SHW Live South returns

15 August 2023

After a hugely successful launch in 2022, SHW Live South will be making a much-anticipated return to Farnborough International on 27-28 September. This live, in-person event is coming back bigger and better in 2023, with a host of brand-new exhibitors, event features and speakers. Read on to learn what you can expect from the event.

PROFESSIONALS RESPONSIBLE for health, safety and wellbeing within their organisations are invited to register their attendance to discover the latest innovations, enhance their professional knowledge, discuss industry trends, and build important relationships with other industry professionals in the community.

The event will champion excellence in workplace safety and occupational health, as well as inspiring improved standards in mental health and wellbeing. This unique regional event is designed to enable OSH communities to shift the dial on health and safety culture in the workplace.

The two-day event, which is free-to-attend, promises a packed line up of industry-leading exhibiting brands, networking opportunities, and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions for all delegates.

Attendees will have the chance to learn about the latest regulatory changes and work being undertaken to improve health and safety culture in the workplace. Topics covered will include sustainability in the industry, post pandemic working and the challenge it poses to health and wellbeing, alongside mental health discussions, and the evolving workplace health culture.

SHW Live will also feature a free networking drinks reception open to all visitors and exhibitors alike.

Delivered in collaboration with The Health and Safety Executive, all event partners have continued their support for this second edition of SHW Live South, including IOSH, NEBOSH, British Safety Council, BOHS, IIRSM, Safety Groups UK, UKATA, Institute of Medicine, No Falls Foundation and Safety4Good.

The show is organised by an experienced team of professionals at What Else Events. With over 20 years’ experience delivering the highest quality exhibitions and conferences for OSH professionals.

Connecting the OSH community

SHW Live is unique in its offering, connecting regional occupational safety and health professionals in the South and Southeast of England. The event, which is taking place at Farnborough International, presents an easily accessible, in-person occasion for the industry.

The event is open to those across all industries and is particularly relevant towards manufacturing and engineering, construction, transport, and public sectors. OSH professionals actively seeking product information, procuring solutions, and looking for best practice advice to improve workplace standards are inviting to attend.

With ongoing industry challenges such as restrictive budgets, travel, and time constraints, SHW Live aims to provide the only truly accessible, affordable, and sustainable platform for the community to meet in person.

Meet leading brands

With more than 90 exhibitors expected to take part in SHW Live – Farnborough International, the event presents an ideal platform for world-class brands to showcase their latest products and services to OSH professionals from across the buying chain. 

Exhibitors include leading brands such as the event’s Founding Partners - Bollé Safety, Moldex, RRC International, Casella, Guardian, Evac+Chair, Haix, and Cromwell. 

With direct access to exhibitor sales teams and technical experts, the in-person event will enable attendees to experience products and services first-hand and learn just how they work from those that know and understand them the most. 

SHW Live exhibition brings together industry-leading brands and suppliers showcasing the latest innovations, including live demonstrations and application inspiration to give OSH professionals the tools they need to shift enact real change in their workplace.

Supported by the OSH Industry

Numerous industry-leading bodies, regulators and councils have pledged their support for the two-day exhibition and conference event as event partners. Organisers are supported by an experienced Advisory Council, which includes some of the UK’s most influential voices in occupational safety and health. 

The council comprises more than 20 accomplished professionals, representing some of the most respected industry bodies, including the British Safety Council, British Occupational Hygiene Society and NEBOSH.

To achieve the goal of delivering the highest-quality event of its type, organisers are proud to be working in collaboration with the Health and Safety Executive. HSE will be hosting sessions in the SHW Keynote Theatre and the all new Wellbeing Hub. theatre on day one and experts from HSE will also be attending the show to offer guidance and support to delegates.

In addition, following on from a hugely successful collaboration in 2022 and at Manchester Central early in the year, event organisers are again working closely with IOSH to offer learning and networking opportunities to members and non-members alike at Farnborough International.

World-class content 

In addition to the exhibitions and procurement opportunities, SHW Live will deliver an expert-led programme ofhigh quality CPD-accredited educational content within the SHW Keynote Theatre, SHW Knowledge Hub and Wellbeing Hub.

The conference content has been organised by the OSH sector’s leading publication Health and Safety Matters. The Keynote Theatre will focus on looking forward to the future, whilst the Knowledge Hub looks at the here and now. Plus, the Wellbeing Hub - new for 2023 - centres around implementing strategies to support mental health and stress in the workplace. All theatres offer invaluable content that will really make a difference to your organisation.

High profile speakers will deliver seminars, panels, and keynote addresses throughout the course of the two days. The comprehensive programme will provide insights into health, safety and wellbeing issues facing health and safety teams and their workplaces today.

Keynote Theatre presentations include:

  • IOSH - The Big Picture: Nurturing OSH Culture - Lawrence Webb, President, IOSH

  • Sentencing: Learning from the Mistakes of Others - Fiona Gill, DAC Beachcroft

  • Guidance on Your Journey to Achieving a Positive Safety Culture - Phoebe Smith, Human Factors Technical Team Lead, HSE

  • IOSH - Breaking Down Barriers to Encourage a Speak Up Culture - Lawrence Webb, President, IOSH, Tina Russell, Professional Conduct and Ethics Lead, CIPD and Peter Jenkins, Head of Safety, Stagecoach

  • Microbiological Contamination, the Hazards and the Solutions - David Flower, IOM

  • How to Use Training to Reinforce Your Risk Management System - Ian Cooke, NEBOSH

  • Leadership: Organisational Versus Individual Resilience - Dee Arp, NEBOSH

  • IOSH Q&A Session - Mapping your SDGs - Stuart Hughes, President Elect, IOSH and Ruth Wilkinson, Head of Policy, IOSH

  • Changing Landscape of OSH in a Digital World, Are We Ready? - Dr Julie Riggs, British Safety Council

In the SHW Knowledge Hub, which will be chaired by Health and Safety Matters editor Kelly Rose, sessions will include:

  • Do You Have a Suitable Evacuation Policy? - Dr Jim Glockling and Colin Moore, Evac+Chair

  • Designated Standards and PPE - Chris Ivey, UKATA and Steve Wooster, Bollé Safety

  • What's Your Health and Safety Focus? - Steve Booker, PASMA, Phillip Roberts, G&W UK, Emma Webb, ACAS and Hannah Williams, Charity Manager, No Falls Foundation

  • RIDDOR and the Role of the Responsible Person - Fiona Gill, DAC Beachcroft, Ian Hatherly, Opus Safety and Laura White, Pinsent Masons

  • Hackitt Report 5 Years On - What's Changed? - Howard Passey, FPA and Dave White, IFSM

  • Falls From Height - The Biggest Cause of Workplace Fatalities in the UK - Peter Upcott, Guardian Fall

  • Creating a Suitable Safety Culture - Chris Brown, Martor, Ross Henderson, Worknest and Bill McDonald, RRC International

  • Protecting Workers in Hazardous Environments - William Averdieck, Dust Canary, Kevin Bampton, BOHS and Adam Bradley, Moldex

  • Is Your PPE Compatible? - Ken Smith, Occupational Safety, Health & Training Consultant, Cromwell

  • Effective Risk Management Systems - Alex Minett, CHAS

The Wellbeing Hub will be chaired by mental health expert Peter Kelly will include sessions on:

  • Mitigating the Risk of Work-related Stress - Phoebe Smith, Human Factors Technical Team Lead

  • ISO 45003 The Journey: Perspectives from Health and Safety Practice - Kate Field, BSI and Peter Kelly, Being Real Workplace Mental Health Solutions

  • Panel Discussion - ISO 45003: Has The Panacea Arrived? - Hayley Farrell, Arcadis and Kate Field, BSI

  • What Can Line Managers Do To Create Mentally Healthy Workplaces?

  • Why Mental Health is Front and Central in Shaping a Safety Culture at Work - Prof Tim Marsh, Founder, Anker & Marsh and Brenig Moore, Technical Director, Astutis

  • The Line Manager Paradox - Marcus Herbert, British Safety Council

  • From Fatigue to Focus - Enhanced Workplace Safety and Efficiency - Javid Farahani, CogMap

  • The Power of Prevention: Building a Holistic System of Management for Mental Health in the Workplace - Dr Chris Davis, Leadership Manager, IOSH, Louis Simo, Health and Safety and Wellbeing Manager, Mace Group and Duncan Spencer, IOSH

Members will have the opportunity to attribute learnings from any SHW Live conference sessions towards their CPD certification for the year. 

The full agenda for the SHW Keynote Theatre, SHW Knowledge Hub and Wellbeing Hub can be found online. The packed agenda complements numerous networking opportunities for professionals and exhibitors in a relaxed, enjoyable, and friendly environment. 

Farnborough International

The exhibition is taking place at Farnborough International. Farnborough has been synonymous with pioneering triumphs for over a century and provides the perfect home for SHW Live in the South.

Event organisers have specifically addressed the challenges of the industry relating to increased pressures on time, cost of travel and employer-imposed restrictions due to the pandemic and current economic climate.

Farnborough International boasts a modern events venue, with stunning views of the famous airfield and free car parking. It’s also 35 minutes by train from London and less than two hours from Bristol by train. 

OSH professionals travelling from anywhere along the M4 corridor, South coast, London and across the Southeast and East of England will find an easy journey, with the added benefit of over 2,500 hotel rooms nearby. 

Whether your priority is workplace safety, occupational health or mental health and wellbeing, SHW live presents a unique chance to stay up to date with the latest legislation alongside unrivalled networking and procurement opportunities within the Safety, Health, and Wellbeing industry. 

Featuring product launches, live demonstrations, and new technologies, come together with other OSH professionals to discover solutions across Health and Safety training, PPE procurement, occupational and environmental monitoring, H&S consultancy and much more.

SHW Live takes place at Farnborough International on 27–28 September 2023. Register now for your FREE pass at