British Safety Council supporting key safety campaigns at annual conference

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The British Safety Council’s annual conference this year is highlighting key health and safety campaigns, including work-related transport, occupational health and young people at work. The conference entitled‘Health and Safety – What’s Next?’ will be taking place on Wednesday 23 September 2015 at Dexter House in central London.

Glen Davies, Freight & Fleet Programme Manager at Transport for London (TfL), will be presenting their new ‘Safer Lorry Scheme’ which launches at the beginning of September. At present, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs/lorries) are involved in a disproportionate number of fatal collisions involving cyclists and pedestrians. In 2013, HGVs were involved in 9 out of 14 incidents leading to cyclist fatalities in London.

Glen said: “One of the Mayor and TfL’s top priorities is to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on London’s roads by half by 2020 and action is being taken to prioritise the safety of the most vulnerable road users: pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. We know we need safe vehicles on the roads in London and elsewhere. It as much about creating the awareness across the whole supply chain – from those who need the freight to change procurement requirements, to working with vehicle manufacturers, and others. With the new Safer Lorry Scheme we are aiming to deliver a simple, quick and complete solution across all roads in London.”

The British Safety Council will also be updating members and others on their Speak Up, Stay Safe campaign, which aims to put young people and confident communication at the heart of good health and safety. Earlier in the year, the British Safety Council also pledged to support the #iwill campaign, a UK wide initiative aiming to make social action part of life for more 10 to 20 year-olds by the year 2020. This campaign, led by Patron HRH The Prince of Wales, with backing from the main political parties, is working across the voluntary, public, education and business communities to achieve the ambitious goal of enabling an additional 1.5 million young people to be active in their communities.

Matthew Holder, Head of Campaigns and Engagement at the British Safety Council who is leading on this work and presenting at the conference, said: “A barrier identified by Step Up To Serve, the charity behind the#iwill campaign, are the fears people have about health and safety. Managing health and safety risks, particularly for more hazardous kinds of activities – whether for those in paid-employment or volunteering – is crucial for success. Work doesn’t get done if people are injured or made ill. Volunteers building a festival stage or doing home visits for the elderly, can’t help communities if risks aren’t properly managed.

“The British Safety Council is able and proud to support the development a set of resources that give comfort and assurance to organisations working with young people – particularly small, grassroots organisations – that health and safety is not something to fear and that a sensible management of risks is enabling and not inhibiting.”

About the British Safety Council
For more than half a century we’ve been a trusted guide to excellent health, safety and environmental management. We have educated millions of workers and made hundreds of thousands of workplaces safer for everyone. We do this by sharing information, supporting, advising, educating and campaigning. We are a not-for-profit.

We have set out the five steps and the supporting actions we believe are essential to ensure healthy and safe work activities in our manifesto,  Working Well – see: www.britsafe.org/manifesto

We would be grateful if you could use British Safety Council in full rather than abbreviating to BSC when quoting our organisation.

For further information about the British Safety Council go to: www.britsafe.org, or contact the British Safety Council customer service team on (Tel) +44 (0)20 8741 1231 or (email) customer.service@britsafe.org

British Safety Council’s annual conference
The annual conference this year addresses key issues within health and safety, with health as much as safety on the programme. ‘Health and Safety – What’s Next?’ will be taking place on Wednesday 23 September 2015at Etc.venues Dexter House, central London. Keynote presentations will be made by Steve Hails, Director of Health and Safety at Crossrail, Prof Stephen Bevan, Director at the Work Foundation’s Health at Work Policy Unit and Mike Clancy, General Secretary of Prospect.

The conference will provide a view on regulatory priorities in Great Britain, as well as insight into European and UK campaigns. Other crucial themes being covered include understanding the proposed new regime for turnover based health and safety fines and the new threshold for imprisonment; competence and training, a particularly relevant topic for construction in relation to the new CDM 2015 regulations; and an opportunity to gain insight from best practice shared by member organisations in relation to managing health and wellbeing as well as behavioural safety.

The price per person is £145.00 + VAT for British Safety Council members, £175.00 + VAT for non-members.

You can discuss and follow the event online using #HSwhatsnext.

For full details see: www.britsafe.org/whatsnext

TfL’s Safer Lorry Scheme
The Mayor and TfL are committed to making London’s roads safer for all. In a further step towards our ambition to see the Capital’s roads free from death and serious injury, the Safer Lorry Scheme has been launched in collaboration with London Councils and Heathrow Airport.

Find out more about the scheme here: https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/freight/safer-lorry-scheme

About Step Up To Serve
This support for young volunteers fits well with the British Safety Council’s campaign Speak Up, Stay Safe, which seeks to raise awareness of health and safety risks with young people. The innovative resources we will develop in the coming months will highlight the public value of sensible health and safety and be useful for young people and the people who manage and supervise their work.

More information on the #iwill campaign can be found here: www.iwill.org.uk

British Safety Council’s networks:
Website:                       www.britsafe.org
Twitter:                         www.twitter.com/britsafe
Facebook:                    www.facebook.com/britishsafetycouncil
YouTube:                     www.youtube.com/britishsafetycouncil
LinkedIn group:            www.linkedin.com/company/british-safety-council
Safety Management:   https://sm.britsafe.org

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