RoSPA Scotland Conference 2016

September 14, 2016 - Hilton Glasgow Hotel, Glasgow

The 2016 RoSPA Scotland Conference returns on September 14 – the day before and in the same venue as the Scotland Awards.

Why not make the most out of being out of the office by attending both? Keep on top of developments to ensure you can keep celebrating your achievements.

Sharing the Vision

Scotland has a strong history of leading the way on health and safety innovation, particularly when on themes such as workforce involvement, partnership working, and sharing best practice across industry.

As the HSE moves towards the formation of a New Scottish Action Plan on Health and Safety, the RoSPA Scotland conference will look at some of the key issues facing professionals, through a range of updates, case studies and interactive sessions, including:

  • Update on the Scottish Action Plan and your role within its delivery
  • Take part in the first Safety Party and discuss a variety of hot topics
  • Learn about exciting new initiatives
  • Discuss the key points in how an accident within the workplace should be dealt with
  • Update on RoSPA campaigns


09:00 Registration, refreshments and exhibition

09:30 Welcome and introduction from the Chair
Errol Taylor, Deputy Chief Executive & Strategic Partnerships Director, RoSPA

09:35 Making a SPLASH! The next steps for health and safety in Scotland
Karen McDonnell, Head of RoSPA Scotland, RoSPA and President of IOSH

Why partnership working in Scotland provides key pathways towards improvement, and taking ownership of challenges can reduce the pain that's often associated with health and safety delivery. The session will also look at terms of engagement, and how you can get involved with shaping the future.

10:05 The RoSPA inquiry into apprentices
Howard Fidderman, Freelance writer, and editor of Health and Safety Bulletin, National Committee

In December 2015, RoSPA's National Occupational Safety and Health Committee launched a consultation exercise as part of its inquiry into the health and safety arrangements for apprentices. Hear analysis of responses to the consultation and arrangements currently in place for apprentices. Find out what is working well and the "gaps" that need filling. Good practice tips will also be drawn from responses.

10:35 Powering Improvement: Human & Organisational Factors
Mike Leppard, SHE Adviser, Energy Networks Association

An overview of the industry's health and safety strategy and how behavioural safety issues are considered as part of an overall approach to health and safety management. Hear the importance of stakeholder partnerships in addressing this issue and include examples and programmes within the electricity industry.

11:05 Refreshments, exhibition and networking

11:25 Developing a Mentally Healthy Workplace – Standard Life's Journey
Eimear Stassin, Vivo Training Consultant, Standard Life
Lindsay Anderson, Health, Safety & Wellbeing Consultant, Standard Life

Join Standard Life in their journey to challenge corporate thinking; open up discussion on mental health and provide support to Staff Association Reps and Managers in supporting employees. Follow the process from the inception of an idea all the way to its implementation.

11:55 Safety Party! What is your vision?

Discuss the day's hot topics with speakers and share opinions to your fellow colleagues. Don't worry, you can also just listen and learn!

12:55 Lunch, refreshments and networking

13:55 Speaking up - accidents don't have to happen
Errol Taylor, Deputy Chief Executive & Strategic Partnerships Director, RoSPA

Reducing the burden of injury on the NHS in Scotland should be a core value for us all. Understand the real costs of unintentional injury on Society in Scotland. Each of us has a voice, so find out how you and your organisation can get involved in sharing experiences.

14:05 Health topic The European NEPSI Project: Consigning Silicosis to History
Martin Isles, Chairman, RoSPA's National Occupational Safety & Health Committee, UK

Respirable Crystalline Silica poses a significant occupational health risk to industry in Scotland. The European NEPSI project pulls together advice and guidance to help UK industry fast-track a coordinated approach to managing the associated hazards. Learn about the project and how its good practice advice can be implemented in your organisation.

14:35 Behavioural Safety in Health and Social Care
Tony Priest, Health and Safety Advisor, The Richmond Fellowship Scotland, Winner of the Healthcare Services Sector

This presentation will give an insight into behaviour safety, with a focus on what drives people to act in the way they do. Discussions around how behaviours are observed and why sometimes, and often without our knowledge, we add into our minds what we thought we seen (selective association) and on the other hand what we don't see (selective attention).

15:05 Dealing with a serious incident in the workplace
Pinsent Mason

This session aims to show you what could happen to you and your organisation if a serious health and safety accident were to occur on your watch, and how best you can prepare for, and respond to such an incident. The issues raised in the role play scenario will include:

  • Performing post-incident investigations
  • Legal privilege
  • The risks posed by poorly drafted reports
  • Attending interviews under caution, and
  • Giving evidence as a witness at a trial

16:05 Closing remarks from the Chair

16:15 Conference close


The conference is taking place at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel, the day before the RoSPA Scotland Awards' presentations.

The hotel is situated in central Glasgow, conveniently located for road, rail and air travel connections.

Hotel address

1 William Street
G3 8HT
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)141 204 5555
Fax: +44 (0)141 204 5580


By train

Glasgow's Central Station is only a 10 minute walk from the Hilton Glasgow. Alternatively, taxis are widely available from outside the station building. The taxi fare is approximately £5.00.

Glasgow's Queen Street Station is a 20 minute walk from the hotel. Alternatively, taxis can be found from outside the station building. The taxi far is approximately £6.00.

By air

The Hilton Glasgow Hotel is approximately a 15 minute drive from Glasgow International Airport – 8 miles away. Taxis are widely available at Glasgow International Airport and can be found outside the terminal building. The taxi fare is approximately £20.00.

The hotel is 40 miles from Glasgow Prestwick Airport, taking approximately 60 minutes by car. The airport has its own train station connected to the airport by a covered walkway. Trains leave every 30 minutes for Glasgow Central Station where you can catch a taxi or walk to complete your journey.


From the East (M8): At junction 18, exit on the right onto A804. Take a slight left onto St George's Road (A804) and continue to follow the A804. Turn left onto William Street and take the first right to arrive at the Hilton Glasgow.

From the West (M8): Exit towards A198/Clydebank/Anderson. Keep right at the fork to continue toward Pitt Street taking a left onto Pitt Street. Take the first left onto St Vincent Street, verging left to stay on St Vincent, turn left onto Newton Street. Take first turn onto William Street and take the first right to arrive at the Hilton Glasgow.

From Glasgow International Airport: Follow signs for M8 City Centre. Crossing the Kingston Bridge, leave the M8 at Junction 17 and go onto the A804. At Charing Cross, follow signs for M8 West and A804. Branch left onto A804. The Hilton Glasgow is on the left.

From Prestwick Airport: Follow signs for A79 then A78. At Dutch House Roundabout, take exit to the A77. Follow road onto M77 and M8. Leave M8 at J17 and go onto A804. After Charing Cross, branch left onto A804. Hilton Glasgow is on the left.

From Edinburgh Airport: At junction 18, exit on the right onto A804. Taking a slight left onto St George's Road (A804) and continue to follow A804. Turn left onto William Street and take the first right to arrive at Hilton Glasgow.


If you wish to make a booking or require any information about the hotel, please call the Glasgow Hilton Hotel on 0141 204 5555.

Who Should Attend?

The conference attracts a range of stakeholders, including company directors, senior managers, health and safety advisers and HR professionals, not just from Scotland but other parts of the UK as well.

It is relevant to anyone with an interest in or with responsibility for occupational health and safety.

Sponsor & Exhibit

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has been at the heart of accident prevention in the UK and around the world for more than 90 years. We can help you:

  • Increase brand awareness
  • Generate high-quality sales leads
  • Meet new decision-making contacts
  • Network with leading industry professionals
  • Launch new products and services
  • Demonstrate your products and services face to face
  • Associate your organisation with cutting-edge event content
  • Work directly with RoSPA, an established and trusted health and safety brand
  • Demonstrate your high level of health and safety commitment to key decision makers
  • Contribute to RoSPA's charitable mission to 'save lives and reduce injuries'

This includes:

  • Table top exhibition stand located in catering area - prime location to network with attendees at break times
  • Approximately 3 by 2 metres space to put up pop up banners, literature racks or equipment of a similar size
  • In addition to the table, you will also get 2 chairs, access to power and free WiFi
  • Refreshments throughout the day and lunch for 2 exhibition staff
  • Up to 200 word company profile and logo in the delegate pack

All for just £399 + VAT

If you are interested in exhibiting at the event or showcasing your product or services through sponsorship, please contact the RoSPA Events Team at for further information.


  • Member rate - £245 + VAT
  • Non member rate - £290 + VAT
We have a limited number of funded places available at this years conference, please contact to see if you qualify or to find out more


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