In a rapidly changing world the modern day Health & Safety professional’s role continues to evolve. The panel will discuss the present topical issues facing society and industry today.
- Embracing technology – how the revolution in cutting edge tech is having an impact on Health & Safety
- Mental Health – the steps being taken by business to address what has been hidden for many years
- Brexit – will the forthcoming changes in Europe impact on skills and resources demands in the UK
- Technical professional or business leader! – how has the expectations placed on the H&S professional changed
- Behavioural Safety - in a changing world are businesses getting a handle on affecting the attitude of their people
Speakers will discuss the impact of workplace design and office interiors on the productivity of employees. It will consider how people interact with the environment in which they work and they ways in which workplace design & strategy can positively impact employee wellbeing.
In December 2016 The Workplace Advantage report, was published by the Stoddart Review. This independent and cross-industry research urges businesses and the workplace industry to question their workplace strategies and seize the opportunity to leverage the potential the workplace offers business.
The report drew on insights from numerous experts, case studies and quantitative insights. It revealed that an effective workplace can improve business productivity by as much as 3.5% (if not more). But what next? This session provides an overview of the research and the key themes and findings, but also invites the industry to embrace these points and take action.
The Stoddart Review was formed in memory of Christopher Stoddart, by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and founding partners of The Crown Estate, Cushman & Wakefield, Joanna Lloyd-Davies and Polly Plunket-Checkemian.
The presentation will outline three real life safety incidents which have been seen in the Oil & Gas sector. Then with the application of Virtual Reality the presentation will illustrate how a user can enhance and test their knowledge to ensure they heighten their awareness of the issues faced in working in challenging environments.
Exploring the specific risks and challenges of managing them.
A case study on how to implement a comprehensive and effective lone worker solution from one of Skyguard's key clients Brent Council, which is one of London’s most diverse Boroughs. The Lone Workers from The Council, like many others, carry out lone visits to residents homes for a variety of reasons. Much of their work involves conveying messages and decisions that may not be well received by the customer.
There have been many financial barriers in recent years which means that joint visits are not necessarily a viable option, but the employer has a duty of care to the employee to safeguard their health, safety and wellbeing. Following an incident in 2015 a decision was made to introduce Skyguard personal safety alarms for Social Workers, initially, in order to enhance and improve the Lone worker safety protocol already in place.
- The background of Fusion Housing. A non-profit making charity working to help individuals in Kirklees who are experiencing housing related problems and need support with learning and employment.
- The growth of the charity and why a robust lone working solution was needed
- Their diverse lone workers and how the solution was rolled out
- Auditing usage
- The challenges, success and future of their lone worker project
Lone Worker Protection is increasingly moving up the agenda for all organisations – whether operating in the private or public sector. Here we discuss key elements of the process in order to ensure a successful adoption by users, the impact of an updated lone worker standard, and return on investment for an organisation.
- User engagement
- Understanding your chosen technology
- BS 8484: 2016
- Alarm monitoring and the importance of verification
Return on investment:
- A shift change to dynamic risk assessment means higher usage
- Where might costs be saved
On the 30th anniversary of Suzy's disappearance Suzy Lamplugh Trust launched Suzy's Code for Personal Safety. The code highlights steps that should be taken to increase personal safety for lone and frontline workers, such as: having a robust system in place for colleagues to covertly raise the alarm in an emergency whilst working alone.
- Who are lone workers?
- What does the research say about physical and mental health
- How should we be managing risks in the home environment – what are our duties
- What about workers on the road?
- Summary and the approaches we take at IOM
• The importance of competence: why this shouldn’t be underestimated; how can you ensure the right people are doing a good job?
• How to navigate the minefield of competency
• Which qualifications can help with career progression
• Updates in the world of asbestos and how they can affect you
David Ramsay, an interesting and entertaining speaker, will outline how effective Investigation and Root Cause Analysis can help all companies in every sector use techniques and findings to make the changes that enhance safety and prevent incidents occurring. David will draw on thirty years of international experience of investigating a wide range of incidents of varying severity in industries such as rail, civil engineering, explosives, marine and oil. He also facilitated the investigation into the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.
Steve’s talk will talk about the necessity for employers to treat ‘Health’ more like ‘Safety’: although great strides have been made in improving the safety of workers, unfortunately - real workplace health risks lie at the heart of the huge social and economic burden of occupational disease in the UK, as well as being part of an employer’s legal duty to manage workplace health.
Statistics that illustrate this burden include, each year: 13,500 new cases of occupational cancer; 8,500 new cases of respiratory disease, including COPD and Asthma; 20,000 new cases of Noise Induced Hearing Loss; 35,000 new cases of occupational skin disease; 141,000 new cases of musculoskeletal disorders; hundreds of thousands of Hand-Arm Vibration disorders. The HSE estimates the annual cost to the nation of occupational ill health and disease at over £8Bn (excludes the costs of all cancers)
The burden can be alleviated via various measures: health risk management needs to be led from the top, and the input of competent professionals, in the areas of controlling exposures to risk, cannot be emphasised enough.
Occupational hygienists are scientifically trained to provide accurate assessment and effective control of workplace health risks in a holistic, cost-effective and proportionate manner – the ‘magic bullet’ in helping eliminate occupational disease.
The construction industry in the UK has made great strides in managing safety and reducing the incidence of serious injury and fatalities over the past ten to fifteen years. Since 2001 the number of fatalities has fallen by two thirds, thanks to the great efforts and achievements of everyone in the industry. Unfortunately, health risks have not received the same amount of attention. Yet HSE estimates that in, around 69,000 construction workers in Great Britain suffer from an illness they believe was caused or made worse by their work. Every week 100 people die from construction-related ill-health in the UK from diseases such as lung cancer and silicosis. 40% of all occupational cancer cases occur in the construction industry even though the sector only employs 5% of the total UK workforce.
Over the past two years a number of campaigns and initiatives including the Construction Health Leadership Group, BOHS’s Breathe Freely initiative and the Construction Dust Partnership have raised awareness of the need to manage health risks in the construction. The industry has responded and more organisations are now taking a more proactive approach.
To ensure that health risks are managed effectively, it’s important to ensure that management, supervisors and workers have a good understanding of the risks and anyone with responsibility for any aspect of health risk management needs to be competent – i.e. have appropriate training, skills, experience and knowledge that a person and the ability to apply them to perform a task safely.
This presentation will explore:
1. The critical importance of properly controlling workplace health risks if ill-health and disease are to be prevented
2. The competencies needed at different levels to ensure workplace health risks are being controlled
3. The potential gaps are how they might be filled
• Launch of a collaborative initiative aimed at tackling occupational lung disease in the manufacturing sector
• Great Britain’s Health and Safety Executive has identified welding as one of the top ten causes of work-related cancer, causing around 152 deaths a year as well as a host of other serious lung conditions
• Tackling the ‘respiratory’ challenge means identifying which Occupational hygiene practices and controls are most effective at reducing exposure
The external safety of your organisation is determined by the levels of internal safety – which is underpinned by the resilience of your employees. In this session, Mark Davies, one of the UK’s leading personal resilience coaches explains how a fresh approach to resilience can immediately impact levels of safety within your organisation. Mark has developed resilience training, Accelerated Leaders’ programmes and mental health and wellbeing initiatives for large, complex organisations including E.ON, Network Rail, Skanska, Carillion, Capita and Thames Water. His practical model incorporates the latest neuroscience research and explains how safe decision-making, collaborative behaviour and resilience should be integrated within a modern workforce.
How do you make safety training interesting? How do you tackle real issues in a way that galvanises people to change habits of a lifetime? How do you keep the energy levels in a training course high while still getting a serious message across?
It is a tall order but the Behavioural Safety Trainers at Macnaughton McGregor do all of that, every day. They are experts in using drama based techniques to bring situations to life and they have the skills and personality to deal with any group in any situation.
Their experience extends to working in the Far East, Middle East, Africa, Europe, The Caribbean and the USA, as well as offshore in British, Dutch, Norwegian and UAE waters.
The training they deliver is a unique distillation of this experience and delivered in a way that inspires change.
Well known author and culture change guru Tim Marsh, founder of RyderMarsh companies and now of the Healthy Work Company, will discuss the rising importance of wellbeing in the workplace. He will offer guidance on addressing this important issue in your workplace and provide case studies to illustrate good practice.
- What are the differences and similarities with health & safety in different countries within Africa, UK and EMEA?
- How do your health & safety challenges and culture compare with those in the UK?
- What emerging safety trends from around the world could the UK learn from?
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Reflection on your own professional practice is a key element in the formal training of professionals, including medicine, but it is relatively new to the safety practitioner. This session will cover what reflective practice is, the key techniques and how to leverage it as a cost effective method of developing your skills in a practical way.
The IOSH Blueprint self-assessment tool is designed to help manage learning and development, both for individuals and for businesses
This session will look at the benefits as an individual and how you can identify your current skills and knowledge base. It will also cover the many business benefits of using the tool, including assessing the safety and health capabilities of an organisation at all levels.
Due to an extremely sad and traumatic event in my personal and business life, I found myself wondering how I could make a difference to others. Proud2bSafe has encouraged and motivated me to share mine and my family’s experiences. I do this in order to encourage directors and senior managers to be more responsible for their actions and the people they employ, and also show how things can quickly escalate and affect not only their lives, families, friends and work colleagues but the employee too.
Questions are being asked about whether risk can really be addressed through blanket policies and procedures enforced by regulation and legislation. This approach promotes the idea that all risk is bad and understates the crucial role of personal responsibility. An entirely new perspective on health and safety risk management is made possible when you can accurately assess people’s risk dispositions. Someone’s ‘risk personality’ is not simply about whether they are reckless or risk averse. It is about how they perceive, react to and manage risk, as well as how they make decisions. A personality-based assessment based on an international body of research measures eight different risk types, each characterised by its own set of advantages and potential disadvantages. This approach provides a coherent framework and a clear vocabulary for effective health and safety risk management, enabling individuals, teams and organisations to leverage their strengths, uncover blind spots and strike an optimum balance between managing risk and seeking opportunity.
Safety culture means different things to different people. How people view it guides their improvement efforts which may lead to success or failure. Making use of the IAEA’s 1986 safety culture definition “that assembly of characteristics and attitudes in organizations and individuals which establishes that, as an overriding priority, safety issues receive attention warranted by their significance”, the author examined the effectiveness of fundamental approaches to safety culture and reducing injury rates. Of practical significance, the findings show that rather than focusing on psychological variables such as people’s values, beliefs and attitudes, safety practitioners are better served by focusing on the quality of their safety management system and addressing people’s safety related behaviour.