Cross-sector conference to highlight employee health and wellbeing

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The business benefits of maintaining a healthy and happy workforce will be the focus of this year’s National Safety and Health Conference.

Delegates at the event will be able to get industry updates, information on legal developments and hear case studies showcasing how organisations promote health and wellbeing.

The conference has been organised by four sector groups of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH): public services; education; environment and waste management; and health and social care.

Now in its 42nd year, it is aimed at, but not restricted to, people who work in those sectors, including health and safety leaders, worker representatives, managers and consultants.

Steve Sumner, a member of the conference working party and committee member of the IOSH Public Services Group, said the event is “not to be missed”.

He said:

“Our conference theme is ‘leap into health – moving forward with confidence’. A huge majority of organisations across sectors are getting safety right, which is something we applaud. However, are they all getting the health and wellbeing side of it right?

“The importance of looking after the health of your workers cannot be overestimated. A healthy workforce is a productive workforce, bringing about huge benefits.

“The conference will explore ways of protecting the health of employees, using case study examples to really bring it to life. With such information on offer, it really is a not to be missed event.”

The conference is being held at the Nottingham Belfry, in Nottingham, on Thursday 14 September, from 9.30am to 4.10pm.

It will be opened and chaired by IOSH President-Elect Craig Foyle. Speakers will include Peter Brown, Head of the UK Health and Safety Executive’s Health and Work Programme, Brendan McConaghy, Lead Physiotherapist in Occupational Health at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, and Behavioural Safety Consultant Claire Philip.

Meanwhile, Steve Walter, Director of Making Connections Matter, will give his own personal account of having a breakdown and recovering from it.

The conference programme is available here. Places can be booked by emailing [email protected] or by calling +44 (0)116 257 3197, up until 7 September.

Sponsorship packages are also available. Email [email protected] for further information.