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Health and safety in the spotlight

10 October 2016

Health & Safety North 2016 takes place at the Bolton Arena on 12th and 13th October.

The event comprises an exhibition that includes a free-to-attend seminar programme curated by the British Safety Council. Included in this are two interactive workshops to give participants ‘hands-on involvement’ in the sessions.

On 12 October, Harry Gallagher and Shaun Curry, from training providers Macnaughton McGregor, will be hosting a scenario-based session, during which participants will be informed about a serious incident and presented with an ‘active’ scenario in which they can take part. The audience will get the opportunity to question individuals, influence their behaviour and ultimately change the potential outcome of the situation. 

In the second interactive workshop, on 13th October, Mark Davies, managing director at consultancy 7Futures, will draw on his experience of working with elite performers, sports personalities and the military, by demonstrating how to manage stressful situations without compromising people’s health and wellbeing. 

The British Safety Council’s seminar programme will also include an update from Zoe Betts, a criminal regulatory lawyer from legal firm Pinsent Masons LLP, who will assess the Sentencing Council guidelines for health and safety offences and the impact of increased fines on the industry. 

HSE’s fee for intervention (FFI) is another highly topical issue for the industry. Kevin Bridges and Gareth McManus, partner and associate at legal firm Pinsent Masons LLP, will advise businesses on how they can prepare for a visit from a HSE inspector and when the HSE inspector can charge a fee for their engagement. 

Louise Ward, Policy and Standards Director at the British Safety Council, who will chair the seminar programme, said: “We hope that this year’s varied and comprehensive programme will give the participants an opportunity to benefit from the expertise of leading industry practitioners and advisors, and that they will enjoy the experience of solving real life health and safety dilemmas.“