Operational Excellence Theatre

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Effective investigation implementation - case study: lessons shared
10:45 - 11:15
Operations Manager
Kelvin TOP-SET

Kelvin TOP-SET are world leaders in incident investigation and problem-solving methodology. In this talk, Nikki Curtis will discuss her experiences rolling out the TOP-SET Incident Investigation System across a major infrastructure company when she was Head of HSEQ.
Nikki will discuss planning, roll-out and lessons learned along the way, as well as challenges faced by organisations implementing a new methodology.
We will also be discussing the benefits gained by taking the time to plan, implement and successfully embed an incident investigation system into an organisation and the return on investment.

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome – A synopsis of latest research
11:30 - 12:00
Chief Technology Officer
Reactec Ltd.

The session will provide an overview of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome including the latest knowledge and research from across all aspects of the condition and related exposure science.

Current challenges in prevention will be illustrated alongside potential avenues for improvement enabled through recent technological and scientific developments.

The session will cover:
• Clinical overview of condition pathogenesis and recent biomedical research
• Epidemiological overview of risk factors and the effect of variance on further progress on disease prevention
• Operator tool interaction and resulting variance of human response to vibration – latest research
• Harnessing data to drive change and addressing the issue at the source

When it comes to lone worker protection, one size doesn’t fit all
12:05 - 12:35
Lone Worker Solutions

Lone and remote working is on the rise. Fuelled by flexibility, responsiveness, and technology employers and workers alike are actively choosing lone working scenarios. Often these workers in your organisation will be apparent to you. But some lone workers may be more invisible. What about the librarian who stays late to tidy up and is alone in the building; or the utility engineer who is working with customers but isolated from colleagues?

Who is working alone?

The Health & Safety Executive defines lone working as “those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision”. This definition includes staff in fixed establishments who may be out of sight of colleagues, those who are occasionally mobile and working away from their usual base, and those who permanently, or usually, work by themselves.

Devices for everybody

Since each worker’s role and risk assessment will be different, it’s essential to ensure they have a device ideally suited to their scenario. For each type of lone working environment there is a perfect solution, here are a few examples:

  • Working in remote areas with a weak mobile signal will need satellite devices.
  • Customer-facing staff need a wearable device or product with an easy to locate SOS feature.
  • Team members using smartphones or even standard mobile phones may not want to carry an additional device, they need a system accessed via an app or short dial programming.
  • Office or home-based workers using PCs or laptops need desktop-accessible systems.
  • Staff working near to combustible materials or in industrial locations will require an intrinsically safe device specifically to remove the risk of a spark.
  • Workers in areas where exposure may be time-limited should be protected with alarm beacons that monitor access and egress.

We would discuss these in general terms (not specific brands), including product categories that LWS doesn’t necessarily support. Companies with varied remote and lone workers need to be sure that their system supports every device and every person, regardless of their work/risk scenario.

A lawyer’s view on safety compliance and incident management in the workplace
12:40 - 13:10

This session is a lively legal update and regulatory roundup into how to reduce accidents, protect your people and reputation. BLM will guide delegates through recent health and safety case law and how this impacts on your business. The session will also review tips on best practice in incident management and investigation.

Does ISO 45001 support a strong safety culture?
13:20 - 13:40
Organizational Resilience Market Development Manager

• Organisations are often puzzled that the introduction of a safety management system does not always improve safety culture, especially long-term – why is this?
• The Safety Culture Maturity Model looks at behaviours and 10 elements which are needed for safety culture - does ISO 45001 address these elements?
• Have organisations that have adopted ISO 45001 seen any changes to culture?

ISO 45001: International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems : (The Story So Far)
13:50 - 14:20
Health, Safety and Environmental Consultant
British Safety Council

The session will review and discuss:

• Background to ISO 45001 standard development
• Main themes of the standard
• Experience of organisation’s adopting the standard to date
• How to prepare for transition to ISO 45001

Time to Breathe: air pollution and outdoor work
14:30 - 15:00
Head of Campaigns and Engagement
British Safety Council

Time to Breathe: air pollution and outdoor work

• Why we think outdoor workers are vulnerable to the health impacts of ambient air pollution. The regulatory 'gap' and launching Time to Breathe.
• The use of data to inform operational decisions that can help reduce outdoor worker exposure: Canairy, the mobile app and the politics of data.
• London's pollution 'infrastructure' and an overview of UK monitoring of air pollution. Working with King's College London.
• Data into policy: next steps for Time to Breathe.

What is occupational hygiene, and what value has it added to Tideway?
15:10 - 15:40
Director of Health, Safety and Wellbeing
Thames Tideway
  • What is occupational hygiene ?
  •  What are the benefits of having an occupational hygienist  - in house or consultant - working for you? 
  • How has OH transformed Tideway?
  • Why you should speak to BOHS


What is occupational hygiene, and what value has it added to Tideway?
15:10 - 15:40
  • What is occupational hygiene ?
  •  What are the benefits of having an occupational hygienist  - in house or consultant - working for you? 
  • How has OH transformed Tideway?
  • How BOHS can help


Breathe Freely: A campaign to reduce respiratory lung disease in construction
15:50 - 16:20
Technical Lead for Occupational Hygiene

It is widely acknowledged that there is a very significant burden of respiratory disease associated with working in the British construction industry. Experts estimate that for every worker killed in a construction site accident, a hundred workers will die from long latency lung diseases resulting from dust exposures.
Chris will discuss the British Occupational Hygiene Society’s highly successful Breathe Freely campaign. This initiative was launched around 4 years ago and targeted at reducing respiratory disease in construction. Chris will summarise the journey of Breathe Freely, describing how the campaign has engaged the construction industry and helped to drive a culture of tackling health like safety. She will discuss some of the practical tools which the campaign has generated, which are designed to upskill construction industry stakeholders to allow them to effectively manage respiratory disease risks.
More recently the campaign has broadened out to engage with the manufacturing sector, specifically to address welding. Chris will describe the recently launched welding control selector tool, which provides clear guidance on how to effectively control the respiratory risks associated with welding.

Asbestos competency in the 21st century
16:30 - 17:00
Chartered Occupational Hygienist, Registrar
Faculty of Asbestos Assessment and Management (FAAM)

The appetite for using products containing asbestos had largely gone when new year broke in 1980; or at least no more asbestos was to be sprayed, no more asbestos lagging was to be mixed and applied, and no more asbestos insulating board was to be cut, drilled and fitted.

Then came the first major decade when we decided to reverse the process and get the stuff out of our schools, shops and factories etc. Moving nearly 40 years on, one might expect asbestos to be a problem confined to the history books; but it is not.

We are returning to those schools, shops and factories to remove the asbestos we thought we had removed in the 1980s.

Forty years on and nearly 60 years after the UK developed common methods for asbestos sampling, we are now debating how we should test for asbestos and what should be considered an ‘acceptable’ level of exposure. If we don’t tackle these problems now and tackle them through competent advice and expertise, give it another 40 years and duty holders will still be wondering whether or not they have an asbestos problem.