Women in Health and Safety

Women in Health and Safety is a thriving network of people who support gender equality and want to see women flourish in the health & safety profession. Set up by SHP in 2015, it’s a hub of events, content and networking opportunities. Our get-togethers and resources are always completely free and open to all, and both men and women are actively encouraged to join us.

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About

  • 5,000+ people have attended one of our events, which take place all over the UK and online.
  • As well as events, committee workstreams now cover: mentoring programmes; getting young people into the profession; and amplifying women’s voices.
  • Safety & Health Expo hosts our biggest annual celebration.
  • HSE, NEBOSH, Mace, HSE Recruitment, HSW Consultants, Shirley Parsons, Acre, Hays and Redcat have all hosted events.

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SHP Meets Women in Health and Safety

One of the goals of this network is to amplify the voices of women in the profession. Some of the topics covered in this interview series affect women more than men and the hope is that the issues discussed resonate with readers, perhaps making some feel less alone, perhaps even giving some the confidence to share their own stories….

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Past events

Events have taken place all over the country, in cities including Norwich, London, Birmingham, Leicester, Liverpool, Leeds, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Take a look at highlights videos and photos of some of our events below. For more past events highlights see the posts below:

The Women in Health and Safety committee

SHP works with a committee to determine the best direction for Women in Health and Safety. We meet quarterly to assess feedback from recent activity and discuss plans for the next quarter. Committee members include:

      • Aoife Devaney, Health and Safety Assistant, St George Developments
      • Angelina Sooren, HSQE Director at Ground Control
      • Anne Gardner-Aston, Group Health, Safety & Wellbeing Director, Places for People
      • Barbara Marino, Director, ORSA projects
      • Carly Gilbert, Safety Manager, Media Safety Management
      • Charlotte Geoghegan, Event Manager, Safety & Health Expo, Workplace Wellbeing Show and SHP
      • Charlotte Taylor, Senior Health & Safety Advisory, Morgan Sindall
      • Clare Richardson, H&S Consultant, Gateway HSW Consultants
      • Darren Selman,Head Of Safety, Environment, Quality and Wellbeing, Arriva Rail
      • Emma Hughes, Collaboration Learning and Improvement Champion, A-one+ Integated Highway Services
      • Fiona Anniss, Associate Director – Health & Safety, Capita Real Estate
      • Heather Beach, Managing Director, The Healthy Work Company
      • Judith Grant, Associate Director – Health & Wellbeing, Mace
      • Katherine Randell, Head of Health & Safety, Canary Wharf Group
      • Karen McDonnell, Occupational Health & Safety Policy Adviser, RoSPA
      • Kizzy Augustin, Partner, Russell Cooke LLP
      • Lesley Heath, Safety Director, West Midlands Trains
      • Rhaynukaa Soni, RLS Consultants
      • Shelley Stiles, Director, 2020 SHE Solutions Ltd

SHP Meets Women In Health And Safety

SHP has carried out a series of interviews with the aim of amplifying the voices of women in the profession. Some of the topics covered affect women more than men. Some are deeply personal. It’s our belief that we bring our whole selves to work and therefore should be able to talk about all sorts of issues that affect us, day-to-day, in a work setting.

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Gallery of past events

                    

Depression, burnout and how to talk about mental health at work – My story, by Ann Diment

Ann Diment is Director of Work Safe and Well, transforming burned out professionals into resilient and compassionate leaders. She wants to smash the stigma of talking about mental health, to empower everyone to start those ‘difficult’ conversations so they can become more confident and creative leaders.  

My experience of workplace stress, in an organisation that didn’t see occupational stress as an issue: In conversation with Kate Field

Kate Field has never had a diagnosed mental illness or received medical treatment for her mental health. But like so many, she has certainly suffered with her mental health.

My breast cancer story and the amazing support I had from work: In conversation with Josie Overton

Josie Overton was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020, which was treated with surgery. In this interview she talks about what she went through physically and emotionally, focussing on how it affected her at work and the support she had from colleagues.

The Building Safety Bill and the role of fire engineers in fire and building safety

The Women in Health & Safety network’s next virtual event takes place on Tuesday July 20. The event is free to attend and is open to all, male and female, member and non-members.

‘Miscarriage should not be a taboo subject’ – a personal account of recurrent miscarriage, in conversation with Jacqui Hunt

Jacqui Hunt has had eight, painful miscarriages. Here, she tells her story in the hope it becomes less of a taboo topic. She wants women who have experienced miscarriage to feel empowered to share their own stories (whether that’s very openly or just with someone close to them) and for others to understand how important it is to listen.

Imposter syndrome: 4 health & safety professionals on how it’s affected them

Women are particularly likely to experience imposter syndrome (and there has been much research done to understand why). In this article, we speak to four women about their experience of the condition, how it makes them feel, what they do to manage it and how employers can help.

Leading Safely for Women programme launched by RoSPA and L’Oréal

‘Visible, Connected and Empowered in OSH’, RoSPA and L’Oréal have partnered to launch their Leading Safely for Women programme, the aim being to support what both organisations see as an underrepresented group in health & safety.

‘Domestic abuse is everybody’s business and people need to take a stand and listen’

Statistics from before the pandemic show that one in four women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime; 56% of employers say that domestic abuse leads to absenteeism and 54% to a reduction in quality of work…

How businesses can better support menopausal women

Alaana Woods, Commercial Director at Bupa Health Clinics, says it’s time to put menopause on the top of the business agenda and address the taboo. Here, she outlines some ways businesses can help support women in their organisation.

Does the equality maxim of ‘gender neutrality’ put women at greater health and safety risk?

Lorenzo Visentin explores the gender sensitive approach to risk, delving into some historic and more recent case study examples.

Join ‘virtual cuppa’ with Women in Health and Safety

Women in Health and Safety is back with two more ‘virtual cuppas’, this time designed to discuss opportunities for mentors and mentees.

Why are there so few female Chartered Fellows in IOSH?

Claire Saunders CFIOSH is one of just 0.1% of chartered Fellows within IOSH that are women. In this article, she asks whether IOSH should be doing more to help its female members to become Fellows, whether women are creating their own barriers and provides some information on getting your Fellowship Portfolio together.

How to support women’s health in the workplace

Some small, but achievable, steps to help promote women’s health in the workplace.

Lessons from Grenfell: Why aren’t we learning?

In episode 8 of the Safety & Health Podcast, we hear from Gill Kernick about the pressing need to improve building safety culture post-Grenfell. We then look ahead to 2021 with some news from the Women in Safety & Health Network, plus hear an update on the One Percent Safer Foundation.

Global Coalition launches to support and promote women in health and safety internationally

1WISH – the Global Coalition of Women in Safety and Health Networks will work with networks worldwide, to promote women and inclusion in safety & health.

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