Highlights of the IOSH Conference 2013

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The IOSH conference and exhibition is an annual event for health and safety professionals. This year there was an opportunity for attendees to explore new products, attend sessions, join debates and network with peers. Each year is better than the last and 2013 was no exception.

Held on the 26th-27th of February at the ExCel, London, the IOSH conference 2013 focused on four critical issues faced by the health and safety industry:

• Occupational Health and Enhancing Wellbeing

• Influencing and Implementing Legislation

• Strengthening Health and Safety Culture

• Practitioner of the Future

Day 1 – 26th February 2013

9.35 – IOSH President, Gerard Hand, introduces the IOSH conference 2013

9.55 - László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission delivers an International Keynote Address

Listen to an interview with László Andor after his address:

10.20 – Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Shadow Minister for Employment, Keynote Address

10.45 - Health and safety in 2012 and beyond – perception versus reality

Key health and safety leaders, alongside senior directors from global organisations, discussed what action is needed over the coming 12 months to make health and safety a bigger priority across all industries.

11.30 – Refreshments

We met lots of lovely people at our stand, D50.

The photographer for Safety Health Practitioner Magazine captured our technical experts Dr Alex Hills, Mike Taylor and Mark Rowe advising people at our stand.

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12.15 – 15.30 – Highlights from the four tracks

Track A – Occupational Health and Enhancing Wellbeing

Our technical expert, Dr Alex Hills attended ‘Prioritising Efforts in Preventing Occupational Cancers’. The feedback was: Very interesting. Good to see how occupational hygiene can help control causes.

Track B – Influencing and Implementing Legislation

Track C – Strengthening Health and Safety Culture

Track D – The Practitioner of the Future

15.30 – Refreshments

Free chocolate was on offer at the IOSH stand:

16.15 – The Changing Face of the Health and Safety Workplace

Presidents of key US, Canadian and Australian health and safety institutions presented hot health and safety topics for the year ahead.

16.45 – Compensation claim: live!

This year the IOSH conference focused on compensation claims in the civil courts. Attendees acted as the judge in a County Court action brought by a worker who claimed he sustained a back injury in the course of his work. Evidence is brought to light and as the situation unfolds attendees were asked to pass judgement on issues of liability, contributory negligence, causation and legal costs.

18.00 – Closing remarks and evening networking  
 
 
Day 2 – 27th February 2013

9.00 – IOSH President Elect, Timothy Briggs introduced day 2 of the conference

9.15 – Jason Anker, a motivational safety speaker talks about his personal experiences

In 1993, when he was just 24, Jason fell off a ladder at a construction site and was paralysed from the waist down. His accident was avoidable and by telling his story he hopes that more people will take health and safety seriously and not just see it as a compulsory workplace briefing. Talking about his experiences Jason really affected his audience:

9.45 – International question time Health and safety: a global forum delivering global solutions

Here Andrew Page, Director of Health and Safety, Tata Steel, and Craig Notman from Mines Rescue Service discuss international law and compliance in health and safety:

10.45 – Refreshments

11.30 – 13.30 – Highlights from the four tracks

Track A – Occupational Health and Enhancing Wellbeing

Track B – Influencing and Implementing Legislation

Track C – Strengthening Health and Safety Culture

Track D – The Practitioner of the Future

13.30 – Lunch

14.30 – Pass it forward: lessons from London

Lawrence Waterman, Head of Health and Safety, Olympic Delivery Authority, John Hanley, Health and Safety Director, Mace Group and Allan Spence, Director of Safety Strategy, Network Rail delivered an interesting presentation on the lessons learnt from the 2012 Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the consequences of the 2011 summer riots.

15.30 – Mark Ormrod, Former Royal Marine – Closing Keynote Address

Whilst on a foot patrol in Afghanistan Mark stepped on a buried landmine on Christmas Eve 2007. Both his legs were amputated above the knee and his right arm was amputated above the elbow. Mark was the first British triple amputee from the Afghanistan conflict. He could have let this defeat him but he didn’t, he decided to accept his situation and work on regaining his independence. Now, as a motivational speaker Mark uses his experiences to help others.

16.00 – Closing Remarks

Hopefully you enjoyed the IOSH conference 2013 as much as we did. We look forward to seeing you next year!

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