Construction Health and Safety Conference 2008

Gallery Suites 17&18 - NEC Birmingham
Thursday 15th May 2008


Chair: Mike Totterdell MBE, RoSPA National Occupational Safety and Health Committee

10.00 Introduction by the Chair

10.10 ‘Refocusing the safety effort: report from the Strategic Forum’
John Spanswick, Health and Safety Commissioner, HSC; Chair of the Strategic Forum Health and Safety Group

  • Mobilising the key players
  • Being clear about priorities
  • Securing fresh commitment
  • Focusing on what works

10.35 ‘Enhancing drivers for change’
Louise Brearey, Head of Construction Sector, HSE

  • Being clear about standards
  • The key role of the client
  • Making H&S management work
  • Getting even tougher with offenders

11.00 Open Forum

11.15 Refreshments and networking

11.45 ‘Developing effective health and safety leadership’
Peter Fisher, Group SHE Director, Costain

  • Clear communication of safety values
  • Involving everyone in the business and beyond
  • Developing leadership at all levels
  • Moving from targets to excellence

12.10 ‘Involving the whole workforce’
Edurne Nunez Moreno, Engineer, The Steel Construction Institute

  • How accidents damage lives and ruin families
  • Why are we failing to cut casualties?
  • Why workers need a voice
  • Building real partnership and cooperation

12.35 Open forum

12.50 Lunch and exhibition

13.50 ‘House building and domestic repair/refurbishment’
Shelley Atkinson Frost, Director of Health and Safety, Construction Confederation

  • Recent accident trends in the sector
  • Where are the hot spots and why?
  • Common underlying issues
  • Who has to change and how?

14.15 ‘Raising levels of competence: Prequalification and construction skills schemes’
Paul Reeve, Head of Health, Safety & Environment, Electrical Contractors Association & Vice Chair of NOSHC

  • NOSHC SME Inquiry
  • Duplication in pre-qual schemes
  • Establishing ‘core criteria’
  • Cutting bureaucracy and red tape
  • Helping firms that fail

14.40 ‘And what can happen if you fail!’
Roger Bibbings, Occupational Safety Adviser, RoSPA

  • What Corporate Manslaughter will mean in practice
  • Key tests for a guilty verdict
  • Other prosecution options
  • Fines, publicity and remedial orders
  • Punishing directors and senior managers

15.05 Open Forum

15.20 Close

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