RoSPA Scotland Conference 2019

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May 1, 2019 – DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre

The 2019 Scotland Conference returns on May 1, 2019 and in its 25th year will be supported by the HSE.

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!


Early day delegate fee:
- Member: £125 + VAT
- Non-Member: £145 + VAT

Early rate finishes April 12, 2019

Standard day delegate fee:
- Member: £155 + VAT
- Non-Member: £180 + VAT


09:00 Registration, refreshments and exhibition

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

09:35 Tackling work related ill health conditions
Martin McMahon, HM Inspector of Health and Safety, HSE and Robert Atkinson, Organisational Lead (Occupational Health and Safety, NHS Health Scotland

  • Reviewing the findings from the PHASS Scottish Health and Work Summit held on 1st November 2018
  • Update on progress to tackle the big three work related health conditions
  • What you can do, to make a difference

10:05 Staying Alive: working at height panel debate

  • Falls are the number one cause of deaths in the workplace
  • The impace of falls on familes and Scoeit
  • Getting a grip of Ladder Safety
  • Why don't workers 'take home' safe systems for working at height

10:35 HSE investigations and you
Barry Baker, Head of Operations (Scotland), HSE

  • Why the HSE investigate
  • How the HSE investigate
  • What are the likely outcomes

11:05 Refreshments, exhibition and networking

11:25 The Scottish Mentally Flourishing Workplaces Collaborative
Shirley Windsor, Organisational Lead for Public Mental Health, NHS Health Scotland

11:55 Implementing workplace wellbeing initiatives
Kevin Daniels, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, University of East Anglia
Kevin's talk will cover emerging findings of a review of the scientific literature on implementing workplace wellbeing initiatives. It will draw on case studies of organisations that have successfully implemented multifaceted wellbeing programmes and it will cover the specific areas of action required to make initiatives sustainable

12:25 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.

12:55 Lunch, exhibition and networking

13:45 Personal and Organisational mentoring : routes to success
Dave Foy, Health & Safety Manager, Prestons College and John Johnston, Health, Safety and Radiation Advisor, TechnipFMC

  • The benefits of mentoring
  • The strengths of a mentor and how can you use your skills
  • The power of interpersonal skills in improving OHS standards and performance

14:15 The Journey
Mavis Nye, President, Mavis Nye Foundation
It really began in the 1950`s when aged 15 Mavis met Ray who was to become her lifelong  partner. 49 years later, Mavis was suddenly aware her breathing was laboured and made an urgent appointment with her GP. She was given the news she had mesothelioma and life expectancy of about 3 months. Mavis will share her story of how she was unknowlingly exposed to asbestos in this presentation.

14:45 Driving offences - minimising the risks of prosecution
Katherine Metcalfe, Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons

  • How to guard against employees committing driving offences
  • When things do go wrong, protecting the organisation and supporting employees
  • Common pitfalls
  • Interest from the Traffic Commissioner for Scotland

15:30 Call to action
Dr Karen McDonnell, RoSPA OHS Policy Adviser, Head of RoSPA Scotland

15:45 Closing remarks from Chair


The conference is taking place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh City Centre.

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


34 Bread Street,

Telephone: +44-131-2215555
Fax: +44-131-2219929


Getting to the event

 Travel by train

Edinburgh Haymarket Station is 15 minutes’ walk from the Doubeltree.

Walking Directions - Head north toward Haymarket Terrace/A8. Turn right onto Haymarket Terrace/A8. Continue to follow A8. Continue onto Morrison St/B700. Continue onto Bread St. Destination will be on the right

Waverley Train Station to Hotel:

Walking Directions - Head south on N Bridge/A7 toward High St/The Royal Mile. Turn right onto High St/The Royal Mile. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Johnston Terrace. Continue onto Castle Terrace. Continue onto Spittal St. Turn left onto Bread St. Destination will be on the right.

 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.

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 hotel 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 parking available at Edinburgh Castle Terrace Car Park, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2EW. As a delegate attendee, you can collect a discount voucher from the hotel reception which is £12 for 24 hours reduced from £28.

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

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


This event is now fully booked

Early day delegate fee:

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

Early rate finishes April 12, 2019

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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