RoSPA Scotland Conference 2020

Scotland, what excellence looks like

November 10, 2020 – Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

The 26th RoSPA Scotland Conference returns on November 10, 2020.

The Conference is the annual event for the health and safety community in Scotland. It's a unique opportunity to discuss key issues facing professionals, through a range of updates case studies and interactive sessions. 

Don't miss out on this must attend conference in Scotland and book your place now!

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Registration, refreshments and exhibition
Welcome and introduction from the chairman

Errol Taylor, Chief Executive, RoSPA

Advice about Advice, what do I need to know and where do I find it?

Robert Atkinson, Organisational Lead for Health and Work Services, NHS Health Scotland

Tackling musculoskeletal issues in the workplace

Michael Paton, Principal Specialist Inspector/Senior Policy Advisor, Health and Safety Executive

  • Why we need to think differently
  • Understanding and engaging the workforce
  • Applying a risk management approach
  • Getting the right type of help
Sleep – more important than you think

David Flower, Senior Health Director, Safety and Operational Risk, BP

  • The importance of sleep for our safety, health and performance
  • What happens to our performance when we don’t get enough sleep
  • What are the health impacts of not getting enough sleep
Refreshments, exhibition and networking
Connecting through driving for work in Scotland

Blair Boyd, Lead SHE Auditor, SSE

  • Driving for work, the ripple effect
  • How do you get managers to buy in?
  • Business benefits of managing driving for work
  • Your role in meeting Scotland’s road safety targets
Safety Partnerships in Complex Construction Projects

David Harty, Safety and Compliance Manager (Estates & Buildings), University of Glasgow

  • Understanding the challenges
  • Developing a Safety Charter
  • Delivering a strong safety culture
  • Measuring success
Safety Party! What is your vision?

This is your chance to discuss the chosen hot topics with today’s speakers and present your opinions to your fellow colleagues.

Lunch, refreshments and networking
How to create working environments inclusive of mental health, free from stigma and discrimination
Dr Patty Lozano-Casal, Health, Social Care and Workplace Manager, See Me
  • The impact of mental health stigma and discrimination in the workplace: A lived experience perspective
  • The building blocks of working environments inclusive of mental health, free from stigma and discrimination
  • Practical tools and resources for employers and employees to take action.
Sharing what works: creating the right conditions for healthy working lives

Dr Karen McDonnell, Head of RoSPA Scotland, RoSPA OHS Policy Adviser and Carlene McAvoy, Community Safety Development Manager, RoSPA

  • What does 'good' look like?
  • What are you already doing?
  • How does that help towards achieving HWL Award?
  • Creating mentoring and benchmarking opportunities
Teamwork: Lessons learned from nature

Michelle Muxworthy, Health & Safety Professional and Past Vice President IOSH

  • Looking after each other
  • Working as a team
  • Introducing new leaders
Call to Action
Closing remarks from the chairman and event close


The conference is taking place at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh.

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


Nicolson St,

Telephone: +44 (0)131 527 1600
Fax: +44 (0)131 557 6406

By train

Edinburgh Waverley Station is 10 minutes’ walk from the College. Please exit Waverley via the Market Street opening.

Take a right and then 1st left onto Cockburn Street and follow the road/hill until the top. Take a left of the top of Cockburn Street onto The Royal Mile. At the 1st set of lights, take a right onto South Bridge and continue along this route until the College is on your left on Nicolson Street, opposite the Festival Theatre. Once in the front gates, please follow the relevant signage for your event. A taxi rank is located just outside the station.

By air

The Airlink bus service departs from just outside the domestic arrivals terminal and the journey to the city centre takes just 30 minutes. Buses leave approximately every 10 minutes. The final destination is Waverley Bridge.

Visit the Flybybus website

Alternatively, the Edinburgh Trams also depart from the airport to the city centre and the journey takes approximately 35 minutes. Trams depart approximately every 10 minutes.

By road

Access by car to Surgeons’ Hall can be via many routes. You are therefore advised to go onto a route planner to map your journey.

We recommend the following websites:


There is no private parking at Surgeons’ Hall. There are metered parking spaces on Roxburgh Place, Richmond Place, and Chambers Street. (which are free after 6.30pm). There is also parking in Nicolson Square beside the Clydesdale Bank for approx. £7 per day.

For further travel details please visit the Surgeons Quarter website.

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

If you're interested in showcasing your product or services at the event, please contact Letty Hill at for further information.


Early day delegate fee:

- Member: £125 + VAT
- Non-Member: £145 + VAT

Early rate finishes October 6, 2020

Standard booking fee:

- Member: £155 + VAT
- Non-Member: £180 + VAT

Booking Information

Book your place

Once we start to take bookings, you will have the option to book online or over the phone.

For more information or to register your interest now, please contact the RoSPA Events team on +44 (0)121 248 2090 or at

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