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The 11th British Safety Council annual conference: health, safety and wellbeing in the modern workplace

Oct 2019
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Congress Centre 28 Great Russell St

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Is your organisation prepared to manage health, safety and employee wellbeing effectively in a rapidly changing environment? There are significant challenges on the horizon for businesses in the UK. The British Safety Council annual conference was held in October 2019 and featured expert speakers, case studies and thought leadership sessions to help you and your business prepare for the challenges ahead. Details on the 2020 annual conference will be available shortly.

Pre-conference members only session

08:00 Registration for VIP members only session

08:15 Start

09:15 Closing remarks

An exclusive opportunity for our members who are attending the conference to take part in a free of charge legal session chaired by Chris Green, Regulatory Partner, Keogh’s Solicitors. The session will include the following topics:

Professional Privilege
Recent Case review
Personal liability and Directors duties
HSE Strategy on work-related disease and ill-health
Q & A (Pre-submitted questions)



09:00 Registration  
09:30  Welcome and introduction Mike Robinson Chief Executive, British Safety Council
09:35 Chairman's address Lawrence Waterman OBE Chairman, British Safety Council

Opening Keynote:

The effective management of workplace health related conditions

This session will provide background to where the UK is with health (in comparison to safety) the numbers affected, the impact of health conditions with examples from case studies and how we can intervene to make a difference.


Professor David Fishwick, Chief Medical Officer, HSE

10:15-10:25 Mates in Mind James Rudoni, Managing Director, Mates in Mind


Health and wellbeing in the workplace, a case study

Seddon launched their Protect3 strategy in November 2017 around 3 key areas of focus RAMS, housekeeping and behaviours. This session will discuss our research findings, the procedures we put in place to tackle the issues and the outcomes.

Liz Groundland, Head of SHEQ, Seddon Construction ltd



10:55-11:15 Coffee break


Presenteeism within the workplace

This session covers a summary of workplace wellbeing; it’s costs and benefits, what are the workplace depleters; enhancers of wellbeing and what would a good wellbeing strategy looks like including evidence on its success.

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE
Founding Director Robertson Cooper



Panel Session:

The future of health and safety regulation within the workplace

This panel session focuses on recent developments in health and safety legislation and regulation. Looking at the current regulatory framework, our experts discuss the implications of recent and prospective reforms, including changes to the resources available to regulators, the impact of innovations in technology, and the effect of the UK's expected departure from the European Union.

Chair: Lawrence Waterman OBE Chairman, British Safety Council


Professor David Fishwick, Chief Medical Officer, HSE

Kevin Rowan, Head of Organisation Services and Skills. Trades Union Congress

Jonathan O’Neill OBE, Managing Director, Fire Protection Association

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE
Founding Director Robertson Cooper


12:45-13:45 Lunch 

Session  1 - main room


Post-Grenfell: Implications for fire safety management

Jonathan O’Neill OBE, Managing Director, Fire Protection Association

Session 2 - break out room 

A strategic approach to health and wellbeing leadership

The health and wellbeing of your workforce is increasingly recognised as key to business success and not just an optional extra. But where do you start and how do you make a real difference over the long term? Industry has embraced and implemented a strategic approach to safety, but health seems unfamiliar, complex and confusing.

Learn how you can develop and implement a successful health and wellbeing programme as part of your business strategy, including:
• Understand the relationship between medical, wellbeing and preventative health
• Making the business case for action on health
• Risk-based approach to health management
• Implementing the hierarchy of control
• Building a culture of health and wellbeing


Steve Perkins
Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant, Steve Perkins Associates Limited






Has the recent focus on mental health within the workplace been at the expense of overall occupational health?


Debate participants:

 James Murray
Managing Director
Vitality Health


Jennie Armstrong
Head of Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing

15:30 Closing Remarks Mike Robinson Chief Executive, British Safety Council
15:35  Close  

Some highlights from the 2019 annual conference

2019 annual conference video


"Provided insightful inspired dialogue and an exchange of views through like-minded people."
Andrew Butler, Occupational Safety & Health Manager, Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd
"The Annual Conference provided a good cross section of relevant topical presentations and a chance to network with like-minded individuals."
John D Swann, Facilities Manager, The Salvation Army


Any other questions, please email to [email protected] or call +44 (0)20 8741 1231.