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Health & Safety '12 South

23 January 2013

Health & Safety South returns to Sandown Park Racecourse on the 28-29th February 2012 featuring a free seminar programme that deals with the most relevant topics in the health & safety sector and providing access to a leading a line up of expert product and service suppliers...

Health & Safety South returns to Sandown Park Racecourse on the 28-29th February 2012 featuring a free seminar programme that deals with the most relevant topics in the health & safety sector and providing access to a leading a line up of expert product and service suppliers.

With event partners 3M, Ansell, Arco and Dupont, Health and Safety South 2012 is supported by the British Safety Council and Safety Groups UK and officially endorsed by the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management (IIRSM).

The seminar programme at Health and Safety South is always a central attraction for visitors and this year's content has been organised by the British Safety Council. A presentation from Sarah Page, Research & Specialist Services at Prospect, entitled 'Business Benefits of Worker Participation', gives guidance on the positive impact that health and safety representatives make in organisations. Sarah Page has a background in the public sector, having worked in the health, fire and civil services, and notably the Health and Safety Executive where she was an inspector and policy advisor.
Also focusing on the benefits of health and safety to an organisation is a presentation from Jane Saunders, Occupational Health Manager at SELEX Galileo called 'Business Benefits and Implementation of an Occupational Health Service'. Using the SELEX Galileo delivery model as an example, the presentation will demonstrate how to achieve organisation-wide buy-in from the top down, how to create and maintain employee engagement and interest - ultimately proving the business benefits of Occupational Health initiatives. Jane Saunders has more than 20 years' experience in Occupational Health working in the NHS, Public Health Laboratory, Investment Banking and the Defence Industry.

Focus on Löfstedt Review
Announced as part of the Government's plans to reform Britain's health and safety system, by reducing the burden of legislation on UK businesses, the 2011 Löfstedt Review was also tasked with maintaining on-going progress in the sector. When announced in May, the review was described as the first step in reducing bureaucracy and bringing 'common-sense' back to Britain's health and safety legislation. To highlight some of the most important topics in this area, including how government health and safety policy and law reform is set to change following the publication of the Löfstedt Review, Dr Paul Almond, a senior lecturer in Law at the University of Reading will deliver a presentation on 'Current Directions in Government Policy'.

Dr Almond researches issues of criminal law, health and safety law, regulations and enforcement and criminological theory. His PhD looked at HSE enforcement policy in relation to work-related fatality cases, and he has published widely on the relationship between health and safety regulation and criminal enforcement.

Also confirmed to speak at the two-day event is Mark Tyler, a solicitor and chartered safety and health practitioner, whose experience includes, in addition to many high-profile HSE prosecutions, the BSE Inquiry, the Southall and Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiries, the Organophosphate chemicals group litigation, MMR vaccination claims and Legionnaires Disease cases. His presentation entitled, 'The Legal Scene in 2012' will highlight how health and safety law and policy is set for its greatest changes in two decades.

The presentation will explain the implications of the law reform issues coming out of the Löfstedt Review and look at the future of enforcement and penalties. Mark Tyler will also seek to explain the increasing liability risks that safety managers face it they fall short of professional standards.

Similarly looking to the future, Howard Dawes, environment portfolio manager at the British Safety Council, will present on 'Environment and Sustainability Management - Duties, Strategies and Developments'. This seminar will provide a strategic overview of environmental and sustainability issues nationally and highlight the main requirements for duty holders. It will also address the key developments and policies likely to affect organisations in the future. Howard Dawes is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) with 18 years practical environmental management experience gained through industry and consultancy.

Comprehensive exhibition

As well as the educational content of the event there is also a substantial exhibition where some of the biggest names in health and safety are situated. Major equipment vendors, service providers and distributors all have experts available to answer direct queries regarding application.

Core areas are well covered at the exhibition with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) represented by such well-known names as: 3M, Specsavers, Ansell, Bollé and DuPont. There is much concern currently about PPE equipment that is essentially a cheap copy of original equipment or equipment that comes with falsified CE certificates. The exhibitors at Health and Safety South 2012 represent best practice in the industry and can give advice on how to spot this counterfeit and illegal equipment as well as discussing individual specialist applications.

Health and Safety South is free to enter, has free parking and it is highly recommend that visitors register in advance for entry tickets and especially for seminar places as these are extremely popular. With the outstanding combination of the seminar programme and the quality of the exhibitors, if you are interested in finding out how best practice health and safety procedures can save your company money, then Health and Safety South 2012 is an event you don't want to miss.

To register online visit www.healthandsafetyevents.co.uk or call the event hotline on the number below.