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Networking Forum

Workshop: Leadership
10:30 - 11:30
ALFA Consultancy

A fun, practical workshop on safety leadership. During the workshop you will:
• Conduct a self-assessment on your leadership style
• Reflect on how you lead
• Go away with tools to put best leadership practice into place
• Hear from a former Head of Safety at ASDA and a social psychologist

Workshop: 5 mins in the hotseat
12:45 - 13:45

Volunteers be ‘mock’ interviewed under caution and take part on a role play under various circumstances and answering questions from a HSE inspector on behalf of themselves and/or their companies in respect of a mock health & safety incident.
Once we have done a few role plays, there will be a discussion about some of the key lessons to be learned from a legal health and safety perspective for to help businesses enhance their current health & safety policies and practices in order to limit their exposure to liability.

Networking event: Rising Stars
14:00 - 15:00
Workshop: Applying safety differently to accident investivations
15:15 - 16:15
Enpowerment Ltd


Keynote Theatre

Legal masterclass for health and safety professionals: Part 1
10:40 - 11:20

• Can we delegate H&S criminal law duties to contractors?
• Pitfalls of investigating incidents and understanding the bene-fit of privilege protection
• Challenging enforcement notices
• Sentencing guidelines for gross negligence manslaughter – now up to 18 years in jail
• H&S legal Q&A

Inspirational keynote: Courage and risk – a different perspective
11:30 - 12:30

What is courage? Is it just about a willingness to take risks, or is it more about being willing to face your fears? What about perseverance, fail-ing but getting up and trying again? And then there’s the courage re-quired to try something new or to try to see things differently. Some-times the old view is comforting. Sometimes telling yourself that doing something big or rising to the challenge is impossible. Sometimes, it’s so much easier to find an excuse than to find the courage and take the risk.

There is always the risk of failing when you’re trying something new. And in the case of Eddie the Eagle, his ambitions also put him at risk of severe injury. Not landing the 90-meter jump at the Calgary Winter Olympics could have had terrible consequences. But actually, his most serious injury was caused by something completely different.

Eddie recently filmed a re-enactment of his worst injury with Larry Wilson, CEO and author of SafeStart, which provided a totally new way to look at risk – especially the risk of serious injuries and fatalities.

In this inspirational keynote address you will hear about Eddie’s career, his most serious injury and his perspective on risk. Together, Eddie the Eagle and Larry Wilson bring new insights into courage and risk with engagement, humour and a touch of seriousness, so that the safety community can make better risk assessments: especially when it comes to the real risk of serious injuries and fatalities.

Will you still need me when I'm 64? Protecting the health and safety of an ageing workforce
12:40 - 13:10
Occupational Psychilogist

If you begin your working life fit and healthy, you are unlikely to believe that you could ever develop a long-term condition that will be a barrier to the type or amount of work you can do. Yet, 1 in 7 of the working age population in England report having more than one long-term health condition, and that increases as we age.
By 2030, 40% of the working age population will at least one long-term health condition and often these are hidden from employers.
This presentation explores what this means for the management of health and safety across the life course, and outlines the research the Health and Safety Executive is undertaking to answer the questions that will matter most to industry.

A fall from height: case study of a 33ft, headfirst fall
13:20 - 14:05

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Gary Gallagher and at the first company I worked for there was a fall from height. Twenty-two years ago, in July 1996, whilst measuring a building for scaffolding works, an estimator fell through a wrought-iron balustrade from a height of 10 metres. Falling onto a cobble street onto his hands and face, his injuries were extensive and his recovery slow. His accident changed his life and had a deep effect on his family.
With the support of family and close friends, he managed to turn this negative event into something positive by focussing on the future and looking at his fall accident as a life experience. This has driven me to share his story.

This hard-hitting, emotional case study will cover:
- The build up to the accident
- What actually happened
- What happened afterwards

Panel: Investigating accidents differently
14:15 - 15:00
HSQE Director
Docklands Light Railway
Safety Director
Occupational Health and Safety Policy Advisor
Enpowerment Ltd


Mentoring: The importance of developing your personal brand, and how you can use mentoring to support this
15:05 - 15:45
Partner and Head of Contract
HSE Recruitment
Wellbeing, Health and Safety Consultant
AMD Consultancy
Occupational Health and Safety Policy Advisor
Sheile Pantry Associates

This panel will look at the role of reflective practice and mentoring in developing both people and organisations. It will include:
• Making yourself visible to improve your personal brand
• Finding the right connections to support your development
• Different types of mentoring relationships, between both individuals and organisations
• Refining mentoring relationships
• How to get the most out of a mentor

Workplace Wellbeing Theatre

Nutrition as part of a health and wellbeing offer
10:45 - 11:15
Head of Nutrition and Wellbeing, Artizian and Co-Founder
Nutition Bites

• Workplace wellbeing is a vital element to the suc-cess of your company, but does nutrition form part of it?
• Employees who are well – physically, mentally and socially, are more productive, creative and en-gaged, helping their organisations achieve greater success
• Nutrition is now recognised as a powerful interven-tion tool to support employee wellbeing and can complement any wellbeing programme, helping to maximise workplace performance.
• Stress, anxiety, productivity and performance con-cern us all, and energy is the new time. Improved nutrition can support employee wellbeing and resil-ience.

This talk will present ways improve workplace nutrition to help employees eat better, one bite at a time.

Workplace design and its impact on productivity and wellbeing
11:15 - 11:45
Workplace Consultant & Designer

• Trends in what employees want from their work-places
• Differences between generations and different types of worker
• How to design a workplace which positively im-pacts productivity and wellbeing
• What to avoid
• Examples of leading projects

Wellbeing at work – differences in what ‘snowflakes’ and ‘baby boomers’ expect from their employers, and the benefits of wellbeing for recruitment and retention
12:00 - 12:30
Associate Director
Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure

Employees are increasingly looking to their organisation to show that it cares for their mental as well as physical health and wellbeing. This talk will look at ways to proactively manage this area and the positive impact this can have on a business including:
• Research and innovation – the move from fruit boxes to 4D relaxation pods
• Taking a multidisciplinary approach – collabora-tion across the various functions including health & safety, HR and medical professionals
• Impact on recruitment and retention – as the mar-ket becomes more competitive, organisations want to attract the top talent while minimising recruit-ment costs through low staff turn over
• The changing generational focus – from the snow-flake generation to the baby boomers, what do the various employee groups want from an organisa-tion?

Case study: The health offer, including GP service, for staff and constructors at Berkeley
12:45 - 13:15
Head of Health & Safety
Tackling fatigue in your organisation
15:00 - 15:30
Managing Director
Third Pillar of Health

Sleep, together with cardio-vascular fitness and nutrition, form the three pillars of good health.
There is no part of our physical or mental health that can’t be linked back to sleep. When we are sleep deprived, we suffer more frequently from short term ill health. Over time sleep deprivation has been linked to an increased risk of chronic health conditions including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. We are also much more likely to suffer from poor mental health including anxiety and depression.
Sleep is crucial to how we function during the day. This includes our performance at work. Our cognition, executive functioning and creativity are affected. Our vocabulary also becomes impaired.
Our domestic, family and social lives can also be affected. Sleep deprivation affects our personal and professional relationships.
In the US studies have shown that roughly one third of the population are regularly failing to obtain sufficient good quality sleep.
Tiredness and fatigue are unproductive, costly, unhealthy and unsafe. This presentation will help you understand how to tackle fatigue in your organisation.

Drugs and alcohol in the workplace: identifying and deterring inappropriate use
15:45 - 16:15
Training Consultant

• Drug consumption in the UK – new and emerging drug trends; usage statistics for various illegal drugs and legal highs; misuse of prescription drugs in the workplace
• Cannabis and CBD oil – challenges for employers with legal availability
• Alcohol consumption in the UK – patterns of use; demographic splits; trends in different regions; drink driving
• Trends in test results sent from employers to SYNLAB UK – percentage of employees who fail and what’s being found in positive test results
• Creating, implementing and reviewing drug and al-cohol policies
• Who can you test and how

How your job impacts your wellbeing
16:25 - 16:55
Senior Development Coach
Acre Frameworks
Acre Frameworks
Talent Assessment Consultant
Acre Frameworks
Senior Product Manager
Acre Frameworks

Are you in the right role within the right business to truly thrive? Are you a business that offers an employee experience where your people are holistically thriving? This session will explore how fit for role, line management relationships, professional development planning, personal/business value alignment, and team dynamics impact employee wellbeing.

Leadership Forum

Sponsored by:

Transforming risk management and safety culture at Severn Trent Water
10:45 - 11:15
Head of HSSW
Severn Trent Water
Health and Safety Business Leader
Severn Trent Water


Panel: What is the future of the health and safety profession?
14:00 - 14:45
The Healthy Work Company
Assistant Health & Safety Advisor
St George Plc
Group Head of Health, Safety & Security
Technical Director
4site Consulting
Group Health, Safety, Environment and Security Director
Lloyd's Register

There have been huge changes in the profession over the last five years, with increases in responsibility often now moving more generally into mental health, sometimes security and often more broadly into risk.
The advent of legislation such as the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (2007), as well as an increase in penalties, has seen CEOs take health and safety more seriously meaning an increase in seniority for the professional. We are also seeing greater diversity in the profession – at least in terms of more women.

• What does this mean for the qualifications that professionals need?
• How are the skill requirements changing?
• What role does technology play?
• Does the profession have a future outside of general “risk management”?

Engaging the workforce in health and safety… and the impact if it goes wrong
15:40 - 16:10
Former of Health and Safety Improvement
Babcock International Group
Workplace Safety Speaker
Michael's Story

This talk will focus on the importance of leadership engaging the workforce. It will present examples of both where this been done effectively and where it’s failed.

Andy will draw on his vast experience from heading up a business unit that was a multiple BSC Sword of Honour winner, and his work on the Aircraft Carrier project – by far the UK’s largest and most iconic ship-building programme.

Louise, whose brother tragically lost his life in an entirely preventable work-related incident, will then look at why this is all so important. Leadership was fundamentally lacking in her brother's workplace, leading to a workforce that did not have a safety-first culture embedded.

Working on the Aircraft Carrier project, Andy was responsible for the health and safety on a site of up to 8000 people. It was important that leadership wasn’t just the remit of senior management, but also engaged people ‘on the ground’.

In this talk many of the initiatives used to engage the workforce will be outlined, including apprentice and TU best practice forums; TU involvement in ‘Just and Fair’ culture; and getting the most from a visible leadership programme.

New qualification: incident investigation
16:20 - 16:50

Operational Excellence Theatre

Sponsored by:

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

Roles and responsibilities for working at height
11:30 - 12:15
Scaffolding Association

The panel will discuss roles, responsibilities and best practice from each of their perspectives to give an overview for working at height contracts.

Strategies for reducing accidents caused by ‘the human factor’: Lessons learnt from an ex-HSE inspector and expert witness
12:40 - 13:10
Senior Consultant
Finch Consulting
Senior Consultant
Finch Consulting

Well designed, manufactured and maintained machinery is rarely at the root of accidents in the modern world. The higher risk industries have long accepted that around 80% of accidents are down to human failings, adjusted priorities to address the frailties involved and their accident rates demonstrate the value of this.

Using a couple of accident examples, we will demonstrate how humans, despite all the mechanical/electronic safeguards, and even with the best intentions, still find alarmingly simple ways to cause the majority of accidents.

We will then talk about strategies to reduce the effect of the ‘Human Factor’.

Procurement: The changing face of health and safety - from policing to leaving a legacy
13:20 - 13:50
Senior SHESQ Manager
Laing O'Rourke and Murphy Joint Venture

• Selecting the right fit contractors who are best for the project, not the cheapest - tradition is to go cheap or go home, rarely do we look at who is best and safest or the most innovative, this is changing.
• Supporting not Policing - The days of the traffic warden should be behind us, so why are some sites still afraid of the Health and Safety team, why do they change what they do when they get advanced warning of us attending site?
• Fair culture for all, positive attitudes - It wasn’t his fault, let’s get away from even raising the hand to point the finger, let’s trigger a different mental muscle memory. EDI and the bene-fits of a fair and open culture can bring with the supply chain, making it part of the letting and PQQ/ITT process along with on boarding – sing from one sheet, we are all one project.
• Innovation, and Positive realisations of event investigations - With great purchasing power comes great safety responsibil-ity. Safest is often not the most expensive when looking at the bigger picture, but how many of us do that? How often do we miss the good stuff from accident investigation, incident report-ing and negative feedback. The concept of positivity is scary, it was for me, but think about it, we had an incident the other week, not our fault (in any way) in fact we had done everything we could at the time – the incident however has given us new perspective on the matter of traffic management, from which we now plan differently. We do this for every single incident, this is true innovation
• Feedback, learning and the legacy - Changing the way the Cli-ent and the PC is worked with, coaching, assuring and support-ing rather than instructing and policing and reprimanding.

Using a closed-loop approach to measure, manage & reduce driver risk
14:00 - 14:30
Head of Group Risk Services
Customer Success Director, EMEA

• Significant steps to establishing a company-wide safety culture.
• Identifying key driver, vehicle and journey-related risks and taking action to change at-risk habits.
• Integrating multiple data sources – including behaviour-based telematics insights, collision data, driving licence data and training completions – to obtain a complete picture of driver risk.
• Providing both core and targeted training that addresses identified risks via a number of methods including face-to-face, on line and micro learning.
• Throughout the presentation you will hear how Nestlé UK&I has experienced improved efficiencies, increased compliance and re-duced the number and severity of incidents per driver using this proven closed-loop approach to risk reduction.

Driver Safety
14:40 - 15:10
Lean safety
15:20 - 15:50
Vice Chair
IOSH Construction

Focusing on lean safety and doing the right thing. challenging people to provide the right information to the right people at the right time

Personal safety advice when visiting clients
16:00 - 16:30
Area Sales Manager


Safety Technology Zone

Lone working case study
10:45 - 11:15
Demo: The robot invented by school pupils for reducing musculoskeletal disorders
12:55 - 13:15