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A RoSPA seminar next month will look at health and safety challenges that are shared across the manufacturing sector.

Part of RoSPA's "From Industry, For Industry" series, the half-day seminar bringing together health and safety experts working in the manufacturing industry will take place on November 9 at the National Metalforming Centre, West Bromwich.

"Diverse production, common problems" is the theme of the event, and it will look at health and safety challenges which are shared across the manufacturing sector. Although its output and processes are specialised and varied, the industry as a whole has common sources of injury and occupational ill health.

The seminar’s keynote address, given by Peter Woolgar, head of the manufacturing sector at the Health and Safety Executive, will focus on determining a risk profile to help inform policy and procedures within manufacturing.

The speakers will be Kevin Bell, health, safety, environment and quality manager at Moores Furniture Group Ltd; Gavin Armstrong, health and safety manager at Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK Ltd; Steve McCall, SHE manager, Carlsberg (UK) Ltd; Graham Twigg, acting head of HSE, Rolls Royce Civil Aerospace; and Roger Bibbings, occupational safety adviser at RoSPA.

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear the experts speak then to participate in discussion sessions on topics such as shared solutions, and interactive case studies looking at the true costs of accidents and incidents.

Roger Bibbings, RoSPA’s occupational safety adviser, said: “It is important to develop new policies and procedures in manufacturing with safety and health in mind. If these things are built into an organisation’s culture at ground level, they become second nature to employees. I hope that this event will allow delegates to share their good ideas, and learn from each other’s experiences.

“Manufacturing’s recovery following the recession will bring with it a fresh set of health and safety challenges. As new business is won and production increases, policies and risk assessments must be reviewed and revised to make sure they are still fit for purpose. The business case for safety during such growth is more compelling than ever.”

For more information about this event, supported by the Health and Safety Executive and the CPD Certification Service, visit www.rospa.com/events/manufacturing/ or contact the events team by calling 0121 248 2089 or emailing events@rospa.com.

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