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Health and Safety Event 2019

14 February 2019

THE HEALTH and Safety Event 2019 taking place at the NEC in Birmingham from 9 to 11 April, provides the best networking and educational opportunity to anyone responsible for running a safe and efficient workplace.

Now in its sixth year, the range of seminars, features and product and service specialists available across the three days is wider than ever. Four separate, high-quality education and information theatres, more than a hundred well-known exhibitors and three other relevant co-located events (The Facilities Event, The Fire Safety Event and The Security Event) make the NEC the place to be for committed health and safety practitioners this April.

The key educational programme will be delivered in the Conference Theatre, the content for which has been curated by the event’s official educational partner, the British Safety Council (BSC). Using its considerable experience and expertise as one of the world’s leading health and safety organisations, the BSC has handpicked a line-up of eminent speakers, who will share their thoughts and ideas on the main challenges facing the profession today. 

More than ten different sessions will take place over the course of the three days, each of which has a different theme: legislative trends in health and safety; health issues in the modern workplace; and leadership and culture. The chair for the 2019 programme is David Parr – policy and technical director at the British Safety Council – and speakers include: Neal Stone, former chief executive of the BSC; Chris Green of top 45 UK law firm Weightman’s; Diane Lightfoot, CEO of the Business Disability Forum; Kevin Hard, director of OCAID; Lawrence Waterman OBE, chair of the BSC and many more. 

The many interesting topics that are sure to stimulate discussion and debate include: the implications, post-Grenfell, for fire safety and regulation; the effects of tougher sentences for breaking health and safety laws; mental health and well-being at work; and establishing an engaged culture.

A similarly broad range of speakers and subjects is on offer in the HSM Knowledge Exchange theatre, where panels of experts from the likes of the HSE, NEBOSH and the Access Industry Forum will take part in question-and-answer sessions with the audience on such practical issues as working at height, using respiratory protective equipment, managing noise and vibration, and working in confined spaces.

Lone working and safer logistics are the themes of the two specialist educational features at the event. The Lone Worker theatre will play host to representatives from various industries in which lone working is a factor, who will discuss the likes of ensuring personal safety while visiting clients, technological and behavioural controls, and duty of care towards lone workers. The Safer Logistics theatre, meanwhile, is a must for any practitioner responsible for ensuring the health and safety of people working in warehouses, logistics hubs and transport fleets across the land. Featuring expert guidance and advice from such well-known entities as Toyota Material Handling UK, the Forklift Truck Association and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the programme will tackle, among other topics, HGV driver health, forklift and rack safety.

As well as the top-notch information and expertise available via these educational programmes, visitors can get practical, one-to-one advice from more than a hundred products and services suppliers exhibiting at the show. Training specialists such as Alcumus and EssentialSkillz, product innovators such as Specsavers and Skyguard, service providers such as Chemdoc and NQA Certification Ltd and PPE suppliers Ejendals, Moldex and MAPA will all be on hand to offer advice, demonstrate equipment and technology, and answer questions. All the leading industry and professional bodies, such as the British Safety Council, HSE, IOSH, NEBOSH and the BSIF, will also be present to advise on how to have a rewarding and successful career in health and safety.

To find out more, please visit www.healthandsafetyevents.co.uk/