Harrogate farewell

Despite the best attempts of the British weather to disrupt everyone’s
travel plans with heavy rain and floods, IOSH and many of its members made the
traditional trip to Harrogate for two days last month. In a change from
previous years, the Royal Hall hosted two one-day conferences on 7/8 November
with a major health and safety exhibition in Halls A and B of the International
Centre.

The first day, Tuesday, was organised by the Yorkshire branch of the
Institution. Entitled "Fit to survive? – loss control in
perspective", the seminar focused on matters relating to emergency
planning, recovery and loss control. Immediate past president Nina Wrightson
opened the session by recalling some major accidents that have occurred over
the last 25 years. It was an evocative presentation that warned of the need to
learn the lessons from past disasters and not to just hope that it won’t happen
again – a point reiterated throughout the day, especially during the case
studies.

The IOSH Construction Specialist Group sponsored Wednesday’s proceedings and
under the banner "Positive results", examined contemporary
construction sector issues. Wednesday afternoon incorporated the well-received
Douglas Short Memorial Lecture given by Michael Huvane, European director of
safety from JMJ Associates. Huvane opened his talk on an integrated approach to
safety by stating that the only appropriate commitment to safety must be the
elimination of all accidents. To illustrate how this "integral
approach" can work, he spoke of a construction project at the Intel
factory in Ireland which, despite one million man-hours of work, was completed
without a single accident – a quite considerable achievement.

As the conference and exhibition came to a close, the time had come for IOSH
to bid a fond farewell to Harrogate – for the time being at least. The annual
conference and exhibition are to be moved annually around the country from next
year, and on 7-8 March 2001, Bournemouth will play host to the Institution.

For further information on IOSH 2001 at the Bournemouth International
Centre, contact Alison Hendy at IBC, tel: 020 7453 5403.

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