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Shining a light on safety

22 April 2024

The Health and Safety Event is the industry's must attend exhibition and takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on 30 April – 2 May 2024. Kelly Rose catches up with event director David Bishop to find out more about this upcoming event.

The Health and Safety Event is getting close now. What can you tell me about this year's event?

The event takes place from 30 April – 2 May 2024 at the NEC, Birmingham and is the industry's premier health and safety event. We have over 300 exhibitors and floorspace is over 7,000 m2, so it's bigger and better than ever before and you'll find solutions for most workplace challenges.

It's completely free, and the combination and range of exhibitor calibre with the quality of educational content, we are bringing visitors a truly outstanding event for the health & safety industry.

We have strived to create a platform for anyone in the health and safety industry to celebrate, inform, share, and network at this face-to-face event. Professionals in this industry are extremely dedicated to ensuring their colleagues return home safe and well at the end of their working day and companies are keen to share this expertise with you. The show champions this and through these interactive opportunities there will be valuable insights for visitors to take away from the show.

What sets the event apart from other events that cover the sector?

For the health and safety industry, location is key and in terms of its facilities and central location, the NEC ticks all the boxes. There is ample, free parking , a superb train network, an international airport and a great choice of hotels. In addition, Resort World boasts an array of excellent bars and restaurants and is a fantastic venue for the evening and many companies network with customers there.

The Safety & Health Excellence Awards take place at The Vox on the Wednesday evening, which Nineteen Group support and sponsor. This is a valuable addition and a fantastic synergy with the Event as it offers another networking opportunity for the health and safety community. So the NEC is the place to be if you work in this industry sector.

Can you give me an insight into which associations will be at the event?

IOSH, Health & Safety Executive, British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF), NEBOSH, IEMA. IIRSM, UKATA, Highways England, SAFed, SHEP and many more industry bodies and associations have confirmed their attendance at the show and will be on hand to chat. Don't miss this opportunity to speak directly to the industry experts, the knowledge sharing and insight on offer is invaluable.

The Registered Safety Supplier Trail - in partnership with the BSIF – returns this year. All suppliers of this trail are members of BSIF and have signed a binding declaration that the safety equipment and services they offer meet the appropriate standards, fully comply with the PPE regulations and are appropriately marked. Follow the trail and be assured that the PPE you are buying is from a Registered Safety Supplier.

Can you tell us some of the brands that will be part of the exhibition this year?

With over 300 exhibitors, it's hard to mention just a few. We work with some premier partners on the event so I'll mention these as they have been working with us for several years: Uvex, Portwest, JSP, U-Power, Skechers, RS, Draeger, EcoOnline, Mascot International, MSA and Milwaukee and you can see the complete and up to date exhibitor list online at www.healthandsafetyevent.com

Can you tell me about the seminars?

The Health & Safety Event boasts three days of CPD accredited content across five theatres. The Keynote Theatre - supported by IOSH, will welcome key industry speakers who will be providing the latest news and updates as well as regulations, guidance, and training within the health and safety industry.

The Practical Safety Theatre, sponsored by Milwaukee,  welcomes key industry speakers who will be providing the latest news and updates as well as regulations, guidance, and training within the health and safety industry.

The Knowledge Exchange Theatre is supported by Health & Safety Matters will feature a series of sessions covering the challenges faced by health and safety professionals and practitioners and includes some interactive sessions and panel debates.

The Driver Safety Theatre, which is part of the Driver Safety Zone, will see leading experts share a series of presentations and panel discussions covering legislation updates, driver fatigue, distraction, staff culture, vehicle safety and much more.

Lone Worker Safety Live will be bringing their conference to The Health & Safety Event. Interactive sessions will see experts share their knowledge to bring you best practice ways to manage the key issues for lone and remote workers.

Please go to www.healthandsafetyevent.com/seminars

Will there be any networking opportunities?

We really want our visitors to enjoy and maximise their time so please stay for our free drinks reception starting at 16:00 on the first two days. This is a great opportunity to forge new connections and meet with existing contacts. It's a great opportunity to network and rewind after your time at the event.

The Health & Safety Event takes place at the NEC Birmingham on 30 April – 2 May 2024. You can register for your free pass at www.healthandsafetyevent.com