Improving Health and Safety in the Workplace

The new Scottish Plan for Action on Safety & Health provides a clear focus for the Partnership on Health & Safety in Scotland, chaired by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). A key member of the partnership, the Scottish Government is committed to working with private, public & third sector employers to make sure Scottish workplaces are safe & healthy environments.

Part of HSE’s wider UK strategy, Helping Great Britain Work Well, the plan emphasises that by acting together, the objective of healthier, safer workplaces can be achieved across Scotland. 

Event:

Join us for an up-to-date brief on the Scottish Plan for Action on Safety & Health and to examine how your organisation can better embed health & safety in its organisational strategy & culture, going beyond mere compliance to positively promote a safe business and a healthy workforce. Understand your duties as an employer and make sure your employee health & wellbeing is fully supported. 

Key Issues to be Addressed:

  • Regulatory updates and how HSE plan to work with the Scottish health and safety community
  • A review of the impact of the Sentencing Guidelines for Health and Safety cases
  • Summary of upcoming developments in health and safety law
  • The impact of International, (European) and UK policy upon health & safety in Scotland
  • Improving management of occupational health and safety and mental health and well-being
  • The importance of inspirational leadership in achieving culture change

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Agenda*

09.15   Registration & Morning Refreshments

10:00  Welcome and Introduction from the Chair 

Dr John Morran B.Sc. Ph.D. B.Sc. CMIOSH MREHIS SIRM, Lecturer in Health, Safety and Risk Management​, Robert Gordon University

John is currently a lecturer for the MSc in Health, Safety and Risk Management at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. From 1995 until 2014, whilst working as a health and safety professional, John also lectured in health and safety (H&S) law at the University of Strathclyde. He has extensive experience of H&S in the public sector having previously been employed with West Lothian Council as H&S Manager, with Clackmannanshire Council as the lead H&S Adviser and with Perth & Kinross Council as a Senior H&S Adviser. For ten years he was an Environmental Health Officer, specialising in H&S enforcement.

Session 1: Regulatory Developments

10:05  Regulatory Update and Working with the Scottish Health and Safety Community

  • HSE in Scotland’s contribution to:
    • Helping GB Work Well
    • the Scottish Plan for Action on Safety and Health (SPlASH)
  • Operational priorities for 2017/18

Mike Cross, Director for Scotland, Health and Safety Executive

  • The Scottish health and safety community
  • The Partnership on Health and Safety in Scotland
  • The Scottish Plan for Action on Safety and Health (SPlASH)

George Brechin, Chair, PHASS

10:45   Questions and Discussion

11:05   Refreshments and Networking

Session 2: Policy and Legal Developments

11:25  Health and Safety: Legal Update

  • A review of the impact of the Sentencing Guidelines for Health and Safety cases
  • an update on recent case law
  • a review of the Fee for Intervention scheme
  • a summary of upcoming developments in health and safety law

Laura Cameron, Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP and Scottish Chair, Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association

11:50  Provision of Health, Safety and Wellbeing in Scotland

  • Government policy on Health and Safety
  • Interlinked Health, Safety and Wellbeing
  • Provision of services to support employees and employers 

Robert Atkinson, Organisational Lead (Occupational Health and Safety), The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives

12:15  International, European and UK policy & practice

  • The impact of International, (European) and UK policy upon health & safety in Scotland
  • The six pillars of the HSE strategy: their impact on the workplace and moving forward the health and safety risk management agenda
  • Moving the occupational health focus to a higher priority in the workplace: improving the recognition that health has an impact on the business bottom line
  • Experience from a recent study in a leading European organisation

Peter Hall MA CMIOSH FIIRSM FIoD, Technical (Policy and Research) Director, International Institute of Risk & Safety Management

12:35   Questions and Discussion

13:00   Networking Lunch

Session 3: Delivering Safer and Healthier Workplaces

13:50  The importance of inspirational leadership in achieving culture change

  • Addressing health as well as safety issues

Louise Ward, Policy Standards and Communications Director, British Safety Council

14:10   Case study: Working to reduce suicide

Jennifer Gracie, Policy and Communications Officer, Samaritans Scotland

14:30   Case study: Health and Safety Culture Change 

Andy Forbes, Director of Health and Safety Improvement, Babcock Marine

15:00  Questions and Discussion

15:30  Close of event

*agenda subject to change

Venue and Costs

Location:

Scottish Arbitration Centre, 125 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 4AD

Delegate Rates (excluding VAT): 

  • Discounted rate: £145 (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 | 2+ places £195 (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 | 2+ places £245 (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

Event information: 

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
25 April 2017
Location
Central Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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