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Dr Nicholas Tosney

HM Inspector of Health and Safety
Health and Safety Executive


Keynote Address: "The Safe Maintenance Campaign: a HSE perspective"

Dr Nicholas Tosney, HM Inspector of Health and Safety, Health and Safety Executive

Presenting a background to the European Safe Maintenance Campaign; facts and figures; information about safe maintenance and the Health and Safety Executive's frontline work; 'learning from experience'; local examples and further resources to help organisations implement safe maintenance programmes.

Profile: After a career as a university lecturer and researcher, Nick joined the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as an Inspector in the Field Operations Directorate. Nick is currently part of a multigroup, carrying out inspections and investigations across a range of industries, including food, engineering and woodworking.

Dr John Herbert

BSc (Eng.) PhD DipH&S CFIOSH CEnv MIoD

Managing Director
Peak HSE Ltd


“What goes wrong and why?”

Dr John Herbert BSc (Eng.) PhD DipH&S CFIOSH CEnv MIoD, Managing Director, Peak HSE Ltd

What are the common key failings that lead to tragic consequences during maintenance work. How can they be avoided/ controlled? How did it all go from being a quiet Tuesday afternoon to a prosecution - especially when everyone has heard of these types of incidents in the past?

Profile: John has extensive experience in helping a wide range of organisations, both in the UK and internationally, to improve their Health, Safety and Environment performance; advising directors and managers on both strategic and operational issues. Formerly Director of Health, Safety and Environment for EEF in Sheffield, he has also worked as an Inspector for the Health and Safety Executive and has a research degree in Occupational Hygiene. He has actively participated as a member of national Health and Safety and Climate and Environment policy committees.

 Sarah Taylor

Photo of Sarah Taylor, Legal Director, Pinsent Masons LLP

Legal Director
Pinsent Masons LLP

"How to deliver legal compliance whilst protecting your organisation's interests after a safety incident:
it's never been more important!"

Sarah Taylor, Legal Director, Pinsent Masons LLP

Businesses invest in safety. They work hard to minimise the prospect of accidents in the workforce, mindful of the negative impacts they inevitably entail.

In many ways, the penalties for breach of regulatory compliance have never been higher. The Health and Safety Offences Act 2008, the Corporate Manslaughter & Corporate Homicide Act 2007 and the new Sentencing Guidelines each raise the bar and make it easier to hold companies to account for safety shortfalls. How then does a business maintain legal compliance? And how should it react in worst case scenarios to protect its corporate position and that of its directors?

Profile: Sarah is a Legal Director in the Dispute, Resolution and Litigation Group in Leeds. She is a Regulatory Specialist and advises clients in relation to enforcement undertaken by the Health & Safety Executives and local authorities. She has extensive experience in relation to health and safety issues and advises in the aftermath of workplace accidents, including fatalities. Where the regulators go on to prosecute corporate entities or directors for health and safety offences, she provides representation throughout the Court process. She acts on behalf of clients investigated under the Corporate Manslaughter & Corporate Homicide Act 2007.

Alison Hoyes

Health and Safety Manager
Transition International Ltd

Role of Preventative Maintenance in Incident Reduction

Alison Hoyes, Health and Safety Manager, Transition International Ltd

Many maintenance incidents are the result of pressure to get the operation running again. Eliminating breakdowns would be an ideal way to reduce instances of having to work against the clock in difficult conditions. But there will always be the unexpected and ensuring that you have maintenance systems to adequately control work are essential; making it up as you go along simply isn’t an option anymore.

Steve Batty

Facilities Director
Meadowhall Shopping Centre

"Effective Management of Contractors for a safe, risk free environment"

Steve Batty, Facilities Director, Meadowhall Shopping Centre

Meadowhall is a regional shopping centre with over 300 separate retail business occupants, and 25 million visitors each year. How does the Centre Management Team ensure the safety of all, especially when its doors are also open to thousands of maintenance contractors every year? Steve Batty explores the role Meadowhall has in providing appropriate governance over contractors.

Profile: Steve Batty is currently a Director of Meadowhall Shopping Centre, and Chairman of Sheffcare, a Charity offering residential and dementia services in eleven care homes throughout Sheffield. He previously served for twelve years as a Senior Manager within the John Lewis Partnership, based in Victoria, London, where he held operational facilities responsibilities across their UK portfolio of Department Stores, Distribution Centres, JL Direct operation, and Northern Waitrose stores.

Chris Jerman


Chris Jerman, Corporate Safety Manager, John Lewis Partnership, Photo

Corporate Safety Manager
John Lewis Partnership

Risk Assessment – Choosing the Right Approach

Chris Jerman CFIOSH FIIRSM Dip OSH, Corporate Safety Manager, John Lewis Partnership

Everyone talks about risk assessment; it’s become a household phrase after all. Often ridiculed as being bureaucratic and a waste of time, they are usually filled in, filed and forgotten. Just what are the true benefits of risk assessment and how do you select the right approach for your ever changing maintenance operations? Do risk assessments make anything safer or do they better inform managers on what needs to be improved? If so then they must contain usable information to help drive decision making. If yours already do this, then sit back and relax. If not, then this session is definitely for you.

Profile: Corporate Safety Manager for John Lewis Partnership, Chris is responsible for the design and implementation of risk management systems across the entire John Lewis estate - including a large number of retail premises, logistics operations, manufacturing sites and residential locations. His no-nonsense approach to risk led safety and over 20 years experience across a wide range of industries make him a key SOHSA committee member.


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Conference Sponsors

The 2011 SOHSA Conference is kindly sponsored by:

Arco - Experts in SafetyMeadowhall Shopping CentrePeak HSE Ltd


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