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We're finalising the programme which will be available online from 25 June. Here's a sneak preview.

Motivational speaker

Safety in Formula One: hear from Mark Gallagher at IOSH 2018

Mark is Founder and CEO of Performance Insights Ltd. He is also co-commentator and Formula One analyst for broadcasters including the BBC, ESPN and Sky Sports F1

Mark will be speak about how motor sport in general, and Formula One in particular, has made safety its central priority and used a combination of changes to culture, processes and technology to dramatically reduce the number of fatalities and serious accidents.  Ultimately the goal is to achieve zero fatalities, and I will be explaining not only how far we have come, but the obstacles that remain.

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Interactive session

It’s Question Time, from Birmingham

It’s Question Time, from Birmingham. Broadcaster Cathy Newman will chair a QT-style debate with a panel of top experts at IOSH 2018. Grab your chance to pitch your question and get some answers on one of the safety and health issues that matters to you most. It could be on the gold-plating of safety standards, the state of the OSH profession or current government policy on health and safety regulations. Just don’t expect everyone to see eye-to-eye.

Track sessions include:

Track A: Enhancing your professional skills

From minor errors to marginal gains - John Richardson, Operations Manager, Matrix Risk Control  

Organisations rarely look at the marginal gains they could achieve by making small improvements to their core activities, reflecting on performance in detail only during an investigation following a major incident. Reflecting on and looking more closely at ‘near misses’ may provide the best opportunities for learning to prevent major incidents and improve overall business performance. 


  • Investigative Interviewing - effective and healthy safety conversations: Ian Hynes, CEO Intersol Global
  • How to communicate more effectively: Kate Beaven-Marks, Director, Hypno TC Ltd

Track B: Health and well-being including stress and mental health

Health, wellbeing and workplace performance: maximizing the benefits to business of good health and wellbeing at work - Nick Pahl, CEO, Society of Occupational Medicine

The moral, legal and financial reasons for investing in occupational health will be reviewed and suggestions offered as to what reasonable adjustments should occur to support those with health problems in returning to work as well as how the SOM is contributing to national policy making to support those with long term health conditions and disability. 


  • The challenge of Work Related MSDs - Katharine Metters, Lead Consultant, Posturite
  • Longer, healthier, happier lives - David Rowbotham, Global Head of Health and Safety and Matt Bushell, Director of Risk and Quality Improvement, Centre Clinical, Bupa

Track C: Effective health and safety management

Workplace fatalities: The do's and don'ts when managing an investigation - Helen Devery, Partner and National Head of BLM regulatory practice, BLM

The session will review the considerations for any organisation dealing with the most difficult of circumstances. Managing an investigation and individuals, responding to regulatory scrutiny, do's' and don’ts in the process will be reviewed. Using case studies and providing insight and advice, a review of outcomes based on the sentencing guidelines will also be covered. 


  • Leading risk - a change in perspective - Ruth Denyer, Group Operational Risk Director and Alison Hodgetts, Group Head of Health and Safety Risk Management, ITV plc
  • It's not about doing more stuff on safety: it’s all about getting more from what you do already!  Safety Leadership, Behaviours and Performance - Brian Kraus, Global Managing Partner, Safety Transformation and Al Hocking, Partner and Safety Services Lead for Northern Europe, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)       

Track D: The changing world of work

The future role of technology in workplace health and safety - the positive spin - Bridget Leathley, Consultant, trainer and writer, The Safer Choice, Lewis Young, Animation and VR director, Polar Media and Darragh Geoghegan, CEO, Effective Software

OHS professionals must keep up with the opportunities new technology presents; whether in helping manage the information needed to keep people safe and healthy, or in new ways of supporting people to develop competences and skills to keep themselves safe. The session aims to inspire delegates to make better use of technology to manage OHS.


  • Future work trends, workplace of the future and the role of technology: Nicola Milliard, Head of Customer Insight and futures, BT Global Services Innovation Team

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