Following the success of the 2014 RoSPA Construction Health and Safety Conference, the event returns to Birmingham on Thursday, March 19, 2015 – book your place now to avoid missing out!
Taking place at the Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre, the 2015 conference presents you with the opportunity to hear from top construction companies and industry thought leaders, providing best practice guidance through case study examples, practical advice to take away and implement in the workplace, and the latest information you need to know to protect your workforce, as well as highlighting what support is available. You will also get the chance to partake in lively debate, visit the exhibition and network with like-minded individuals.
The industry is altering all the time, with proposed changes to the CDM regulations, the 'Safer Sites' targeted inspection initiative rolled out by the Health and Safety Executive in autumn 2014, and the growing concern of occupational ill health that has taken a backseat for too long, especially when it is such a big problem for the construction industry. Find out at the conference what these changes mean for you and your employees, as well as learning the latest techniques to manage occupational safety and health in the industry effectively.
The construction industry remains one of the most dangerous sectors to work in, so the need for regular, reliable updates is important. Those with responsibility for occupational safety and health within the industry are faced with challenges on a daily basis to keep their workers protected from injury and ill health, and to protect themselves and companies from prosecution. This conference will help to do just that.
We recognise that times are still hard, so the cost to attend has been frozen at the same rates as in 2014.
09:00 Registration, refreshments and exhibition
09:30 Welcome and introduction from Chair
Brian Berry, Chief Executive, Federation of Master Builders
09:45 The Regulator's perspective: the future of the construction industry
Judith Hackitt CBE FREng, Chair, Health and Safety Executive
Hear the Regulator’s perspective on expected challenges and successes for the sector. What needs to be done to improve working conditions?
Following the Safer Sites Targeted Inspection Initiative in autumn 2014, hear what these unannounced visits achieved. Also, find out what changes will be made to the CDM Regulations and how they will affect you. Is the future bright for construction?
10:30 The role of leadership in the journey towards zero harm
Heather Bryant, Director of Health, Safety and Environment, Balfour Beatty
A look into Balfour Beatty's continued journey towards zero harm. How does the business aim to eliminate risks and hazards? What relationship does strong leadership have with the focus on achieving zero harm day to day? Learn from the organisation’s efforts to keep the public safe and their employees healthy.
As the immediate past Chief Inspector of Construction at the HSE, Heather has influenced policy and shaped the sector. Find out where she sees the industry heading and what the major challenges will be going forward.
11:15 Refreshments, exhibition and networking
11:45 Cultural change through communication
Paul Lynchehaun, Director – Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (Europe hub), Laing O'Rourke
Laing O'Rourke believes that communication is critical to reducing accidents at work. They feel it’s important that everyone understands their approach to health and safety and feels empowered to play their part. And is it’s producing positive results for the company, reducing workplace incidents and creating a more engaged workforce.
Find out how the company goes about communicating and engaging with the workforce to produce these positive effects.
12:15 Mental health awareness
Ian Armstrong, EHS Manager, Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe
Paul Mooney, Health and Safety Manager, Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe
Brookfield Multiplex has two mental health awareness trainers, who carry out one day awareness sessions for project managers. They have also worked closely with the NHS to produce a training DVD, which is now available to all industries in Scotland. 'Ahead for health' tackles the subject of mental health at work.
The DVD encourages workers to think about their mental health and realise that there are some simple, everyday ways to stay well. It also aims to reduce stigma by giving people the confidence to discuss mental health openly in the workplace. The DVD was developed with the support of a number of companies to raise the subject of mental health in male dominated industries. See how this can help your workforce.
12:45 Is your asbestos management strategy truly effective?
Martin Stear, Chartered Occupational Hygienist, Workplace Environment Solutions
Registrar, BOHS Faculty of Occupational Hygiene
Over 4,000 people die from asbestos-related diseases every year and we are yet to see the peak death rate. Whilst these deaths are due to historical exposures we still know that many employers don’t get asbestos management right.
HSE are taking more and more enforcement action with some high profile prosecutions. But such organisations typically always have an asbestos survey and some level of training, so why does it keep going wrong. Why are we still seeing the alarming headlines about our workplaces?
13:15 Lunch, exhibition and networking
14:15 The dangers of hand-arm vibration syndrome
Bernard Cerrino, Health and Safety Consultant, RoSPA
Using vibrating hand-held tools can cause devastation for people whose job requires them to handle the equipment regularly, as prolonged use can lead to the debilitating condition – hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). Exposure to vibration is particularly high in the construction industry and the onus is on the employer to protect workers against HAVS. Are you doing enough? Learn how to recognise the symptoms, what effects these can have on employees and their work, find out what measures you should have in place to reduce the risks.
14:45 Managing occupational health and wellbeing
Phil Green, Director, Safety, Health and Environmental Department, Kier Group
Last year, there were around 76,000 cases of work-related ill health in the construction industry. 31,000 of these were new cases, raising an urgent need for action. Kier is proactive in keeping its workforce healthy, as well as safe. Find out how they go about managing the risks to improve working conditions, and in turn reduce sickness absence. Also, hear what they consider to be the differences between occupational health, health (as in SHE), and wellbeing.
15:15 Building better working environments together: panel debate session
Brian Berry, Judith Hackitt, Ian Armstrong, Paul Mooney, Paul Lynchehaun, Martin Stear
Here is your chance to have a say – put your questions to the panel of industry leaders and experts, as they debate the future of health and safety in the construction industry
15:45 Closing remarks from the Chair
16:00 Conference close
RoSPA reserves the right to make changes to the published programme.
The 2015 RoSPA Construction Health and Safety Conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza in Birmingham City Centre.
Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre
+44 (0)121 224 5000
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Getting to the event
We strongly advise that you travel to the event by public transport where possible to avoid roads works, traffic disruptions and delays caused by major developments currently taking place across Birmingham city centre and the surrounding area.
For a detailed list of all road works including motorway maintenance, please click here.
Travel by train
Despite re-development work taking place at Birmingham New Street train station, all trains are running as usual. Frequent connections to/from Birmingham International (airport), Manchester, London, Cardiff, Newcastle, Liverpool and other destinations, run through this station. Please visit the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner.
The Crowne Plaza is approximately a six minute walk from New Street station.
Walking from New Street station to the venue
Head south towards Queens Drive, and continue straight. Turn right on to Hill St/National Route NCN 5. Turn left on to Navigation Street. Turn right on to National Route NCN 5. Turn left on to Holliday St/National Route NCN 5.Take a slight right and the venue will be on your right.
Travel by bus
The nearest bus stop is on Ernest Street (Stop HH2), which operates buses 80, 98 and 99, none of which are affected by the road works.
Travel by air
Birmingham International airport operates both internal and international flights. If you are travelling from further afield, the airport is just a 10 minute train journey from Birmingham New Street station.
Travel by car
If you are travelling by car, please allow more time than usual or as indicated on your Sat Nav.
From the M6, take the A38 (M), A38 and A4400 to Bridge St/National Route NCN 5.
Head southwest and merge on to the A38 (M). Continue on to Corporate Street/A38. Keep left to continue on St. Chads Queensway/A4400. Take a slight left on to Great Charles Street Queensway/A4400. Take another slight left on to Paradise Circus Queensway, and another slight left on to Broad St/A456. Continue on National Route NCN 5 to the venue.
Map showing venue location in relation to the M6
Zoomed in map showing venue location
If you would like to book accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Birmingham City Centre, please call the Reservations Team on 0121 224 5018.
Alternatively, there are several other hotels nearby, including:
Who Should Attend?
The conference is aimed at anyone with responsibility for health and safety at work in the construction sector, including:
health and safety practitioners
senior managers and directors
occupational health advisors
architects and designers
trade union representatives
human resources managers
risk and insurance managers
business advisors and other 'intermediaries'
Times are tough so the cost to attend has been frozen at the same rates as 2014.
Early bird prices
Early Members: £212 plus VAT
Early Non-Members: £248 plus VAT
Early discount ends 12/02/2015
Members: £265 plus VAT
Non-Members: £310 plus VAT
Contact the RoSPA Events team on +44 (0)121 248 2089 or email@example.com