Chair of the Board of Trustees, British Safety Council
What we are doing right – how practitioners are making workplaces safer and healthier.
Summary of Presentation:
Conferences are times to look forward, to hear challenging ideas that help us do better in protecting health, preventing accidents and enhancing wellbeing. Without wishing to wallow in complacent smugness, they can also be an opportunity to recognise the progress that has been made, especially at a time when the anniversary of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act is being marked. This paper looks at the achievements in health and safety over the years, but doesn’t shy away from the significant challenges we face to consolidate those gains while facing up to new threats to working people’s wellbeing.
A practitioner with broad experience and a focus on construction, a Past-President of IOSH, he was Head of H&S for London 2012 construction and the formation of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and East Village. As Visiting Professor at Loughborough, and in engagement with projects from Battersea to the Christchurch Rebuild in New Zealand, he has been influential in encouraging equal status for health and wellbeing with accident prevention. Chairman of the charity The British Safety Council and of the Strategic Forum for Mineral Products, he works with his colleagues in the Park Health and Safety Partnership, including contributions to the Lower Thames Crossing project and Highways England.