More than 80 business leaders from across the Sheffield City
Region attended an inaugural Health and Safety Conference.
Organised by the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and staged at
Brinsworth Academy of Engineering in Rotherham, the conference
looked at behavioural safety and alterations to the Health and
Safety Executive (HSE).
Guest speakers included Paul Spurrier, head of operations for
Yorkshire and the Humber Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Dr
John Herbert, managing director of Peak HSE Ltd, a health, safety
and environmental consultancy based in Sheffield.
David Egan, Partner in the Regulatory and Criminal
Investigations group at Irwin Mitchell LLP provided an update on
legal and legislative issues.
The event also included case-studies from Samantha Crehan,
health and safety manager at Sheffield Forgemasters International
and Pat Smith, general manager at Don Valley Stadium.
It was the first health and safety conference staged by the
Sheffield Chamber and, following the success of the event, the
business support organisation is now looking to make it a regular
fixture on its events calendar.
Alison Tilley, event coordinator at Sheffield Chamber, said: "We
received a high attendance at the conference, which was excellent
and shows how relevant this topic is to businesses.
"The speakers provided a valuable mix, each with their own
experiences and knowledge which they were happy to share with the
audience. We will definitely be looking to make this an annual
Sheffield Chamber member Arden Winch, which provides personal
protective equipment, uniforms, workwear and janitorial supplies to
businesses, attended the conference.
John Steel, sales director at Arden Winch, added: "We thought
the speakers were excellent. They provided an interesting
insight into important areas of health and safety.
"The conference will certainly help raise awareness of the
industry, which can only be a good thing. It was a
positive event that allowed safety people to talk to