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How do you create a healthy workplace?
Speakers at the British Safety Council's Annual Conference 2016 will share insights and experience of managing health in a changing world and one of the sessions that is particularly pertinent to the cleaning industry, is:
'How should the industry accommodate workers with limited English?' But there's plenty more for those working in our industry, wherever they're based in the world...
"It's no use telling somebody at the age of 62: you should be fitter and I want you to work to 72. An early start should be made to enable young people to become sustainable workers and acquire a good lifestyle that will serve them well later on. As individuals progress through their working lives, employers need to be willing to upskill them, or if necessary, change their skill set. Flexibility about working hours and place of work is ever more important. This approach requires people who are not frightened of change."
Prof Dame Carol Black, (pictured) senior policy advisor on work and health to three British governments, shared this advice in her recent interview with the British Safety Council. She will be a keynote speaker at the BSC's Annual Conference 'Health and work in a changing world', to be held on Wednesday, 5th October 2016, at The King's Fund in central London.
This year, Conference will provide a platform for sharing evidence, better practice and business experience of managing employee health and wellbeing that helps to create more resilient and successful organisations.
The conference will be chaired by Steve Hails, director of health, safety & wellbeing at Thames Tideway Tunnel. He is also the former health & safety director at Crossrail.
The event will feature a number of case studies about organisations working across a range of sectors, which are leaders in their industries with their record of managing health in the workplace and their commitment to facilitating the return to work of employees with health conditions, such as Unipart Group and Microlink.
The implementation of health and wellbeing strategies in the workplace will be explored during a panel discussion at which Lawrence Waterman, director of health & safety at the Battersea Power Station Development, and Professor Stephen Bevan, head of HR research development at the Institute of Employment Studies, together with other practitioners and experts, will share their insights and advice with conference participants.
The full programme of the Annual Conference 2016:
09:00 Registration opens
09:45 Introduction and logistics of the day Steve Hails, health, safety & wellbeing director, Thames Tideway Tunnel
09:55 Welcome address Lynda Armstrong, chair of Board of Trustees
Opening remarks Mike Robinson, CEO, British Safety Council
10:10 Keynote address: Why does health matter? The business case for managing health Prof Dame Carol Black
10:30 Ageing workforce - what does this mean for productivity? Katalin Sas, project manager, European Agency for Safety & Health at Work (EU-OSHA)
10:45 COFFEE / TEA
Case study: Sharing what good health and wellbeing management can look like Deborah Astles, HR director, corporate responsibility and policy, Unipart Group
Case study: Experience addressing mental ill health in the workplace
Beth Taylor, mental health leader, PwC
Case study: Valuing your workforce regardless of health ability Dr Nasser Siabi OBE, chief executive, Microlink
Case study: Experience building the right kind of training, Andy Forbes, director health and safety improvement, Babcock International Group
Shared responsibility - managing health together Kizzy Augustin, senior associate, Pinsent Masons
Making policy effective for business Karen Steadman, senior researcher, The Work Foundation
Q&A with speakers
13:45 How should the industry accommodate workers with limited English? Peter Hart, group operations director, Number8Group
14:15 Addressing 'health' through a culture change programme - sharing insights and good practice Mark Ormond, managing director, JOMC
14:45 Panel discussion: Identifying the challenges and implementing the strategies - how to go about tackling health at work:
* Lawrence Waterman, director for health & safety, Battersea Power Station Development
* Dennis Curran, chairman, Barhale
* Prof Stephen Bevan, head of HR Research Development, Institute of Employment Studies and Honorary Professor at Lancaster University's Management School
* Hugh Robertson, senior policy officer for Health & Safety, TUC
15:50 Closing remarks and thanks Mike Robinson, British Safety Council
16:00 Conference closes
16:15 - 17:15 Members' only session
The price of a conference ticket is �195.00 plus VAT for British Safety Council members and �245.00 plus VAT for non-members.
SME companies (1-50 employees) attending the conference are eligible for a 25% discount of the above rate.
T: +44 (0)20 8741 1231
15th September 2016