Exhibition preview - Health and Safety 09 - register now to guarantee your place


Now in its third successful year, the latest in a series of regional exhibitions and conferences, sponsored by DuPont, will take place at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey on the 24 and 25 February 2009. The event combines a seminar programme, organised by the British Safety Council, with an exhibition supported by the industry's major manufacturers and service providers

One of the most popular elements of Health and Safety 09 - South is its free seminar programme  which for the first time will this year be organised by the new official educational partner, the British Safety Council. Elements which the organisation has said it will concentrate on in regards to the seminar programme include focusing upon ‘health' as well as safety. As Nina Wrightson, Chairman of the BSC says "With the epidemiology of health being a less straight forward issue than safety, as exposure is not as easy to predict as it takes place over the long-term, it is often ignored and we intend to tackle this problem."
The educational programme takes place on both days of the event and seminar highlights on the first day, 24 February 2009, include Corporate Manslaughter/Homicide - The Impact, by Kevin Bridges of the law firm Pinsent Masons LLP. This seminar will introduce the Act and the new statutory offence of corporate manslaughter/homicide for those that are unfamiliar with its content and its anticipated impact on corporate and personal liability. Bridges will also look at how the Sentencing Advisory Panel has suggested that those convicted under the act (which came into force on 6 April 2008) should face a substantive fine - between 2.5 and 10% of their annual turnover.

Also taking place on the first day is Asbestos - The Hidden Killer presented by Stephanie Beach of the Health and Safety Executive. Beach's presentation will provide an update on current asbestos issues and recent initiatives including a summary of the HSE's recent, national, media campaign designed to raise awareness amongst tradesmen of the risk of exposure to the substantial amounts of asbestos still contained in many buildings. 
Seminars on the second day of the event, 25 February 2009, include Working at Height by David Thomas of William Hare, the structural engineering company. David will cover all aspects of safety when working at heights, setting out the simple hierarchy for managing and selecting equipment for work at height and outlining some of the fundamental measures required for a safe system of work as required by The Work at Height Regulations 2005 that apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury.
As well as the busy educational schedule, more than 100 exhibitors are represented in the continually expanding exhibition area. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is an area which is well supported with the show's main sponsor being DuPont, with Ansell Healthcare Europe and Aearo Technologies as event partners. Other PPE suppliers such as BM Polyco and Marigold Industrial also have stands and the breadth of PPE covered includes everything from specialist protective clothing and gloves, to eye wear, ear plugs, high-visibility garments and more.

For those interested in working at height solutions, helping maintain safety and compliance in this area requires specialist equipment and advice which at Health and Safety 09 - South is available from the likes of A-Plant, Scafftag and Pammenter & Petrie.

Another element of the event which is provided free by event partner Principal People is the fire safety demonstration. Here, fire safety professionals give regular demonstrations throughout the two days about how visitors should deal with certain types of fire from the classic chip pan blaze to more complex fires. The team will be demonstrating the use of extinguishers and inviting visitors to bring a blaze under control with hand held extinguishers.

Health and Safety 09 - South also provides visitors with a the opportunity to talk to key industry bodies, professional and trade associations such as the Health & Safety Executive, the Asbestos Control and Abatement Division (ACAD) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and IOSH all of who are exhibiting. For a full list of exhibitors visit: www.healthandsafetyevents.co.uk

Registering for the event or a seminar is free. However, visitors are advised to do so in advance to guarantee a place. Registration is via: www.healthandsafetyevents.co.uk or for those without internet access registration can be completed by calling the exhibition helpline on 0870 4866816.