The David Walters International Health & Safety Symposium – “What about the workers?” –  Date: Wednesday 29th January 2020 – Venue: Cardiff University, School of Social Sciences: (A Free to Attend Event) 

The David Walters International Health & Safety Symposium – “What about the workers?” –  Date: Wednesday 29th January 2020 – Venue: Cardiff University, School of Social Sciences: (A Free to Attend Event) 

Professor David Walters Director of the Cardiff University Work Environment Research Centre (CWERC), is an internationally renowned researcher and writer on various aspects of the work environment and strong supporter and advocate in the strengths and positive benefits of employee and trade union representation and consultation on health and safety, the politics of health and safety at work, regulating health and safety management, chemical risk management at work and health and safety at work in all types and sizes of companies. He is the editor of the international journal, Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, a member of the IOSH Research Committee and was Special Adviser, to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee. He is highly respected across the UK and European Trade Union movement. David is due to retire shortly and to mark his retirement an International Health and Safety Symposium entitled “What about the workers?” has been announced in his honour with the event taking place at Cardiff University on Wednesday 29th January 2020.

The event is free to attend, but places are limited so please register early! Please follow this link to reserve a place:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-about-the-workers-tickets-74405991323

For Further Information contact either:-

Emma Wadsworth Email: wadsworthej@cardiff.ac.uk

or

Phil James P.W.James@mdx.ac.uk

Event Programme

9.00 – 9.15

Welcome & Introduction

Speakers – Tom Hall, Head of School, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University,

Owen Tudor, Deputy General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation and

Peter Lahay, Coordinator, International Transport Workers’ Federation

 

9.15 – 9.45

Session 1 — The Extent of the Problem? Chair and Discussant Peter Lahay, International Transport Workers’ Federation

 

Research and the Struggle to Improve Working Conditions from a Trade Union Perspective

Speaker Laurent Vogel, Senior Researcher, Health and Safety, Working Conditions, European Trade Union Institute

 

9.45 – 10.15

The Scale and Costs of Work-Related Harm

Speaker Jukka Takala, Executive Director Emeritus, President, International Commission on Occupational Health

 

10.15 – 10:45

Securing Compliance with OHS Standards: What works and what needs to be done?

Speaker Steve Tombs, Professor of Criminology, Open University

 

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee

 

11.00 – 11:30

Session 2 — OHS, Supply Chains and the Changing Nature of Employment: Responses to the Changing World of Work – Chair and Discussant Susan Murray, Former Unite National H & S Adviser

OHS and SMEs: Challenges and Solutions

Speaker Felicity Lamm, Associate Professor of Employment Relations, Co-Director of the Occupational Health and Safety Research Centre, Auckland University of Technology

 

11.30 – 12.00

The Rise and Challenges of Precarity: What Should Be Done?

Speaker Michael Quinlan, Emeritus Professor, University of New South Wales

 

12.00 – 12:30

Supply chains and the Fragmentation of OHS management: Approaches to Reassert Coordinated Control

Speaker Richard Johnstone, Professor of Criminology, Queensland University of Technology

 

12.30 – 13.30

Lunch

 

13.30 – 14.00

Session 3 – Voice and Resistance: What Can Be Done? Chair and Discussant Victor Gekara, Associate Professor, School of Business, IT and Logistics, RMIT University

 

Can research help OHS activism? The LOARC contribution

Speaker Andy King, Researcher in Residence, McMaster University School of Labour and retired Department Leader, Health, Safety and Environment, United Steelworkers of America Canadian Office

 

14.00 – 14.30

Strategies to ensure voice and protection for the mobile workforce – an Example of Current Challenges for Organising around OHS

Speaker| Katherine Lippel, Professor, University of Ottawa, Canada Research Chair on Occupational Health and Safety Law

 

14.30 – 15.00

When protections don’t protect workers: Workers’ experiences with OHS reprisals and what can be done about them

Speaker Wayne Lewchuk, LIUNA Enrico Henry Mancinelli Professor in Global Labour Issues, McMaster University

 

15.00 – 15.30

Workers are the solution, not the problem

Speaker Bud Hudspith, Unite National H&S Adviser

 

15.30 – 15.45

Coffee

 

15.45 – 16.15

Session 4 – Lessons for Policy from Research and Practice: Towards More Effective Worker Protection

Chair and Discussant Kaj Frick, Adj. Professor Emeritus (in Human Work Science), Lulea University of Technology, Sweden

 

Exploring and closing the gap between OHS knowledge and practice

Speaker Lawrence Waterman, Chair of the Board of Trustees, British Safety Council

 

16.15 – 16.45

Transferring Research into Policy: Barriers and Facilitators

Speaker William Cockburn, Head of Prevention and Research Unit, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

 

16.45 – 17.15

Session 5 – Concluding Reflections and Thoughts Chair and Discussant Owen Tudor, Deputy General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

 

Worker Orientated OHS Research

Speakers Professor David Walters Director of the Cardiff University Work Environment Research Centre and Phil James, Professor of Employment Relations, Middlesex University

 

17.15 – 17.45

Final Thoughts and Ways Forward

Speaker Professor David Walters Director of the Cardiff University Work Environment Research Centre

 

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

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