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July 23, 2007

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Find the missing pieces in the safety puzzle

This year’s National Safety Symposium promises to be the biggest and best yet, helping you get the information you need to make the final pieces of your health and safety jigsaw fall into place.

The Symposium, traditionally associated with health and safety in the public sector, has been broadening its appeal over recent years, with this year’s conference covering such topics as:

– fire safety;

– health and safety training;

– stress;

– major incident management; and

– road safety.

Buy your tickets now by calling the events team on 0116 257 3231 or e-mailing [email protected] Alternatively, visit Bookings must be received by 24 August. Tickets for the full conference cost £385 + VAT. One day’s symposium is £180 + VAT.

‘Speed networking’ anyone?

The conference will kick off on Sunday, 2 September with a new networking feature, in which six experts will offer ‘surgeries’ on important health and safety issues.

A bit like speed dating, the surgeries give you the chance to get answers to those questions you’ve always wanted to ask but were afraid to voice. It also offers a great opportunity to network with fellow professionals in a relaxed setting.

The panel will be sitting from 5.30pm until 7.30pm, so why not come along and quiz:

– Guy Osmond, managing director of Osmond Group Ltd, on ergonomic workplace solutions;

– John Rizzolo, health, safety and environmental manager at Ballymun Regeneration Ltd, on contractor management;

– John Bacon, managing director of Fleetrisk 24 Ltd, on road risk;

– Martin Bevan, regional health and safety officer at the GMB, on trade union safety representatives;

– Fiona Gelling, CPD courses officer at IOSH, on the new IOSH CPD online system; and

– Steve Sumner, national health and safety policy advisor, Local Government Employers, on work-related sickness absence.

Chair of the NSS working party, Bruce Phillips, said: “This new feature gives delegates a different way to kick start their symposium experience. It’s an opportunity to meet a few friendly faces, but also to get answers to burning health and safety questions that you might not normally get the chance to ask. We hope members will come along and support this initiative. It’s sure to be fun!” ]

Tickets for this unique event cost £10 + VAT, including light refreshments.

Putting the pieces together

The main symposium gets underway on Monday, 3 September with an opening address and welcome from the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Cllr Mohammed Munir.

Kate Beaven-Marks (pictured), from the University of East London, will talk about the ‘five steps to effectiveness’ in health and safety training. EON-UK’s Neil Budworth will focus on safety culture, and HASTAM’s Mike Thomas will discuss improving safety performance through measurement. Two parallel sessions, featuring Howard Passey, from the Fire Protection Association, speaking on the Fire Safety Order, and John Rizzolo, on managing contractors, completes day one’s speaker line-up.

Day two hits the road with David Penny’s presentation on work-related road safety and IOSH past president Paul Faupel talking about the partnership between human resources and health and safety. Paul Foran, from Occupational Hygiene and Safety Services, will talk about major incident management, and the London Borough of Lewisham’s Olu Adeolu will then talk about completing the health and safety jigsaw, before delegates are invited to break out into a number of workshop discussions.

Recognising the best in safety

The Symposium also includes the Public Services Annual Dinner, at which the prestigious Zurich Municipal Safety Awards will be presented.

The awards have been presented each year for the past 32 years to recognise outstanding contributions to public-sector health and safety. Awards up for grabs include the Supreme Safety Award, the Safety Trophy, and Certificates of Merit.

Ray Hurst, the Institution’s president-elect, will be on hand to welcome you to the event, which will feature a drinks reception, followed by a three-course dinner and entertainment.

Marion Johnstone, the chair of the Public Services Group, said: “Our annual dinner is always a special occasion and the presentation of the Zurich Municipal Awards is something worth celebrating. The recipients of these awards have all made a massive contribution to helping keep people safe and healthy in their workplace, often using unique methods to achieve outstanding results.”

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