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Health & safety summer school 2019 - complacency

Who should attend

Health and safety professionals, and organisation leaders including HR and OH, who think strategically about how the SHE function contributes to their organisation’s effectiveness.


Every year the HSE finds fault with well-respected, well-resourced, well-intentioned employers who are sanctioned for failing to manage ‘business as usual’ risks. Complacency is one of the most common causes of injuries in compliant organisations. Its impact is often exaggerated when combined with rushing, frustration or fatigue. How do you encourage safety engagement in environments where the risks appear low or where there has not been a recent incident?

This summer school provides a space for seasoned safety professionals to consider some current issues with peers and experts.


Day One

10.00 registration and coffee; 10.30 start

“The Blame Game”: how the courts approach corporate and individual fault for safety breaches
Simon Antrobus

  • recent sentencing decisions: Alton Towers, McDonalds, Whirlpool
  • complex disasters: Hillsborough, Buncefield

Michael’s story: lessons from a fatality
Louise Taggart

  • safe systems of work in practice, not just on paper
  • effective management and supervision
  • empowerment to stop work
  • impact of a work-related death

Problems with the “human error” label
Dr Robert J. de Boer

  • “work done” compared to “work imagined”: lessons to be learned

The direction of HSE enforcement
Tracey Anderson

  • will there ever be a stress related prosecution?

Crowd safety management: striking the balance
Eric Stuart

  • maths, physics, psychology and security

The Thailand cave rescue 2018
Connor Roe

  • risk mitigation in cave diving and the Thailand rescue

19.00 drinks on the terrance followed by dinner

Day Two

09.00 start

Problems abroad with domestic implications
Matthias Thorns

The Baldia fire led to court proceedings in Dortmund with consequences for UK employers. This update links human rights, safety and working conditions.

Case study:

Building and maintaining consistent cultures of ethical compliance in global organisations
Nicholas Cranfield

Health and wellbeing through the lens of corporate risk
Dr Wolfgang Seidl

  • data-driven approach to wellbeing
  • mental health at work
  • use of EAPs and critical incident services

Smaller group workshops:

Stress less
Alexis Powell-Howard

Medication and work
Dr Fehmidah Munir & Sally Hemming

Wellbeing and employment law
Paul Fontes

Procedural drift?
David Young

  • creeping changes which contribute to failure
  • unofficial, gradual, informal, small changes
  • false sense of security

Approximately 15.00 close

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Tracey Anderson
Head of Enforcement & Legal Adviser, HSE
Tracey joined HSE in 2016 and became head of HSE’s in-house legal team in April 2018.She previously worked for the Environment Agency and local government in a number of senior regulatory and public lawyer roles.

Simon Antrobus QC
Crown Office Chambers
Simon represents defendant companies, directors and employees in high profile safety prosecutions, including the Alton Towers rollercoaster accident, the Sheffield Wednesday club secretary in relation to Hillsborough and the fireworks organiser accused of causing a collision on the M5 in which seven people died.

Dr Robert J. de Boer
Director of the Amsterdam Campus,Northumbria University
Robert is a former professor of aviation engineering interested in organisational safety and process improvement. He helps organisations in energy, aviation and health to close the gap between paper and practice.

Nicholas Cranfield
Global Legal Compliance & Ethics Director, Dyson
Nick has been responsible for building out a global compliance and ethics function. This involved the development and launch of a new Code of Conduct, a training strategy and creation of effective speak up channels and internal investigations framework.

Philip Crosbie
Chair, Eversheds Sutherland
Phil’s recent work includes court appearances prosecuting organisations for compliance failures, representing transport operators in public inquiries and a large-scale health and safety review project for a power generator.

Paul Fontes
Head of Employment Law, London, Eversheds Sutherland
A graduate of Worcester College, Paul regularly defends high value and commercially sensitive claims on behalf of employers.

Alexis Powell-Howard
Counsellor & Psychotherapist, Fortis Therapy & Training
Alexis is a TEDx Speaker and MD of Fortis Therapy and Training, a multi-award winning therapeutic mental health and wellbeing service, working UK wide, with all ages & across all sectors.

Dr Fehmidah Munir & Sally Hemming
Department of Health Psychology, University of Loughborough
Loughborough’s leading health and wellbeing research covers healthy lifestyles and behavioural change strategies.

Connor Roe MBE
British Cave Rescue Council
Connor has explored caves across the world. He was asked to join the Thai-led team that rescued 12 school boys and their football coach from a flooded cave in Thailand. He was awarded the MBE in the 2019 New Year’s honours list.

Dr Wolfgang Seidl MD
Partner, Workplace Health Consulting Leader - UK & Europe, Mercer
A medical doctor, Wolfgang is an internationally recognised expert in the field of enhancement measures in workplace health and the business impact of health management in terms of ROI.

Eric Stuart QPM
Director, Gentian Events
Eric ended a 33 year police career planning events such as the Notting Hill carnival and London’s New Year celebrations. He retired after delivering the largest event in the history of UK policing, the 2012 Olympic torch relay. He now works across the UK and North America on crowd safety plans.

Louise Taggart
Sister, Workplace Safety Speaker, Michael’s Story
Louise was an employment lawyer for many years. Her brother died in a preventable workplace incident. His employer was fined £300,000. She now works with leaders, employers, and staff to help prevent accidents in the workplace. She was voted SHP’s “Most Influential” person in 2018.

Matthias Thorns
Deputy Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers
Matthias has held senior business advisory roles at Business Europe and at the BDA (The Confederation of German Employers). He has worked in an international labour relations role for the Coca-Cola Company and for many years has helped company members of the IOE.

David Young
Partner, Eversheds Sutherland
David has 30 years’ experience of regulatory investigations and enforcement, particularly in work-related death and food safety.

Cost: £875

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Group discount:

10% discount for delegate 2 and subsequent delegates.

Online payment discount: 5%

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