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10th Annual Conference 2018 – Health and safety in uncertain times
14 November 2018

One of the major events in the health & safety calendar is fast approaching. The British Safety Council is holding its 10th Annual Conference ‘Health and safety in uncertain times’ on Wednesday, 14 November 2018 at Congress Centre, London.

This year’s conference speakers will prepare delegates for the numerous impending challenges ahead, such as Brexit, air pollution and the implications of the new regulatory framework for fire safety management post-Grenfell. They will also discuss best approaches for promoting wellbeing in the workplace and improving employee participation.

The conference will be the first public opportunity to experience the British Safety Council’s virtual and augmented reality technology (VR & AR), which will be incorporated in all classroom and e-Learning training delivered by the organisation in its Hammersmith office.

David Parr, Policy and Technical Director at the British Safety Council, said: “The conference will be an opportunity to take a fresh look at some of the key challenges facing organisations today and examine the implications for employee health, safety and welfare.”

“The modern workplace is changing rapidly. All companies, big and small, are facing the uncertainties of Brexit, new risks from flexible working practices and an ageing workforce. At the same time, there is a growing understanding that investing in employees’ health and wellbeing is crucial for improving staff engagement and productivity. The conference will address these issues and give the delegates an opportunity to question the speakers and panellists on the matters concerning them.”


09:30 Welcome and introduction: Mike Robinson Chief Executive, British Safety Council

09:40-10:15 Opening Keynote: The importance of top management leadership
Sir Paul Kenny Board Member, Health and Safety Executive

10:15-10:50 GDPR: The implications for health and safety management
Weightmans Solicitors

10:50-11.05 Virtual reality – training showcase
James Mansbridge Head of Digital Learning, British Safety Council

First break-out session – Main room

11:30-12:10 The business benefits of promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace
Clare Forshaw, Occupational Health & Hygiene Partner, Park Health
& Safety Partnership

12:10-12:50 Preparing for the future workplace
Dan Shears, National Health, Safety & Environment Director, GMB

First break out session – break out room

11:30-12:10 Brexit – What are the implications for health and safety in the UK?
Lawrence Waterman OBE Chairman, British Safety Council

12:10-12:50 Air pollution – the future risks to your outdoor workers
Matthew Holder, Head of Campaigns & Engagement, British Safety Council

12:50 Lunch

 Workshop session – main room

13:40-14:30 ISO 45001: A globalised approach to OHS management
David Parr, Policy & Technical Director, British Safety Council

Workshop session – break out room

13:40-14:30 Post-Grenfell. The implications for fire safety management and future regulation
Kathryn Gilbertson, Partner, Regulatory, Greenwoods GRM LLP

Panel discussion – main room

14:30-15:20 The benefits of improved worker participation
Diane Lightfoot, CEO, Business Disability Forum

15:20 Closing remarks
Lawrence Waterman, Chairman, British Safety Council

15:30 Close

8.30-09.15am Pre-conference members-only session
A legal session for members of the British Safety Council focused on sentencing guidelines, recent case review and the implications of legal privilege; chaired by Chris Green, Partner, Weightmans LLP.

Places are limited for this event. To register contact:

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The delegate fee is £215.00 plus VAT for British Safety Council members and £250.00 plus VAT for non-members.

For the full conference programme and the booking form, please click here.

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