How do you create a healthy workplace?

Speakers at the British Safety Council’s Annual Conference 2016 will share insights and experience of managing health in a changing world.

It’s no use telling somebody at the age of 62: you should be fitter and I want you to work to 72. An early start should be made to enable young people to become sustainable workers and acquire a good lifestyle that will serve them well later on. As individuals progress through their working lives, employers need to be willing to upskill them, or if necessary, change their skill set. Flexibility about working hours and place of work is ever more important. This approach requires people who are not frightened of change.” Prof Dame Carol Black, senior policy advisor on work and health to three British governments, shared this advice in her recent interview with the British Safety Council. She will be a keynote speaker at the British Safety Council’s Annual Conference ‘Health and work in a changing world’, to be held on Wednesday, 5 October 2016, at The King’s Fund in central London.

This year, the British Safety Council’s Annual Conference will provide a platform for sharing evidence, better practice and business experience of managing employee health and wellbeing that helps to create more resilient and successful organisations. 

The conference will be chaired by Steve Hails, director of health, safety and wellbeing at Thames Tideway Tunnel. He is also the former health and safety director at Crossrail.
The event will feature a number of case studies about organisations working across a range of sectors, which are leaders in their industries with their record of managing health in the workplace and their commitment to facilitating the return to work of employees with health conditions, such as Unipart Group and Microlink.

The implementation of health and wellbeing strategies in the workplace will be explored during a panel discussion at which Lawrence Waterman, director of health and safety at the Battersea Power Station Development, and Professor Stephen Bevan, head of HR research development at the Institute of Employment Studies, together with other practitioners and experts, will share their insights and advice with conference participants. 

The full programme of the Annual Conference 2016

09:00 Registration opens
09:45 Introduction and logistics for the day

Steve Hails
Health, Safety and Wellbeing Director, Thames Tideway Tunnel
09:55 Welcome
Lynda Armstrong OBE
Chair of Trustees,British Safety Council

Opening remarks
Mike Robinson 
Chief Executive, British Safety Council 
10:10 Why does health matter? The business case for managing health
Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci
Principal of Newham College, Cambridge
10:30 Ageing workforce - what does this mean for productivity? Katalin Sas, Project Manager, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)
10:50 Tea/coffee break and networking 
  Session 2A Session 2B
11:15 Case study: Sharing what good health and wellbeing management can look like

Deborah Astles
HR Director, Corporate Responsibility and Policy, Unipart Group
Case study: Experience addressing mental ill
health in the workplace 

Beth Taylor
Mental Health Leader
11:45 Case study: Valuing your workforce regardless of health ability

Dr Nasser Siabi OBE
CEO, Microlink
Case study: Experience building the right kind of training

Andy Forbes, Director of Health and Safety Improvement, Babcock International Group
12:15 Shared responsibility - managing health together

Kizzy Augustin
Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons
Making policy effective for business

Karen Steadman
​Senior Researcher, The Work Foundation
12:45 Q&A with speakers
13:00  Lunch
13:45 How should the industry accommodate workers with limited English?

Peter Hart
Group Managing Director, Number 8 Group
14:15 Addressing 'health' through behavioural change programme - sharing insight and good practice

Mark Ormond, Managing Director JOMC
14:45 Panel discussion: Identifying the challenges and implementing the strategies -
how to go about tackling health at work

Dennis Curran
Chairman Barhale
​Hugh Robertson
Senior Policy Officer for Health and Safety, TUC
Lawrence Waterman
Director of Health and Safety, Battersea Power Station Development
Professor Stephen Bevan
Head of HR Research Development, Institute of Employment Studies
15:50 Closing remarks 

Mike Robinson
Chief Executive, British Safety Council
16:00 Close

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The price of a conference ticket is £195.00 plus VAT for British Safety Council members and £245.00 plus VAT for non-members.
SME companies (1-50 employees) attending the conference are eligible for a 25% discount of the above rate