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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Timeline

  • 2015 – set up by SHP as a series of events and articles
  • 2017 – an independent committee was set up to help run and expand the network
  • 2020 – our LinkedIn group reached 2,500 members
  • 2021 – committee expanded and split into workstreams, to enable us to do more

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 womens’ 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.

Latest news

Upcoming events

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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

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Gallery of past events

                    

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.

Domestic abuse advice seminar

The Women in Health & Safety Network is hosting, ‘A pandemic within a pandemic’, a panel discussion on domestic abuse. The session, open to all, takes place on Wednesday 21 April, at 15:00 GMT.

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.

Women in Health & Safety Network launches new mailing list and workstreams

The Women in Health and Safety Committee has met to set out its plans for 2021, which includes a series of workstreams, designed to help promote equality and amplify the voices of women in the profession.

Women’s health at work, Q&A

We put listeners’ questions from a recent webinar on ‘equality at work and the role women’s health plays in it’ to team of specialists at Bupa.

Women in Health & Safety update

Heather Beach, Founder of the Health Work Company and Women in Health & Safety committee member, provides an update on the committee’s activities over the last few months and looks ahead to some upcoming events.

Webinar Wednesdays: Equality at work and the role women’s health plays in it

Learn why gender inclusion is beneficial for businesses commercially, particularly as we enter a time of economic hardship and discover steps businesses can take in order to support women’s differing health needs.

Shirley Parsons celebrates 15th anniversary

Shirley Parsons Ltd is fifteen years old on 1 October 2020. Ahead of the anniversary, SHP caught up with Shirley and asked her to tell us a bit more about the formation of the business, its key milestones and what changes she has seen in health & safety over the last 15 years.

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