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British Safety Council annual conference

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The British Safety Council’s annual conference will take place on 23 September 2015 in London. The conference will share insights on health and safety management, including a keynote presentation from Steve Hails, Health and Safety Director at Crossrail. A second keynote will be presented by Stephen Bevan from the Work Foundation, who will talk about the necessity of addressing health at work and potential policy outcomes for business. Other presentations will look at stress management and health and safety priorities, compliance and enforcement, best practice from member organisations and more. There will also be presentations on some of the latest health and safety campaigns, including Safer Lorries and Breath Freely.

Neal Stone, acting Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said: “Health as much as safety continues to demand the attention of business managers and decision-makers. Though the numbers of fatalities have dropped to lowest levels yet in Great Britain, the numbers we are seeing regarding the cost and impact of sickness absence particularly in relation to musculoskeletal disorders and stress management are a cause for concern. In 2013 PriceWaterhouseCooper's research showed that in UK companies, illness and its associated costs accounted for around 90% (£29 billion) of the total absence bill (£31 billion).

“Health and safety can be about managing the risks, be they to individuals or operations, but what we also see evidence of is the tangible benefits and advantages that good health and safety management can bring to businesses. And our strength is that our members can and do share their experiences in understanding and addressing these day-to-day challenges that can have such a large impact on individuals – colleagues – as well as the bottomline.

Delegates are invited to join the conference, with more details available here.

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