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Health and Safety workshops

About the workshops

The Health and Safety at Work Inspectorate intend to host a number of ‘workshop style’ events in the coming years with the aim of improving health, safety and welfare across the Isle of Man by; sharing knowledge, best practice and practical guidance on a range of health, safety and welfare topics.

This will be a great opportunity for you to network with the Inspectorate and each other, whilst improving on existing skills and knowledge.

What the workshop will include

The Workshops will consist of a selection of the following:

  • Safety talks from Occupational Safety and Health professionals and Industry Sectors
  • Interactive learning sessions and practical advice and guidance  
  • Opportunities to meet members of the Inspectorate and network with other professionals and each other

In order to maximise attendance at the workshops and to try and lesson any impact on those attending, we will be hosting three identical workshops on the same day, the timings of which are provisionally scheduled as:

  • Workshop One – 9am to 12:15pm
  • Workshop Two – 1:30pm to 4:45pm
  • Workshop Three – 6pm to 9:15pm

Workshop Agenda – January 31st 2024

  • Welcome drink
  • Introduction
  • Session 1 – Be safe – Work Safe – Stay Safe. A presentation by Bruce Kirkham.

H&S should enable us to work effectively, and not be a barrier which obstructs our work. During this presentation we will consider how to practically manage H&S by gaining a greater understanding of how to identify and control the risks arising from work activities. Health and safety is a journey not a destination so the importance of reviewing and revising what we do and how we do it, is essential in a dynamic working environment. We will discuss the Plan – Do-Check – Act model within this context. Guidance and advice is available from a wide range of sources, we will look at how to tap in to this resource network and keep up to date with developments and legislative changes. What happens if things go wrong? We will look at Accident injury and RIDDOR reporting requirements and procedures, look at accident statistics and case studies in various industry sectors and how we can use this data to prevent similar occurrences.

Bruce Kirkham has over 40 years' H&S management experience in the public and private sectors. He has worked in a broad range of industry sectors, construction, education, transport, health care, manufacturing, including the high risk safety critical environments within the emergency services, military and offshore oil & gas industry. A NEBOSH tutor and assessor, accident investigator, H&S auditor and expert witness.

  • Chat with the Inspectorate, networking and coffee break

Refresh before the next session with fresh coffee and tea. You will have the opportunity to meet others in similar sectors and share your thoughts on health and safety. The Inspectorate will also be available to discuss any queries or concerns you may wish to raise

  • Session 2 – Airborne Dusts & Particles – An underestimated problem. A presentation by Dr Peter Slinger

This presentation will be delivered by Dr Slinger and will focus upon the health risks associated with exposure to airborne dust and particles at work. We will begin by defining what dusts and particles are of concern and where they are commonly found in industry. We will then focus on the health conditions which are commonly associated with these particles and hence demonstrate why we should be concerned about such exposures. We will consider if employers and employees are doing enough to prevent exposure and subsequent disease or does more need to be done. Finally, we will provide some common-sense solutions and approaches that employers and workers can adopt to protect themselves against these microscopic particles.

Dr Peter Slinger is a Health and Safety consultant with a broad range of experience across both Public and Private Sectors. He has comprehensive experience working as an Inspector in the UK, enforcing Health and Safety Legislation across many Industries. For the past 20 years Peter has run his own consultancy business here on the island providing professional Health and Safety services to a wide range of clients. He has a PhD in the field with supporting legal and technical qualifications. Previously, Peter worked as Senior Lecturer in Health and Safety at Manchester Metropolitan University and he is still actively involved in providing Health and Safety training here on the Isle of Man.

  • Close and evaluation

*Please note that Session times and topics are subject to change.

Workshop audience and costs

The Workshops are free to attend and are open to all. In order to ensure that the information is suitable for everyone, it will be presented in a style and format which is suitable for those with little prior knowledge.

Spaces are limited and we would like to reach as many people and industries as possible, with that in mind please can we ask you to be considerate when booking places and only book if you will be able to attend and where possible restrict your bookings to 2 people per company.

If you do feel that you would like more than 2 persons from your company to attend, please speak to us at the time of booking and we will happily let you know closer to the event should we have empty seats to fill. 

Workshops location and time

Our first workshop will take place on Wednesday 31 January 2024 and we have reserved a suite at the Comis Hotel.

Booking a place at the workshops

Bookings will open a couple of months prior to the event; at this stage we ask that you register your interest with us to attend and we will email you closer to the time to advise you when bookings are open, alternatively please check this web page for future updates.

Topic suggestions

Health, Safety and Welfare covers a vast array of subject areas and topics, if you would like to request a particular topic is covered at an event please let us know on H& and where possible we will include them within future sessions.

Becoming a speaker at the workshops

This is the first Workshop that the Inspectorate are hosting and as such the speakers for this event have already been agreed.

If you would like to speak at a future event please get in touch on H&

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