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Keynote Theatre

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Technology debate: how drones, virtual reality and other technology will rapidly influence health & safety risk reduction strategies
10:30 - 11:15
Head of Central Engineering
Transport for London
Pinsent Masons
Crowd Management Consultant
The Crowd Management Company
Health, Safety and Wellbeing Director
Skanska UK Plc
Head of Health, Safety, Security and Wellbeing
Thames Water Utilities

• The future of technology in health and safety, with case study examples
• Drones and the potential applications to remove risk for humans, including working at height inspections
• 'Skyfencing' and the future of site protection from unwanted drones
• VR programmes currently being used for confined space Training Courses
• Driverless cars

Inspirational Keynote: Ruby Wax OBE
11:30 - 12:30
Mental health campaigner, comedian, writer and actor

Ruby will address the importance of good mental health as well as tackling the problems of communication within businesses and organisations, especially for leaders. Combining psychological insights with her understanding of writing and performing, and of course humour, Ruby helps both individuals and groups understand how to create an open, honest culture that encourages and succeeds. A hilarious yet essential education not to be missed by responsible employers and employees alike.

Inquests – lessons to learn from the Coroners Court
12:40 - 13:10
Partner, Safety, Health & Environment team

During our session, we will provide:
• An overview of the inquest process, the powers of the Coroner and why you might become involved in an inquest.
• Guidance on strategy, including when to introduce legal representatives to the coroner and the implications of being granted interested person status.
• An overview of how you should guide witnesses throughout the inquest process.
• An insight into the wider implications of an inquest and the impact this has on regulatory and civil proceedings, policy coverage and liability for costs.
• Techniques to help you avoid future death reports being issued by the coroner.
• Techniques to deal with reputational issues and handling the media.
• An overview of what the future could hold including increased scrutiny through the Coroners Court; a push for greater regulation of the Coroners role and consideration of the right to appeal.

Emphasising the ‘health’ in health and safety
13:20 - 13:50
Health and Work Portolio Manager

In the past year HSE has launched its Go Home Healthy microsite and social media presence, published far reaching plans to address occupational lung disease, MSDs and work-related stress, hosted three Summit events and generally raised its game on occupational health issues. Geoff Cox will be providing the background to these developments, reflecting on how well things have gone thus far, and giving an insider’s feel for what we can expect to see next.

What makes a good risk assessment?
14:00 - 14:30
HM Principal Inspector of Health and Safety
Panel discussion: ISO 45001
14:40 - 15:20
Global Product Champion - Health and Safety
Head of Health & Safety
Department for International Trade
Turner & Townsend
UK Operations HSE Manager - MSc, BSc (Hons) CMIOSH, Dip OH, DipHS
Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) Director
CBRE Global Workplace Solutions EMEA

Our expert panel will discuss the world’s first global occupational health and safety standard – ISO 45001. They will discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities this new standard presents and share the learnings that have come from those who are, or have implemented, this exciting new international standard. You will then get the chance to quiz the panel with a live Q&A session.

SHP debate: Is perceived stress really more important than safety?
15:30 - 16:10
Managing Director
The Healthy Work Company
b-Safe Management Solutions
Health and Work Portolio Manager
Operations Director – Health, Safety & Wellbeing

Should the health and safety profession be responsible for mental health? And is it right that health and safety professionals, events and media are focussing so much on stress and mental health, as opposed to other areas of core responsibilities? This panel will discuss the facts.  

The group will concentrate on 4 main areas of discussion before opening it out to the audience. 

·         Is focussing on stress weakening the profession’s ability to deal with safety?  

·         What do the statistics show?  

·         What should we make of the high numbers of suicide in construction?  

·         Does the skillset of the health and safety professional lend itself to the issue?   

Transitioning to a more business relevant FM
16:20 - 16:50

For too long conferences have been awash with calls for the outside world to ‘get FM’. We know the impact FM can have on business, the economy and wider society; but is that message hitting home?

On 1 March BIFM announced its intention to change its name to the Institute of Workplace and Facilities management. It argues that the surge in recognition by organisations of the impact that physical environments have on their people’s performance is an opportunity for the FM profession to shine.

In this session Chris will assess that opportunity, exploring the steps required to take full advantage, the skills and insight the profession requires moving forward and the tools available to help.

Lone Worker and Driver Safety Theatre

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Practical Advice to Safeguard lone workers Personal Safety when Home Visiting
10:30 - 11:00
Area Sales Manager

Best practice advice when visiting clients in their homes. This includes personal and business preparation, dynamic risk assessments, warning signs and de-escalation techniques.

Body Worn video - understanding the benefits and considerations
11:00 - 11:30
Managing Director

Exploring how Body Worn Video may affect the future of lone worker safety, the benefits to the lone worker and first responders, considerations from a data protection perspective and how to reduce the burden of data management.

Developing the lone working mindset
12:40 - 13:10
Health and Safety Director

Developing and adopting a safe lone-working mindset can help protect your employees. This highly interactive talk will discuss the realities of lone working against a framework of policies. It will explore ways to recognize and defuse potentially dangerous situations through behavioral change and positional effectiveness.

What are the health and safety requirements when running a fleet of company or private cars used for business?
13:30 - 14:00
Sales Director

• What are the Health and Safety requirements for fleet managers – company, privately-owned and hire cars and vans?
• What has been the effect of the changes to Health and Safety sentencing guidelines, since Feb 2016, with examples?
• Why is Health and Safety compliance is just the start?
• What are the business benefits of a robust health and safety strategy for people who drive for work?

Driving offences – the fleet perspective
14:30 - 15:00
Partner, Safety, Health & Environment team

During our session, we will cover:
• An overview of driving offences.
• The Sentencing Council sentencing guidelines, including the recent consultation on new offences.
• The impact of developments in the law for fleet managers.
• Risk management strategies.
• A case study where you will consider a real-life scenario and potential implications for your drivers, managers and your company.
• The future – focusing on the impact of technology.

The importance of managing operational road risk
15:30 - 16:00
Fleet Consultant

·         How to identify gaps in any organisational process and correct any imbalance 

·         Avoid being exposed to legal and civil litigation 

·         Learn how to develop cost effective solutions at an affordable price 

Occupational Health and Wellbeing Theatre

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Workplace design and wellbeing
10:30 - 11:15
Aukett Swanke
Il Prisma
Country manager UK Branch & strategy director BU Destinations
Il Prisma
Practical considerations for implementing mental health first aid
12:30 - 13:00
Managing Director
The Healthy Work Company
Safety Director
West Midlands Trains

Mental Health First Aid is the best-known training course available for companies who wish to start raising awareness and reducing stigma in their organisations. Before implementing it, you need to consider a number of factors such as how you will support MHFAiders. This session is brought to you from The Healthy Work Company who have trained organisations such as ITV, Mace, Allianz, Man Truck and Bus, Royal Shakespeare Company, Luton Airport,West Midland trains,  mainly working with the Health and Safety Director on the strategy behind the sessions.  

Human-focused human factors
13:10 - 13:40
Principal Consultant

Human Factors is an applied science in which we strive to identify, understand and manage those things which influence our (human) performance at work for better or worse.  Sometimes these factors are simple to identify and understand, but not always.  There is usually more than one factor influencing our performance and there are many effective Human Factors techniques to help us understand and manage these.  In this presentation, I’d like to consider how we have traditionally applied this science across industry and whether we can (and should) apply Human Factors in a more Human Focused style than before.

Using nature-inspired design to improve office occupant health and wellbeing
13:50 - 14:20
Research Director

BRE and partners have commenced a long-term project “The Biophilic Office project” to grow and deepen the evidence base for health, wellbeing and productivity impacts of creating a restorative office environment. Alongside indoor environment the measurement of the physiological and psychological wellbeing of office occupants forms the evidence base to help understand the return on investment for office refurbishment using nature-inspired biophilic design. Does refurbishing with higher levels of occupant wellbeing in mind bring a greater return – in terms of business performance, reduced absenteeism and improved reported levels of wellness?

New mental health and wellbeing support tool
14:30 - 14:50
Getting a good night's sleep: the impact on fatigue on safety and how to deal with it in the workplace
15:00 - 15:30
Managing Director
Third Pillar of Health Ltd

• Levels of sleeplessness across society and the rise in sleep disorders
• The link between sleep, health and performance
• The link between sleep and stress
• How to go about understanding the extent, impact and causes of tiredness and fatigue in staff
• Interventions and solutions in the workplace

IOSH managing occupational health and wellbeing
16:20 - 16:50
Director of Business Services

The session will outline the growing business case for occupational health and wellbeing programmes in business.  Delegates will gain insight into how investments in health and wellbeing are providing organisations with competitive advantage and how IOSH is supporting organisation’s to implement leading practical steps to deliver ‘the healthy profit’.

Operational Excellence Theatre

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Making business and safety even better
10:45 - 11:15
Group Managing Director
Kelvin TOP-SET

Over the years it is undoubtedly clear that safety is improving and yet there are major gains to be achieved by digging even deeper. Identifying ‘Weak Signals and Indicators’ can help companies make further improvements to business and safety performance, and importantly, avoid incidents and accidents.

In this presentation, examples will be given from several industrial sectors on how identifying seemingly unimportant indicators can be the key to preventing failures, even disasters, while establishing the opportunities for significantly enhanced performance across the whole company.

The application of straightforward tools and techniques, from visual risk assessment to investigation and barrier analysis methodologies, will be illustrated.

ISO 41001 - Raising the bar for FM Globally
11:30 - 12:20
Senior Director
GVA Acuity
Key Facilities Management International
Director Public Sector Services Affairs

The session will discuss a newly published BS ISO 41001 – the most important facilities management(FM) standard produced to date.

It will explain what FM means and will give guidance on how to manage an integrated FM system for tendering purposes.

This standard is set to become an international benchmark for insourced and outsourced service provision of FM.

By attending this session you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the scope of the standard
  • Learn how BS ISO 41001 should be used, including examples of best practice and strategy options
  • The ‘value add’ to be derived from use and compliance with the standard

Ask questions and network with the those directly involved in the development of the standard


Controlling exposures to prevent occupational lung disease in a Manufacturing
12:30 - 13:00
Industrial hygiene coordinator (UK & Italy)


  • What the risks are
  • The extent of the problem
  • How to manage exposure to welding fumes
  • How to access FREE expertise and resources
  • YOUR opportunity to get involved
Breathe freely in construction - 2018 update
13:15 - 13:45
Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing

• An update on the campaign to date
• Upcoming activities
• Showcase of available resources
• Examples of how the resources can be used in the workplace

An HSE inspector’s take on preventing work-related ill-health
14:00 - 14:30
HM Specialist Inspector of Health and Safety
Health and Safety Executive

There are many tasks and processes in many industries that can lead to significant ill health risks to those both directly and indirectly involved. A key part of HSE’s Help Great Britain Work Well campaign is earlier prevention, which is more cost-effective than trying to intervene when a person is suffering from more serious ill health. A good risk assessment is just the first step in preventing work-related ill-health. Risks that are identified should be controlled by putting in place appropriate and sensible control measures.

AI revolution in safety - Robot safety rocks - shaping the future!
14:45 - 15:15
Health and Safety Manager

The AI revolution is happening and it is already affecting the safety industry. Will it be innovation or disruption? How will this affect us as organisations, service providers and practitioners? John Kersey, SHP “Robot Safety” contributor will take you through 5 steps to get you started on the Industry 4.0 path

Risk assessment in the digital age: making an impact with virtual reality.
15:30 - 16:00
British Safety Council
Head of Digital Learning

With the recent release of the Oculus Go, a fully functional self-contained VR headset can be purchased for under £200. It is no longer prohibitively expensive to purchase enough headsets for an entire class to use simultaneously. But how can VR be used effectively in training? Can it just be used to teach process or can it also be used to influence and change behaviour? Isn’t VR training just glorified gaming anyway?

In this session, James will discuss:

  • making an impact through engaging the senses and evoking emotional responses
  • creating memorable experiences
  • measuring differences in attitude and behaviour
Innovative approaches to training
16:15 - 16:45
Education Manager
British Safety Council

For health and safety training to be effective, learning should be active, rather than passive.  Clare Constant shares the British Safety Council’s latest approaches to training.   

Professional Development Theatre

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Achieving Health and Safety leadership excellence in the workplace
10:45 - 11:15
Head of Human & Organisational Performance,
HSE, Science Division
Senior Psychologist
Health and Safety Executive
Qualification Development Manager

NEBOSH and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will jointly host this interactive session. Research undertaken by the HSE has identified key competencies and behaviours that are associated with health and safety leadership excellence. We plan to highlight what these competencies are and give you the opportunity to put your questions to HSE's expert psychologists and human factors experts.

Developing HSE leaders from managers, and building your career
12:30 - 13:00
Global Health, Safety, Environment, BCM & Security

Darren is currently Senior Vice President for DHL Globally for HSE, where he has progressed significantly since joining as a Health & Safety Director for DHL UK in 2003. He started his health & Safety career with the Coal board back in 1985, before moving to Midlands newspapers as a Health & Safety Officer, and Stadco the manufacturing supplier to the Automotive industry, as Group Health & Safety Manager.

Assessing safety culture: Old wine in a new bottle
13:10 - 13:40

• Organisations have struggled to ‘truly’ measure safety culture, using safety climate surveys as a proxy, simply because a viable alternative method was not available.
• An existing qualitative cultural measurement tool was adapted to incorporate a quantitative element focused on the effectiveness of an organisation’s efforts to influence safety behaviour.
• Use of the adapted assessment tool in a North American conglomerate was found to be highly reliable and demonstrated criterion-related validity with various types of serious and minor injury records.
• The cultural assessment tool is a practical, useful, reasonably accurate and cost-effective method for identifying and describing an organisation’s safety culture that lends itself to injury reduction.
• The talk will present a case study and results.

Training – Getting it right
13:50 - 14:20
Health & Safety Consultant
  • Get the best results
  • Optimise your value for money
  • Deliver the correct training to the right people.
It’s not about the fall... but about the bounce
14:30 - 15:15
Chairman and Speaker
Anker & Marsh
Managing Director
Anker & Marsh

Jason Anker MBE has spoken over the last 8 years on the implications of not speaking up and the implications on his life, family and friends.

As we are now rightly focusing on health and wellbeing as well, Jason has been developing a new talk about what he has achieved since his accident and how not just having resilience but learning how to use it to improve his health and wellbeing. Jason’s journey since his accident has not always been easy but now concentrated on his achievements and things he can do no longer thinking about things he cannot do.

The talk now is not about the fall but it’s about the bounce.

New safety debate
15:30 - 16:00
Brand Director
Safety & Health Expo
HS Director
Battersea Power Station Development Company
Health and Safety Manager

An introduction to the ‘new safety’ campaign, developed by SHP and the health and safety community. The debate will include results of an survey and will debate the following statements:

Health and safety should be:
1. Holistic – caring for both mental and physical health
2. Disruptive – embracing new approaches and technologies
3. Business leadership – driving cultural change from the boardroom to the frontline
4. Innovative – finding creative solutions to problems
5. Inclusive – celebrates diversity of views and individuals
6. Sustainable – champions environmentally sustainable business values