, David Snowball, HSE
  • How health and safety regulation is changing; key themes for future of work
  • 10.00 Health and safety in the Brexit process Prof Paul Almond, University of Reading
  • The potential impact of Brexit on the health and safety regulatory framework and on business
  • 10.30 Emerging risk, Prof Andrew Curran, Director of Research, HSL
  • The changing face of the workplace risk

Session 2: Preparing organisations

  • 12.00 Assuring health and safety in the supply chain, Francis Paonessa, Network Rail
  • Case study: Network Rail approach to assuring health and safety in its supply chain
  • 12.30 Designing for health and safety, Simon Caidan, Francis Crick Institute
  • Case study: Incorporating health and safety management into the design of the a state-of-the-art research facility

Session 3: Preparing people

  • 13.45 A new approach to training Dermot Kerrigan, ATT (Active Training Team)
  • A taster session to illustrate how multi-media learning can support health and safety culture change
  • 14.30 Developing high performing teams Calvin Morriss, World Rugby
  • What are the factors that underpin and determine high performance in team sport?

Session 4: Our biggest asset

  • 15.00 Wellbeing and mental health Professor Dame Carol Black, University of Cambridge
  • Case studies and practical advice on how to support mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and in society overall.

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said: “Recent events in Britain have clearly demonstrated the importance of health and safety for the country as a whole, as well as for individuals. ‘Safety’ has dominated the conversations in our industry for decades but the real challenge facing us now is ‘health’, including mental health.

“The conference will be an opportunity to take a fresh look at the key challenges affecting the industry and workplaces in Britain and discuss them with leading experts. We will also hear about some innovative approaches used successfully by leading businesses. These issues will be addressed from the national, business and individual perspective. We are also delighted to have Professor Dame Carol Black on the panel. She will address mental health issues in the workplace, using case studies to demonstrate the simple steps that can be taken to reduce the stigma and support employees.”

Book now – at an early bird rate

​Book your place at the conference at the discounted rate of £175 plus VAT. Early bird rate ends on 28 July 2017.

The full price conference ticket costs £210.00 plus VAT for British Safety Council members and £250.00 plus VAT for non-members.

For the full conference programme and the booking form, please click here.

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