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The Health & Safety Event

The Health & Safety Event

Latest issues to be addressed at new annual national event at the NEC in Birmingham

THE Health and Safety Event, a new national Health and Safety exhibition and conference programme, organized by Western Business Exhibitions, will take place at the NEC in Birmingham from 11–13 March 2014. Co-located with MAINTEC 2014 and Facilities Management 2014, education will be a major theme of the event with seminars organized by the British Safety Council addressing the latest challenges in the safety sector.

Opening the three-day conference will be a seminar entitled ‘Recent Developments in Health and Safety Regulation - Changes and Challenges’, delivered by Jane Willis, the HSE’s director of cross-cutting interventions. The presentation will give an overview of the many developments in health and safety regulation and its enforcement in the UK following a number of different reviews since 2010, with a key focus on the recently published Triennial Review. It will consider the impact and challenges of these changes for both the regulator and the regulated and also outline what these are likely to mean for future regulation.


Providing an insight into how large manufacturing businesses handle their safety requirement will be John Holt, director of HS&E at Rolls-Royce plc, with his seminar entitled ‘Delivering Health & Safety in a Global Power Systems Business’. His presentation will consist of an introduction to Rolls-Royce, its health and safety challenges, strategies that can respond to a changing business, and the role of the health and safety function in supporting global improvements.

On day three of the event, Steve Hails, health & safety director at Crossrail, will give visitors an overview of the challenges and opportunities resulting from the Crossrail project. Entitled ‘Crossrail – The Challenges and Opportunities’, his presentation will include detailed information on the project, such as the facts and statistics, the role/profile of the team, the scale and technical challenges of the project, philosophy, solutions and innovations, working with contractors etc. Additionally, the presentation will look at the changing role of health and safety as the project progresses whilst leaving a lasting legacy.

Commenting on the conference seminars, Neal Stone, policy and communications director with the British Safety Council, said: ‘In putting together the conference programme, we have made sure that topics covered are the ones at the forefront of the minds of those involved in health and safety and environmental management, and that the speakers are leading experts in their respective fields. The topics include the reform of health and safety law, the HSE’s ‘Fee for Intervention’ scheme, health and well-being, and the risks associated with work-related driving.’

As well as the British Safety Council conference programme, other more practical seminars will take place across the event. The see the full timetable of the conference programme visit:


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