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    ACCESS INDUSTRY FORUM AT HEALTH AND SAFETY EXPO 2011

    UK work at height bodies to make major contribution at H&S Expo event

    A major annual event for health and safety professionals takes place from 17-19 May 2011 at the NEC Birmingham.

    Safety & Health Expo 2011 welcomes those looking to source new suppliers, network with colleagues and hear leading industry speakers discuss the “most pressing issues of the day”.

    This year sees contributions from the Access Industry Forum (AIF). The AIF contributes to safety and best practice when working at height and is a forum for all the principal trade associations and federations involved in this specialist sector.

    AIF has attracted an impressive line up of speakers for a number of thought provoking sessions including:

    • Day 1: Design vs. Cost vs. Safety – “there is increasing focus at the design stage of a project to consider methods of work at height not only in the construction process but through the total life of the project. But does work at height considerations so early in the process hamper creative flair and if so can there be a happy medium?”. Panel to include: AIF, APS, RIBA and RICS;
    • Day 2: How to achieve the holy grail…no more working at height accidents –  “will the continuing developments in safety in work at height best practice ever deliver zero incidents and accidents – if yes then are we taking the quickest route to achieve this objective and if it wont ever eliminate falls from height – why not?” Chaired by David Thomas (ex HSE Principle Inspector for HSE Construction). Panel to include: AIF, BSC, HSE, IIRSM, IOSH and RoSPA; and
    • Day 3: Maintaining effective WAH policies in a tough economic climate – “safety professionals need to ensure they achieve as much ‘bang for their buck’ on any policy they manage and still attempt to improve safety. Work at height still needs to be safe and ideally incidents and accidents continue to reduce. A tough ask in this current economic climate. Hear from some of the industries key organisations on how to successfully balance these demands”. Panel to inclue: AIF, BSIF, CIOB and UKCG.

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