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Europe’s largest annual health and safety event returns

10 May 2010

Safety & Health Expo, Europe’s largest annual health and safety event, returns on 11 – 13 May 2010 to the NEC Birmingham. The event, which will be hosted in partnership with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), was a huge success in 2009 attracting more than 19,000 industry professionals to the show.

Europe’s largest annual health and safety event returns
Europe’s largest annual health and safety event returns

Adrian Newton, portfolio director of Safety and Building Management at UBM Live, organisers of Safety & Health Expo, said: "We took the opportunity in 2009 to launch a raft of exciting new features to compliment the established mainstays of the event. These features were born out of comprehensive industry research and were a huge hit amongst our visitors. We will therefore be expanding the programmes in all our features to further enhance the visitor experience and look forward to building on last year’s successes."

Following its successful launch in 2009, the Product and Innovation Hub, sponsored by Arco, returns to allow visitors to discover the newest products and latest innovations from across the industry. Presentations will be delivered by renowned health and safety manufacturers, distributors and suppliers. The seminar line up will include:

  • The future of personal protective equipment - head protection - Mark Johnstone, JSP, Chief Executive

  • Slips, trips and falls – Mark Thomas, Health and Safety Executive and Dr Steve Thorpe, Health and Safety Laboratory

  • Future of risk assessment - Ken Smith, Arc Associates UK, divisional director Consultancy Services

  • Monitoring your staff: A stimulus on stimulants - Wayne Walton, Draeger, UK sales manager

Neil Jowsey, sales and marketing director, Arco, said: “As we celebrate 125 years of keeping people safe at work, we are delighted to be back at Safety and Health Expo and offering visitors an exciting educational experience in the Product and Innovation Hub.  Innovation and the pursuit of excellence is at the forefront of everything that we do and we look forward to showcasing the very latest in safety products, services and issues from the leaders in workplace safety.  We returned to Safety & Health Expo last year as title sponsor of the Product and Innovation Hub and were delighted with the quality of visitors we were able to connect with.  Safety & Health Expo is now an important element of our annual marketing campaign and we are looking forward to working with the event’s organisers to further develop and enhance the offering of the Product & Innovation Hub to visitors.

The SHP Legal Arena will host a new and informative programme dedicated to exploring the key aspects of health and safety law concerning practitioners today. Over the three days, there will be a number of keynote presentations from experienced health and safety barristers and solicitors. Seminars include:

  • Incident response protocols - Kevin Bridges, Pinsent Mason LLP, Partner
  • The Jackson report - insurance industry myths and the reality for employers - Tom Jones, Thompsons' Solicitors, Partner and Head of Policy and Public Affairs
  • The responsibilities of employers in relation to work equipment - Peter Forshaw, Weightmans, Partner

IOSH will also be presenting updates on recent developments in the IOSH Stand Theatre. The informative sessions will provide information and updates on CPD, training courses and technical guidance.

Explosive Substances Live, presented by Denios, is back with a bang in 2010 to deliver informative, lively and thoroughly entertaining experimental lectures. These graphic demonstrations will highlight what consequences can arise when flammable materials are incorrectly handled.

Access Industry Forum (AIF), the umbrella organisation representing the principal trade bodies and associations connected with working at height, is also returning to Safety & Health Expo 2010 with an exciting new programme. The new AIF Knowledge Base will provide a seminar style event delivering informative and current content throughout the three days.

Visitors to the Knowledge Base will be able to source the latest information and gain practical advice about work at height through AIF members’ stands, exclusive seminar presentations and interactive panel debates.

Many of the leading organisations connected with access, safety and best practice will be contributing to the feature, including: the HSE; IPAF (International Powered Access Federation); IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association); LA (Ladder Association); NASC (National Access and Scaffolding Confederation); and PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association).

Such has been the success of the AIF area within Safety & Health Expo in recent years that a raft of industry leading associations will be contributing for the first time. These include: APS (Association for Project Safety); BSIF (British Safety Industry Federation); CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building); CPA (Construction Products Association); IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety & Health) and UKCG (UK Contractors Group)

John Lacey, former President of IOSH and current Chairman of IOSH Construction Group, will deliver a keynote address on the first day of the event to kick off the extensive educational programme.

Finally, the BSIF Safety Awards 2010 will recognise excellence within the safety industry, customer service and product innovation. The awards, which will be presented at the RoSPA Safety Awards Dinner on Tuesday 11th May, will be handed out to celebrate the following categories:

Product Innovation
This is an award for products that are new and innovative and will contribute to improvements in occupational safety & health.

Service Awards 
This award, which is voted on by the entrants’ own customers, is for companies in the safety field offering exceptional and innovative service solutions.

Safety Excellence
Based upon case studies submitted by members, these awards recognise major improvements in occupational safety created in 2009/2010.

Register for Safety and Health Expo 2010 at You will receive your unique registration number via email within the two weeks prior to the event. Using this number, you will be able to pick up your badge on site.

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