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Scotland Works for health & safety

17 April 2017

Health & Safety Scotland takes place at The SEC, Glasgow, Scotland on 3 and 4 May 2017. HSM takes a look at what this year’s show has to offer.

Health & Safety Scotland showcases the very best of the industries products and services whilst offering the visitor free access to educational seminars on best practise advice, legislation and policy. 

For the first time, Health & Safety Scotland has co-located with Fire Safety Scotland, Facilities, Maintenance and Cleaning Scotland as part of the new Scotland Works series. This will mean an even broader range of seminars, products, services, information and networking opportunities will be available for senior management and procurement specialists.

With its unrivalled facilities, central location and easy transport access, the soon to such Scotland Works bids to become the best show in Scotland - and importantly show the world that Scotland has got what it takes. 

The exhibition comprises six separate shows:

  • Health & Safety Scotland is Scotland's only dedicated event for Health & Safety professionals
  • Safer Logistics provides logistics professionals with the tools and guidance to tackle safety hot spots
  • Fire Safety Scotland supports the fire safety industry and wider community in Scotland
  • Maintenance Scotland is committed to driving the highest standards in industrial maintenance and asset management
  • Facilities Scotland is Scotland's only independent event for the Facilities & Estates Management Industries
  • Cleaning Scotland is the nation’s premier event for cleaning and hygiene service professionals.

Main Conference Theatre

The British Safety Council is the official educational partner with Western Business Exhibitions at the two day exhibition and conference and will be on hand on stand HS83 to discuss its full range of health, safety and environmental management training, auditing, advisory and membership services.

Day one commences with the ever-popular Mock Trials. In two interactive sessions run by a team of specialist Health and Safety Lawyers from Pinsent Masons, delegates will get to experience a court room situation first hand, listening as witnesses present their evidence, hearing the judge summing up proceedings and then taking on the role of the jury to determine the verdict. This will be followed by a discussion with the Legal Team who will highlight and examine the reasoning and explore the key legal principles involved.

The sessions follow the trial of a company accused of breaching health and safety legislation following in incident where a sub-contractor was injured after he struck a live cable while carrying out works on site. It is you - the audience - who will play the jury and who must decide whether to convict or acquit the accused company. The sessions will give an insight into the realities of what can go wrong for staff at every level of an organisation and how this can impact on a health and safety prosecution. The first part of the Mock Trial starts at 9.45am and is followed by the second part at 11.25am.

Following these sessions, Andy Forbes, director of health and safety at Babcock Rosyth will take to the stage to present his talk, ‘Building an exemplary culture for an iconic project’. Babcock Marine is involved in constructing two new aircraft carriers for the UK military at its site in Rosyth. Andy will provide an insight into the approach the company has taken to building an exemplary health and safety culture befitting for such an iconic project. 

The final session of the day will be presented by Dave Parr, head of audit and technical at the British Safety Council, who will provide an overview of the pending new international standard for occupational health and safety management systems – ISO 45001. He will review the need for a new international standard, explain how the new specification is being developed, outline the content and compare and contrast it with the existing OHSAS 18001. He will also review the timescales for publication of the new standard.

Day two begins with Malcolm Gunnyeon and James McMillan from Maclay Murray & Spens LLP, discussing the impact in Scotland of the 2016 English Sentencing Guidelines for Health & Safety offences. They will also elucidate on the approach taken by the Scottish Courts following the appeal decision in the Scottish Power case. The experts will finally consider when Scotland might have its own Health & Safety Sentencing Guidelines and how these might compare to the approach in England & Wales.

The external safety of your organisation is determined by the levels of internal safety - which is underpinned by the resilience of your employees. In the next session, Mark Davies, one of the UK’s leading personal resilience coaches, explains how a fresh approach to resilience can immediately impact levels of safety within your organisation. Mark has developed resilience training, Accelerated Leaders’ programmes and mental health and wellbeing initiatives for large, complex organisations including E.ON, Network Rail, Skanska, Carillion, Capita and Thames Water. His practical model incorporates the latest neuroscience research and explains how safe decision-making, collaborative behaviour and resilience should be integrated within a modern workforce.

There is an increasing awareness of the prevalence of mental ill health in the UK and the role that organisations can play in supporting mental wellbeing for their workforce. Next on stage, a speaker from the charity Mates in Mind will discuss an exciting new initiative which is being launched in the construction sector to help raise awareness of this important issue and ensure that help and support are readily available whenever workers need it.

Concluding the Main Conference seminars well known author and culture change guru Tim Marsh, founder of RyderMarsh companies and now of the Healthy Work Company, will discuss the rising importance of wellbeing in the workplace. He will offer guidance on addressing this important issue in your workplace and provide case studies to illustrate good practice.

Safety Dialogue

The event’s Safety Dialogue Theatre, sponsored by 3M continues to expand its lineup, with seminars covering: respiratory hazards; training and competence; hearing; and working at height/fall protection.

Over the two days, a lineup of respected panellists will debate these prominent issues in a series of lively discussions:


In this interactive session the panel will be advising on awareness, education and managing respiratory hazards in the workplace - including the use of respiratory protection and fit testing.


Covering hearing conservation, NIHL and protection from insurance claims for non-work noise exposure, the panel includes experts from BOHS and 3M.

Working at Height and Fall Protection

Association and industry experts will be on hand to advise visitors on advancing safety, best practice and competency when working at height, irrespective of equipment type or safety solution. Panelists include members of the Access Industry Forum (AIF) which worked with the HSE during the development of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Training and Competence

When is training regulated? The expert panel will advise on the importance of standards and auditing.

Safer Logistics

Visitors to Safer Logistics will benefit from key safety learnings from one of the world’s leading air conditioning manufacturers.

The team from the Livingston site of Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning Systems Europe will present on both days of the key event for boosting safety in Scotland’s logistics industry.

Attendees at the free event will hear how Mitsubishi promotes a positive safety culture in a big, busy complex containing six different facilities in Livingston with over 900 employees.

On May 3, Derek Smith, Store Supervisor, Mitsubishi Electric Airconditoning and Gary Weir, Forklift Operator, Mitsubishi Electric Airconditoning will present on forklift safety initiatives carried out at the company’s Livingston facility, then participate in a discussion panel on forklift safety with a number of industry experts present, with plenty of opportunity for attendees to ask questions from the floor.

On May 4, Karolina Raszat, Supervisor, Training centre, Mitsubishi Electric Airconditoning, and John Dolan, Process Coordinator, Training Centre, Mitsubishi Electric Airconditoning will present on helping to create a proactive safety culture and participate in a discussion panel on the subject.

Barrier specialist A-Safe is sponsor of the Safer Logistics Theatre area. Safer Logistics partners for the event are the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), RTITB, the regulatory body for workplace transport training, and the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT).

Simon Duddy, chairman of the Safer Logistics Campaign and editor of Handling & Storage Solutions magazine said: “We are delighted with the strength of the Safer Logistics Scotland programme. The presence of such a number of industry bodies as well as heavyweight manufacturers based in Scotland mean there will be much to learn for those that can take a day out of the office or warehouse to attend this free conference.

“We often hear how visitors to safety related events pick up advice, or make contacts that help their companies push on to the next stage of improving safety in their operations. This is the perfect opportunity for that.”

Safer Logistics launched as a campaign four years ago in Handling & Storage Solutions magazine and has been helping to raise awareness on safety issues since then.

SCOS Award Scheme incorporating the Lord Cullen Trophy

Sited in the Safety Dialogue Theatre on 3 May, the SCOS will hold a mini Seminar and Presentation of Awards at 2.45pm. Commencing with welcome and introductions by Norman Stevenson, chair of SCOS, there will then be a talk by Sarah Jones, HSE's Head of Directors Office Scotland and North England, who will discuss the Scottish Plan of Action for Safety and Health.

This will be followed by a presentation of the SCOS Awards by Lord Cullen of Whitekirk (TBC) and a drinks reception, enabling unique networking opportunities. 

You can view the full programme on the Scotland Works website - www.scotlandworks.com