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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is gearing up for a new series of conferences designed to promote the sharing of good practice within industry.

Two “From Industry, For Industry” conferences have been scheduled so far, both taking place in London at CCT Venues - Canary Wharf later this year:

  • Construction Health and Safety Conference, Tuesday, November 23
  • Asbestos Health and Safety Conference, Thursday, December 2 

The idea is to promote peer-to-peer learning, showcase industry best practice, through case studies, research and theory, and provide networking opportunities. As tough economic conditions continue, the hope is that delegates will benefit from full-day events that are focused solely on their areas of interest.

The Construction Conference, sponsored by JSP and supported by the Construction Industry Council and Health and Safety Executive (HSE), will focus on two of the sector’s big issues - worker engagement and safety leadership.

There will be an update on RoSPA’s Big Workplace Discussion, which is investigating the effective leadership of accident and ill health prevention by line managers and team leaders. And, worker engagement will be under the spotlight through the presentation of the findings of research into workforce involvement strategies in non-unionised workplaces in Scotland. Philip White, the HSE’s chief inspector of construction, Andrew Wylie, chief executive of Costain and Simon Mantle, chairman of Safety Schemes in Procurement, will be among the speakers.

The Asbestos Conference, also sponsored by JSP, and supported by the British Lung Foundation and HSE, will feature a keynote address by Prof Roger Willey, managing director of ACS Physical Control Risk Ltd, who will examine the disparity between accidents at work and industry-related ill health in the UK. Chris Green, a partner at Weightmans solicitors, will provide up-to-date information about personal and corporate liabilities, including reliance on third parties. Among the other speakers will be Greg Haywood, head of the HSE’s asbestos licensing unit, and Terry Jago, director of training at the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association.

Roger Bibbings, RoSPA’s occupational safety adviser, said: “At RoSPA, we’re always looking to respond to the specific needs of industry. Part of this includes facilitating the sharing of good practice. We know that many businesses have built up a wealth of experience on effectively and sensibly managing safety and health and they have told us they would be willing to share this, if only they had opportunities to do so. Our new conference series provides such opportunities. Sharing and comparing really does save lives and reduce injuries.”

Visit www.rospa.com/events/ for information about both events, or call the events team on 0121 248 2120 or email events@rospa.com for more details.


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