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Technology debate: how drones, virtual reality and other technology will rapidly influence health & safety risk reduction strategies
10:30 - 11:15
Head of Central Engineering
Transport for London
Pinsent Masons
Crowd Management Consultant
The Crowd Management Company
Health, Safety and Wellbeing Director
Skanska UK Plc
Head of Health, Safety, Security and Wellbeing
Thames Water Utilities

• The future of technology in health and safety, with case study examples
• Drones and the potential applications to remove risk for humans, including working at height inspections
• 'Skyfencing' and the future of site protection from unwanted drones
• VR programmes currently being used for confined space Training Courses
• Driverless cars

Inspirational Keynote: Ruby Wax OBE
11:30 - 12:30
Mental Health Campaigner, comedian, writer and actor

Ruby will address the importance of good mental health as well as tackling the problems of communication within businesses and organisations, especially for leaders. Combining psychological insights with her understanding of writing and performing, and of course humour, Ruby helps both individuals and groups understand how to create an open, honest culture that encourages and succeeds. A hilarious yet essential education not to be missed by responsible employers and employees alike.

Inquests – lessons to learn from the Coroners Court
12:40 - 13:10
Partner, Safety, Health & Environment team

During our session, we will provide:
• An overview of the inquest process, the powers of the Coroner and why you might become involved in an inquest.
• Guidance on strategy, including when to introduce legal representatives to the coroner and the implications of being granted interested person status.
• An overview of how you should guide witnesses throughout the inquest process.
• An insight into the wider implications of an inquest and the impact this has on regulatory and civil proceedings, policy coverage and liability for costs.
• Techniques to help you avoid future death reports being issued by the coroner.
• Techniques to deal with reputational issues and handling the media.
• An overview of what the future could hold including increased scrutiny through the Coroners Court; a push for greater regulation of the Coroners role and consideration of the right to appeal.

Emphasising the ‘health’ in health and safety
13:20 - 13:50
Health and Work Portolio Manager

In the past year HSE has launched its Go Home Healthy microsite and social media presence, published far reaching plans to address occupational lung disease, MSDs and work-related stress, hosted three Summit events and generally raised its game on occupational health issues. Geoff Cox will be providing the background to these developments, reflecting on how well things have gone thus far, and giving an insider’s feel for what we can expect to see next.

What makes a good risk assessment?
14:00 - 14:30
HM Principal Inspector of Health and Safety
Panel discussion: ISO 45001
14:40 - 15:20
Global Product Champion - Health and Safety
Associate Director
Turner & Townsend
UK Operations HSE Manager

Our expert panel will discuss the world’s first global occupational health and safety standard – ISO 45001. They will discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities this new standard presents and share the learnings that have come from those who are, or have implemented, this exciting new international standard. You will then get the chance to quiz the panel with a live Q&A session.

SHP debate: Is perceived stress really more important than safety?
15:30 - 16:10
Managing Director
The Healthy Work Company
b-Safe Management Solutions
Health and Work Portolio Manager
Operations Director – Health, Safety & Wellbeing

Should the health and safety profession be responsible for mental health? And is it right that health and safety professionals, events and media are focussing so much on stress and mental health, as opposed to other areas of core responsibilities? This panel will discuss the facts.  

The group will concentrate on 4 main areas of discussion before opening it out to the audience. 

·         Is focussing on stress weakening the profession’s ability to deal with safety?  

·         What do the statistics show?  

·         What should we make of the high numbers of suicide in construction?  

·         Does the skillset of the health and safety professional lend itself to the issue?   

Transitioning to a more business relevant FM
16:20 - 16:50

For too long conferences have been awash with calls for the outside world to ‘get FM’. We know the impact FM can have on business, the economy and wider society; but is that message hitting home?

On 1 March BIFM announced its intention to change its name to the Institute of Workplace and Facilities management. It argues that the surge in recognition by organisations of the impact that physical environments have on their people’s performance is an opportunity for the FM profession to shine.

In this session Chris will assess that opportunity, exploring the steps required to take full advantage, the skills and insight the profession requires moving forward and the tools available to help.