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Health and Safety summer school

Health and Safety Summer School - Reputation and responsibility

Who should attend

This Health and Safety Summer School is aimed at 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, and about their personal contribution to workplace safety. An understanding of health and safety law and practice is assumed.


In 2009, six people died when a high-rise fire enveloped Lakanal House. Last year, the London Fire Brigade told the Court, “Bringing this prosecution against Southwark Council has been about ensuring that lessons are learned”. If only they had been. Health and safety professionals cannot forget the basics. They must still ensure managers know, understand and fulfil their responsibilities even when they may not want to listen, and that warnings from near misses and incidents are heeded.

Employers also have to respond to new challenges like Government concerns about work-related ill health and reputational risks, including in supply chains. This Summer School covers international dimensions, driving, mental health and addiction as well as timeless challenges of leadership, human factors and ineffective communication.


Day one

10.00 Registration and coffee; 10.30 Start

Investor confidence in ‘safe’ organisations
Paul Verrico
- safety shortcomings and director bonuses
- the influence of perception on a defence

Corporate failings and the views of the Court
Prashant Popat QC
- managing the media and civil settlements
- the remarks of the judge and signals sent in sentencing

Prepared for the worst?
Katie Perrior
- the consequences of error or failure
- panic and confusion
- contingency planning and incident

HSE strategy development
Selvin Brown MBE
- prioritising work related ill health
- future H&S challenges
- strategic interventions

Safety and the public interest
Sarah O’Connor
- observations on corporate responsibility and the expectations of the public and media
- how a ‘story’ is covered

Managing risks in international assignments
Marc Brandner
- duty of care when operating abroad including hostile environments

18.30 Dinner will be held in the Picture Gallery which contains the finest privately owned collection of Victorian paintings in the UK.


Day two

09.00 Start

Safety in your supply chain
Professor Frank B Wright
- where does an employer’s responsibility begin and end?
- working conditions in distributors, suppliers and those you supply
- modern slavery: close to home?

The Board’s accountability
Sarah Bell
- regulators’ expectations of leaders
- what is ‘continuous and effective’ supervision
- health and safety and the Traffic Commissioners


Getting the Board to practice wellbeing
Ruth Pott
The importance of genuine Board level commitment to support company-wide mental health programmes.

American safety law – similarities and differences
Matt Gatewood
- key principles
- penalties
- OSHA and extra-territorial reach

Smaller group workshops

1. Addiction and mental wellbeing
Lauren Booker and Stephen Bevan

2. Disciplinary processes following an incident
Geoffrey Mead, Employment Lawyer, Eversheds Sutherland

3. Environmental compliance after Brexit
Elizabeth Shepherd, Head of Environment, Eversheds Sutherland

Please click on the PDF below for the full Health and Safety Summer School programme


 Approximately 15.00 Close

 Accommodation on 17th September is available at £90+VAT.


A full list of speakers can be found on the flyer above.

Cost: £749

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Group discount:

10% discount for delegate 2 and subsequent delegates.

Online payment discount: 5%

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