Conference: Powering Health and Safety in Construction
The British Safety Council is highlighting how sharing good health and safety practices can empower construction sector employers, in an upcoming half-day conference, in Manchester.
The event, Powering Health and Safety in Construction, offers a full interactive programme that includes a series of presentations and panel discussions.
Taking place at the Malmaison hotel on Wednesday 24 February 2016, the seminar includes:
- safeguarding health in construction – the importance of developing a greater awareness of the challenges and exploiting the learning legacy;
- the launch of the Crossrail’s Learning Legacy Knowledge Hub;
- a presentation on the health-ageing challenge for construction;
- information on prevention led occupational health management;
- CDM2015 – Building in health and safety;
- The Sentencing Council guidelines: The verdict for employers and individuals; and
- an interactive drama – Safety Coaching.
Dr Alistair Gibbs, Engineering Professor at Loughborough University, who will be presenting and is a panellist in the health and innovation discussion, said: “Many health challenges affecting construction workers are age-exacerbated, which may be why we don’t see many 55-year-old bricklayers on our sites. The solutions to these challenges are not straight forward and a holistic approach is needed. Part of this approach includes challenging the ‘Superman’ perception and changing the behaviours of younger workers. Technology, like wearable simulations, can play a significant part in this behavioural change.”
Kevin Bridges, Partner at national law firm Pinsent Masons, who will be presenting on the new Sentencing Guidelines for health and safety offences and corporate manslaughter, said: “For those that find themselves on the wrong side of the law, these guidelines will potentially pose a substantial burden on the organisation’s ability to do business. However, it also presents an opportunity as the financial cost of regular investment in health and safety resources such as training and equipment is likely to be dwarfed by the level of fines that the guidelines are likely to give rise to in the event of a prosecution.”
CDM 2015 remains a focus given the significant changes that came into effect last year, and which many in the industry are still looking to understand, and therefore Peter Baker, HSE’s Chief Inspector for Construction, insight into this matter will be very worthwhile.
Neal Stone, Policy and Standards Director at the British Safety Council, who will be chairing the event, said: “Our annual Manchester health and safety conference has once again attracted an impressive array of speakers expert in the regulation and management of health and safety.
“The conference offers you a great opportunity to be briefed on key changes to health and safety law and for you to explore with the experts and your peers how best to meet the challenges your organisation faces in ensuring continuing compliance. I look forward to seeing you in Manchester.”
The full programme for the event can be found at: www.britsafe.org/events/construction
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