Scottish businesses will get the opportunity to learn more about how to protect their employees from the risks of being injured or made ill at work at a free educational conference being organised by the British Safety Council.
The free educational conference is being organised by the British Safety Council at the Health & Safety Scotland exhibition at the SECC Glasgow on 22-23 April 2015.
As the official education partner for the free-to-attend exhibition, the British Safety Council has arranged for expert speakers from the health, safety and legal worlds to provide advice to employers on some of the most effective ways of managing risks to people’s health and safety at work. The presentations will cover topics such as recent and forthcoming changes to UK health and safety legislation; creating a positive safety culture at work; and ensuring the safe activities of a company’s contractors.
Neal Stone, acting Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, who will be chairing both days of the conference, said: “The seminars will shine a light on some of the critical health and safety challenges facing businesses, the public and third sectors in Scotland today and seek to improve employers’ understanding of how to prevent workplace injury and ill health, which is estimated to cost the UK £14.2bn each year.”
One of the presentations on the first day, Wednesday 22 April, will be on how to ensure competence, commitment and leadership in health and safety. Dr Rosemary Campbell, an experienced health, safety and environmental consultant based in Scotland, will argue that in far too many UK businesses, basic and often inexpensive health and safety controls are lacking, and a dangerous “it’ll never happen here” attitude persists towards workplace injuries and ill health.
Rosemary will explain the benefits of ensuring that all employees are committed to working safely, and will explain ways of challenging the “complacency which can arise from nothing very serious happening, yet”.
Day two, Thursday 23 April, will feature an interactive mock criminal health and safety trial hosted by leading lawyers from the Scottish offices of international law firm Pinsent Masons LLP.
A fictional construction firm and its managing director will be “prosecuted” following a serious workplace safety incident, and the MD, the injured worker and the investigating Health and Safety Executive inspector will all be cross-examined by real-life lawyers. The assembled audience will then be invited to deliver the “jury’s verdict”.
Among the lawyers taking part are Craig Connal QC, a Partner at Pinsent Masons LLP who was the first solicitor-advocate in Scotland to be appointed to the rank of Queen’s Counsel (QC); and Laura Cameron, a Partner and Head of the Litigation & Regulatory Group at Pinsent Masons, who is also Chair of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association in Scotland.
Other presentations over the two day event include an update on recent changes to health and safety legislation and trends in enforcement; advice on managing contractors; and guidance on carrying out surveys of workplace noise levels. The full conference programme is at: www.healthandsafetyevents.co.uk
British Safety Council on Stand 60 in the exhibition hall
The British Safety Council will also be promoting its full range of health, safety and environmental management training, qualification, auditing, advisory and membership services for businesses and individuals on Stand 60 in the exhibition hall. Full details of our products and services are at: www.britsafe.org
To register for free entry to the Health & Safety Scotland exhibition and conference go to: www.healthandsafetyevents.co.uk