Industry Event - The British Safety Council's Annual Conference

Industry Event - The British Safety Council's Annual Conference

21st July 2015

Here at Safety Fabrications we cannot stress enough how important it is to attend industry events and trade shows – we’ve already published several posts on why you should. We’ve already listed some of the events that are relevant to the construction industry in the coming months, but what about events that are being held for those who work on the health and safety side of things in the construction industry?

The British Safety Council was founded by James Tye, an evangelical campaigner who has helped to transform the British workplace, making the UK one of the safest countries in the world in which to work. He was instrumental in the introduction of car seat belts and the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act. The BSC became a government regulated body in 2004 and offers a full suite of health and safety qualifications in the national framework. The ongoing mission of the BSC is to help professionals to achieve high standards which protect their staff and their businesses.

The British Safety Council (BSC) will be holding its annual conference on 23rd September, 2015 at Dexter House in central London. This annual conference will be an opportunity for managers and business leaders to share their insights into he ongoing challenges that face businesses here in the UK with regard to health and safety issues. The event will run from 09:00 to 16:45 and there will be plenty of opportunities for networking throughout the day.

The morning session will open with a keynote presentation by Steve Hails, the health and safety director of Crossrail (one of Europe’s largest railway and infrastructure projects). Professor Steven Bevan of the Work Foundation will deliver a speech on how important it is to address health and safety at work issues and the potential policy outcomes that this will have for businesses. The morning session closes with a speech from Mike Clancy on addressing workers’ priorities in the coming years.

There will be some other presentation during the morning, mainly on the priorities and challenges ahead when working with businesses and the European Agency for Safety and Health and Work’s stress management campaign, including the available resource that businesses can use to share good practice.

The afternoon sessions will involve panel discussions (one on compliance and enforcement and another on competence and training) or delegates can choose to attend more presentation sessions. These will cover sharing best practice and the latest health and safety campaigns:

  • Safer Lorries
  • Breathe Freely
  • Speak Up, Stay Safe

The event will conclude with a keynote speech from Geoffrey Podger, former Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Anybody who works in the health and safety industry can register to attend via the British Safety Council official website. Don’t forget that attending events of this type is one of the best ways of networking with others within your industry and becoming one of the thought leaders within your field.