HSE Health and Work Conference 2022 – 15 November 2022, 9.00am – 3.15pm

HSE Health and Work Conference 2022 – 15 November 2022, 9.00am – 3.15pm

The Health, Safety & Environment Department at CWU HQ has received an invitation from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for CWU Health and Safety Reps and other Reps where interested to attend the HSE’s one-day, on-line, Health and Work Conference 2022 on Tuesday 15 November 2022, 9.00am – 3.15pm.

This is an interactive, free, all-day event that will take place virtually on-line and is part of the HSE’s approach to inspire and promote better prevention, management and control of the common risks and causes of occupational ill-health across Great Britain.

Building on the success of last year’s conference, which saw huge demand, the HSE has increased the capacity five-fold to provide 5,000 spaces for delegates.

At the conference the HSE will unveil how it is supporting the Government’s response to the Health is Everyone’s Business (HiEB) strategy, as well as discussions on topics including work related stress and mental health, occupational health, musculoskeletal disorders, and occupational lung disease.

Delegates at the event will see how health and work is evolving not just in response to the pandemic, but also around the actions needed to be taken collectively by employers, employees, regulators and others to prevent harm caused by work-related ill-health.

The HSE state that the event will provide an opportunity for businesses, public and third sector organisations, health professionals and others to engage directly with HSE regulatory inspectors, scientists and health topic specialists, as well as hear from the HSE Chief Executive.

There will also be the chance to choose from a selection of workshops on priority areas of health and work.

The day will include discussions around work related stress and mental health, occupational health, musculoskeletal disorders, occupational lung disease, COSHH and much more.

The HSE advise that spaces are limited, so those interested in attending should register early.

Health and Work Conference 2022 Agenda (Please note agenda timings are subject to change).

Tuesday 15th November 2022, 09:00 – 15:15

09:00 Event registration/sign-in 

09:30 Welcome Ali Wellens — Head of Health and Work Branch, HSE

09:40 Keynote

09:50 HIEB Panel Discussion

  • Rick Brunt — Director for Engagement and Policy, HSE
  • Angela Matthews — Head of Policy and Research, Business Disability Forum
  • Paul Wilson — Director of Policy, Federation for Small Businesses
  • Ruth Wilkinson — Head of Health and Safety, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

This interactive panel discussion brings together the Health and Safety Executive’s Director for Engagement and Policy Division, Rick Brunt, and members of the HSE’s Health is Everyone’s Business Task and Finish Group to discuss:

  • the benefits of the non-statutory guidance (particularly to Small and Medium Enterprises)
  • what this guidance means for businesses
  • how you can apply this guidance in your workplace

10:50 Break

11:00 Elective Workshops

Managing Musculoskeletal Disorders – Back to Basics!

This session will explore the main causes of musculoskeletal disorders (static work, repetitive work and physical strain); manual handling (including employer’s legal duties under the Manual Handling Regulations), upper limb disorders, risk assessment tools and using display screen equipment.

  • Matt Birtles — Principal Ergonomist, HSE
  • Chris Quarrie — Specialist Inspector in Human Factors and Ergonomics, HSE

Protecting Respiratory Health

This session emphasises the importance of protecting respiratory health in the workplace. Exploring the origins of the HSEs statistical evidence base, what that evidence base tells us and how that has translated into HSE activity over the previous months.

We then turn our focus to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) hierarchy of control, steps which all employers must consider in sequence to control the risks of exposure to substances harmful to health within the workplace. The application of engineering controls to reduce occupational exposure is one of those steps and we will look at local exhaust ventilation (LEV), exploring its importance in the protection of respiratory health and how you can make best use of this engineering control and the standard for good maintenance.

  • Dave Marshall — Policy Advisor, HSE
  • Duncan Smith — HM Principal Occupational Hygiene Specialist Inspector, HSE
  • Lucy Darnton — Statistician, HSE
  • Tracy Hamilton — Head of Respiratory Interventions and COSHH, HSE

Consent Authorisation for Ionising Radiation Practices – The New Approach

This session will be run by HSE Specialist Inspectors (Radiation), supported by the HSE radiation policy team. The session will be a walk through the new process for consent authorisations under the Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 (IRR17). The new process will be introduced in 2023. Employers requiring consent from the HSE will need to prepare a Safety Assessment. Starting in effect with a blank sheet of paper participants will walk through the outline content of a Safety Assessment.

  • James Taylor — Principal Specialist Inspector (Radiation), HSE
  • Deepa Gopalakrishnan — Policy Advisor, HSE

The signs, symptoms and management of work-related stress

Stress is a major cause of sickness absence in the workplace.  This session aims to raise awareness of work-related stress and mental health, explains the legal duties placed on employers and introduces the HSE Management Standards approach to tackling work-related stress.  The session also covers the ‘Working Minds’ campaign, specifically aimed at smaller businesses to help them recognise the signs of stress and make tackling issues routine.

  • Jennifer Webster — Registered Occupational Psychologist, HSE
  • Elizabeth Goodwill — Head of Work related Stress and Mental Health Policy Team, HSE

Occupational Health: Keeping well at work

During this session we will show you how existing evidence, bespoke research and key partners all helped develop and deliver the principles to support the non-statutory guidance which will help to support disabled workers and those with long term health conditions in the workplace.  The HSE’s Principal Medical Adviser will be taking you through the importance of quality health surveillance and the HSE’s expectations of occupational health providers in a post-Covid environment. The HSE’s Occupational Health Inspectors will be providing advice on how to access quality occupational health support, and expectations.

  • Moya Woolley — Occupational Health Policy Team Leader, HSE
  • Julie Wood — HM Principal Specialist Inspector (Occupational Health), HSE
  • Steve Forman — Principal Medical Adviser, HSE

12:25 Lunch

13:25 Elective Workshops

Managing Musculoskeletal Disorders – Back to Basics!

This session will explore the main causes of musculoskeletal disorders (static work, repetitive work and physical strain); Manual handling (including employer’s legal duties under the Manual Handling Regulations), upper limb disorders, risk assessment tools and using display screen equipment.

  • Matt Birtles — Principal Ergonomist, HSE
  • Chris Quarrie — Specialist Inspector in Human Factors and Ergonomics, HSE

Protecting Respiratory Health

This session emphasises the importance of protecting respiratory health in the workplace. Exploring the origins of the HSEs statistical evidence base, what that evidence base tells us and how, that has translated into HSE activity over the previous months.

We then turn our focus to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) hierarchy of control, steps which all employers must consider in sequence to control the risks of exposure to substances harmful to health within the workplace. The application of engineering controls to reduce occupational exposure is one of those steps and we will look at local exhaust ventilation (LEV), exploring its importance in the protection of respiratory health and how you can make best use of this engineering control and the standard for good maintenance.

  • Dave Marshall — Policy Advisor, HSE
  • Duncan Smith — HM Principal Occupational Hygiene Specialist Inspector, HSE
  • Lucy Darnton — Statistician, HSE
  • Tracy Hamilton — Head of Respiratory Interventions and COSHH, HSE

Consent Authorisation for Ionising Radiation Practices – The New Approach

This session will be run by HSE Specialist Inspectors (Radiation), supported by the HSE radiation policy team. The session will be a walk through the new process for consent authorisations under the Ionising Radiation Regulations 2017 (IRR17). The new process will be introduced in 2023. Employers requiring consent from HSE will need to prepare a Safety Assessment. Starting in effect with a blank sheet of paper participants will walk through the outline content of a Safety Assessment.

  • James Taylor — Principal Specialist Inspector (Radiation), HSE
  • Deepa Gopalakrishnan — Policy Advisor, HSE

The signs, symptoms and management of work-related stress

Stress is a major cause of sickness absence in the workplace.

This session aims to raise awareness of work-related stress and mental health, explains the legal duties placed on employers and introduces the HSE Management Standards approach to tackling work-related stress. The session also covers the ‘Working Minds’ campaign, specifically aimed at smaller businesses to help them recognise the signs of stress and make tackling issues routine.

  • Jennifer Webster — Registered Occupational Psychologist, HSE
  • Elizabeth Goodwill — Head of Work related Stress and Mental Health Policy Team, HSE

Occupational Health: Keeping well at work

During this session we will show you how existing evidence, bespoke research and key partners all helped develop and deliver the principles to support the non-statutory guidance which will help to support disabled workers and those with long term health conditions in the workplace.  The HSE’s Principal Medical Adviser will be taking you through the importance of quality health surveillance and the HSE’s expectations of occupational health providers in a post-Covid environment. The HSE’s Occupational Health Inspectors will be providing advice on how to access quality occupational health support, and expectations.

  • Moya Woolley — Occupational Health Policy Team Leader, HSE
  • Julie Wood — HM Principal Specialist Inspector (Occupational Health), HSE
  • Steve Forman — Principal Medical Adviser, HSE

14:50 Break

15:00 Closing address – Sarah Albon — Chief Executive, HSE

Register for the HSE Health and Work Conference here:

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

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