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Lessons in safety - October 21

28 September 2021

NEBOSH’s free, online health and safety conference is for professionals around the world.

THE THEME of resilience took centre stage at NEBOSH’s first ever online conference earlier this month. The free, one-day event took place on 5 October 2021 and can be watched on demand.

Experts from the Health and Safety Executive, Travis Perkins, Johnson Matthey, Kier Highways, Cambridge Assessment and the Filipino International League of Safety Advocates, plus many more, took to the screen to share their advice and learnings. 

The conference came at what has been a turbulent time for people everywhere. It explored how health and safety professionals can help the organisations and workers in their care to be more resilient to challenges and change. Safety professionals spend so much time caring for other people that they must remember to care for themselves too; the agenda took a closer look at careers as well as mindfulness to take some time for their own wellbeing. 

“NEBOSH’s vision is to make the world of work a safer and healthier place. This conference offers learning opportunities to professionals, wherever they are in the world.” said Matt Powell-Howard, NEBOSH head of learning and partnerships. “The jam-packed agenda and line-up of expert speakers, made great event!”

The agenda

Risk management: prepared for anything

What did the profession learn from the COVID pandemic and how could we manage things in the future? Our panel look at the long-term impacts and emerging risks as a consequence of the pandemic. They discuss the benefits of a robust risk management approach and offer tips and advice for other professionals and organisations.

What have we learnt about mental health and stress during the pandemic?

Supporting staff while remote working or furloughed and managing isolation, job uncertainty and fear-based behaviours have been common challenges for wellbeing specialists over the last 18 months. In this session our panel will discuss their experiences, and the long-term impacts they expect the pandemic will have on us all.

Human and Organisational Factors: the part they can play solving real world problems

In 2019, Kier Highway’s Executive Management team set NEBOSH Alumni member James Bird a challenge. He was asked to design, coordinate and implement a human and organisational factors programme for the business. After two years of research and development, utilising insights from within Kier, high reliability organisations, academics, the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and the HSE, James’ programme is now being rolled out. In this session, James and Dan will share useful insights and the impact the programme has had so far.

Mini mindfulness

A short guided meditation, explored our awareness and perspective.

Leadership: Organisational versus individual resilience

Resilience can be categorised as the ability to manage and endure challenges, and it is a desirable attribute in organisations, however, typically this is expressed at an individual level. In this informal Q&A presentation, Ed will discuss what resilience should actually mean in the workplace, both at organisational and individual level, and how high reliability organisations foster resilience culturally.

Make your career future-ready: essential skills for health and safety professionals

The past 18 months presented a multitude of challenges and opportunities to health and safety professionals. In this session, our expert panel share their experiences from around the world, providing examples and advice to help fellow professionals survive and thrive in our most rewarding of industries.

Virtual networking

Connect with fellow professionals from around the world. NEBOSH employees and sponsors will also be there to answer your questions.

Watch on demand

The conference, sponsored by Astutis, Green World Safety & Security Consultancies LLC, NIST Institute Pvt. Ltd., QHSE International and RRC International, can be watched on demand. With thanks also to media partner, Health and Safety Matters. 

Register at https://conference.nebosh.org.uk/