December 2018 – Driving for better safety – driving for better business
Health and safety law applies to work activities on the road in the same way it does to all work activities, so the HSE advise that businesses need to manage the risks to drivers as part of any health and safety arrangements that they may already have in place.
Our winter workshop looked at a wide range of issues surrounding driving at work, including HR requirements, health and safety requirements, insurers expectations, along with an enlightening presentation from Greater Manchester Police. Once again, we had an excellent line up of speakers including Napthens Solicitors and Zurich Insurance, each of whom provided expert advice and guidance surrounding driving for work.
- ‘Health and Safety Requirements for Work Related Road Safety’ – Carol Riley – ATG Health and Safety Consultants.
- ‘Motor Telematics – Motor or EL Insurance?’ – Ian Allcock – Zurich Insurance PLC.
- ‘Driving at Work – A Lawyers View’ – Oliver McCann – Napthens Solicitors.
- ‘And when it goes wrong’ – Mick Southern – Greater Manchester Police
May 2018 – Managing employee wellbeing to create a resilient culture and improve performance
Over the last 40 years the UK has seen a long term downward trend in workplace fatalities and nonfatal injuries. But there is a belief that a predominant focus on ‘safety’ has seen ‘health’ getting considerably less attention.
Most employers are all too familiar with the need to ensure a safe workplace. But what about health and wellbeing?
It’s not only a fall that may seriously injure or kill someone in the workplace – it can be a hideous working environment or a stressful workload; job insecurity; a bullying culture or even a sexist boss.
It’s estimated that around half a million workers suffer from work-related stress, depression or anxiety, costing almost 26 million lost working days.
Addressing the issues surrounding workers’ health and wellbeing isn’t complex – and the benefits to the organisation are measurable. Those that positively manage and support mental well being see real benefits, with staff performing to their true potential and the business achieving peak performance. Smart employers know that their organisation’s success depends on having a healthy and productive workforce.
Evidence is emerging of a growing trend to embrace this subject – to actively encourage meaningful employee engagement is about recognising that workers, if they are to perform at their best, must be well managed, feel valued and involved, be heard and respected.
Promoting good mental health at work is a key part of being a responsible employer.
Once again, we had an excellent line up of speakers including John Fisher, Managing Director of c2d, and Napthens Solicitors, each of whom provided expert advice, real case studies and guidance to help the attendees understand this subject.
- ‘Workplace Stress – Building a Resilient Culture’ Carol Riley – ATG Health and Safety Consultants.
- ‘The Process of Transition’ – John Fisher – c2d.
- ‘A Healthy Workforce’ – Jenny Winstanley & Claire Haworth – Napthens Solicitors.
December 2017 – As a Director or Senior Manager – how well are you measuring up to the health and safety leadership challenge – are you clear on your responsibilities?
Our winter workshop examined the role of Directors and Managers and the key part they should play in enhancing the effective health and safety management within their business.
We also looked at how the Sentencing Guidelines have been applied to prosecutions since their introduction at the beginning of 2016.
Once again, we had an excellent line up of speakers who brought an integrated approach to this workshop including employment law and insurers perspective.
We were also pleased that Napthens Solicitors provided a briefing of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will be enforced from May 2018 – and by which time all businesses will need to ensure they are fully compliant. This new regulation is far more extensive in scope than the current Data Protection Act and will require businesses to develop clear policies and procedures to protect personal data – and adopt appropriate technical and organisational measures.
- ‘Directors & Senior Managers – Understanding Your Responsibilities – The Sentencing Guidelines 18 months on’ James Heath – ATG Health and Safety Consultants.
- ‘Directors & Senior Leaders Duties under Employment Law’ – Oliver McCann – Napthens Solicitors.
- ‘Employers Liability Claims – Current Trends and Recent Cases’ – Ian Allcock – Zurich Insurance.
- ‘GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations ) – An overview of the requirements and potential breaches’ Julie Duane – Napthens Solicitors.
July 2017 – Breakfast Seminar – Fire Safety; Evacuation Strategies – Key Issues
In view of the tragedy in London we ran a short breakfast seminar to look at fire safety management and evacuation strategies. Our speaker for this seminar had a background with the Manchester Fire and Rescue Services and provided specific guidance in relation to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.
- ‘Fire Safety; Fire Evacuation Procedures’ Guy Doyle – Manchester Fire Compliance.
May 2017 – Appointing Contractors; Using Contractors; Managing Contractors – what you need to know
Our spring workshop looked at a wide range of issues surrounding the use of contractors including the appointment of competent contractors; identification of responsibilities when using contractors – and whether or not they may even be classed as an employee!
Once again we had an excellent line up of speakers, but also introduced an interactive session within this workshop, which gave those present an opportunity to bring their own questions to the table.
- ‘The Management of Contractors – Your Legal Responsibilities’ James Heath – ATG Health and Safety Consultants.
- ‘Employee or Contractor?’ – Oliver McCann & Julie Duane – Napthens Solicitors.
- ‘Practical Exercise – Managing Contractors’ – Mark Darwen & Carol Riley – ATG Health and Safety Consultants.
- ‘Using Contractors – Getting it Right’ James Heath – ATG Health and Safety Consultants.
- ‘Employment Law Update’ Oliver McCann & Julie Duane – Napthens Solicitors.
November 2016 – Personal Injury Claims – what you need to know
Our autumn workshop explained the claims process from the initial reporting of an injury/disease through to potential settlement of the claim, following an accident at work.
Presentations focused on why the claim had been brought, to how liability may be determined, with examples of recent cases that were won or lost.
Once again, we secured an excellent line up of speakers, including a personal injury solicitor, an insurance claims inspector and HR solicitor.
- ‘When an accident or incident occurs in the workplace – what procedures need to be followed’ James Heath – ATG Health and Safety Consultants.
- ‘Employers Liability Insurance and the Claims Process – from initial reporting through to settlement of the claim’ – Ian Allcock – Zurich Insurance.
- ‘Accidents at Work – A Claimants Perspective’ Terry Griffin – Napthens Solicitors.
- ‘HR issues arising from accidents in the workplace and Employment Law Update’ Oliver McCann – Napthens Solicitors.
May 2016 – Is your business a mentally healthy workplace?
…Mental health problems like anxiety, depression and unmanageable stress affects one in six British workers every year. Yet mental health is, in many workplaces, a taboo subject, with both employers and employees feeling scared and confused about the issue.
WORK RELATED MENTAL HEALTH COSTS THE UK ECONOMY UP TO £26 BILLION EVERY YEAR THROUGH LOST WORKING DAYS, STAFF TURNOVER AND LOWER PRODUCTIVITY.
Our Spring workshop showed how to comply with workplace legislation surrounding this subject – and how you can implement measures to support your staffs mental wellbeing – and in doing so, increase their efficiency; reduce staff turnover and increase profits.
Once again we had an excellent line up of speakers including Greater Manchester Police, Napthens Solicitors, Sage Occupational Health and QBE Insurance, each of whom provided expert advice, real case studies and guidance to help you understand this subject.
- ‘Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace – Employers Responsibilities’ James Heath – ATG Health and Safety Consultants.
- ‘Changing Attitudes’ – PS Mick Southern – Greater Manchester Police
- ‘Reducing Absence & Promoting Rehabilitation’ Angela Thompson – Sage Occupational Health Ltd.
- ‘Occupational Stress – An Insurers Viewpoint’ Andrew Scott – ATG Health and Safety Consultants.
- ‘Dealing with an Unhealthy Workplace – The HR Side’ Oliver McCann – Napthens Solicitors.
November 2015 – Work Related Illness and Occupational Health
….there’s an estimated 1.2 million working people suffering from work related illness, with around 535,000 new cases of occupational related ill health each year, and 23.5 million days lost each year due to work related illness…
INJURIES AND NEW CASES OF ILL HEALTH RESULTING LARGELY FROM CURRENT WORKING CONDITIONS, COST SOCIETY AN ESTIMATED £14.2 BILLION IN 2012/13.
Our Autumn Workshop looked at the wider range of ill health issues – from the most common type of work related illness – musculoskeletal disorders to respiratory disease, skin disorders, stress and depression – of which, your workers may be affected by, at some time during their employment with you.
Once again we had an excellent line up of speakers, including the British Occupational Hygiene Society, QBE Insurance, Sage Occupational Health, and Napthens Solicitors, each of whom provided expert advice, real case studies and guidance to help you understand the issues surrounding this problem.
- ‘Occupational Health – Understanding your Responsibilities’ James Heath – ATG Health and Safety Consultants.
- ‘Case Management, Health Surveillance and Emerging Risks’ Angela Thompson – Sage Occupational Health Ltd.
- ‘Rehabilitation of Employees Post Workplace Accident’ Adam Shelvington – QBE Insurance.
- ‘The Breathe Freely Initiative – An Update’ Sharon Brunt – British Occupational Health Society (BOHS).
- ‘Sickness Absence Management – HR & Employment Law Perspective’ Oliver McCann – Napthens Solicitors.
May 2015 – Driving at Work
….according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists, Drive & Survive divisions report from Autumn 2014, a shocking 86% of fleets have experienced an accident in the past 12 months, whilst 100% of fleets have had an accident at some time where one of their drivers was ‘at fault’.
And according to Government figures, 515 people were killed in accidents involving drivers/rider driving for work, in 2013.
The IAM also discovered that drivers of company vehicles are 25% more likely than company drivers using their own vehicles, to have a minor accident…
Our Spring Workshop looked at a wider range of issues surrounding driving for work. Many companies have detailed processes and procedures for health and safety, environmental best practice and HR, but often little or nothing in place when an employee gets behind the wheel of a car or van.
We had an excellent line up of speakers from QBE Insurance, Lorica Insurance, Greater Manchester Police and Napthens Solicitors, each of whom provided expert advice and guidance on how to ensure your business avoids becoming part of these statistics.
- ‘Driving at Work – Understanding your Responsibilities’ James Heath – ATG Health and Safety Consultants.
- ‘Drink and Drugs Driving – Fact not Fiction’ PS Mick Southern – Greater Manchester Police.
- ‘Risk & Claims Management – How to Reduce your Claims and your Premium’ Craig Thornley & Jim Billings – QBE Insurance, Michelle Harness – Lorica Insurance Brokers.
- ‘Driving at Work – HR & Employment Law Perspective’ Claire Haworth- Napthens Solicitors.
November 2014 – Costing the Earth?
Did you know that many environmental offences are strict liability offences? The prosecution has no need to prove fault or guilty knowledge…
Our Autumn workshop focused on environmental issues, a topic that affects virtually every one of our clients.
Amongst our regular speakers, we were delighted to be joined by Paul Hancock of White Swan Training. Paul previously worked as an Enforcement Officer and Lead Trainer with the Environment Agency and he enlightened us on the role of The Agency during their enforcement of environmental regulations.
Napthens Solicitors again provided us with upcoming changes in Employment Law, and recent court decisions that impact on our own employment procedures.
- ‘Environmental Legislation – What You Need to Know’ James Heath – ATG Health and Safety Consultants.
- ‘What to Expect When the Environment Agency calls’ Paul Hancock – Ex Enforcement Officer, Environment Agency.
- ‘Safeguarding your Business – Are You Covered’ Andrew Scott – ATG Health and Safety Consultants.
- ‘Employment Law Update & Key Changes’ Oliver McCann – Napthens Solicitors.
May 2014 – Would your business survive a fire?
30% of all businesses that have a major fire go out of business within a year. 70% fail within five years…
Amongst our regular speakers, we were delighted to be joined by Katie Griffiths, Regional Underwriting Manager for Allianz, who provided us with an insight into the insurers’ perspective surrounding your premises and business asset protection.
We had an enlightening insight into the role of the Fire and Rescue Services during their enforcement of fire safety within our workplaces.
Napthens Solicitors once again provided us with upcoming changes to Employment Law, and recent court decisions that may impact our own employment procedures.
- ‘Understanding Your Responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005’ James Heath – ATG Health and Safety Consultants.
- ‘When an Inspector Calls’ – Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.
- ‘Protecting your Assets – Are You Covered’ Katie Griffiths – Allianz.
- ‘Employment Law – Key Changes on the 2014 Calendar’ Charlotte Nuttall – Napthens Solicitors.
- In support of Bolton Lads & Girls Club and the Talisker Atlantic Rowing Challenge 2013 Mark Brocklehurst – The Sharples Group.
November 2013 – How to influence behaviour and get your workforce to think…
During 2011/12 HSE reported that 27 million days were lost due to work related illnesses and workplace injuries.
We were delighted to be joined by Liz Pollard from Dale Carnegie, who brought an interactive session looking at helping employers to improve the safety culture within the business.
We were also joined by Tim Hayes (Legal Counsel) who took us through the ‘caution interview’ – when an accident has occurred and how as an employer, you can assert legal privilege.
Napthens Solicitors once again provided a round up of Employment Law updates and recent course decisions.
- ‘Understanding Your Responsibilities’ James Heath – ATG Health and Safety Consultants
- ‘Asserting Legal Privilege & ‘The Caution’ Interview Tim Hayes – Legal Counsel
- ‘First Aid – An Update on Training Requirements’ Malcolm Sweetlove – Sweetlove Training
- ‘Creating a Safe Culture in the Workplace’ Liz Pollard & Nathan McNee – Dale Carnegie Training
- ‘Employment Law Update’ Oliver McCann – Napthens Solicitors
- In support of Bolton Lads & Girls Club and the Talisker Atlantic Rowing Challenge 2013 Mark Brocklehurst – The Sharples Group.
May 2013 – Corporate Manslaughter cases increase by 40%
The number of new corporate manslaughter charges opened by the Crown Prosecution Service spiked in 2012.
Our Spring Workshop was a ‘must attend’ event for Directors & Managers who have responsibilities in the workplace for health and safety.
We secured an excellent line up of speakers who provided informative and interactive sessions on helping Director and Managers to gain an understanding on how health and safety law affects their business and what the consequences can be on getting it wrong.
We provided practical guidance on how to help companies comply with legal requirements.
- ‘Setting the Scene – Directors and Managers Responsibilities’ James Heath – ATG Health and Safety Consultants.
- ‘Corporate Manslaughter – A Case Study’ Tim Hayes – Ward Hadaway Solicitors.
- ‘The Cost of Getting it Wrong – the Impact of Accidents’ Andrew Scott – ATG Health and Safety Consultants.
- ‘Are You Covered? Directors and Officers Insurance Protection’ Mark Betts and Mark Dacre – Ives & Taylor Insurances Ltd.
- ‘Employment Law Update’ Oliver McCann – Napthens Solicitors.
- ‘Health and Safety Update & Recent Prosecutions’ Karen Lea – ATG Health and Safety Consultants.
December 2012 – Young Workers (16 – 25 year olds)
Our December workshop focused on employing young workers and making sure that employers stay within the law. We secured speakers with real life experiences surrounding drug and alcohol trends that young people are exposed to. Training 2000 also provided an update on the apprenticeships available to employers.
- ‘Young Persons at Work, Complying with Health and Safety Legislation’ James Heath – ATG Health and Safety Consultants.
- ‘Apprenticeships – the Legal Side and Key Employment Law Developments’ Oliver McCann – Napthens Solicitors.
- ‘The Latest Drug and Alcohol Trends for Young Persons, and How to Spot the Symptoms’ Ron Flowers – Ron Flowers Training.
- ‘Group Training Associations and Apprenticeships’ Michael Hunt – Training 2000.
May 2012 – Buncefield Disaster
Our Spring workshop explored a much publicised, high profile incident, offering a fascinating insight into the events surrounding this ‘BIG NEAR MISS.’
We had an excellent line up of speakers including those with first hand knowledge of the incident and coming from risk management, loss recovery and legal backgrounds.
- ‘One Big Near Miss – Parts 1 & 2’ Ian Dandy – ATG Health and Safety Consultants.
- ‘Big Events – Small Decisions’ Wayne Howard, Motivational and Leadership Coach – Inspiring Excellence.
- ‘A Major Incident – But Thankfully NOT a Disaster’ Adrian Gilluly, Loss Assessor – Harris Balcombe LLP.
- ‘Employment Law Update’ Oliver McCann – Napthens Solicitors.
November 2011 – Involving Employees – improving performance – raising standards
Successful companies are those who involve employees at every level of the organisation.
Our November workshop told how an employee involvement based approach:-
- Enhances employee responsibility.
- Increases employee motivation and morale.
- Improves performance and productivity
- Ensures successful health and safety management.
A HSE Case Study reported:-
‘A leading food maufacturer based in Leicester engaged in a programme of improvements to the culture of their organisation, which helped reduce overall accidents by 77% and RIDDOR reportable accidents by 83% over 5 years. The company had identified that human error, and failure to follow procedures had contributed to the majority of their accidents.’
We had speakers from risk management, motivational and legal backgrounds.
May 2011 – Mock Trial
For businesses involved in a work related transport incident, would you be prepared for the consequences:
- Intense scrutiny by the enforcing authority.
- Potential prosecution.
- Prison and fines.
- Loss of business and reputation.
- Major costs to your business.
- Impact on staff.
- You should have been part of this ‘mock trial’ and followed the proceedings…
The event covered:
- A business’ legal responsibilities.
- The ‘Accident’.
- Cross Examination – as the solicitors explore the sequence of events.
- Verdict and sentencing.
- The effects on you and.your business
- Questions to the panel.
November 2010 – Good Health More Wealth
Looking at managing employee’s health and its impact on the success of your business.
The HSE reports;
each week one million workers take time off because of sickness and ill health – most return to work within days; but around 17,000 reach their sixth week of statutory sick pay; and at this point, almost one in five people will stay off sick and eventually leave work.
The workplace has a significant impact on workers health and wellbeing. Early recognition of problems will prevent work related ill health and high levels of sickness absence.
This was an extremely informative and interactive workshop with speakers from legal, medical and risk management backgrounds.
May 2010 – Is Drug & Alcohol Misuse In Your Workplace Costing You Dear?
Looking at Drugs and Alcohol misuse at work.
A Home Office survey reports that;
“70% of substance misusers are working in full time employment – and are 3.6 times more likely to be involved in an accident in the workplace than their substance-free colleagues”.
“Substance misuse is currently costing UK industry an estimated £12-16 billion every year in workplace accidents, claims for compensation, ill health, absenteeism, reduced productivity and criminal activity”.
This was an extremely informative workshop with speakers from legal, educational and counselling backgrounds.
November 2009 – Would Your Business Survive a Fire
- Looking at ‘how a fire would affect your business’
- Have you planned for possible business interruption?
- Have you considered what your insurers would expect from you?
- Do you really know what enforcement strategy your Local Fire and Rescue Service would follow?
- This was an extremely informative workshop with speakers from Chubb Insurance, Lancashire Fire & Rescue and Access Employment Law.
June 2009 – Stress Risk Management
Centred around stress risk management. An emotive issue during the current economic climate whilst many employers are needing to reduce staffing levels and as a result place extra workloads on existing employees. Businesses may need to adapt or restructure in times of recession – how can we help employees to cope with these changes?
November 2008 – Occupational Health – The Impact of Work on Health and Health on Work
Explaining why it is vital that your employees are tooled up for both the functional aspect of their job and practical solutions for maintaining their health and happiness at work. Ability Healthcare Ltd talked us through some of the practical ways you can treat this difficult area and sometimes legal minefield and offer solutions that fulfill your legal responsibilities and raise your profile as an employer of choice by tending to the physical and spiritual capital within your business.
April 2008 – Environmental Issues
A topic which probably affects virtually every one of our clients. Featuring a lively presentation from Karl Curtis (Senior Loss Control Representative), who enlightened us on possible shortfalls within existing public liability insurance cover.
October 2007 – Managing Work Related Road Safety
It has been estimated that up to a third of all road traffic accidents involve somebody who is at work at the time. Our main topic, therefore, at this workshop was focusing on managing work related road safety, with particular emphasis on the duties of the employer, managers and supervisors, whose staff are involved in driving at work.
May 2007 – Smoke-Free Workplace Legislation
As the law stood there was no specific provision requiring or preventing employers from banning or allowing smoking at work. This changed on 1st July 2007 from when the Smoke- free (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations 2005 SI 2006/3368 introduced under the Health Act 2006. As from the 1st July 2007 virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces will become ‘smoke-free’. The Regulation setting out penalties for committing offences under this new legislation was discussed in more detail at this workshop.
November 2006 – OHSAS 18001
Our workshop this time looked at the Occupational Health and Safety Standard OHSAS 18001 – and asked “what are the benefits of achieving accreditation – and who gets the recognition”. We also heard from Access Employment Law regarding the new legislation concerning Age Discrimination.