Local businesses enjoyed a free business forum to help them understand and manage workplace health, safety and wellbeing for workers.
The Bridgend Employers’ Engagement Project (BEEP) event followed information gathering visits to more than 370 businesses on Bridgend’s industrial estates by officers from Shared Regulatory Services, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Healthy Working Wales.
Local companies were invited to the Heronston Hotel, on Wednesday (27 Sep) to discuss what help they needed for them to manage workplace risks. They were then directed to sources of business support for health, safety and wellbeing.
The topics covered by workshop sessions at Wednesday’s forum were tailored to reflect the specific needs identified by delegates.
Neil Craig, HSE’s head of operations, said after the event: “In terms of the broad scope and range of businesses invited, and the advice available to attendees BEEP is unique in Wales.
“Today’s forum is just the beginning. The aim is to promote collective ownership of health, safety and wellbeing in Bridgend that best reflects local circumstances, to reduce the cost to business of injury and ill health.”
HSE and IOSH worked with employers, regulators, insurers, specialists and consultants to deliver the event. By sharing experience and examples, presenters at the forum stimulated discussion of good practice and proportionate health and safety.
This was supported by targeted, relevant advice, information and useful materials from exhibitors for delegates to take away.
One of the attendees, Gareth Davies of Inscapes and Bridgend Patio Centre said: ‘It was good to rub shoulders with HSE inspectors and officers in a relaxed environment as opposed to under a different circumstance in the workplace.
“We also had access to free specialised help and advice from consultants, which was hugely informative and helpful.”
More events such as this are planned for the future and HSE is keen for people to make full use of the resource to ensure Bridgend businesses Help GB work well.
The health and safety system strategy for Great Britain, ‘Helping Great Britain Work Well’ brings together employers, workers, regulators, government representatives, professional bodies, trade associations and unions to continue to improve on our already excellent health and safety record. The collective aim is to continue to boost productivity, support innovation and encourage business growth. http://www.hse.gov.uk/strategy/index.htm #HGBWW
Notes to editors
- The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It helps Great Britain work well by applying a broad range of regulatory interventions and scientific expertise, to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. hse.gov.uk
- More information about assessing and controlling the risks in the work place can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/index.htm
- HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk
- IOSH is the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; the Chartered body for health and safety professionals (www.iosh.co.uk)