Industrial Compliance takes a look ahead to October’s exhibition at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton which will feature a dedicated Plant & Machinery Safety Zone and the addition of the new Cleaning & Hygiene Zone

With event partners 3M, Ansell, Arco and DuPont, and endorsed by IIRSM and Safety Groups UK, Health and Safety ‘11 – North, taking place at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton on 5-6th October 2011, will provide visitors with the latest in health and safety information, products, services and consultancy – all under one roof.

Each year the Health and Safety Events work in partnership with the UK’s top safety product and service providers, as well safety industry organisations to provide an exhibition and conference programme that is relevant to today’s workplace, be that in an office, a factory or on a building site.

Seminar content

Always one of the main attractions for visitors is the free conference and seminar programme which includes sessions organised by the event’s official educational partner, the British Safety Council (BSC). The seminar topics, which have been specifically chosen by BSC to provide maximum benefit to the visitor, range from communicating health and safety topics at boardroom level and engaging with employees, through to legal issues affecting organisations.

For example, on day one of the event, barrister Christian Durham will give a presentation entitled, ‘The Road to Proceedings’, which looks at protocols, alternative dispute resolution, pre-action disclosure, advice and early cost consequences. Delegates to this seminar will be advised on the best way to build a solid case.

On day two, Kevin Bridges and Zoe Betts, from the legal firm Pinsent Masons LLP, will deliver what is expected to be an extremely interesting insight into the lessons that have been learnt from the first Corporate Manslaughter prosecution. They will explain how it has never been more important to ensure that safety management systems are robust and senior managers understand their own health and safety obligations.

Cleaning & Hygiene Zone

Good cleaning and hygiene practices contribute significantly to the working environment and the disciplines go hand-in-hand with health and safety. That’s why, for the first time, Health and Safety ’11 – North will host the Cleaning & Hygiene Zone, aimed at providing the latest information for those responsible for specifying and purchasing cleaning products and services.

Speaking about the relationship between cleaning and hygiene and health and safety, Graham Fletcher, secretary for the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA), sponsor of the new zone, said, “There is a great synergy between cleaning, hygiene, health and safety, for example the threat of occupational skin care is overcome by the use of skin care programmes developed and sold by the cleaning and hygiene industry. Likewise, slips, trips and falls are controlled through the use of appropriate floor care preparations developed and sold by the cleaning and hygiene industry.”

Plant & Machinery Safety Zone

Once again the Plant and Machinery Safety Zone will take place as part of Health and Safety ‘11 – North. Plant and machinery safety is a specialist area with those involved having to use knowledge of electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as needing to stay abreast of legislative developments such as the Machinery Safety Directive.

The Plant and Machinery Safety Zone is therefore an ideal place for those seeking specialist education, consultancy, hardware and software to find what they are looking for. The Plant and Machinery Safety Zone provides specific content for machine builders, system integrators and consultants as well as engineers from virtually any industry and at any level.

Education is a major part of the zone’s offering and there will be a dedicated stream of free educational seminars running throughout the two days of the event. Safety Systems Technology, which forms part of the TÜV Product Service machinery division, will be delivering a presentation on the special requirements that apply to machines that incorporate electro-sensitive protective equipment (ESPE) such as light curtains. Through the presentation, Safety Systems will highlight how many employers are unaware that carrying out regular PUWER inspections may not be enough for them to meet their legal obligations in respect of machinery safety.

It is these cases that create a potential pitfall for employers who are not fully aware of the requirements relating to ESPE, as simply carrying out regularly scheduled PUWER assessments is not enough – the ESPE will require additional inspection and testing. It is also important to note that, as with PUWER assessments, the inspection and testing of ESPE must be carried out by a person with appropriate competence. Since many companies have neither the in-house expertise nor the capacity to deal with these additional ESPE inspections, Safety Systems Technology has introduced a new stand alone ESPE periodic inspection and test service that can be tailored to suit the requirements of individual sites.