The Health & Safety Event educational programme, run by the British Safety Council, will tackle profession’s hottest topics including the future of work and risk

The Health & Safety Event | 10th – 12th April 2018, The NEC, Birmingham

Exploring the risks and benefits around the future of work is at the core of the completely free, CPD accredited educational programme organised by the British Safety Council which is part of this year’s Health & Safety Event, taking place at The NEC, Birmingham from the 10th-12th April 2018. 

Featuring brand new speakers for 2018, the progamme promises to inform, challenge and engage visitors through a dynamic range of seminars, panel sessions and case study presentations. 

Focus on the future of work and risk

Changing forms of employment along with an ageing workforce and the rapid rise of new technologies are resulting in fundamental and potentially disruptive change to how we live and work. Some are calling it the 4th industrial revolution and it will have a major impact on the health, safety and wellbeing of workers.

How regulation will need to adapt in order to remain effective and proportionate will be the subject of The Changing Face of Regulation delivered by David Snowball, Director of Regulation at the HSE which will be headlining on Wednesday 11th April.

Delving deeper

On Thursday 12th April in A Good Day at Work – the future of work and risk attention turns to what health and safety practitioners and businesses can do now and in the future to prepare for these changes. The seminar follows the publication of a report commissioned by the BSC written by Robertson Cooper “Future risk: Impact of work on employee health, safety and wellbeing,” which has been designed to encourage conversation and action around the future of risk. Louise Ward, Policy, Standards and Communications Director at the BSC explains: “Practitioners are going to be at the centre of supporting businesses through a significant change in the way that work is conducted and the way that people interface with work. This session will help practitioners understand some of the key areas of risk and benefits and empower them to go and have some really effective conversations in their businesses about how they can prepare their workforce for the changing world of work.”

Some of the big changes affecting manufacturing including automation, nanotechnology and changing work patterns will be explored further in Challenges in Modern Manufacturing a Panel Discussion taking place on Wednesday 11th April. Pinsent Masons and the British Safety Council are launching a new thought leadership paper featuring expert opinion on a number of the issues affecting the manufacturing sector now and in the future. This session will examine some of the key themes arising from the document. Attendees will be able to interact with experts to explore current and future issues and opportunities for the manufacturing sector and consider how they might affect people in their business.

ISO45001 is coming

Examining another significant change in the health and safety landscape, on Tuesday 10th April Preparing for ISO45001 will bring visitors up-to-date on the new ISO45001 standard due to be published in March 2018 which has been designed to improve occupational health & safety management around the world. This session will explore the benefits of the new standard and offer businesses advice on how they can prepare.

There will also be an essential update on the latest case law from the popular regular contributor Chris Green, of law firm Weightmans in Case Law Update on Tuesday 10th April. This session will review recent health and safety prosecutions and consider how these might affect key legal principles in application of regulations and definition of sentencing guidelines.

Other important topics covered at this year’s event include a session looking at Residents Safety – Lessons from Grenfell. Following the horrific fire at Grenfell tower in 2017 Camden Council have decided to make a step change their approach to safety of residents.  On Thursday 12th April their new Director of Residents Safety, Keith Scott, will discuss the work that they are doing and how they are engaging with other local authorities and housing authorities to drive a national conversation about this important subject.

In the afternoon of Thursday 12th April, When the Worst Happens – Managing a Fatal Accident and Dealing with an Inquest offers advice from specialist legal experts to help shape a plan that will allow you to manage a serious incident effectively should you ever need to do so. Thankfully most organisations will never have to deal with a fatality or a major incident. However if the worst does happen then it’s really important to ensure that you have a process in place to manage the situation effectively.

Health & Safety professionals are invited to join the British Safety Council for this comprehensive and cutting edge seminar programme which confronts some of the most complex and challenging issues affecting modern workplaces. The event provides the opportunity for visitors to gain knowledge and insight which is designed to give them the confidence to develop the conversation about the future of risk in their own organisations.

Visit for the full seminar program and more information and to register for your free place.