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September 7, 2017

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British Safety Council annual conference to focus on future challenges

The British Safety Council is holding its annual conference on Wednesday, 4 October 2017 at The King’s Fund, London, with a focus on preparing for the future.

Conference speakers will explore present and future health and safety challenges that the industry is facing and proposes strategies for dealing with them at a national, organisational, and individual level.

The event features case studies, thought-leadership sessions, and expert speakers, and examines the following issues:

  • Planning for the unexpected
  • The implications of Brexit for health and safety
  • The future of health, safety and environmental management and what organisations should be doing differently
  • The changing world of work and the evolution of workplace risk
  • Case studies of successful strategies for managing mental health.

Conference programme

Session 1: Preparing the country

9.40: Regulatory priorities – David Snowball, HSE

How health and safety regulation is changing; key themes for future of work

10.00: Health and safety in the Brexit process – Prof Paul Almond, University of Reading

The potential impact of Brexit on the health and safety regulatory framework and on business

10.30: Emerging risk – Prof Andrew Curran, Director of Research, HSL

The changing face of workplace risk

Session 2: Preparing organisations

11.30: Planning for the unexpected – Dr John Leach, Portsmouth University

An expert in survival psychology and adviser to the UK military will advise how organisations can improve the effectiveness of their emergency plans

12.00: Assuring health and safety in the supply chain – Francis Paonessa, Network Rail

Case study: Network Rail approach to assuring health and safety in its supply chain

12.30: Designing for health and safety – Simon Caidan, Francis Crick Institute

Case study: Incorporating health and safety management into the design of the a state-of-the-art research facility

Session 3: Preparing people

13.45: A new approach to training – Adam Christopher, ATT (Active Training Team)

A taster session to illustrate how multi-media learning can support health and safety culture change

14.30: Developing high performing teams – Calvin Morriss, World Rugby

What are the factors that underpin and determine high performance in team sport?

Session 4: Our biggest asset

15.00: Wellbeing and mental health – Professor Dame Carol Black, University of Cambridge

Case studies and practical advice on how to support mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and in society overall.

Mike Robinson, chief executive of the British Safety Council, said: “The conference will provide an overview of the pressing health and safety issues which companies currently face. It will also be an opportunity to hear from and engage with the experts and leading businesses who road-tested some of the most innovative approaches to the management of health, safety and workplace risk.

“We are delighted to have Professor Dame Carol Black on the panel. She will address mental health issues in the workplace, using case studies to demonstrate the simple steps that can be taken to reduce the stigma and support employees.”

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