"90 years of Health and Safety - Past, Present and Future"

2012 saw the Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (SOHSA) celebrating 90 years and to mark the momentous occasion SOHSA's annual conference, held on 9 October 2012, focused on the past, present and future of health and safety.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Roger Bibbings MBE ROSPAs - Occupational Safety Adviser and Kevin Myers – Deputy Chief Executive of the HSE, guest speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and both members and non members attended.

History of SOHSA

SOHSA started its life in 1922 when firms from iconic businesses of the great city of steel, Sheffield, decided to have their own Safety First branch named 'The Industrial Safety First Association - The Sheffield Area Committee'. The inaugural meeting was held on 19th January 1922, making us to believe we are the longest actively running independent safety association in the UK, possibly even the world! Initially there were only 14 companies involved but their aim was the same as it is today "An independent safety association created by local industries for the benefit of local industries to promote safety within the workplace".

For more information about the history of SOHSA, please visit the association history pages.

Conference Details

We are honoured to have the Lord Mayor of Sheffield attend to open the proceedings. We also have a keynote address from Roger Bibbings MBE ROSPA’s Occupational Safety Advisor and also Kevin Myers, Deputy Chief Executive of the HSE who will be giving their perspective of current and future trends.

We will be taking a fascinating look along a 'time line' of significant safety related events in the Sheffield area and the influence that SOHSA has had over the years.

Organisational development can have an effect on H&S and we will be looking at how this can impact on, and influence, decisions.

Returning by popular demand is Paul Burnley from DLA Piper who will be giving his view on the role of the individual and what it means for an individual should there be an HSE investigation.

The day will be rounded off by Martin Woodall from Latitude who will provide some useful tools, tips and tricks on influencing people’s behaviour in effecting organisational change.

The day will begin at 9.30am following registration from 08.30 onwards and will close at approximately 15.30pm.

A buffet lunch is included in the price. There is also a free prize raffle. Bring your business card.

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