NOV 26, 2020







Welcome to the Virtual Event

Salford Professional Development’s annual Health and Safety conference has rapidly become one of the leading conferences in the industry, with last year’s conference attracting over 250 professionals across multiple sectors. The event will focus on how the global pandemic has created new unforeseen challenges, pushing health & safety further up the national agenda.

As guidelines evolve to reflect the preventive needs of the crisis- how have health & safety professionals dealt with the increased demands placed upon them? What key lessons have been learnt? And how has this changed our collective perception of health & safety?

The conference will feature prominent speakers from a range of different sectors to discuss the common challenges in creating a healthier and safer workplace. Covering topics ranging from fighting the infection, to the ongoing awareness and training required for high-risk hazards.

The movement towards increased occupational safety and health at work has transformed the role of employer. With so many changes to our understanding of the workplace, with an estimated 46.6% of people working from home (April 2020), understanding and protecting the wellbeing of staff has never been more important. From this event, you will come out with solutions to challenges you are facing in achieving a safer and healthier workplace.

Join us and discover a wealth of information to assist with better understanding your organisation’s health & safety needs.

Highlights of the Health and Safety Conference include:


Please note timings/speakers/topics are subject to change

26th November 2020


Conference Opens: exhibition and networking


Opening Keynote

Dr Shaun Davis
Global Director of Compliance and Sustainability (Compliance, Security, Safety, Health, Environment), Royal Mail



From Surviving to Thriving: Harnessing Health and Safety to drive business resilience in 2021

COVID19 has shown us the need to adapt if we're to survive. But could this be an opportunity to come out even stronger than before? Nicky Chenery explores how businesses can build their resilience and thrive in 2021: with Health & Safety are the most powerful tool at their arsenal.

Nicky Chenery
Director of Customer Success, Safety Culture



The importance of mental health in first aid

Our experience in delivering high quality first aid training, alongside the wider work of the British Red Cross in providing emotional support, makes us well-placed to understand the emotional impact that a first aid incident can have on the first aider, the witnesses, and the casualty themselves. In this session, James will discuss how dealing with an incident is about more than just first aid, but the importance of aftercare, too.

James Reed
Training Product Manager, British Red Cross





Evaluation and Communication about the Risk of Covid-19

A short research-based presentation on personal and employee calculation and ownership of Covid-19 risk.

Richard Maguire FIMechE, MSaRS, MBCS
Director, RS2A Limited



Tackling Health & Safety within the Care Sector

Discusses the need to value staff, key issues for maintaining safety standards, representations in the media and the journey for the future of the sector

Chris Jackson
Chair, National Association for Safety and Health in Care Services





Leading Health and Safety through our Statements of Intent

Formed 45 years ago, Neil discusses the recent challenges faced by the HSE in the most unprecedented year since the government agency began.

Neil Pearson
Head of Health Safety & Wellbeing, HSE



Fun in a Global Pandemic- The Challenges of Making the UKs Largest Theme Park COVID Secure

Jonathan Ellis has been the Health and Safety Director at the UKs largest theme park, Alton Towers Resort, for the last three seasons. He will describe how the resort responded to the challenges of becoming COVID secure following lockdown, reopening to the public and ultimately creating a fun experience for guests.

Jonathan Ellis
Health and Safety Director, Alton Towers Resort Operations Ltd.





Water Safety 2020

Discusses the importance of water standards/safety as workplaces remain largely vacant.

Julie Spinks
Managing Director, Water Regulation Advisory Scheme (WARS)



Current activities – balancing risks and benefits in public life

Discussion of risk management through the use of three case studies and new challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Professor David Ball
Professor of Risk Management at Middlesex University



Closing Keynote

Carole Conroy
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health, University of Salford



Live Event Ends

The Auditorium Sessions &Resource Center are available until December26th, 2020. Come back and watch the sessions you missed or download/share any of the materials.

Who Should Attend?

  • Business Development Managers
  • Company Directors
  • Compliance Managers
  • Environmental Health Officers
  • Heads of Health & Safety
  • Health & Safety Managers
  • Health & Safety Practitioners
  • HR Directors
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Office Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Operations Supervisors
  • QSE Managers
  • Regional Managers
  • Regulatory Service Managers
  • Risk Assessment Managers
  • Safety Advisors
  • Safety, Compliance and Risk Officers
  • SHEQ Managers
  • Training Managers


Frequently Asked Questions

vFairs can be accessed through all devices without installing any software. However, our webinars are powered through zoom. You will not need a zoom account to access the webinars, but your device must be zoom compatible. Devices provided from your workplace may not be zoom compatible, and in this case we recommend use of a personal device.
To visit booths, and chat with exhibitors you can click the “Exhibition Hall” button and that will take you directly to the exhibit hall.
This event is designed specifically for professionals working within the field of health & safety. If you are a supplier or sales representative and would like to enquire as to how to attend the event, please give us a call on 0161 295 300
This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
Yes. Like any physical event, we will have a swag bag for you! You can add all of the documents available to the online swag bag in your account and then email them to yourself at the end of the event.
Yes, the majority of our content will be accessible for 30 days post event where you can listen to content on-demand.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event, if you haven’t received this please do check your junk mail.