05 Sep 2018
Make the most of your time at IOSH 2018
With just a matter of days before IOSH 2018, IOSH Conference Producer Sue Bull picks out some of the highlights of a packed two days We have a better-than-ever line-up for IOSH’s annual international conference this year. Both days are packed with high-level plenary and track sessions, covering the topics that matter to you. Delegates can attend just one day or both. I’ve picked out some highlights from each day below. Day 1 Fire safety is a topic which spans across sectors and will be the focus of some of our sessions. We are delighted that Dame Judith Hackitt will be joining us this year, to explore the findings of the independent review she led into building regulations and fire safety, commissioned after last year’s Grenfell Tower fire in London. Dame Judith has said that she is looking to discuss with delegates “how they can play a part in delivering a second wave of culture change in construction” to enhance fire safety. The sentencing guidelines for safety and health breaches have had a huge impact, with large fines of £1 million and more now commonplace. In our first day breakfast session, early birds can catch Kizzy Augustin, a partner at Russell Cooke LLP, reviewing some recent cases and assessing what it means for the safety and health profession. As well as the plenary sessions, we have some excellent track sessions for delegates to choose from. Former England cricket player Ronnie Irani will discuss how sports science can influence the future of worker protection, you can find out how safety and health is managed by ITV Studios, and you’ll hear from some early adopters of the new ISO 45001 global safety and health management standard. Day 2 Those who arrive early for the second day can catch Salman Khan, who is responsible for safety and health in the Middle East and North Africa at Siemens, talking about contractor management. After more than three decades in the field, Mark Gallagher will share with you his vast experience of safety management in Formula One, and how they are going about achieving their goal of zero fatalities in such a high-risk environment. The Smiler rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers made headlines across the world in the summer of 2015. Dominic Wigley, Group Health, Safety and Security Director at Merlin Entertainments, will look back on the incident, and examine how the organisation managed the aftermath and the lessons that were learned. Again, there are some fascinating track sessions. With increasing focus being placed in business on musculoskeletal disorders – hardly surprising given that 8.9 million working days were lost to them in the UK in 2016/17 – Katharine Metters will highlight the risks and how businesses can be managed. These are just a few of the highlights of IOSH 2018. There is so much more. Don’t forget Our conference is not just about sitting and listening to our excellent array of speakers. We have a first-class exhibition, where you can find out about the latest developments and how they can help you in your work. And, for the first time, we have a Careers Zone, at which you can find out about the latest jobs and how you can develop yourself professionally. If you’ve booked your ticket, I hope you are able to make the most of your time at IOSH 2018. If you haven’t yet booked, you can view our business case here. Can you and your business afford to miss out? We can’t wait to see you there.