Health & Safety Seminar

Past Event: This event has already happened.

Date: 9 October 2003, 09:30

Bletchley Park: Click for enlarged image
Bletchley Park

Building on the success of our last two events there, we are returning to Bletchley Park, home of the famous Enigma decoding machine from World War 2. Our agenda will include representatives from the headquarters of HSE, our partners, and ourselves. Our common aim is to provide up to date information about the health & safety aspects which effect you in managing the CDM and Asbestos Regulations in the workplace.

Our main speaker will be Stephen Wright of the HSE, talking about Revitalising Health & Safety and its impact on Legislation.

This event will start at 0930, include a buffet lunch and a free tour of Bletchley Park in the afternoon. Please register now for this event to ensure your place.

Presenter's Brief

We hope to include the following presentations at this seminar including our keynote speaker, Stephen Wright;

Revitalising Health & Safety - the new framework for HSE
Stephen Wright
HSE Head of Construction Policy - Legislation

Stephen Wright heads the Health & Safety Executive's section responsible for the development of the construction regulations (CDM and CHSW) and is the author of the 'Revitalising Health & Safety in Construction' Discussion Document. The Discussion Document, published last September, provided an opportunity for us to take stock of where we were in construction health and safety, where we wanted to be and how we could get there. HSE received and analysed about 300 responses and has since produced and published a summary of the responses and an action plan to take the initiative forwards.

Stephen also oversees the CDM regulations. The HSC are due to decide in September if these regulations should be revised and, if so, to identify some of the key issues that need to be addressed. He hopes to update us on the latest developments in his presentation to us. We look forward to welcoming Stephen back to our seminar programme and being able to contribute to this important initiative.

Health & Safety News Roundup
Michael J Stokes, DipSM, CEng, FIStructE, M IOSH
Director of Health & Safety, Mouchel Consulting Ltd

Michael provides a regular insight into the issues surrounding current health & safety legislation from the boardroom, construction industry, and health & safety bodies with which he is associated. In addition to Mouchel Consulting, these include the HSE's Working Well Together collaboration, the Institute of Structural Engineers and the Institute of Safety and Health.

Personal Indemnity Insurance - a focus on asbestos related issues
Ewan A MacGregor BSc, MSc, CEng, MIOA, FCIBSE, FCIArb, FRSA
Director Legal and Risk Management, Griffiths & Armour Professional Risks

The fact that there are issues between the requirements of some institutions for asbestos related Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) cover, their members and the insurance industry is well reported. Ewan will focus on issues regarding claims made on PII cover and the insurer's view of asbestos issues following the introduction of the new Control of Asbestos at Work 2002 Regulations. The presentation will address the role of the 'duty holder' created by the HSE under Regulation 4 of CAW regulations, and will consider the contractual liabilities within appointments, and the importance of 'aggregation' and 'evaporation' clauses in PII policies.

Asbestos Management Plans - an approach to the legal documentation
Bruce Calder, MIOSH MIIRSM
Managing Director, Callsafe Services Ltd

This presentation will explain in practical terms, the process of planning for the management of asbestos in your premises, as required by Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos at Work 2002 regulations. It will look at the key decisions that have to be taken. It will give guidance on what is, and what is not required when you think you have asbestos on the premises. To be effective, the plan must have the right person driving and monitoring it. The presentation will identify those who should have an involvement, and how they must be informed and consulted throughout the process.

Corporate Manslaughter - help your Company stay alive in the health and safety jungle!
Caroline Wilton, LLB
Partner, Heald Solicitors

The health and safety culture in the UK is evolving at a time when pressures on financial margins are growing. This presentation takes place against a backdrop of the prosecution for corporate manslaughter of senior representatives of national companies. Caroline and her lawyer team will address current legal duties and discuss proposed changes to legislation. There will be a review of health & safety aspects of business and the increasing importance of high-level representation in business development planning and implementation. Failure by organisations to adapt work practices could be costly.