IOSH 2008 conference programme

This year’s IOSH conference, taking place at the Telford International Centre on 18-19 March, will include a host of new features, including roundtable sessions and interviews.

IOSH’s annual event has a number of parallel tracks, including one dedicated to ‘Fitness for work, Work-life balance’, and a programme of speakers from across the globe.

BBC Breakfast business presenter Declan Curry will be chairing the conference, which will be opened by health and safety minister, Lord McKenzie of Luton. The chief executive of the Health and Safety Executive, Geoffrey Podger, will then face a grilling from Curry in a new keynote interview slot.

There will be two roundtable discussions on international issues and best practice before delegates break up for the parallel sessions. The ‘Fitness for work, Work-life balance’ session includes presentations from:

  • Allison Grant, from KSB Law, on ‘Stress – the legal perspective’
  • Dr Robert Kahn, from Avian Flu Action, on ‘Confronting a possible influenza pandemic’
  • Dr Nerys Williams, from the Department for Work and Pensions, on ‘Obesity – the public health epidemic we can’t ignore’
  • Pamela Gellaty, from Healthcare RM, on ‘Preventing, managing and mitigating employees’ health risks’.

Day two of the conference includes:

  • a roundtable discussion on ‘The vehicle as a workplace’
  • the chance to question a panel of five health and safety legal experts
  • three parallel sessions on legislation, best practice and multicultural workforces
  • an update on IOSH’s research and development programme
  • a presentation by Glenn Sibbick, from Centrica Storage, on ‘Competency or complacency?’

There’s also a free exhibition, featuring more than 100 stands, two spotlight presentation theatres, and the IOSH group’s networking area.

For more information on IOSH 08, or to book your place, go to, call 0870 112 9131, or e-mail [email protected]

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