Health & Safety South, the first in a series of three regional events in 2013, will kick-off on 12th-13th March at Sandown Park. Offering a comprehensive conference programme, updates on legislation and access to the best suppliers of products and services, the event promises to be one not to be missed

Organised in conjunction with the British Safety Council, the conference programme for Health & Safety South will cover the most relevant and pertinent topics affecting UK industries today and will be delivered by a host of respected industry experts.

For example, opening the conference with the seminar ‘Current Developments on the Reform Agenda’ is Philip White, chief inspector of the Construction Division at the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). As the current health and safety reform agenda gathers pace, the seminar will give an update on progress including the implementation of the Lofstedt report and the early experiences of fee for intervention. Particular reference will also be made to the current health and safety challenges in the construction industry, including the proposed revision of the CDM Regulatory package and HSE’s future priorities for the industry.

In addition, Chris Green, head of Regulatory Services in the Midlands for Weightmans LLP, will be presenting the seminar, ‘Directors in the Dock – Could it be you?’ The seminar, which is aimed at all employers as well as health and safety practitioners, will look at the HSE’s Fee for Intervention (FFI) cost recovery scheme six months on and how that has affected industry. The seminar will also cover enforcement and inspection of safety in the coalition era – charging for inspectors, common sense safety and the procedure for appealing enforcement notices.

Green commented, “I’m hoping to give employers a better insight on their duties and responsibilities when it comes to health and safety within the company and give them a ‘heads-up’ on what to look out for. The perception is that health and safety is being enforced disproportionately and, judging by some of the recent media headlines, people may now be less likely to volunteer to do a health and safety job due to this. So, with this seminar I’m hoping to straighten out any uncertainties an individual may have within their job role.”

Highlighting the fact that he believes health and safety should facilitate business is Shaun Davis, group director of Safety, Health & Well Being, Royal Mail Group with his seminar, ‘The Health and Safety Professional as a Business Partner’.

Commenting on the seminar which is aimed at all health and safety professionals, Davis said, “Business partnering works really well in HR so why can’t it work in health and safety? HR business partnering is a well known process whereby HR professionals work closely with business leaders and/or line managers to achieve shared organisational objectives. With this ‘track record’ of success I’m pretty certain we can all learn from this and apply some of the key techniques to develop stronger relationships within organisations.”

Green added that this process may involve the formal designation of ‘Health and Safety Business Partners’, which means health and safety professionals who are embedded within the business, and sometimes act as part of a wider process of operations. If this is the case, which Green proposes it is, certain questions arise such as what is valuable business partnering? Is there a return on investment (ROI), and if so, what is it? What does business partnering look like? And, what does success look like?

Practicalities

As well as the British Safety Council conference program there are other, more practical seminars taking place across the two days. For example, vendor and event partner 3M will be hosting two seminars – the first focuses on ‘PPE Compatibility’ and the challenges faced when multiple items of PPE are worn. The second addresses ‘The Science of Fit’, which will evaluate the interaction between people and PPE products and ways to improve design, fit, comfort and productivity.

Something new for this year’s Health & Safety South is the Safety Dialogue Live Panel which will be held on both days of the event. The panel offers visitors the opportunity to engage with live debates surrounding the most significant issues of the day, and this year the panel of experts will focus on the issues surrounding respiratory protective equipment (RPE) and specifically face fit testing for masks. The panel includes recognised experts such as Frank Angear of the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) and Alan McArthur of 3M Safety Solutions.

At the event the leading product and service providers in the health and safety sector will also be exhibiting and will be available to offer advice on the latest technology and business practices.

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