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Conference to debate health and safety challenges

The British Safety Council will be holding its annual conference on Wednesday, 23 September.

Health and Safety – What’s Next? cuts across the health as well as safety management landscape to allow business leaders and managers to share insight into the ongoing challenges facing firms.

Runing from 09:00 to 16:45, registration opens at 08:15 and there will be opportunities to network over lunch and throughout the day.

The morning will start with a keynote presentation from Crossrail health and safety director Steve Hails, who will give insight into some of its key challenges and priorities.

Professor Stephen Bevan from the Work Foundation will present the second keynote, articulating the necessity of addressing health at work and potential policy outcomes for business.

The opening session will wrap up with Prospect general secretary Mike Clancy discussing what’s next in terms of addressing workers’ priorities.

Other morning presentations include Health and Safety Executive director general regulation Kevin Myers speaking about the priorities and challenges ahead in relation to working with businesses, and Birgit Müller from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work talking about about the agency’s stress management campaign and the resources available to businesses to share good practice.

British Safety Council acting chief executive Neal Stone said: “Health as much as safety continues to demand the attention of business managers and decision makers. Although the numbers of fatalities have dropped to lowest levels yet, the numbers we are seeing regarding the cost and impact of sickness absence – particularly in relation to musculoskeletal disorders and stress management – are a cause for concern.

“Health and safety can be about managing the risks, be they to individuals or operations, but what we also see evidence of is the tangible benefits and advantages that good health and safety management can bring to businesses.

“Join us and network with other professionals from a range of sectors and business activities, and gain useful insight and learning on some of the most pressing issues around business and people risk management.”

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