San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
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 December we're returning with more expert speakers, more networking opportunities and another chance to see some of the products we sell and how they can help your business. Our experts will be giving talks on workplace health and happiness. They'll discuss the latest research, reveal ways to improve various working environments, and answer your questions.
Come along and learn about the active working revolution, network with like-minded people and keep abreast of the latest government regulations and trends in office working.
This symposium will open at 10.30am, with talks in the morning, followed by a complimentary lunch and afternoon talks. All-day refreshments will be provided, and doors will close at 3pm. 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.
10:30 Event opens
11:00 Session 1: To be announced
Speaker: Katharine Metters, MCSP, CMIOSH, MSc.Erg, Lead Consultant, Posturite Ltd
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.
11:35 Session 2: A Matter of Minutes - The value of defibrillators in the workplace & community
Speaker: Brendan Mahood, Workplace & Community Territory Manager, Physio-Control
Overview: Seminar discussing sudden cardiac arrest and the value of defibrillators in public places, the workplace and community.
Presenter Bio: Brendan has been working with the medical device business for over 8 years and holds a B.Sc. in Genetics. For the past 4 years Brendan has been working within the workplace and community environment educating customers on sudden cardiac arrest and the value of the defibrillators in public places and the workplace.
12:10 Session 3: Support for employees experiencing mental health difficulties/conditions
Speaker: Louise Dempster, Remploy
Overview: Maintaining the mental wellbeing of your employees is one of the biggest challenges facing UK businesses. Remploy, the UK's leading provider of disability employment and support services for employers discuss the options available to make a positive change.
Presenter Bio: Louise Dempster is one of the Regional Account Managers for Wales. She has been working with employers in their journey to becoming disability confident by supporting disabled and disadvantaged people for over 10 years. She has attended and applied various disability and mental health courses throughout her career - and more recently has been qualified to deliver Mental Health First Aid.
13:25 Session 4: Benefits of e-learning and how WorkRite can help you
Speaker: Ryan Church, WorkRite Sales Manager, Posturite Ltd
Overview: Ryan will look at how e-learning can benefit your business, offering both flexibility and cost-effectiveness, as well as introducing you to some new additions to our current e-learning suite.
Presenter Bio: Ryan Church, WorkRite Sales Manager has been at Posturite for 10 years and is responsible for the growth and development of the WorkRite division. Prior to joining Posturite, Ryan spent 3 years as a personal trainer and a further 3 years in the telecoms industry. This gave him a sound understanding of both the human body and the various technologies that can be found in the market place, all of which can be closely related to the products and services provided by the WorkRite division. His role now is primarily to ensure our customers understand the features and benefits of our suite of e-learning courses and systems.
14:00 Session 5: Why sitting won’t actually kill you
Speaker: David Kirtley, Seating Consultant, Posturite
Overview: David will be looking at some of the most up-to-date research on office chairs and looking at why, despite all the recent media hype, sitting doesn’t have to be ‘the new smoking’. The talk will cover some of the most important features of a chair from a health perspective, and explore the idea that spending money on office seating is an investment and NOT a bottom-line cost.
Presenter Bio: David is our Seating Consultant and resident ergonomic office chair expert at Posturite, having progressed his career with the company for the last fifteen years. With his in-depth knowledge and vast experience working closely with suppliers and manufacturers as well as senior managers, directors and consultants, he is perfectly placed to support clients through the important chair selection process. For the past two years David has been the driving force behind our active working campaigns, encouraging businesses to take care of the health, happiness and wellbeing of their employees in a more holistic way. It all starts with the equipment we use, and David’s job is to make sure it’s as appropriate and well-matched to each unique business as possible.
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Posturite is the UK market leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of posture-improving products for the workplace and the only company providing health and safety consultancy, training, software and product on a national basis.
Our products – those we design and manufacture ourselves and those we distribute on behalf of international business partners with a worldwide reputation for ergonomic excellence – are to be found in thousands of offices up and down the country. Scores of Britain’s blue chip companies and the vast majority of the country’s local authorities and police forces have turned to Posturite to provide them with the expertise and equipment to help protect their employees against back problems and work-related upper limb disorders.
And we are still expanding. Over the past five years, sales have grown at an average 20% a year and we are proud to say that every month we help over 500 people back to work.
We employ over 150 staff, including a sales force of 75 account managers who service our client base throughout the UK. All of them are fully trained as DSE (Display Screen Equipment) assessors and some are qualified physiotherapists and ergonomists.