Future of work and risk, British Safety Council South West Conference

May 2018
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Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre 2 Lower Castle St

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New technologies, changing forms of employment and an ageing workforce are radically changing work and the workplace. Some are calling it the 4th industrial revolution and it will have a major impact on the health, safety and wellbeing of workers. The British Safety Council is hosting a one day conference bringing together leading commentators and thought leaders to review these changes and what can be done to keep workers healthy and our economy productive, now and in the future.

A new British Safety Council report, ‘Future risk: Impact of work on health, safety and wellbeing', prepared by RobertsonCooper  tells us that people:

  • are living and working for longer
  • that many tasks are being automated
  • modern communication technologies are dissolving the work/home divide
  • new materials like nanotechnology can present new risks
  • new techniques can present new risks
  • there is an increasing use of more ‘flexible’ employee contracts.

With these fundamental changes, the risks associated with work are also changing.

Some changes are likely to be beneficial. However, job insecurity can impact our mental wellbeing, and with people and machines becoming ‘colleagues’ in the future, there is a danger of physical and health risks in always being ‘on.’ 

Agenda so far...

9:00 Registration  
9:30 Future risk: Impact of work on health, safety and wellbeing  
10:30  Emerging risk Professor Andrew Curran, Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research, Health and Safety Executive
11:00 Break  
11:15 Technology transformation Chris Wales, Chief Technology and Marketing Officer, British Safety Council
11:45 Changing nature of employment  
12:15 Lunch  
13:00 Future of regulation Professor Paul Almond
Research Division Leader, Law
University of Reading
13:30  Shifting the political landscape  
14:00 Turning a theory into practice Beth Gaudin, Senior Consultant, Forster Communications
14:30 Break  
14:45 Thriving! Mark Davies, Founder, 7Futures Ltd
15:15 Closing remarks  
15:30 Close  

 More details to follow.

Why attend?

Competitive edge depends on engaged, healthy and proactive workers. Find out at this British Safety Council conference about how work is likely to change in the future, how change might blunt this edge and what practical steps you can take to promote a culture that will deliver to the bottom line. Being prepared for the future means understanding how work is changing today.

A British Safety Council video exploring how work will change in the future and how this might impact on our health, safety and wellbeing, can be found here.

Future Risk: the next 60 years


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Informative, professional and thought provoking; the British Safety Council conference did a fantastic job in identifying how practitioners can take forward their own thinking and provided catalysts for that to happen.
James Lonergan, HR Assistant, Knauf

Who should attend

  • Health and safety professionals or HR professionals
  • Mental health and well-being specialists
  • Employers
  • Trade unionists

Attendees will gain valuable insights in how to prepare for the changing world of work and how to build good, healthy workplaces in the future.

Highlights from the 2017 British Safety Council Annual Conference

The British Safety Council 2017 Annual Conference

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Event details

Date: Thursday 24 May 2018

Duration: 1 Day

Venue: Marriott Bristol City Centre, 2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market Bristol England BS1 3AD 

Nearest station: Bristol Temple Meads

Price: Early bird booking for British Safety Council members offer until Friday 6 April 2018:
£125.00 + VAT per person 

Early bird booking for non-British Safety Council members offer until Friday 6 April 2018:
£145.00 + VAT per person 

Booking for British Safety Council members:
£155.00 + VAT per person 

Booking for non-British Safety Council members:
£180.00 + VAT per person 

Group discount: third and subsequent delegates from the same organisation will be half price.

How to get there


Any other questions, please email to [email protected].