Programme preview

Our IOSH 2019 programme will be available online from 17 June. Can’t wait until then? Here’s a sneak preview of what will be on offer.

Choose your day (or both days)

Your time is precious so this year we have sharpened the focus for each day, giving you a clearer choice between investing in a two-day or a one-day pass.

  • On day one, track sessions will enhance your understanding in key topic areas of safety, health and wellbeing – and give you practical advice on how to manage the risks.
  • On day two, it’s all about the latest thinking and insight into leadership, strategy and innovation to help you shape a world-beating safety and health culture and gain that competitive edge.

Motivational speakers

Hear journalist and author Frank Gardner recount his personal story of survival combined with his extensive knowledge of Middle Eastern history and politics.

Fellow author, and renowned expert on optimising wellbeing, performance and resilience in workplaces Dr John Briffa will also take to the IOSH 2019 stage. He will explore how nutrition, physical activity, sleep and psychology can enhance employee wellbeing. He will talk delegates through building a wellbeing programme in their business and how this can boost the bottom line.


Dr John Briffa, motivational speaker

Cathy Newman, conference chair

Interactive sessions

Our conferences aren’t just about listening to expert speakers, so there will be opportunities to ask questions of speakers. We are also building Q&A sessions into the programme so delegates can share their knowledge and experience and ask those burning questions on the key issues

Track/theatre session topics

Business and leadership skills

Translating ISO 45001:2018 into reality using Vision Zero principles: Jamiu Badmos, Head of Quality, Health, Safety and Environment at Ikeja Electric PLC

Highlighting how Ikeja Electric PLC, the largest electricity distribution company in Nigeria, adopted a systematic approach including worker participation and integration of business processes to prevent accidents and ill health through the use of the recently-published ISO 45001:2018 standards and the principles of Vision Zero.


  • Risk profiling – contribution to the rich picture for resource prioritisation: Joshua Rice, Corporate Lead – Conventional Health and Safety at Sellafield Ltd
  • Safety culture and leadership at grass roots level: Neil Vincer, EHS Project Manager at Givaudan SA

From compliance to competitive advantage

Watch your language: Zoe Davies, Senior Health and Safety Advisor at IMG

Drawing on research from thought-leaders in language and marketing, this session looks at how different generations consume information, instruction and training. Can we apply that knowledge, alongside some key sales and marketing principles, to how we sell health and safety messaging and initiatives to our organisations?


  • Understanding process variability – the key to unleashing safety culture: Scott Gaddis, Global Safety and Health Practice Leader at Intelex Technologies
  • From blind obedience to personal responsibility – delivering on new era possibilities through risk type: Geoff Trickey, CEO/Founder at Psychological Consultancy Ltd

Healthier workplaces

Avatar – from movie to safe moving and handling through virtual ergonomics: David Rowbotham, Global Head of Health and Safety at Bupa

Find out how Spanish care home business Sanitas Mayores applied a traditional approach to manual handling to keep people healthier and minimise musculoskeletal injuries. To further minimise injury and ill health, they identified an innovative methodology to increase awareness of safe lifting techniques and improve staff engagement. The project digitised their risk assessment process.


  • Managing psychosocial risk – practical steps to promote mental health in the workplace: Abigail Hirshman, Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Acas
  • Using mindfulness to generate an effective safety culture: Jutta Tobias Mortlock, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology, City University, London

Collaborating with others

Inside the opera factory – protecting musicians from noise: Dominique Perrissin, Health and Safety Manager at Royal Opera House

Discover more about a project set up to systematically investigate all possible controls for moderating the sound exposure of performers, particularly in the orchestra pit, to comply with the legislation. The project is now focusing on working alongside our musicians with audiologists and manufacturers to discover, develop and trial new solutions.


  • A hitchhikers guide to the use of bow tie methodology to assess threats and consequences for hazards and identify effective controls to minimise risk arising: Shailesh Purohit, Process Safety Engineer at CLH Pipeline System Ltd
  • Collaboration – underpinning skills: Michael Emery, Owner and Director of Securus Health and Safety Ltd

What we can learn from OSH research

Re-thinking the Leader-Centric Approach to Improving Health and Safety Performance – A case study of research into practice: Toby Williams, Health & Safety Manager, Schindler Ltd.

Do organisations continue to focus their attention on how leaders exert influence on their followers to improve health and safety outcomes? Can it be argued that a better understanding of our followers is the first step to effective leadership because without the consent of the followers there are no leaders?


  • Effective safety management across the boundaries in contractor relationships: Colin Pilbeam, Reader in Safety Leadership at Cranfield University
  • Out of the fire – a multimodal virtual relating-based training system with heat and smell: Dr Glyn Lawson, Associate Professor at University of Nottingham

Future risks, challenges and opportunities

Sessions will include:

  • Using Artificial Intelligence to Save Lives with Proactive just-in-time Alerts: Roy Daya, Applied Machine Learning
  • Serious injury and fatality prevention – perspectives and practices: John Dony, Director of Campbell Institute at National Safety Council in USA

Leading sustainability and human capital

This topic will be covered by a plenary panel debate followed by a track session on day two of the conference.

Featured speakers


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Sponsors and exhibitors

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