Safety & Health at Work Congress 2004

Learning, Sharing, Moving Forward - 11-13 May 2004 - Salamander Suite, NEC, Birmingham


Day 1 - Tuesday 11th May - 'Leading the process of change'
Day 2 - Wednesday 12th May - 'Always safe, never sorry'
Day 3 - Thursday 13th May - ‘Making health matter'

Click here to go back to the top of the page.Programme : Day One - Tuesday 11th May

Chair: Nina Wrightson, Chairman, NOSHC

10.00 Registration & Coffee

10.30 Introduction from the chair
Nina Wrightson, Chairman, National Occupational Safety & Health Committee

10.40 UK strategy for better H&S at work
Jane Kennedy, Minister of State for Work at the Department for Work and Pensions

  • Revitalising: progress so far
  • Responding to the changing world of work
  • The HSC's strategy to 2010
  • Developing the UK 'H&S system'
  • Focusing on health and rehabilitation
  • Government as an exemplary employer

11.00 Corporate performance measurement and reporting - CASE STUDY
Michael Wright, Director, Greenstreet Berman Ltd

  • H&S and corporate social responsibility
  • What do we mean by performance?
  • Why report and to whom?
  • Research findings
  • A new performance index
  • Linking H&S with key stakeholder agendas

11.20 ELCI focuses on the facts
Tim Humphreys, Manager for Liability, Association of British Insurers

  • Employers' Liability Compulsory Insurance: recent trends
  • The DWP review: key findings
  • Linking ELCI premia to performance
  • Which indicators?
  • Recent insurance sector initiatives
  • Developing closer partnerships

11.40 How we are meeting challenging targets - CASE STUDY
Richard Claydon, International & UK Health and Safety Manager, RMC

  • How we set evidence based targets
  • Priorities and key performance indicators
  • Getting management and workforce buy-in
  • Avoiding distortions
  • Linking with other business metrics
  • What we have learned so far..

12.00 Open Forum
12.30 Lunch & Networking

13.30 Health and safety systems update
Professor Richard Booth, Aston University

  • Management systems thinking moves on
  • Revision of BS8800
  • Old themes, new emphases
  • Key points from consultation
  • Communicating key concepts
  • Assessing H&S management capability

13.50 Back to the Floor! - CASE STUDY
Dr Sara Lumley PhD MIOSH RSP, Consultant and Director of NEBOSH

  • H&S as a strategic, board level issue
  • Assumptions about board level leadership
  • Front line director involvement
  • Results from RoSPA's investigations
  • Key findings
  • Ways forward

14.10 Tougher penalties
David Bergman, Executive Director, Centre for Corporate Accountability

  • H&S offences as crimes
  • Developments in criminal justice
  • Corporate killing and the Government's response
  • Individual versus personal liability
  • Time for innovative penalties?
  • Towards zero tolerance?

14.30 Recent enforcement trends - CASE STUDY
Gerard Forlin, Barrister, 2-3 Gray's Inn Square

  • HSE and Local Authority enforcement policy
  • Recent high profile cases
  • Are the courts getting tougher?
  • How companies are responding
  • Does punishment work?
  • What does society expect?

15.00 Open Forum
15.30 Close

Click here to go back to the top of the page.Programme : Day Two - Wednesday 12th May

Chair: Michael McKiernan, Trustee Director, RoSPA and Chairman, BackCare

10.00 Registration & Coffee

10.30 Introduction from the Chair
Michael McKiernan, Trustee Director, RoSPA and Chairman, BackCare

10.40 Learning from safety failure
Jonathan Russell, Head HSWA Framework and Enforcement Policy Branch, HSE

  • Prevention failures as opportunities
  • Your duty to investigate
  • New HSE guidance materials
  • The essence of good investigation
  • Getting the approach right
  • Promoting an investigation culture

11.00 Informed and Safe - CASE STUDY
Chris Selby, Principal Engineer, The Steel Construction Institute

  • Making safety information open and available
  • The Safety Alert Database and Information Exchange (SADIE)
  • SADIE – From concept to operation
  • Building active communities
  • Overcoming barriers to sharing sensitive information

11.20 HSE's Slips, Trips and Falls Priority Programme
Paul Beaumont, Project Manager Slips & Trips, HSE

  • It's no joking matter
  • What the data tell us
  • Assessing STF risks
  • Solutions that work
  • Raising awareness
  • HSE and collaborative Initiatives

11.40 We're not falling for it! - CASE STUDY
Doug Russell, Health and Safety Officer, USDAW

  • Facing up to STF
  • Understanding underlying causes
  • Establishing a partnership approach
  • What safety reps can bring to the party
  • Short, medium and long term improvements
  • Learning from others' successes

12.00 Open forum
12.30 Lunch & Networking

13.30 Making MORR a mainstream H&S issue
Robert Gifford, Executive Director, Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport

  • Thinking road safety at work
  • The importance of the HSE/DfT guide
  • Focusing on management not just drivers
  • Selling the message
  • Making MORR a key HSC priority
  • The Occupational Road Safety Alliance

13.50 How we cut crashes, casualties and costs (Palmer & Harvey) - CASE STUDY
Sue Viney, A.C.I.I, Chartered Insurer, BHI Solutions

  • How we knew we had a problem
  • Analysing our data
  • Assessing risks and prioritising interventions
  • Training managers and drivers
  • Getting outside help
  • Measuring safety and business benefits

14.10 Working at Height Regulations
David King, Project Manager, HSE

  • Falls from height, what's new?
  • Why people fall
  • Why regulate?
  • Key legislative proposals
  • What consultees have said
  • What you must do

14.30 Safety on top - CASE STUDY
Speaker tbc

  • Why we are always up in the air
  • Key safety principles
  • What we have learned from incidents
  • The importance of good training, planning and supervision
  • Keeping everyone focused
  • What others can learn from us.

15.00 Open forum
15.30 Close

Click here to go back to the top of the page.Programme : Day Three - Thursday 13th May

Chair: Lawrence Waterman, Chairman, Sypol International

10.00 Registration & Coffee

10.30 Introduction from the Chair
Lawrence Waterman, Chairman, Sypol International

10.40 Stress and the new management standards
Bill Callaghan, Chair, Health and Safety Commission

  • Is there a stress epidemic?
  • Stress as an organisational condition
  • The response of HSC/E so far
  • Can the tide be turned?
  • What additional resources do organisations need?
  • How can we sell the case for action?

11.00 Pressure and stress – identifying what is holding employees back
Dr John McCaul, Chief Medical Officer, RWE Innogy

  • Stress, health and business performance
  • How we developed our stress risk assessment tool
  • Providing support for managers and staff
  • Prioritising interventions
  • Evaluating effectiveness of the tool

11.20 Tackling drink and drugs together
Ava Fine, Consultant, A2 Consulting

  • Establishing the need for action
  • Alcohol, drugs and the effect on performance at work
  • Key ingredients for a successful policy
  • Getting workforce and line manager buy-in
  • Keeping everyone on-board
  • Monitoring and review

11.40 Drug education, screening and rehabilitation - CASE STUDY
Dr Michael Mortimer, Head of Health & Safety, Atomic Weapons Establishment

  • Drugs and impairment; safety and security
  • Assessing the problem
  • Getting drugs out in the open
  • Securing management and workforce buy-in
  • Screening; progress so far
  • Providing help

12.00 Open forum
12.30 Lunch & Networking

13.30 Asbestos, the duty to manage
Nigel Brace, Consultant, QSM Ltd

  • It's the dust you can't see that kills
  • Your duty to manage
  • Identifying locations, assessing condition
  • Distinguishing between hazard and risk
  • Leave it alone!
  • Getting the right professional help

13.50 How we optimised our asbestos management strategy - CASE STUDY
Susan Hardy, Occupational Health & Safety Manager, East Cheshire NHS Trust

  • An overview of our asbestos inventory
  • Getting a team approach
  • Tackling irrational fears
  • Prioritising asbestos removal and repair
  • What has it really cost us?
  • What we have learned from others

14.10 Rehabilitation: Latest development
Dr Jane Wilford MRCGP, MFOM Consultant, Occupational Physician for Salus, the NHS Occupational Health and Safety Services in Lanarkshire and Medical Director, Healthy Return Project

  • Pilot project in Glasgow
  • The importance of vocational rehabilitation
  • Conceptualising the role of vocational rehabilitation
  • Key elements in effective workplace rehabilitation
  • Internal and external influences on workplace rehabilitation
  • Case histories

14.30 Sickness Absence: A New Model - CASE STUDY
Dr Su Wang, Head of Health, Royal Mail Group, MFOM Specialist Occupational Physician

  • The problem
  • Common pitfalls and solutions
  • Case management
  • Training
  • Who can help me?
  • A new model

15.00 Open forum
15.30 Close

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