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Networking event: How gender influences physical, chemical and psychosocial safety

Join the Women in Health & Safety committee for a networking event on 10 September.

The Women in Health & Safety Network is hosting a networking event and inviting newcomers to join the committee. The event, open to men and women both members and non-members, will take place in London on 10 September and will focus on how gender influences physical, chemical and psychosocial safety, but will also highlight the benefits of being a part of the committee.

During the session, Chris Edwards, Exhibition Director: Safety, Health & FM at Informa, will present a masterclass on running an event and invite committee members to volunteer to host their own networking event. So, members are encouraged to come armed with an idea or two!

To register, click here.

Sex, sticks, shooters and stress

A presentation from Lorenzo Visentin, Head of EHS at the Arriva Group plc, will explore how a gender-neutral approach actually disadvantages women across a range of health and safety risks and how a gender-sensitive approach to risk management is the key to protecting half of the workforce.

It will highlight the risks and inadequacies of PPE, including body armour, well-meaning but discriminatory policy and paternalistic lawmakers, the biochemistry of fat and the pre-disposition of researchers to use male subjects, how that influences COSHH risks and psychosocial risk in particular stress, resilience and coping strategies.

Lorenzo is an experienced health and safety leader with specialist qualification in OH psychology and holds three fellowships: the Royal Society of Public Health, the Institute of Leadership and Management, and the International Safety Quality Environment Management Association as well as being a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

He is a peer reviewer for IOSH research, for “Policy & Practice in Health and Safety” (Taylor & Francis), for The Occupational Psychologist” (European Academy of OHP) and was a founder Independent Member of the HSE Mythbuster Challenge Panel. He supports the UK Rail Safety and Standards Board which leads and facilitates continuous improvement in the health and safety performance of the railways in Great Britain as the Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Business Risk Group, and has 30 years’ experience in H&S in the NHS, local and national government and the private sector.


BarbourTuesday 10 September 2019, 15:00 – 16:30, Informa, 240 Blackfriars Road, London.


15:00 – 15.20: Masterclass in running an event from Chris Edwards, Exhibition Director: Safety, Health & FM, Informa.

15.20 – 15.50: How gender influences physical, chemical and psychosocial safety, Lorenzo Visentin, Head of EHS at the Arriva Group plc.

15.50 – 16.30: Networking and refreshments.

To register, click here.

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Nigel Evelyn-Dupree
Nigel Evelyn-Dupree
1 year ago

Well, at least there is one area of “complete gender equality” or bias and that is in work/life DSE use operation as, regardless of the evidence over many years there is STILL NO PRESCRIBED PROVISION OF EFFECTIVE PPE to protect or mitigate the majority (58% HSE RR 561 2007) of operators suffering presenteeism and expected to “carry-on regardless of self-harming”, simply because, they have been expediently informed “eye-strain is temporary & does NO harm” so, NO POINT IN COMPLAINING ! For some. 40% of operators it maybe reasonably true provided the operator recognised the injurious risk of NOT taking regular… Read more »

Nigel Evelyn-Dupree
Nigel Evelyn-Dupree
1 year ago

Then there is the “Sleep & Fatigue Directors Briefing” that looks like it is going to be solely focused on shift patterns no doubt, carefully avoiding Presenteeism and repetitive stress related deficits in performance and productivity losses accounting for £33bn plus double that in social costs regardless of “fatigue” being a greater risk to functionality than alcohol that doesn’t appear to be an issue in the chain of causation of the biggest losses of lives over the last few decades.