Hazards Conference 2021 – ‘Fighting for the Fundamental Right to Safe and Healthy Work’ – Saturday 31st July – Sunday 1st August 2021 – An ‘On-Line’ Free Event For Safety Reps:

Hazards Conference 2021 – ‘Fighting for the Fundamental Right to Safe and Healthy Work’ – Saturday 31st July – Sunday 1st August 2021 – An ‘On-Line’ Free Event For Safety Reps:

Final Reminder

This Year’s Hazards 2021 Conference will (as was the 2020 event) be an ‘online’ event, taking place on Saturday 31st July/Sunday 1st August 2021 – the second time the event has gone on-line in its history, following on from the 2020 event due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

All CWU Health and Safety Reps are welcome to participate in this event which is both recommended, supported and sponsored by the CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department.

The original 2020 and 2021 National Hazards Conferences were scheduled, as in past years, to take place at the now usual venue, the University of Keele, Stoke-on-Trent but like so many conference gatherings, it came as no surprise that the Hazards Campaign were forced to cancel the Conferences due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic and instead switch to on-line events instead.

CWU/HQ are therefore delighted that the Hazards Campaign have not given up and are again, as last year, instead putting on this abridged version of the conference with a one and a half day, on-line conference involving national and international speakers and plenty of interesting subject matter on the agenda.

Between 300 – 500 safety reps from all the UK’s Trade Unions, officers and activists have attended past conferences and in 2019 the Hazards Campaign celebrated 30 years of successful Hazards Conferences.

The Conference Agenda

This unique Zoom based online conference starts with an international plenary and is followed by four specific subject workshops with brilliant speakers and experts throughout the day.

Each Zoom workshop will start at the advertised time and will provide an opportunity to join in the discussions and together help formulate action plans to direct Hazards Campaign work priorities for the next 12 months.

SATURDAY 10:00–15:30

10.00–11.30 Opening Plenary with national and international speakers on the Fundamental Right to safe and healthy work –

Sharan Burrow General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation ITUC, Richard Wagstaff President NZCTU, Shavanah Taj, General Secretary Wales TUC and Shelly Asquith TUC National Health and Safety Officer.

11.45–12.45 Challenging work surveillance, micro-management and other draconian working practices – Dan Shears GMB, Prof. Phil Taylor Strathclyde University, Ian Hodson BFAWU and Bryan Simpson Unite Union.

13.15–14.15 Supporting workers and their families seeking justice and health and safety enforcement – Hilda Palmer FACK and Hazards Campaign, Louise Adamson FACK, Keith Cundall Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Sam Atkinson FACK.

14.30–15.30 Challenging increased violence and abuse at work – Rob Miguel Unite Union, Kim Sunley Unison, Doug Russell USDAW, Sarah Woolley BFAWU.

SUNDAY 10:00–13:00

10.00–10.30 Plenary – UK Hazards Campaign chair Janet Newsham and Andy McDonald MP and shadow employment secretary.

10.30 – 11.30 and 11.45- 12.45 Two Workshops (pre-selected) from the following options:

  1. Safety Reps organising creatively – Andrea Oakes LRD, Barry Faulkner Unite Union.
  2. Investigating incidents and injuries in the workplace – Julie Weekes and Alan McShane TU Education.
  3. Risk Assessment and the control hierarchy – Nigel Williams, Paul Pritchard TU Education and TU Education.
  4. Work related stress and mental health harm – Alex Lancaster UCU, Paul Holleran GMB.
  5. Addressing the air pollution in our working environments – John James TU Education and Hilda Palmer TUCAN/Hazards Campaign.
  6. Sex and gender sensitive health and safety – Cath Roberts TU Education, Helen Lynn Alliance For Cancer Prevention.
  7. Asbestos at work – Michael Phillips NASUWT, Harminder Bains Leigh Day Solicitors.
  8. Hybrid Working – Ian Tasker Scottish Hazards, Tracy Edwards PCS.

12.45–13.00 Closing Plenary


To register please use these links:

Register for Saturday Session here: https://bit.ly/2SEWHDP

Register for Sunday session here: https://bit.ly/3iNMKhT

‘Free Event’ – Donations Welcome
The conference is ‘free of charge’ to participate but if delegates or their Union branch/organisation, would like to donate to the Hazards Campaign, all support would be most welcome. CWU/HQ will be sponsoring the event again this year.

There is normally a delegate fee for attending the Hazards Conference so this year Hazards are inviting delegates to make a donation to the Hazards Conference fund by either going to the Hazards Website at: https://www.peoplesfundraising.com/donation/GMHC-donation-pageor by bank transfer to ‘ Hazards conference’, Account 20090430, Sort Code 608301 and using your name as reference. All money received will be used to support organising the Hazards Conference.

Further Information

Contact Janet Newsham Tel: 07734317158 Email: janet@gmhazards.org.uk

Conference ‘Flyer’

See attached ‘flyer’.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

21LTB310 Hazards Conference 2021 – ‘Fighting for the Fundamental Right to Safe and Healthy Work’ – Saturday 31st July – Sunday 1st August 2021


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