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Unmissable learning event

14 December 2021

The HSM Live digital conference took place on the 13 October 2021 and attendees enjoyed a wealth of information from a vast selection of speakers covering the spectrum of health and safety. The day culminated with the Safety & Health Excellence Awards 2021.

THE HSM Digital Conference was an unmissable event that took place on 13 October 2021. The good news is that it will be on demand for a year, so anyone who missed the live event can still watch it, and those who missed out on certain sessions can choose to catch up on these at their leisure. 

Without the support of our sponsors, we would not have been able to put on this free, educational event, so HSM would like to extend our thanks to the headline sponsor EcoOnline, platinum sponsors She Software, Interlex, Safety Chair, Deltaplus, Cirrus Research and Reactec. Also sponsoring the event was 3M, V12, Turner & Townsend, Fire Safe International and NEBOSH. We are proud that the event was supported by BSIF, HSE, Health and Safety Event, British Safety Council, IOSH, Worthwhile Training, BOHS and IIRSM.

On the day, delegates were able to network with each other and sponsors via live chat or requesting a video call. Those accessing the on-demand service will be able to Direct Message sponsors.

Attendees enjoyed access to the six-hour conference programme as well and received CPD points. The Sponsors Area provides helpful written and video content uploaded by our sponsors.

Delegates were able to access new and unique content from leading industry brands such as: Cirrus Solutions, Delta Plus Group, Intelex, Reactec, Safety Chair and SHE Software in both individual presentations and panel discussions. Without doubt, HSM Live provided an unmissable learning opportunity for all serious health and safety practitioners – and the good news is that it will be available on demand for anyone who was not available on the day.

Product compliance

Following the opening remarks from Kelly Rose, editor of HSM, the day was kicked-off by Alan Murray, CEO of British Safety Industry Federation who looked at the importance of ensuring your PPE performs to claims and complies with applicable regulation. He reinforced the importance of only using safe and suitable PPE and how to ensure you only procure compliant products.

The next session from EcoOnline, explored how to engage senior management in your safety software project. Pat Sheelan, associate director at Colas and Bridget Leathley, health and safety consultant at The Safer Choice, shared their experiences and outlined key lessons they have learned about engaging the senior management team.

Our next session from Reactec's Jacqui McLaughlin looked at HAVS Exposure and why it is better to be approximately right than exactly wrong. Carrying out a suitable and sufficient assessment of exposure to hand arm vibration is a legal obligation, but as the legal requirement is vague, many are left uncertain on what is adequately suitable or sufficient. This presentation emphasised the importance of collecting sufficient data.

Following on from this, Craig Storey, business development manager at Cirrus Research looked at noise exposure at work and highlighted what tools are available for accurate measurement.

We then had a presentation from safety footwear specialist Darren Bowman from Deltaplus Group looking at the importance of choosing suitable and compliant safety footwear.

SHE Software's Julian Taylor's presentation looked at why measuring leading and lagging indicators is key to assessing safety performance and determining what needs to be done to improve an organisation’s health and safety.

Challenges and opportunities

Kevin Bampton, CEO of British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) looked at health protection in a post-Brexit world. This session considered the emerging challenges and opportunities as we leave the European system, as well as the relevant legal matters, and the new regulatory opportunities and risks, all with a view to preventing health exposures.

The next session is a must for anyone wanting a better understanding of evacuation strategy and the right equipment in the workplace. Adam Walton from Safety Chair provided an insight into how to create a suitable and compliant evacuation policy.
Next on the agenda was Toby South from Intelex. He discussed how tailored and targeted training strategies such as microlearning can help mitigate risk and streamline the transfer of knowledge throughout your organisation.

Louise Hosking, president elect at IOSH, explored how investment in health and safety and human capital can create value and lead to sustainable competitive advantage. 

The session from British Safety Council presented by Joanna Saines, looked at a strategic approach to wellbeing and provided an overview of the Being Well Together programme.

Protecting workers from the risks of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) was the focus from Andrew Pinder from the Health and Safety Executive.

Matt Powell-Howard from NEBOSH explored the common pitfalls made in assessing risk and summarise the good practice approach to qualitative risk assessments.

In the last session of the day, Nicole Vazquez from Worthwhile Training shared best practice actions from clients in retail, the railways and other sectors and looks at the impact experiential training can have on skill levels and confidence of front line workers to manage difficult situations.

Recognising excellence

HSM Live hosted the Safety & Health Excellence Awards 2021, which are the biggest networking event in the sector. The SHE Awards celebrate and recognise the work done by individuals, teams and organisation in keeping people and property safe and continuing to raise the bar for health and safety standards. The BSIF Safety Awards were also announced as part of the Safety & Health Excellence Awards by The ‘Voice of the Balls’ and Radio 2’s chief network announcer Alan Dedicote.

The winners of the SHE Awards 2021 are as follows:

Health and Safety Manager of the Year (Sponsored by Lyreco)
Winner: Ken Bell - Palletline
Highly Commended: Paul Milea – Mabey Hire Ltd
Commended: Lucy Innes – UK Power Networks Services

Best Health & Safety in Construction Award (Sponsored by Turner & Townsend)
Winner: Kier Highways/National Highways
Highly Commended: Lanes Infrastructure
Commended: Adt Workplace

Alan McArthur Unsung Hero Award (Sponsored by 3M)
Winer: John Crockett - Acorn Safety Services 

Health and Safety Team of the Year (Sponsored by NEBOSH)
Winner: Aramark Ltd
Highly Commended: Birmingham Airport Limited
Commended: D Morgan PLC

Campaign of the Year (Sponsored by Univet)
Winner: Birmingham Airport Limited
Highly Commended: Hochiki Europe
Commended: Kentec

Best Health & Safety Project (Sponsored by HAVI)
Winner: Savoir UK
Highly Commended: OCO Technology
Commended: K DHL Supply Chain

Best Health & Safety in Manufacturing (Sponsored by the Health & Safety Event)
Winner: Burberry

Rising Star Award (Sponsored by SHE Software)
Winner: Dave McPherson - JMcCann & Co Ltd 
Highly Commended: George Gaddes - Mabey Hire Ltd
Commended: James Washington - Kier Highways

Lifetime Achievement Award (Sponsored by Shawcity)
Winner: Frank Angear

The winners of the BSIF Safety Awards 2021 are as follows:

Product Innovation Award 2021
Product Innovation: An award for products that are new and innovative and will contribute to improvements in occupational safety & health within the UK.

3M Welding Helmet G5-02

Highly Commended:
Guardian Quick Switch
3M™ E-A-R ™ Flexible Fit HA Earplug

CleanSpace Steri-Plus Exhalation Filter
Shawcity QuantiFit 2

Customer Service Award 2021
An award for companies in the safety field offering exceptional and innovative service solutions. Voted for by the entrants’ own customers who respond to questionnaires focusing on their supplier’s service.

Rapid Fire Supplies

Highly Commended
Red Wing UK Ltd
Martor UK Ltd


You can still watch the digital conference and the awards on demand. Visit