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Conference in the Middle East a success

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At the second Middle East Annual Conference speakers demonstrated the role of leaders in bringing change in health, safety and environmental management.


The British Safety Council’s conference Leadership and culture change, held on 20 March 2017 in the Crowne Plaza hotel, Dubai, provided a platform for sharing evidence, best practice and business experience of developing health and safety culture that would transform organisations to become leaders in sustainability to an audience of 150 representatives of business in the region.

“You can legislate for compliance but you have to inspire people to achieve excellence. In practice, inspiration requires engagement and this is driven by high quality leadership,” said Mike Robinson, chief executive of the British Safety Council during his presentation on leadership for health and safety.

The conference featured presentations and workshops exploring strategies for developing and embedding a positive culture, as well as demonstrating effective leadership of health, safety and sustainability. Mike Robinson explored the nature of leadership in the industry; David Parr, head of audit delivered an update on the latest trends in health, safety and environmental management systems and standards.

Keith Whitehead, senior environmental consultant at the British Safety Council and Dr Bassam Mrayyan, senior manager – environmental, at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), provided evidence on how leadership for sustainability can benefit business. Other presentations included Developing health and safety culture by Joscelyne Shaw, HR, Awards and Events director at the British Safety Council and Inspiring excellence, by Kevin Myers, trustee of British Safety Council.

Ho Siong Hin, commissioner for workplace safety and health, at  the Ministry of Manpower, Singapore talked about the oncomming XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Singapore next September.

As part of our continuous work in the region, on 21 March Lynda Armstrong, chair of trustees presented DEWA with a Special Recognition Award for demonstrating continued excellence in health, safety and environmental management between 2012-2016. Every year during this period the company won both the British Safety Council’s Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour Awards.

Watch a clip of David Parr's presentation here.

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