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British Safety Council 12th Annual Conference

Oct 2022
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Congress Centre 28 Great Russell Street

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We are delighted to present this event again in 2022, after a two year break due to COVID.

Taking a holistic approach to health, safety and wellbeing

After the height of the pandemic, most organisations have had to adapt to new ways of working and ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees stays paramount.

Why should people attend?

This conference will help attendees:

  • Understand best practice techniques around health, safety and wellbeing
  • Support their employer and employees create a positive health, safety and wellbeing culture
  • Gain actionable insight on dealing with the challenges of a holistic approach to work health, safety and wellbeing
  • Understand how motivation, determination and teamwork can help you overcome challenges to a wellbeing focus for yourself and your organisation
  • Discover techniques health, safety and wellbeing professionals can use to influence senior leadership
  • Understand stress, its impact on work performance and how positive wellbeing management, including financial wellbeing, can help
  • Deal with environmental management, health, safety and wellbeing challenges including asbestos and fire safety. 

Pre-conference members only session

08:00 – 08:15 - Registration for members only session and coffee

08:15 – 08:55 - British Safety Council members only session - legislative update and surgery

9:00 - Closing remarks

An exclusive opportunity for our members attending the annual conference to take part in a free of charge legislation surgery chaired by Chris Green, Partner at Keoghs.

Question and answer session:  To pre-submit questions, please send to: [email protected]



09:00 Registration and coffee  
09:30  Welcome and introduction: Why we need a holistic approach to health safety and wellbeing  Mike Robinson Chief Executive, British Safety Council
09:35 Chairman's address Peter McGettrick, Chairman, British Safety Council

Opening Keynote:

Links between cultural change, wellbeing, and mental health

Col. Dame Kelly Holmes, Motivational Speaker and Gold Medallist


The storm that is coming in mental health : Is prevention better than cure?

Peter Kelly, Head of Programmes, Mates in Mind

11:15-11:30 Coffee break and networking


Panel Session:

Looking after the whole worker. What the latest scientific research means for you and your workplace

Tackling the issue from three different perspectives, this panel will explore whole worker health from a scientific, practical and senior leadership viewpoint. It will offer attendees both actionable insights and an understanding of why the issue is so strategically important.

Panel Chair: Nathan Baker, Chief Executive, Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM)

Panel Speakers:

David Flower, Senior Occupational Hygienist and Regional Team Leader, Institute of Occupational Medicine

Miranda Lo, Director of Science and Engagement, Institute of Occupational Medicine

Marcus Herbert, Head of Wellbeing, British Safety Council

12:30-13:30 Lunch and networking

Breakout Group A 


Building fire safety management

This session will focus on:

  • The framework coming into force around fire and building safety
  • An overview of the key changes in both the Fire Safety Act and the Building Safety Act
  • The new Building Safety Regulator in England being established by the HSE. How this regulator is being established, including timescales, resourcing and its structure
  • The role of Accountable Persons.

HSE speaker to be announced

Breakout Group B

Managing asbestos risks for the next 40 years

This session will provide:

  • Broad-ranging insight into the recent Work and Pensions Select Committee proposal for asbestos to be removed from all public and commercial buildings within 40 years
  • Exploration of what the proposal might mean if the government takes it up, the scale of the challenge, and the implications for health and safety professionals.


Colette Willoughby, Director, Asbestos Compliance Consultant, Asbestos Compliance



Health challenges posed by climate change and air pollution

Why air pollution still poses such a major health risk, and why it should be tackled alongside climate change. Approaching both issues from the perspective of health to galvanise and encourage action by politicians and businesses.

Dr Maria Neira, Director, Public Health, Environment and Social Determinants of Health Department (PHE), World Health Organisation (Joining virtually)

Coffee break and networking



My job in F1 - Workplace health and safety are a basic human right

How the role of the health and safety practitioner has evolved over the past few years within a fast-paced F1 environment. What drives me to do my job?

Stuart Hughes, Head of Health and Safety, Petronas Formula One Team

15:30 Closing Remarks

Lawrence Waterman OBE CFIOSH

15:35  Close  

For further information contact: [email protected]

Purchase your tickets

Member Price: £215, plus VAT

Non-Member: £250, plus VAT


For price in Rupees, and to purchase tickets, please contact us on: [email protected] or [email protected]

"The Annual Conference provided a good cross section of relevant topical presentations and a chance to network with like-minded individuals."
John D Swann, Facilities Manager, The Salvation Army

Some highlights from the 2019 annual conference

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