Health and Safety North 2019

10 September 2019

Health and Safety North returns to EventCity in Manchester on 8-9 October for the third consecutive year, boasting a wealth of free educational content and live demonstrations.

HEALTH AND Safety North will take place for the third consecutive year at EventCity Manchester and will tun on 8-9 October.

It will one again be co-located with Fire Safety North and boast more than 150 exhibitors showcasing all the latest products, innovations and services in the health and safety sector.

This year will see increased number of visitors with more than 2000 delegates expected to attend and even more equipment on display. Content will once again be at the heart of the event with 30+ hours of CPD accredited content on offer across three theatres. These will feature educational seminars, industry debates and practical presentations. The event, the biggest of its kind in the North of England is THE place to test the latest technology, select the most up-to-date solutions and confer with like-minded professionals.

Supported by the industry

Health & Safety North is in its twelfth edition, dedicated to anyone responsible for health and safety at work within industrial, commercial or public sector businesses.

In partnership with the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) and the British Safety Council (BSC), and supported by key industry, regulatory and media organisations, such as the Access Industry Forum, IOSH, Energy Institute, International Institute of Risk and Safety Management and Nebosh the Health & Safety North Event provides an unrivalled opportunity for professionals to network and learn about the latest theories to help reduce occupational risks and protect people at work. 

Key Exhibitors

First time exhibitors include GVS, Crowcon, Unigloves, Slater Safety and Respirex who have joined the show this year to enjoy the wealth of networking and information the show has to offer and to access the huge number of buyers that attend Health & Safety North. 

The exhibition is the perfect platform for suppliers and manufacturers to showcase their products and meet decision makers and influencers all under one roof. Additional confirmed exhibitors include Southalls, Safety Media, Evac Chair, RPB Safety, Shawcity, Respirex, NEBOSH, Alcumus, SHE Software, Moldex, Unigloves, Portwest, NQA, Shawcity and many more.

Educational Content

Every year the events are prided on gathering the industry’s most respected voices to share fresh perspectives and insights on the challenges and solutions of today. This year is no exception. The British Safety Council (BSC), the Health & Safety North show’s educational partner, will deliver this year’s conference theatre content covering leadership and influencing organisational culture on day one and managing health and wellbeing within the workplace on day two. 

The opening session will offer a health and safety legislative update by Chris Green from Keoghs Solicitors.  This will be followed by a seminar on the impact of the revised sentencing guidelines on top management commitment, which will be delivered by former HSE policy advisor Neal Stone.

The day will conclude with a panel debate session, which will question to what extent should senior leaders influence organisational culture.This debate will feature Neal Stone and British Safety Council chairman Lawrence Waterman OBE.

Day two will begin with Park HS occupational health and hygienist partner Clare Forshaw on promoting health and wellbeing within the workplace. This will be followed by Assurity Consulting director Greg Davies talking about how to build wellbeing in the workplace before the final session delivered by Mates in Mind on the significance of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

HSM Knowledge Exchange

Another well-received feature of the event is the re-branded HSM Knowledge Exchange theatre in which panels of experts take part in interactive question and answer sessions with the audience on a range of pertinent health and safety topics. The theatre will be chaired by Louis Wustemann who is an experienced health and safety journalist, formerly editor of several health & safety magazines for 15 years.

Key sessions include lessons from in the introduction of ISO 45001 where delegates can come and hear what they can learn from the gap analyses and systems audits to date and what their organisation needs to do to meet the standard’s new requirements. It will also look at the criticism levelled by the HSE against non-statutory standards and "blue tape".

Work at height is one of the high-hazard activities that takes place on most organisations’ premises. Even when contractors carry out the work, the liability for any accident may be shared by the client. The HSM Knowledge Exchange will cover the simple steps you can take to check anyone working at height is competent and properly equipped for the job.

The duty to ensure workers are trained to manage work risks that cannot be controlled in other ways is one of the basic requirements of UK law. The specialist panel will advise on good practice and how to ensure you get value from training programmes.

The theatre will also play host to an interactive session that will explore the use of the P.E.A.C.E. model in incident investigation and the principles of what good witness interviews look like. It will also explore the concept of bias, and how to deal with difficult interviewees.

The final session on day one will examine how the past 10 years have been characterised by a streamlining of the statute book as redundant regulations were removed. But for the regulations that remain, penalties have become harsher. What is the future for the UK’s health and safety regulations when the country is no longer tied directly to the EU’s lawmaking structure?

On day two, the HSM Knowledge Exchange will debate why supplying respiratory protection equipment (RPE) without making sure it fits properly is a waste of money and can increase the risk of respiratory disorders. It will bring together experts to advise you how to ensure the best fit for all faces and make sure RPE serves its purpose.

Whatever sector they are in, most organisations find slips and trips are the most common cause of entries in their accident books. This debate will discuss the causes of slips and trips and smart ways to reduce them.

Knowledge drawn from training and experience is the foundation of competence to work safely. But how do you ensure that workers are competent to the level required by many regulations? A panel of specialists will provide the answer during a Q&A in the HSM Knowledge Exchange.

Most fall-from-height injuries involve workers who were less than a metre off the ground. In the theatre’s penultimate debate you will find out what you can do to manage down the common work-at-height risks and what equipment to specify to provide the most cost effective protection.

The Knowledge Exchange will conclude with a session focussing on lone worker protection. Delegates will find out the equipment and protocols to ensure you can meet your duty of care for workers wherever they are.

CPD Hours

All sessions featured in the seminar programmes are CPD accredited. Continuing Professional Development helps individuals focus on how they can become a more competent and effective professional with training and learning being the key to increasing confidence and overall capability. 

The unrivalled professional content available at Health and Safety North offers visitors the chance to hear from industry pioneers and actively participate in the discussion of the biggest topics and issues the Health & Safety sector are facing in 2019. 

Health and Safety North takes place at EventCity Manchester on 8-9 October and you can register to attend for FREE at