Symposium goes back to basics

As readers of Occupational Health may be aware, the Institution’s Public
Services Specialist Group organises the annual National Safety Symposium. This
three-day conference, now in its 26th year, is the leading event for health and
safety practitioners from the public sector. It is synonymous with a spirit of
comradeship allied with the opportunity to absorb new and relevant information.

The 2001 NSS, entitled "Essential elements of health and safety – back
to basics", is scheduled for 3-5 September. The Symposium has relocated
from its traditional home at Keele University, to a new venue, Chester College,
and the intention is to move the event to different geographical locations each
year.

This fresh approach is reflected in the programme which seeks to provide
practitioners with a chance to take a step back, have a look at what they are
doing and to seek confirmation that their knowledge and skills are valid.

There will be four sessions hosting 11 challenging presentations with plenty
of interest for occupational health practitioners. John McSwiney, Head Trainer
at Osteopaths for Industry, will be looking at handling and lifting,. Guy Osmond
from Osmond Ergonomic Office Solutions will examine the relationship between IT
and ergonomics.

Perhaps the star attraction for occupational health practitioners, however,
will be Gary Saunders MIOSH RSP, with his talk "Occupational health? It’s
just so boring!" Saunders, Corporate Health and Safety Adviser at the NCH
Children’s Charity, will use his vast experience, including both SRN and OHNC
qualifications, to test delegates’ understanding of occupational health. Judge
for yourselves whether the presentation’s title is ironic.

For further information please contact the IOSH public relations department,
tel: 0116-257 3100.

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