The latest in safety and WHS to be discussed at Safety First


Tuesday, 13 March, 2018


The latest in safety and WHS to be discussed at Safety First

Running in conjunction with National Manufacturing Week, this year’s Safety First Conference and Expo will include presentations from some of the industry’s safety thought leaders, including SafeWork NSW’s Elizabeth Tosti, Global Wellness’s John Toomey and OzHelp’s James Mills.

Taking place at Sydney Showground from 9–11 May, Safety First Conference and Expo will feature a comprehensive program presented by industry experts, providing delegates with essential information on protecting both their businesses and staff from safety risks. Sessions will explore safety best practice, case studies, policy and regulatory overviews, and effective solutions catered to industrial safety practitioners.

The opening address will cover the launch of the Manufacturing Work Health and Safety (WHS) Sector Plan 2018–2022, and will be presented by Matthew Kean MP, Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Government of NSW; and Elizabeth Tosti, Director Metropolitan Operations and Sector Initiatives, SafeWork NSW. The plan, developed by SafeWork NSW alongside industry and key sector stakeholders, provides a clear set of agreed actions for both the manufacturing industry and SafeWork NSW to improve workplace health and safety.

Other presentations will include topics of safety leadership and workplace health.

When it comes to driving a positive safety culture and safety performance excellence, it’s hard to deny that strong, effective leadership is crucial. Yet only one in four leaders demonstrates strong safety leadership behaviours, according to a recent study of 8747 employees across heavy industry. Anna Clarkson, Principal Consultant at Sentis, will be speaking about this issue on Wednesday, 9 May in her presentation ‘The State of Safety Leadership’.

Also on Wednesday, James Mills, Operations Director at OzHelp, will take attendees through the learning from current research on workplace health and wellbeing and how that translates into practical workplace programs in the digital era, along with case studies, in his presentation ‘From Research to Best Practice in Workplace Health and Wellbeing’.

The full conference agenda can be found here.

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