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Back with a bang

13 November 2020

The Health & Safety Event is set to return on 27-29 April 2021 at the NEC in Birmingham. The leading safety event provides a wonderful opportunity to learn and network as the country hopefully gets back to normal in 2021.

It’s a long way from over but the events industry is heaving a huge sigh of relief with news that Pfizer has developed a vaccine, said to be 90% effective. The news was positive, markets rallied, and large scale exhibitions are once again looking eminently viable.

Event organisers are not banking on a vaccine as the answer, but as part of a solution, with testing and all-secure standards. Trade exhibitions will re-open in 2021, and they could come back with renewed vigour and enthusiasm.

The last Health & Safety Event took place in April 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham and it was a triumph. 

The 2021 event will be co-located with The Facilities Event, The Fire Safety Event, The Security Event, Maintec and for the first time ever, Emergency Services Show. With the close synergy of health and wellbeing, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and safety equipment, there is lots of opportunity to explore across the shows.

In 2019, with the co-located fire, facilities and security shows, the organisers saw more than 11,733 visitors pour through the doors over three key business days, making it the most successful event to date. Those who visited had the opportunity to network, attend seminars and sessions from industry leaders and gain access to the latest products and innovations. 

With 149 exhibitors showcasing their latest health and safety-related products and services, and more than 30 hours of expert presentations and educational context on offer across the three days, the Health & Safety Event – the fifth at the UK’s premier exhibitions venue – was the biggest and best yet.

In partnership with the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) and the British Safety Council (BSC), and supported by key sectoral, regulatory and media organisations, the Health & Safety Event 2019 provided an unrivalled opportunity for industry professionals to network and learn about the latest developments, technologies and theories to help reduce occupational risks and protect people at work.

Education was at the heart of the event and, with four seminar theatres playing host to more than 35 presentations, seven expert-panel discussions and a VIP breakfast briefing on each of the three mornings, there was truly something for everyone. There was standing-room only at most of the sessions, with visitors keen to hear what the cream of the health and safety profession and industry had to say.

According to event visitor Alison Thomson: “The speakers at the Health & Safety Event were great – delivering thought-provoking sessions, including on lone-worker safety and using forklift trucks.” Visitor Melanie Tennela added: “I have been coming to this event for four years and this was the best yet. The atmosphere was buzzing, and the conversations were flowing. I really appreciated the seminar sessions and will be making some changes to our own training material as a result, especially regarding mental health at work.”

The Health & Safety Event also encompassed the Safety & Health Excellence Awards, which took place on the evening of 10 April at the VOX Conference Centre on the NEC site. The awards celebrate innovation and achievement in 14 categories, and 525 guests gathered to cheer on their colleagues and peers over the course of a highly entertaining evening, hosted by top comedian Sean Lock.

Safer Logistics seminar theatre

The Health & Safety Event takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from April 27-29. Safer Logistics is a seminar theatre at the event.

The Safer Logistics Zone gives hard-pressed warehousing and logistics professionals a chance to pick up advice and guidance from experts and peers who have rolled out safety initiatives on the past.

HSS magazine was inspired to launch the Safer Logistics Campaign seven years ago by the Health & Safety Executive. With the remit of the HSE growing narrower, every contribution counts and the HSE has encouraged media, managers and industry bodies to show leadership and ‘be part of the solution’. As a media outlet we can help to promote health and safety awareness across the logistics and materials handling sector.

The seminar agenda is in the process of being built. In previous years, we partnered with first-rate industry bodies to help us boost logistics safety, such as The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) – a formidable membership organisation dedicated to promoting excellence in logistics. The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) exists to maintain and raise standards in the materials handling industry and leads from the front on safety with an expansive range of initiatives that take managers and operators A to Z through forklift safety. These include the Safe User Group, the Safer Site Programme, and a top notch forklift-dedicated Safety Conference, to name just a few. RTITB (formerly the Road Transport Industry Training Board) provide people working in the transport, warehousing and logistics industries with the tools they need for training. The Storage Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (SEMA) leads the way in warehouse storage safety, and is an authoritative voice on standards and best safety practice.

For more information, visit www.healthandsafetyevent.com

Ongoing Safer Logistics Campaign

At Handling & Storage Solutions magazine we recognise that a once a year hit on safety is not enough, That’s why we consistently deliver safety content in our issues and and on our website. In 2021 we will tackle a range of safety hot spots:

  • February: Safer Handling
  • March: Safer Warehouse (previewing The Health & Safety Event)
  • April: Forklift Safety
  • May: Training & Accreditation
  • July / August: Loading Bay Safety
  • October: Safer Logistics Bound-In Supplement

The Safer Logistics Campaign will be run hand-in-hand with industry partners. For Key Sponsor & other advertising opportunities please contact Angela Lyus on 01342 836275 or email: alyus@western-bp.co.uk