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Annual Conference: Health and work in a changing world

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 09:00 to 16:00
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The theme of this year’s Annual Conference was health and work in a changing world.

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said, “A clear challenge facing us as an industry is around that of ‘health’. We know that ‘safety’ has dominated the conversation for decades, and we are all now looking at what it means in terms of health, given that we speak of ‘health and safety’. Is it occupational health, is it health and wellbeing? The question remains how do we encourage health - what opportunities are there to learn lessons from the safety culture to help build a health culture? We also know that mental health is a particular facet of this and we have so much to do in terms of addressing just this aspect of health in a more coherent way.” 

In the last few years, health has been climbing up the agenda both within public awareness as well as within business. But understanding what this means to your business, and even to the extent of where to start, is a conversation many directors, managers and advisors are still having. 

Our conference will be an opportunity to gain insight from policy makers and thought leaders as well as hear about good practice and experience built up from leading organisations. This conference will unpack how ‘health’ integrates within safety, HR and environmental management and how it will build value as well as resilience into your business. 

Keep up to date with all the latest conference news by following us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Don’t forget to use #BSCconference to get involved in the conversation.

Subject to change
Guest chair: Steve Hails, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Director, Thames Tideway Tunnel

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

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

Opening remarks
Mike Robinson 
Chief Executive, British Safety Council 
10:10 Health in the workplace? A business matter

Professor Dame Carol Black DBEFRCPFMedSci
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

Demystifying occupational health management

Clare Forshaw

Head of Centre for Health
Health and Safety Laboratory

  Session 3A Session 3B
11:45 Case study: Valuing your workforce regardless of health ability

Dr Nasser Siabi OBE
CEO, Microlink
Making policy effective for business

Karen Steadman
​Senior Researcher, The Work Foundation
  Session 4A Session 4B
12:15 Shared responsibility - managing health together

Kizzy Augustin
Senior Associate, Pinsent Masons
Case study: Experience addressing mental ill
health in the workplace 

Beth Taylor
Mental Health Leader
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
Dr Jenny Lunt
Consultant, Tribe
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 OBE
Director of Health and Safety, Battersea Power Station Development
Professor Stephen Bevan
Head of HR Research Development, Institute of Employment Studies
Peter Kelly
Psychologist, Health and Safety Executive
15:50 Closing remarks 

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

Members reception 
16:15 -17:00 Join us for a members only reception following the conference and hear some updates on British Safety Council's strategy for the future.

Download the ‘BSC Conference’ app and start networking today! 
We’re very excited to have our very own mobile app for our 2016 Annual Conference. With the app you’ll be able to:

  • View all the information you need about the event
  • View the conference agenda and speaker profiles
  • Create a personalised schedule
  • Send messages to network & arrange key meetings
  • Download session slides after the event
  • Take part in live polls and submit questions to our panelists 
  • Share your experience by posting updates to the event news feed
  • Complete the post event survey to make your views known

You can access the event app using your smartphone by searching for 'BSC Conference' on either the Apple Store or Google Play.

Once you’ve downloaded the app, you'll need to log in using the email address you used to register for the event. You will then be able to access the app and create your profile. 

If you wish to access the app using another device or a desktop computer, please access our web app which can be accessed via any browser.

Should you have any questions or issues downloading the app please email

Who should attend our conferences?

  • Employers
  • Directors and senior managers
  • Academics and researchers​
  • Health and safety managers and practitioners
  • Health practitioners
  • HR practitioners
  • Journalists
  • Lawyers
  • Regulators
  • Risk managers
  • Trade associations
  • Trade unions and safety representatives
The event is an opportunity to gain CPD credits for IOSH and IIRSM CPD schemes.​

A snapshot of what you can expect from this year's Annual Conference:

Should you have any queries, please contact our customer service team on +44 (0)20 3510 8355 or e-mail

Useful Downloads
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2016 Annual Conference booking form