The Health & Safety Event makes NEC debut
05 February 2014
The Health and Safety Event, a new national Health and Safety exhibition and conference programme organised by Western Business Exhibitions, is taking place from 11th to 13th March 2014 at the NEC in Birmingham.
The event will provide visitors with information on the latest legislation, health and safety case studies, the opportunity to meet the industry’s most highly respected organisations and the chance to network with other professionals. The three-day exhibition is co-located with exhibitions including MAINTEC 2014 and Facilities Management 2014 and aims to meet the needs of those visitors that have been visiting the NEC on an annual basis to get their health and safety information, as well as giving visitors to MAINTEC and Facilities Management the opportunity to expand the range of products they can evaluate, experts that they can speak to and seminars they can attend.
Free conference programme
The comprehensive conference programme, which is free of charge and is put together by the British Safety Council, will deliver the latest news and legislative updates within the health and safety industry. Opening the three-day conference is the seminar entitled ‘Recent Developments in Health and Safety Regulation - Changes and Challenges’ delivered by Jane Willis, Director of Cross-cutting Interventions at the Health & Safety Executive. The presentation will give an overview of the many developments in health and safety regulation and its enforcement in the UK following a number of different reviews since 2010. It will consider the impact and challenges of these changes for both the regulator and the regulated and outline what these are likely to mean for future regulation.
Furthermore looking at the latest developments in health and safety regulations will be Mark Tyler, Solicitor at Salutaris Legal with his seminar entitled ‘Key Developments in Health and Safety Law’. This session will look at the impact that the Professor Löfstedt reform programme has had, the HSE’s ‘Fees for Intervention’ initiative and also developments in sentencing for health and safety offences.
On day two of the event, providing an insight into how large manufacturing businesses handle their safety requirement is John Holt, Director HS&E at Rolls-Royce plc with his seminar entitled ‘Delivering health and safety in a global power systems business’. His presentation is aimed at the functional leader who wants to know how to improve health and safety in the workplace and will consist of an introduction/background to Rolls-Royce and the different markets it serves, its health and safety challenges and the policies put in place to improve health and safety in their company. In addition it will also detail strategies that respond to a changing business and the role of the health and safety function in supporting global improvements.
For those wanting to keep up to date with recent landmark health and safety cases, the presentation entitled ‘Health and Safety case law update’ will be essential. Delivered by Kevin Bridges, Regulatory Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP, the presentation will showcase some of the most significant court cases in the last 12 months in health and safety and fire safety, with his views on what practical relevance they have. In particular, Kevin will deliver an update on those cases currently before the courts involving ‘Corporate Manslaughter’.
On day three of the event, Health & Safety Director at Crossrail, Steve Hails will give a presentation entitled ‘Crossrail – The Challenges and Opportunities’. , Steve’s presentation will include detailed information on the project such as the facts and statistics, the role/profile of the team, the sheer scale and technical challenge of the project, philosophy, solutions and innovations, working with contractors etc. Additionally the presentation will look at the changing role of health and safety as the project progresses while leaving a lasting legacy.
Also taking place on day three is the presentation entitled ‘Environment and Sustainability – Policy and Practice’. Presented by Howard Dawes, Senior Consultant - Environment and Keith Whitehead, Senior Consultant – Environment, British Safety Council, the session will provide an interactive two-part presentation highlighting a number of operational and organisational environmental and sustainability issues that business leaders need to be aware of. Howard will identify a number of policy and regulatory concerns that organisations need to deal with, while Keith will lead a participative session looking at recent developments in ‘Green House Gas’ reporting and environmental management systems.
As well as the British Safety Council conference stream there are other practical seminars taking place across the event. On all three days visitors will have the chance to listen to the Access Industry Forum deliver a presentation entitled 'Working at height: Take it from the top'. With falls from height still the single biggest cause of deaths in the workplace, the Access Industry Forum will offer practical insights and information about the latest developments, standards and guidance influencing best practice in the work at height sector.
Also, Dupont Personal Protection will be holding the seminar entitled "Is Your Chemical Protective Clothing Really Protecting You?” With the help of Professor Victor Tytonius, these questions will be conclusively answered. In a series of videos, the Professor will lead you through some revealing experiments on the three most commonly used materials in chemical protective clothing: Tyvek (r), Micorporous film and SMS.
Something exciting for this year’s event is the Safety Dialogue Live Panel. The Live Panel offers visitors the opportunity to engage with live debates throughout the event surrounding the most significant issues. This year the panel of experts will focus on the following issues: ‘Noise Induced Hearing Loss - protect at work, educate for life’, ‘Improving PPE compliance’ and whether ‘Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) selection can be simplified’.
Furthermore, giving visitors the chance to expand their knowledge, network with their local Safety Groups and the given opportunity to volunteer to become a ‘Health Risks at Work Champion’ will be the Health Risks at Work organisation and their Champions Workshop, which runs throughout the event.
Along with event partners, Ansell, Arco, DuPont and NQA and title sponsor 3M, The Health & Safety Event is supported by the British Safety Council and officially endorsed by the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management (IIRSM). The event is free to enter and it is highly recommend that visitors register in advance for entry tickets, especially for seminar places as these are extremely popular. With an outstanding combination of the seminar programme and high-quality exhibitors, The Health & Safety Event can help you discover how best practice health and safety procedures can save your company money, making it an event you don’t want to miss.
To register online for free visit www.healthandsafetyevents.co.uk or call the event hotline on: 0870 4866816.
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