It's time we all valued the future health of Britain's office workers. For many years we've known that our sedentary working culture is damaging us, not only by raising the risk of disease, musculoskeletal injury and chronic pain, but also by making us stressed, depressed and unhappy at work. The cost of absenteeism and lost productivity to our businesses is debilitating - but not nearly as debilitating as the cost to human health and potential.
Now it's time for us to act.
This April we're staging six free workplace health symposiums across the country. Each symposium will feature four leading experts giving talks on workplace health and happiness, discussing the latest research, revealing ways to improve working environments, and answering your questions.
Come along and learn about the active working revolution, network with likeminded people and keep abreast of the latest government regulations and trends in office working.
This symposium will open at 10am, with three talks in the morning, followed by a free lunch and three afternoon talks. All-day refreshments will be provided, and doors will close at 4pm. You are welcome to attend all of the talks, or pick and choose the ones that interest you.
Spaces are limited and highly coveted, so to secure yours, please register now.
10:00 Event opens
Session 1: The Pit Falls of Sitting
Speaker: Roy Cochran-Patel,MSc Ergo
Overview: Are we sitting too much, why is it a problem and how can we encourage people to move more?We often hear in the press that sitting too much is bad for us – Roy will cover some of the negative impacts being sedentary can have on our health and wellbeing. Ideas to reduce sedentary time and examples of the positive impact small changes can make will be presented.
Presenter Bio: Roy holds a Master’s Degree in Health Ergonomics from the University of Derby. He has worked with employers from a number of sectors including manufacturing, office based and healthcare, to identify ergonomic risk factors, improve the ergonomics of the working environment and manage health risks. He now works within Bupa’s health, safety and wellbeing team to improve the health and wellbeing of employees in a number of working environments.
Session 2: Accessibility to Services
Speaker: Eric Barbour, Health & Safety Consultant, mitie Professional Services
Overview: The world of health and safety has many specialisms, with Eric mainly focusing on office environments and the simplification of policies, standards and procedures. Eric is registered as having a number of disabilities accumulated over 23 years’ service within the HM Forces (Royal Marines), this has led to him taking a strong interest into disability provision within the workplace and for customers accessing products and services provided or serviced by a client or service provider.
Presenter Bio: Eric is a Health and Safety Consultant with over twenty years’ experience in Corporate Health and Safety within the Financial Sector. Eric holds three Fellowships CFIOSH, FIIRSM & FInstLM. In 2010 his longstanding work for IOSH was recognised with IOSH’s ‘President’s Distinguished Service Certificate’ and in 2012 he was awarded the City & Guilds Medal For Excellence in Management of Health and Safety.
Session 3: Agile working- who benefits?
Speaker: Katharine Metters, MCSP, CMIOSH, MSc.Erg, Lead Consultant, Posturite Ltd
Overview: Katharine will be discussing the rising trend of 'agile working', explaining what it is, what benefits can be gained from it, and what you as an employer need to consider when moving to an agile working culture. You will have the opportunity to see real-life examples of businesses that have taken up agile working cultures, examining both the benefits reaped and the challenges faced. This is a must-see for anyone interested in the future of office working in the modern age.
Presenter Bio: Our lead consultant Katharine Metters is a Chartered Physiotherapist, holds a Master’s Degree in Ergonomics and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Safety and Health.
Seminar 4: The health ups and downs of sit-stand desk work
Speaker: Professor John Buckley, BPE, MSc, PhD, CSci, FBASES, FHEA, Chair, International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation
Seminar 5: Stand Up! Virgin Media’s exploration into the world of height adjustable workstations
Speaker: Deborah Sheath, CMIOSH, Health and Safety Business Partner, Virgin Media
Overview: Deborah Sheath, Health & Safety Business Partner from Virgin Media, discusses why they are interested in the benefits of height adjustable workstations in their contact centres, and the challenges of helping out with research in the real world!
Presenter Bio: Deborah has been working with Virgin Media for 7 years, moving from Vodafone, and before that local authority enforcement. Her current role involves ensuring safe working practices are in place for the retail, call centre and service and installation operations for Virgin’s phone, broadband and cable TV provisions. While health and safety compliance is obviously important, Deborah has recently been concentrating on the behavioural side of safe working – how to reduce accidents by encouraging the right behaviour, and empowering employees to actively make safety part of what they do. In addition, the wellbeing agenda at Virgin Media is developing, and Deborah has been looking at how effective line management can influence absence levels, as well as initiatives to make work a healthier place to be.
Seminar 6: Health & safety – why bother?
Speaker: Michelle Walker, Operations Director , Terrain HR LTD
Overview:Find out the reasons why health and safety should be an integral part of any organisation, and what companies should be doing to achieve this.
Presenter Bio: Michelle is the Operations Director for Terrain, a provider of health and safety support for major corporate companies and SMEs throughout the UK and Europe. Michelle's background enables her to develop pragmatic solutions with a people and wellbeing focus.
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