The UK-based Access Industry Forum (AIF) has announced details of its first national one-day conference.

Supported by the Association for Project Safety (APS), Hire Association Europe (HAE) and the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM), Implementing change and innovation in work at height will take place at the Holywell Park Conference Centre in Loughborough, UK, 13 October 2016.

Speakers include Philip White, head of operational policy and strategy at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE); Steffan Groch, chair of the Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association; Paul Bussey, chairman of the Designers’ Initiative on Health and Safety; Prof Tim Marsh, chairman of RyderMarshSharman; and Dylan Roberts, director of health, safety and wellbeing at Skanska UK.

The 10 presentations will cover a wide range of topics from duty holders failing to do their duty and the benefits of a behavioral approach to work at height, to the role of technology and eLearning and the impact of the CDM Regulations 2015.

Dr Shaun Lundy of the University of Greenwich - a member of the HSE’s Myth Busters Challenge Panel - will talk about the myths and misconceptions surrounding work at height, and John Dunne, group health, safety, environment and quality director at the Wates Group will discuss his company’s ‘reshaping tomorrow’ initiative.

Chris Kendall, chair of the AIF marketing committee, “As the first conference to focus entirely on the future of work at height, this promises to be a landmark event in the evolution of height safety. It will examine the key issues facing professionals today in this critical area of health and safety.”

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