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At the heart of health & safety

02 November 2016

Bringing together the very best in thought leadership and showcasing the latest developments in policy, practice and products and services, this year’s annual Health & Safety North event was another resounding success, which has built on previous years to become the go-to event for health and safety practitioners.

Bigger and better than ever, Health and Safety North returned to Bolton Arena on 12 to 13 October. Offering up a superlative mix of educational and technical content and showcasing a wealth of new event features, this year’s impressive line-up of top industry speakers contributed to what was another highly successfully event and the fastest growing in the sector.

Now in its 10th year, Health and Safety North recorded a huge increase in visitor numbers compared to last year, drawn by the event’s free to attend conference and access to leading trade bodies, manufacturers and distributors, training providers and consultants. Visitors also benefited from a growing exhibition area as 150 exhibitors showcased the latest products and services in a market that is undergoing significant innovation and technological change.

Health and Safety North 2016 has built on past years to become the go-to-event for health and safety practitioners in the North of England and beyond. Taking on board visitor feedback, the 2016 event introduced several new important features to the impressive programme, including an Education Pavilion, partnered with the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety & Health (NEBOSH), as well as a new Seminar Theatre, which explored a diverse range of topical health and safety considerations.

The British Safety Council’s carefully curated educational programme did not disappoint. With a host of inspirational speakers presenting across a diverse range of topical and thought provoking sessions, including on key significant policy and legislative developments, visitors came away better informed about the issues and better armed with practical solutions to take back to the workplace. Audience participation in the debates was a constant theme throughout the two days.

In the Safety Dialogue Theatre recognition of the growing ‘health’ agenda was underlined. Industry experts drawn from a diverse range of bodies opened the floor to debate key, topical issues, notably on noise hazards and hearing conservation and the importance of respiratory protection and fit testing. Training and competence was also high on the agenda as delegates responded to the call to ‘join the debate’ and shared their personal experiences and insights on the issues that really matter to employers.

A new Seminar Theatre made its debut at Bolton and proved a resounding success. Industry experts from a wide range of sectors presented on a variety of topical issues that resonated with businesses. These included planning for safe evacuations, an insight into the latest technological developments to help occupational hygienists monitor occupational exposures and advice on how to minimise health and safety-related financial risks in light of the Sentencing Council’s health and safety guidelines.

Independent international examining board NEBOSH added weight to the Bolton show by sponsoring the Education Pavilion, a new initiative launched at Birmingham’s NEC during the Health and Safety Event in March and designed to give visitors access to the latest and best in training, education and competence.
Developed specifically in response to visitor feedback, NEBOSH has announced that it will also sponsor the Education Pavilion for the next two events – the Health and Safety Event in March 2017 and Health and Safety Scotland in May 2017.

Another key development this year was the support of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), which provided additional sponsorship of the Safety Dialogue Theatre. With an increasing number of organisations looking to invest in targeted training, as the leading professional body for safety and health at work, IOSH’s addition to the panel debate provided an excellent opportunity for the body to work with businesses and offer training to support this positive trend.

The Health & Safety Event, which takes place at Birmingham’s NEC on 21st to 23rd March, is the next Western Business Exhibition event. For more information on seminar content and to register in advance please visit www.healthandsafetyevents.co.uk.