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Health & Safety in the arena

22 July 2014

If you are looking for assistance in getting to grips with the latest health and safety legislation, wish to find out more from trade bodies about training needs or want to talk to an expert about a particular application at your work, then Health and Safety North may well meet those and other needs

Taking place at The Bolton Arena, on 8th and 9th October, Health & Safety North provides visitors with a mix of free education via a conference programme authored by the British Safety Council, the opportunity to meet respected organisations and product manufacturers and distributors as well as the chance to network with other professionals. 


Free conference programme 

The events’ conference programme, which is free to attend, is put together by the British Safety Council and will this year take place at the specially built  Conference Theatre located within the exhibition hall. The conference programme will deliver the latest news and insights on legislative updates, common problem areas and training. For example, opening the two-day conference is the seminar entitled ‘Corporate Governance - Getting to Grips with Significant Safety Risks’ which will be delivered by Ian Travers, deputy director of Chemicals

Regulation at Health and Safety Executive. In this seminar, Ian will share learnings from the major hazards sector which can be read across to the management of risks in other sectors. He will also share insights from the major hazard sector on how senior executives can get to grips with risks and focus on business vulnerability.

Additionally, for those wanting to keep up to date with recent landmark health and safety cases, the presentation entitled ‘Health and Safety – Looking Back at some Landmark Judgments’ should prove useful. Delivered by Kevin Bridges, partner and chartered safety and health practitioner, Pinsent Masons LLP, the presentation will showcase some of the most significant court cases in the last 12 months looking at both safety and fire. In particular, Kevin will look at the impact of the sentencing council guidelines on the level of fines in health and safety cases and provide an update on ‘Corporate Manslaughter’.

On day two of the event, demonstrating how using lessons from marketing and public relations can help get the safety message across in a cost-effective manner is Ann Goodwin, managing director at Win Marketing, with her seminar entitled ‘Communicating Safety – Getting Your Message Noticed’.  In her presentation, Ann will also cover issues such as building your safety brand and establishing a communication culture, as well as provide delegates with some practical tips to help their messages get noticed and understood.

Insight on improving risks 

Helping provide insights and practical tips on improving risks across a business is the seminar ‘Putting Risk Control at the Heart of Health and Safety’ which is being delivered by Helen Devery, partner and head of office at BLM LLP. Helen states that good safety management techniques include building on best practice and that can include the lessons learned from legal claims and prosecutions. In this session, Helen will present on how to use legal risk management techniques to improve safety control and incidents. 

As well as the British Safety Council conference stream there are other seminars taking place across the event. Over the two days visitors will have the chance to listen to specialist manufacturers  such as 3M deliver a presentation called ‘PPE: Critical to Construction’. This presentation will look at some of the specific PPE requirements for construction site safety and discuss the following: the noise, breathing and eye hazards found during various activities on construction sites, the challenges for health and safety professionals and PPE selection and use. 

Along with event partners, Arco, DuPont and NQA and title sponsor 3M, Health & Safety North 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 the car parking now includes a free shuttle bus to the venue.