Health and Safety Scotland 2018

06 August 2018

The SEC Glasgow will again host Scotland's leading health and safety event and visitors can enjoy a range of seminars on the latest topics and innovations at this free event on 12-13 September 2018

UNDER THE theme ‘Working together for a safer Scotland’, Health and Safety Scotland provides a wealth of networking and educational opportunities to anyone responsible for running a safe and efficient workplace.

Health and Safety Scotland is designed to support the industrial, commercial and public sectors in running safe, efficient and therefore profitable businesses, delivering a compelling combination of educational content and market leading suppliers.

Supported by the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF), the UK’s leading trade body within the safety industry, Health & Safety Scotland is the perfect platform for safety practitioners to access over 100 of the world’s leading safety, fire safety and building management suppliers and manufacturers under one roof and the organisers have confirmed 3M, Berendsen, Ejendals, Evac+Chair International, Globus, Alcumus and Portwest are just some of brands exhibiting. 

The event is also being supported by several leading industry associations including IOSH, NEBOSH, Access Industry Forum (AIF), Safety Groups UK and the British Safety Council. All of whom will be on hand to offer advice and best practice to delegates.

Keynote theatre

Following positive visitor feedback, the event will once again feature two theatres running a extensive programme of CPD accredited professional seminar content. The first, a keynote theatre with sessions curated by the British Safety Council, will comprise four stand-out presentations each day from the UK’s top safety practitioners and industry specialists.

On day one the theatre will open with an update on Scottish Case Law. This session will review recent health and safety prosecutions and consider how these might affect key legal principles in application of regulations and definition of sentencing guidelines.

The next seminar will focus on engaging young people in health and safety, which will explore how real-life experiences can help to engage young people with this important issue. This will be followed by a session on health and wellbeing, focusing on the key principles of balancing nutrition, rest, work and relaxation, gain an insight into common issues and pick up some tips that you can take back to your own organisation to help support your wellbeing programme.

The final session of the day in the keynote theatre will be delivered by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) policy manager Jeremey Bevan who will provide an update on their work to better understand the impact of non-regulatory requirements and the burdens that these place on businesses. 

The opening session in the keynote theatre on day two will provide legal advice from a leading law firm on how to manage a fatal accident and dealing with a fatal accident enquiry. The next session will allow delegates to experience the impact of multi-media training first hand by getting involved, and gain an insight into the way in which technology could revolutionise health and safety training in your workplace.

New technologies, changing forms of employment and an ageing workforce are radically changing work and the workplace. Some are calling it the 4th industrial revolution and it will have a major impact on the health, safety and wellbeing of workers. The third session of the day in the keynote theatre will offer a British Safety Council perspective on what can be done to keep workers healthy and our economy productive, now and in the future. 

The final session in the keynote theatre will focus lessons learned from the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Camden Council has subsequently decided to make a step change in its approach to safety of residents. The council’s director of resident safety Keith Scott will provide an update on findings of key reviews launched following the Grenfell fire.

Safety dialogue theatre

The show will also see the return of the Safety Dialogue theatre, sponsored by 3M, a popular feature with attendees at its first appearance at the 2017 event. Sessions comprise panel-led discussions from of experts and experienced end-users as they debate technical issues in the safety industry today including managing noise and vibration, training and competence, using RPE and working in confined spaces.

The opening session on day one will focus on working at height and preventing falls. The panel will include representatives from ATLAS, NASC, LADDER ASSOCIATION, PASMA, IPAF & 3M. The next seminar will focus on respiratory protection with 3M’s George Elliott discussing the role of RPE in reducing occupational lung disease, selection, use and maintenance of RPE and how to manage a fit testing programme.

The afternoon session will explore how to manage noise and vibration, including assessing the risks to hearing and how to protect workers and prevent noise-induced hearing loss. The final seminar will discuss entry into confined spaces and rescue plans and assessing the atmosphere in confined spaces and the use of gas alarms.

Day two will focus on the same topics in the Safety Dialogue Theatre but will provide a different perspective via panelists from NEBOSH, 3M, Park Health and Safety and the British Standards Institute. CPD hours are available for each session. You can view the full seminar programmes for both theatres overleaf and make sure you reserve your seat by registering for free at

Breakfast briefing

Visitors are invited to have breakfast and coffee at the breakfast briefing on the first day of the show, which takes place before the exhibition opens. It’s a great opportunity to network with your peers and then enjoy a CPD-accredited seminar delivered by SHE Software on ISO 45001. This new international standard for occupational health and safety management, represents a major change in the safety world.

The first global standard encompassing occupational health and safety, ISO 45001 will drive a standardised approach to safety to protect employees worldwide, regardless of organisation size, industry or nature of business.

For some countries, the standard will be transformational in how safety is managed: for others, including the UK, it sets a benchmark for leadership to re-evaluate and improve how health and safety systems are implemented across their organisation. However, just like any other standard, system or process, implementation in isolation won’t necessarily be the definitive ‘silver bullet’ in transforming safety performance.

The panel will discuss key principles that underpin ISO 45001, navigating the ‘chicken and egg’ scenario of employee engagement and improving safety performance in line with ISO 45001.

One badge – three events

Co-located with Fire Safety Scotland and Facilities Scotland, the events are part of the Scotland Works event series, which promises to be a key date in any Scottish safety professionals diary. 

Over two days, the event attracts thousands of safety and business professionals. Previous editions of the show have seen safety teams from across Scottish business including professionals from Glasgow Airport, Royal Bank of Scotland, Sodexo Justice Services, The Weir Group, Scottish Power, Scotbeef, Taggarts Motor Group and many more.

Free visitor registration is now available at