Nuts and Bolts – “What’s in your safety toolbox?” - the 2011 SOHSA Conference

Tuesday, 6th Sep '11 at 20:44

Nuts and Bolts - "What's in your safety toolbox?"The Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (SOHSA) are inviting organisations throughout the region to attend their 16th annual conference on Tuesday, 11th October 2011.

This years’ conference will focus on safely managing the maintenance activities that affect every workplace – whether it be servicing plant or equipment, contractors coming on site, the installation of new equipment or significant redevelopment works – we will examine the pit-falls, the myths and what does happen when it “all goes wrong”.

Promoting the Safe Maintenance Campaign of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OHSA), the conference shall focus on the effective management of maintenance tasks and projects.

Expert speakers will discuss “what goes wrong and why” and how effective preventative maintenance benefits both incident reduction and reduced costs. We will see how Meadowhall Shopping Centre, a large retailing organisation, controls their contractors while still carrying out business as usual - operating one of the busiest shopping complexes in Europe. The conference will also consider the unknown and the need for effective dynamic risk control to support safe systems for maintenance teams to operate with when the going gets tough.

The day will help delegates understand the systems needed to effectively control and maintain their facilities, processes and equipment and provide tools and practical advice for effective operation.

The association will be donating a proportion of any profit generated by the event to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to help support the excellent service provided to those in need in the Yorkshire region.

Speakers include:

The 2011 SOHSA Conference is kindly sponsored by Arco, Meadowhall Shopping Centre and Peak HSE Ltd; and will be held at Tapton Masonic Hall on the 11th October.

For further information about the day, or to book your place, please visit the conference website at

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (SOHSA) is a not-for-profit safety association providing information, guidance and networking to businesses in the South Yorkshire Area. Affiliated to both RoSPA and the Safety Groups UK network, the association also includes ex-officio members from both the Health and Safety Executive and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. The association promotes best practice and information exchange between organisations to promote the importance of occupational health and safety. For further information, please see
  2. Sponsors and Supporters of the 2010 Annual SOHSA Conference include:
    - Arco Ltd,
    - Meadowhall Shopping Centre,
    - Peak HSE Ltd,
  3. Speakers at the 2011 Conference include:
  4. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity providing a life-saving rapid response emergency service to 5 million people across Yorkshire. We fly seven days a week, 365 days a year, covering a vast landscape that not only includes major cities and motor ways, but also rural and isolated locations. For more information please see:

    10% of the proceeds, or a minimum of £250, from the 2011 Annual SOHSA Conference are being donated to the charity to support their operations in Yorkshire.
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