• Is there a ‘duty to warn’ in H&S criminal law?
• Can the company escape automatic criminal liability for an employ-ee’s breach?
• Responding to HSE and EHO interview requests – avoiding the pitfalls
• Aggravating factors in H&S prosecutions
• H&S legal Q&A
Arguably one of the best-known rugby players in the world, Jonny Wilkinson famously kicked the drop goal that won England the World Cup with just sec-onds left in the final. He then went on to be rated as one of the best players in the world in both internationals and at club level with Newcastle and Toulon.
Much of Jonny’s success on the field, however, took its psychological toll. He has dealt with depression, anxiety and panic attacks. In this honest, unguarded speech Jonny will recount how his focus and dedication to the sport he loves meant overlooking important parts of his life. He will consider what that experi-ence has taught him about mental health and will talk about his personal jour-ney to acceptance.
There have been huge strides in our ability to talk about mental health in the workplace in the last 2-3 years. Generally, these efforts have focused on people being able to talk about their mental ill health issues. However, in spite of our society being relatively rich, we are not really focused on what makes us happy. This results in many of us being overwhelmed and having symptoms of stress and anxiety even if not diagnosed with a mental illness.
Rather than focusing on first aid for mental illness, should we not be looking more proactively at how we all safeguard our mental health? Should mental health first aid be focused on emergency care or on talking to someone with a few signs they may be tipping into what the mental health continuum describes as “languishing”? Does talking about thriving as opposed to mental illness not create a more positive and interesting place to start?
On-site safety culture has improved drastically over the last decade. However, we have not paid the same attention to the avoidable death and injury caused by off-site and logistic operations. There are now more deaths from construction activities beyond the site boundary than there are within it. Every month across the UK several members of the public are crushed under the wheels of HGVs. Driving is the most dangerous thing most employees will do.
Kate will demonstrate the disastrous consequence of our commercial operations, shine a light on the blind spot in our safety culture, and show how applying risk management techniques and new industry standards will not only save lives and reputation but will retain our licence to operate, create business benefit and fulfil our corporate values as responsible clients, contractors and operators.
The law in mental health management has in the past come mostly from the HR side, with the Equalities Act (2010). However the legislative requirements from a health and safety perspective are building. Already there is the requirement to risk assess for stress in the workplace, now the First Aid Guidance has changed to incorporate mental health.
• What does this mean for you as a health and safety professional?
• What pitfalls do you need to be aware of when implementing First Aid for Mental Health?
• What else do you need to do from a legal perspective?
This session will explore the landscape and projected direction of the burgeoning wellbeing industry, and where it intersects health and safety in different organisations through the eyes of three senior leaders with long-standing track records in the H&S indus-try. It will also examine what type of talent businesses are recruit-ing to effectively deliver on wellbeing in the workplace.
A group of bus drivers at Abellio volunteered to take part in an 8-week mindfulness course, which had been developed internally with help of Chris Langer, a mindfulness coach. The bus drivers were encouraged to spend around 40 minutes per day listening to an audio guide and doing short exercises. The results were staggering.
A lot of those taking part experienced daily abuse from passengers, which took its toll mentally. One driver reported taking prescription medication for migraines but said that since starting the mindfulness course he hadn’t needed to take any more tablets. Another driver found that the stress of dealing with other road users put him in a bad mood, and as a result was getting several passenger complaints each week. By the fourth week of the course, however, the complaints stopped altogether.
As an independent body, the University of Southampton monitored the programme and the feedback from drivers, collating the results on behalf of Abellio and CIRAS.
The project was headed up by Monica Monti, who was at Abellio at the time and is now at GEODIS, and Chris Langer of CIRAS. In this case study Monica and Chris will share what worked well and what they would change if they were to do it again. The presentation aims to be an informative and interactive discussion, opening up an innovative, preventative approach to tackling incidents long before they happen.
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.
HSE applications with Industry 4.0, Forklift RFID, collaboration robots and machinery risk assessment.
• How to assess what you need • Shortlisting suppliers • How to implement effectively •
How will new technologies like Internet of Things and Artificial intelligence help and support you? And once you've got all that valuable data, how do you unlock the full value?