The Health and Safety Conference

Salford Professional Development’s annual Health and Safety conference has rapidly become one of the most informative attractions within the H&S events calendar, with our previous virtual conference attracting hundreds of professionals across multiple sectors.

As we move away from the initial challenges created by the pandemic, the key focus will be whether this unprecedented period in our history has altered our perception of health & safety, or are we doomed to repeat the same mistakes?

During 2019/2020 - 693,000 working people sustained a work-related injury, with 38.8 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury. In many high profile incidents, the HSE reported that many of these “could have easily been avoided”.

What fundamental changes need to occur to improve workplace safety? Has there been enough of a cultural and behavioural shift in increasing wellbeing? Which organisations are providing the template in which others should aspire to become?

Join us and discover a wealth of information to assist with better understanding your organisations health & safety needs.

At a glance

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Conference Opens: Exhibition and Networking


Opening remarks from chair

Carole Conroy
Senior Lecturer, Occupational Health & Safety, School of Science, Engineering & Environment


Opening Keynote: Psychological Health and Wellbeing at work: How standards can help.

This session will look at the impact of the other pandemic we are in the midst of: mental ill health. It will give an overview of ISO 45003, the first global standard on the topic, giving practical guidance on how to better manage risks to psychological health and wellbeing at work. Supporting mental health within your organisation has never been so important, and as such should be your priority in the weeks, months, and years ahead.

Sally Swingewood
Sally Swingewood
Lead standards development manager, BSI


Wellbeing by Design: Building a comprehensive approach to wellbeing across the life-cycle of a construction project

At Mace we have multiple projects being delivered at any one time. In truth, the approach to colleague wellbeing varies significantly, largely dependent on the people involved and commercial aspects of the contract. We are seeking to weave a comprehensive and evidence based approach to workplace wellbeing through a new framework and toolkit we’re calling ‘Wellbeing by Design’. The approach is aligned to our construction management system and seeks to deliver the right tools, resources and guidance to project managers at key stages in the life-cycle of the project.

Leo Capernaros
Wellbeing Manager, Mace Group


A fresh approach: Driving engagement in health and safety

Dave McPherson was named the winner of the SHP ‘Trailblazer in Health and Safety’ Award, 2021. SHP Trailblazer Awards celebrate those who are going above and beyond to make a positive difference, the real pioneers of health and safety. In this presentation, Dave will explore the principles of driving effective engagement; emphasising the importance of strong communication and collaboration both internally and externally.

Dave McPherson
Dave McPherson
SHE Manager, Kier Highways


Networking Break


How to ensure health and safety training is engaging and delivers learning impact

Ian will explore different methodologies for assessment and how learning impact can be measured. The session will consider how qualifications are part of competence and explain ways effective in company training can measure learning impact for front line workers

Ian Cooke
Head of Corporate and Consumer Services, NEBOSH


The importance of mental health and wellbeing

In this presentation, we will explore the importance of mental health and the well-being of health and safety professionals. This session will also cover the HSE’s Management Standards approach to tackling work-related stress in Great Britain.

Peter Kelly
Senior Psychologist, Health and Safety Executive


Supporting and extending workers’ basic rights and conditions in the workplace

The hazards campaign is a UK-wide network of resource centres and campaigners and supports those organising and campaigning for justice and safety at work. This session will look at the future of health and safety law against a backdrop of the pandemic and how trade union safety reps have helped to save lives and protect workers.

Janet Newsham
Chair, Hazards Campaign Coordinator, Greater Manchester Hazards Centre


Networking Break


Inspiring Future Health & Safety Leaders

Drawing on his proven track record in strategy, risk management, industrial safety, occupational health, environmental compliance, quality, and project management, in this session Robert Jukes will consider examples of best practice. Furthermore, discussing the importance of challenging the industry status quo to inspire future leaders of Health & Safety.

Robert Jukes
Robert Jukes
CMIOSH, MIIRSM, GRADIEMA, Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Manager, Northwood Tissue Lancaster


Developing Safety Cultures

This presentation will explore the fundamentals of safety culture and considerations for recruitment and training.

Ed Corbett
Head of Human and Organisational Performance, Health and Safety Executive Science Division


Implementation of flexible working arrangements post covid

This presentation will explore the positive and negative effects of hybrid working within the health and safety sector, and what works and what does not work in practice.

Ema Brocken
SHE Manager, Fairport Engineering Limited


Networking Break


Behaviour Safety: Engaging effective communication in the workplace

In this presentation, we will explore why people engage in risk-taking behaviour and strategies on how to manufacture an environment to minimise risk-taking mindsets.

Shaun Curry - Head of Behavioural Safety, Macnaughton McGregor Ltd

Harry Gallagher- Head of Behavioural Safety, Macnaughton McGregor Ltd


Preventing Falling from Heights

Falls from height are the most common cause of fatal injury, accounting for an estimated 38,000 non-fatal injuries to workers every year. Founded in 2017, No Falls Foundation is the UK’s first and foremost charity devoted to the Work at Height Sector. They aim to keep people safe by raising awareness, educating, and exchanging knowledge to better understand fall-associated risks and supporting those facing the life-changing implications of height injuries.

Peter Bennett OBE
Chair, No Falls Foundation


Closing remarks from chair

Carole Conroy
Senior Lecturer, Occupational Health & Safety, School of Science, Engineering & Environment


Event Ends

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss continuous improvements for health & safety practices
  • Explore how various sectors are approaching key operational challenges
  • Understand the ways in which behavioural safety is creating meaningful
  • Gain insight into the existing and emerging solutions leading positive change
  • Analyse effective communication strategies
  • Better understand the new strategies impacting health & safety
  • Hear lessons identified from recent case studies
  • Learn more about improving mental health within the workforce
  • Review the importance of staff training and company culture
  • Network with likeminded sector professionals

Who Should Attend?

  • Company Directors
  • Compliance Managers
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Heads of Health & Safety
  • Health & Safety Managers
  • Health & Safety Practitioners
  • HR Directors
  • Office Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • QSE Managers
  • Regional Managers
  • Regulatory Service Managers
  • Risk Assessment Managers
  • Safety Advisors
  • Safety, Compliance and Risk Officers
  • SHEQ Managers

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