RoSPA Scotland Conference 2018

Working together in Scotland

May 2, 2018 – The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

The 2018 Scotland Conference returns on May 2, 2018 and has relocated to Edinburgh.

The RoSPA Scotland conference provides an annual opportunity for the health and safety community in Scotland to come together and discuss key issues facing professionals through a range of updates case studies and interactive sessions, including;

  • New Actions within the Scottish Action Plan on Health and safety and how you can get involved
  • Take part in the Safety Party and discuss a variety of hot topics
  • Learn about exciting new initiatives
  • Update on RoSPA campaigns


09:00 Registration, refreshments and exhibition

09:30 Welcome and introduction from the Chair
Errol Taylor, Chief Executive, RoSPA

09:35 Mental Health, how to support your workplace
Robert Atkinson, Organisational Lead (Occupational Health and Safety), NHS Health Scotland, Health and Work Directorate, Healthy Working Lives

  • Current status of mental health in Scottish workplaces
  • Tools and strategies to support workplaces
  • Looking to the future of support options

10.05 ISO 45001, do you understand the new standard?
Bernie Cerrino, Health & Safety Consultant, RoSPA

  • Why introduce ISO 45001?
  • What is ISO 45001?
  • The key changes from OHSAS 18001 to ISO 45001

10:35 Breathe Freely in Manufacturing
Claire Walsh, Head of SHE – Occupational Health & Wellbeing, BAE Systems Surface Ships Limited

  • Health vs Safety
  • The scale of the problem in manufacturing
  • How you can make a difference and help employees "Breathe Freely"

11:05 Refreshments, networking and exhibition

11:25 Considering organisational sustainability from a whole-person whole-life perspective
Dr Karen McDonnell, Head of RoSPA Scotland, RoSPA OHS Policy Adviser, RoSPA

  • The working age population and workforce planning
  • Engagement across a working life
  • Getting it right every time

11:55 The Power of Proactivity
Scott McGready, National SHEQ Manager, Briggs Equipment UK

  • The importance of proactive safety related engagement
  • The story of the 'Safety Gain' – Briggs Equipment's number 1 tool for proactivity
  • The success and impact of the 'Safety Gain' movement

12:25 Safety Party! What is your vision?
Your chance to discuss hot topics with today’s speakers. Present your opinions to your fellow colleagues.

12:55 Lunch, networking and exhibition

13:55 How to work safely at height
Ian Armstrong, Health and Safety Manager, Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd

  • An overview of what Multiplex use for protection at height, specifically with high-rise buildings
  • What can go wrong and how can this be prevented?

14:25 When an HSE Inspector calls
Helen Bowdren, Malcolm Gunnyeon, Partner and James McMillan, Senior Associate, Dentons

  • When a HSE or SEPA inspector arrives at your premises, the right thing to do is to co-operate
  • How do you assist without handing over confidential information or privileged documents? Can you say too much?

Our Health, Safety and Environmental team will explain the obligations, rights and risks associated with a Health and Safety Executive interview. The session will provide practical tips about handling investigations. Learn everything, from accompanying investigators and releasing documents to handling a formal interview under caution.

15:25 Ask the speakers
This is your chance to have a say and to put any questions to the panel.

15:45 Closing remarks from the chairman and event close


The 2018 Scotland 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 Street,

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


Getting to the event

 Travel 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.

 Travel 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.

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.

 Travel 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 AA Route Planner or the RAC Route Planner.


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 follow this link.

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'

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.


Standard booking fee:

- Member: £225 + VAT
- Non-Member: £260 + VAT

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