It’s time to review the key issues shaping the health, safety and wellbeing agenda. The forum for this will be the British Safety Council’s Annual Conference Health, safety and wellbeing in the modern workplace to be held on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at Congress Centre in London.
This year’s conference speakers will update practitioners and influencers on the latest thinking on health, safety and wellbeing, including the future of health and safety regulation within the workplace and the implications of the new framework for fire safety management post-Grenfell.
The experts will also review best approaches for developing and implementing wellbeing programmes and improving employee participation. There will be a debate as to whether the recent focus on mental health in the workplace is happening at the expense of overall occupational health. This is a particularly timely issue in view of the changes to the resources available to regulators, the impact of technological innovations and the effect of the UK’s expected departure from the European Union.
Among the keynote speakers at the conference will be Professor David Fishwick, Chief Medical Officer at HSE, and Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE. Professor Fishwick is an expert in the work environment and respiratory health. He will discuss the effective management of workplace health-related conditions with specific reference to clinical case studies.
Professor Cooper is an international expert on workplace health and wellbeing and is the author of the Future risk report published in 2018. He was also one of the panellists of the Roundtable debate on workplace wellbeing which the British Safety Council held in March 2019. At the conference he will discuss the costs and benefits of workplace wellbeing and presenteeism, the fundamentals of a good wellbeing strategy and the evidence of its success.
09:30 Welcome and introduction: Mike Robinson Chief Executive, British Safety Council
09:35 Chairman’s address: Lawrence Waterman OBE Chairman, British Safety Council
09:45-10:15 Opening Keynote address: The effective management of workplace health related conditions. Professor David Fishwick, Chief Medical Officer, HSE
10:25-10:55 Health and wellbeing in the workplace, a case study Liz Groundland, Head of SHEQ, Seddon Construction ltd
10:55-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-11:45 Workplace wellbeing and presenteeism in the workplace: Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE, Founding Director Robertson Cooper
11:45-12:45 Panel Session: The future of health and safety regulation within the workplace
Chair: Lawrence Waterman OBE Chairman, British Safety Council
Panellists: Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE, Founding Director Robertson Cooper; Professor David Fishwick, Chief Medical Officer, HSE; Jonathan O’Neill OBE, Managing Director, Fire Protection Association; Kevan Rowan, Head of Organisation Services and Skills. Trades Union Congress
13:45-14:25 Session 1 – Main room
Post-Grenfell: Implications for fire safety management.
Led by Jonathan O’Neill OBE, Managing Director, Fire Protection Association
13:45-14:25 Session 2 – Break out room
A strategic approach to health and wellbeing leadership Led by Steve Perkins, Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant, Steve Perkins Associates Limited
14:30-15:30 Debate: Has the recent focus on mental health within the workplace been at the expense of overall occupational health?
Chaired by Spencer Lee, Health and Safety Manager at Arsenal FC. Debate participants: James Murray, Managing Director, Vitality Health, Jennie Armstrong, Head of Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Tideway
15:30 Closing Remarks: Mike Robinson, Chief Executive, British Safety Council