Safety, Health & Wellbeing Live

30 November 2021

The inaugural Safety, Health and Wellbeing Live (SHW Live) is coming to Manchester Central, a newly reinvented trade exhibition and conference, set to run from 15 – 16 February 2022. HSM takes a look at what you can expect from this exciting new event.

PROFESSIONALS, COMPANIES and organisations from across the industry will convene to showcase the latest innovations, discuss industry trends, and enjoy educational seminars and networking opportunities. Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) professionals from across the North and North-West will be delighted at the prospect of the reinvented regional exhibition and conference programme, which will champion excellence in workplace safety and occupational health, as well as inspiring improved standards in mental health and wellbeing.

The two-day event, which is free-to-attend, promises a packed line up of industry-leading exhibiting brands, networking opportunities, and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions for all delegates.

Attendees will have the chance to hear about the latest regulatory changes and work taking place to improve health and safety culture in the workplace. Topics covered will include moving forward through the Coronavirus pandemic and coping with COVID-19, alongside mental health, and evolving workplace health culture. 

The show is being organised by an experienced team of professionals at What Else Events. With over 20 years’ experience delivering the highest quality exhibitions and conferences for OSH professionals, the organisers are devoted in reinventing the regional conference and exhibition platform.

Reconnecting the OSH community

With the country slowly recovering from the effect of both COVID19 and Brexit, SHW Live is set to reconnect regional occupational safety and health professionals in the North and North-West of England. The event, which is taking place at Manchester Central, presents a welcome, in-person return for the health, safety, and wellbeing community. 

British Safety Council CEO Mike Robinson is excited about the reinvented format, he said: “British Safety Council is pleased to be supporting What Else Events and the exciting new regional Safety, Health and Wellbeing Live events, as an Event Partner. The regional format of the events provides another important opportunity for us to bond, as well as provide education and practical advice around health, safety, and wellbeing. We look forward to a mutually fruitful partnership.”

International Institute of Risk & Safety Management (IIRSM) chief executive Phillip Pearson is also pleased to be a part of the event, stating: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Safety, Health and Wellbeing Live next year. This will be an opportunity, after such a challenging period, to take stock, share lessons learned and showcase some excellent innovations in the safety, health and wellbeing area.”

With the introduction of appropriate steps to protect against COVID-19, and an excellent line-up of speakers and panel sessions on offer, bookings for the conference have been very strong.

Organisers hope to attract more than 2,000 members of the OSH community to the innovative, informative, and impactful event. Members of the manufacturing and engineering, construction, transport, and public sectors will be actively seeking product information, solutions, and best practice advice to improve workplace standards.

With ongoing industry challenges such as tight budgets, travel, and time restrictions, SHW Live aims to provide the only truly accessible, affordable, and sustainable platform for the community to meet in person.

Supported by the OSH Industry

Numerous industry-leading bodies, regulators and councils have pledged their support for the two-day exhibition and conference event. Organisers are supported in delivering the show by an experienced Advisory Council, which includes some of the UK’s most influential voices in occupational safety and health. 

The council comprises more than 20 accomplished professionals, representing some of the most respected industry bodies, including the British Safety Council, British Occupational Hygiene Society and NEBOSH.

NEBOSH COO Dee Arp is a member of the Advisory Council and commented: “NEBOSH is delighted to be an event partner for the new Safety, Health and Wellbeing Live shows. As one of the advisory council members, I look forward to contributing to the 2022 programme and will work to ensure it updates delegates on best practice. These events will provide a great opportunity to meet up with fellow health and safety professionals, something I know we have all missed.”

Meet leading brands

With more than 80 exhibitors expected to take part in SHW Live – Manchester Central, the event presents an ideal platform for world-class brands to showcase their latest products and services to OSH professionals from across the buying chain. 

Exhibitors include leading brands such as the event’s Founding Partners - Bollé Safety, Casella, Evac+Chair, Guardian, Moldex, RRC International, Unigloves to name just a few. The in-person event will allow people to experience products and services first-hand and learn just how they work from those that know and understand them the most. 

Whether you’re searching for solutions, keeping up to date with the latest regulations, or wanting to extend your network, SHW Live can help by connecting you to members across the profession. The free event offers delegates direct access to exhibitor sales teams and technical experts alongside educational, networking and procurement opportunities.

HSE collaboration

To achieve their goal of delivering the highest-quality event of its type, organisers are proud to be working in collaboration with the Health and Safety Executive.

Experts from HSE will be attending the show to offer guidance and support to delegates. HSE chair Baroness Sarah Newton will deliver a keynote address as part of the event and the HSE will also deliver CPD accredited seminars over the duration of the conference.

HSE head of marketing Jacinta Atkinson spoke on the collaboration; “We are delighted to be collaborating with SHW Live to help shape the agenda for the shows to reflect the needs of our duty holders, stakeholders and partners. We look forward to engaging with you at the events to provide support and guidance to raise awareness of our wide range of products and services to meet your specific requirements".

What Else Events managing director Tim Else, organiser of SHW Live, described the collaboration with the HSE as a “vital source of information for delegates”. He said: “SHW Live has the support of the sector’s most influential stakeholders alongside commercial support from a rapidly growing cohort of major safety brands. 

“Our collaboration with the HSE is an exemplar of the strength in depth of support we had attracted even within 3 months of launch and this relationship with HSE ensures that the delegate experience will be second to none in terms of CPD, new ideas and inspiration to raise standards of safety, health and wellbeing in your workplace.”

World-class content 

In addition to the exhibitions and procurement opportunities, SHW Live will also deliver an expert-led programme of seminars and educational content within the SHW Keynote Theatre and SHW Knowledge Hub. 

High-profile speakers will be delivering seminars, panels, and HSE’s keynote address throughout the course of the two days. The comprehensive programme will provide key insights into health, safety and wellbeing issues facing employers and workplaces, specifically designed for members of the manufacturing, construction, transport, and public sectors. 

The wide-ranging educational programme will be delivered by highly knowledgeable speakers, covering a variety of topics, from Covid-19 crisis management and recovery to successful defence of health and safety prosecutions and leadership on workplace health. 

Leading speakers include:

  • Baroness Sarah Newton, Chair, Health and Safety Executive

  • Steve Perkins MA CDir FIoD FInstP AFOH, Managing Director - Steve Perkins Associated Ltd

  • Kevin Bridges, Partner - Pinsent Masons LLP

  • Jason Anker, Chair & Inspirational Speaker - Anker & Marsh Ltd

  • EurOSM Dee Arp Dip2OSH CMIOSH MIIRSM MCIEA, Chief Operating Officer - NEBOSH

  • Rhian Greaves, Legal Director Regulatory – SHE, DAC Beachcroft

The full agenda for both the SHW Keynote Theatre and SHW Knowledge Hub be found overleaf. The packed agenda complements numerous networking opportunities for professionals and exhibitors in a relaxed, enjoyable, and Covid-secure environment. 

Manchester Central

Taking place at the iconic Manchester Central Convention Complex, event organisers have addressed the challenges of the industry relating to increased pressures on time, cost of travel and employer-imposed restrictions due to the pandemic.

Located in the centre of the UK, Manchester benefits from excellent road, rail, and air links, which allow for easy access for delegates from all four corners of the country.

The venue is a world-class convention centre, situated in the heart of Manchester. As such, it easily accessible for thousands of OSH professionals to attend. Furthermore, discounted car-parking, endless accommodation choice and hospitality and entertainment options are just moments away.

British Occupational Hygiene Society CEO Kevin Bampton said: “The British Occupational Hygiene Society is delighted that What Else Events is bring a forum for Safety, Health and Wellbeing to a Regional Audience. We know to expect a highly relevant event with an emphasis on prevention as well as solutions. We look forward to seeing you there.”

Whether your priority is workplace safety, occupational health or mental health and wellbeing, SHW live presents a unique chance to stay up to date with the latest legislation alongside unrivalled networking and procurement opportunities within the Safety, Health and Wellbeing industry. 

Featuring product launches, live demonstrations, and new technologies, come together with other OSH professionals to discover solutions across Health and Safety training, PPE procurement, occupational and environmental monitoring, H&S consultancy and much more.

SHW Live takes place at Manchester Central on 15-16 February 2022 and you can register for your FREE pass at