An event not to be missed
22 February 2022
The Health and Safety Event is set to return bigger than ever on 5-7 April 2022 at NEC Birmingham, Mark Sennett previews what’s in store for the thousands of OSH professionals that will be attending the industries national health and safety event.
THE HEALTH and Safety Event will truly reunite the sector and will be the first opportunity in 2022 for Occupational Safety and Health professionals to come together at a large-scale event. Focusing on presenting the latest and innovative products and services across the industry, it will gather over 220+ exhibitors, offering visitors the chance to find out what’s new on the market and source new suppliers.
The range of seminars, features and suppliers available across the three days, is wider than ever. There will be 60+ hours of free CPD accredited content across five theatres, as well as live demonstrations and workshops, and exclusive networking opportunities.
New for 2022, will be the Safer Logistics Theatre (sponsored by Toyota Handling Logistics), offering delegates the chance to hear from industry experts discuss key topics and guidance on safety in warehousing and logistics including training on manual handling, regulation updates and emerging issues and analysis in vertical markets.
Seminars in the Safer Logistics Theatre will include tackling manual handing in logistics and eliminating the risk with online learning, targeting bad practice in manual handling and how to use training to reinforce good behaviour, and segregation of forklifts and pedestrians in the warehouses, to name just a few.
These sessions will be delivered by leading industry figures and associations including UK Material Handling Association CEO Tim Waples, RTITB Director of Systems & Learning Development Alex Samson and Mentor Training Technical Manager Andy Cartwright.
Also new for this year, in collaboration with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), The Keynote Theatre will provide updates on legislation and potential changes to regulations and sessions covering work stress, musculoskeletal disorder, safety culture, and leading indicators - measures of conditions and activities geared to the prevention of accident.
Returning for 2022
The Knowledge Exchange, supported by Health & Safety Matters magazine will once again be at the heart of the CPD content on offer at the Health & Safety Event. This will be an open forum in a series of panel discussions, signposting what needs to be undertaken to address health and safety outcomes going forward. The agenda will have three key focuses; legal guidance, PPE compliance, and health and wellbeing.
This is a unique PowerPoint-free seminar offering an organic exchange between the audience and the panel of experts up on the stage, which will be chaired by veteran industry journalist Louis Wustemann. It provides a unique opportunity for delegates to ask specific questions that they wouldn't normally get a chance ask if they were listening to a theoretical based presentation.
On day one, the sessions on offer will include Importance of using suitable respiratory protection, head and face protection - your obligations, Do’s and Don’ts of hand protection, and footwear and workwear – getting it right.
The following day the focus of the Knowledge Exchange will shift to legal and compliance issues with sessions on RIDDOR and the responsible person, risk management – your obligations, updates on new fire safety/building legislations and health and safety regulation.
The content focus for day three will be health and wellbeing with sessions on the role of the modern-day health and safety professional, workplace health – sharing best practice, why appropriate mental health training can help improve productivity, and safety culture – behavioural risk management.
Also returning for 2022, is The Lone Worker Theatre, in partnership with Lone Worker Safety Live. This topic couldn’t be more relevant with the UK having more lone workers than ever due to COVID-19. Delegates will enjoy bitesize interactive sessions with experts and those with practical experience will share their knowledge to bring you the best practice ways to manage the key issues of wellbeing, safety and security for lone, remote and vulnerable workers.
In partnership with British Safety Industry Federation and their Registered Safety Supplier Scheme, this dedicated trail will help visitors navigate around the show to meet BSIF members who have signed a binding contract to offer safety equipment and services that meets the appropriate standards, fully complies with the PPE regulations and is appropriately marked.
The Health & Safety Event is partnering with the Highways England Driving for Better Business campaign to deliver a unique feature for delegates in the form of the Driver Safety Zone. This will share vital information and resources with safety professionals who have responsibility for work-related road risk. Collaborating with a number of specialist partners, this zone will provide invaluable information and expert support to any safety professionals who are responsible for managing work-related road risk.
Driving for work is one of the most dangerous activities that employees ever undertake and government statistics show there are around 40,000 injury collisions every year involving someone who was driving for work at the time. This is thought to be significantly under-reported plus there are probably millions of further incidents that result in unnecessary damage to vehicles and property.
Surveys suggests that almost 80% of companies do not even recognise this risk in their business, yet managing it effectively can bring huge business benefits in terms of reduced incidents and injuries, less business disruption, higher levels of efficiency and performance and lower environmental impact. It also contributes to a stronger staff safety culture with leading employers realising significant reductions in staff churn and recruitment costs.
The Driver Safety Zone at this year’s Health and Safety Event will provide invaluable information and expert support to any safety professionals who are responsible for managing work-related road risk. Three days of high-level content will look at the legal requirements of current legislation, what industry-recognised good practice looks like, how to improve safety culture in relation to driving for work, and a look at what upcoming changes to official guidance will mean for businesses and their safety managers. A series of presentations and panel discussions will cover legislation updates, driver fatigue, distraction, staff culture, vehicle safety and much more.
Supported by the sector
The event is supported by the British Safety Council, the British Safety Industry Federation, the Health and Safety Executive, UK Asbestos Training Association, Access Industry Forum, British Occupational Hygiene Society, NEBOSH and Health & Safety Matters.
The Health and Safety Event is also backed by Premier Partners such as Beeswift, Citation, Diadora, Polyco Healthline, Portwest, Sketchers, Uvex and William Martin Compliance
Well-established brands adorn the exhibitor list such as EvacChair, Tilsatec, Toyota Material Handling, Combilift, Casella, Brady, Drager, Randox, Tranemo, Supertouch, Impacto, Bolle Safety, Moldex, Martor, Milwaukee Power Tools and MCR Safety. This reconfirms the support and confidence of why the Health and Safety Event delivers.
The Health & Safety Event will also be co-located with the Safety & Health Excellence Awards, which celebrate innovation and achievements in the health and safety and new this year will be a brand-new award celebrating Women in Safety.
The SHE Awards, which has EcoOnline as headline sponsor, are now the premier networking event in the health and safety sector and will see more than 500 industry professionals gather at the Vox in Resorts World – on site at the NEC - on 6 April (night two of the exhibition) to celebrate excellence in the sector and enjoy a night of glitz and glamour hosted by comedian Hugh Dennis.
Attendees will experience a VIP reception, dinner, live magic acts, entertainment (sponsored by Able Safety), comedy set from Hugh Dennis (sponsored by Shawcity), live music and a dance floor.
For more information on how you can attend the Safety & Health Excellence Awards on 6 April, visit www.she-awards.com
The Health and Safety Event will once again be uniquely co-located with The Security Event, The Fire Safety Event and The Workplace Event, which means visitors will be able to access 900+ exhibitors and hundreds of hours of CPD content. All the events are connected within the same exhibition space, meaning you only have to register for The Health & Safety Event to access all four events. This means delegates can access key information on everything from life safety to property protection to workplace and facilities management all under one roof.
Remember, registering for The Health and Safety Event not only give you access to the three other co-located events, but also the CPD content on offer at each event. With networking and best practice at the heart of these events it’s a must attend for and health and safety practitioner.
Visitors will benefit from FREE parking at the NEC, and for those opting for public transport, commuters will find this is the most accessible venue in the UK with an airport and train station on side and the M42 motorway in close proximity.
For more information, or to register for your FREE visitor pass visit www.healthandsafetyevent.com