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August 26, 2015

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British Safety Council supporting key safety campaigns at annual conference

Highlighting key health and safety campaigns, including work-related transport, occupational health and young people at work will be the focus of the British Safety Council’s annual conference this year.

The conference Health and Safety – What’s Next? will be taking place on 23 September at Dexter House, London.

Among the speakers, Glen Davies, Freight & Fleet Programme Manager at Transport for London will be presenting their new ‘Safer Lorry Scheme‘ which launches in September.

In 2013, heavy goods vehicles were involved in 9 out of 14 incidents leading to cyclist fatalities in London.

Glen said: “One of the Mayor and TfL’s top priorities is to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on London’s roads by half by 2020 and action is being taken to prioritise the safety of the most vulnerable road users: pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.”

He added that we need safe vehicles on the road in London and elsewhere and it is important to create awareness across the whole supply chain from freight to change procurement requirements.

“The Safer Lorry Scheme is aiming to deliver a simple, quick and complete solution across all roads in London.” Glen said.

The British Safety Council will also be updating the conference on Speak Up, Stay Safe  – a campaign that puts young people and confident communication at the heart of good health and safety.

The British Safety Council has also pledged to support the #iwill campaign – a UK-wide initiative that aims to make social action part of life for more than 10 to 20 year-olds by 2020.

Matthew Holder, Head of Campaigns and Engagement at the British Safety Council who is leading on this work and presenting at the conference, said: “A barrier identified by Step Up To Serve, the charity behind the #iwill campaign, are the fears people have about health and safety. Managing health and safety risks, particularly for more hazardous kinds of activities – whether for those in paid-employment or volunteering – is crucial for success. Work doesn’t get done if people are injured or made ill. Volunteers building a festival stage or doing home visits for the elderly, can’t help communities if risks aren’t properly managed.

“The British Safety Council is able and proud to support the development a set of resources that give comfort and assurance to organisations working with young people – particularly small, grassroots organisations – that health and safety is not something to fear and that a sensible management of risks is enabling and not inhibiting.”

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