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This unique event brought together speakers with a range of experience and expertise never before assembled in one place in the UK.


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Implementing change and innovation in work at height

Date and venue:
Thursday, 13 October 2016

Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3GR.

Delivered by:
The Access Industry Forum (AIF): The forum for eleven of the leading trade associations and federations involved in access and work at height.

  • Association of Technical Lightning and Access Specialists (ATLAS)
  • British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF)
  • Edge Protection Federation (EPF)
  • Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training (FASET)
  • International Powered Access Federation (IPAF)
  • Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA)
  • Ladder Association (LA)
  • National Access and Scaffolding Association (NASC)
  • Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA)
  • Specialist Access Engineering and maintenance Association (SAEMA)
  • Work at Height Safety Association (WAHSA)

Supported by:

  • Association for Project Safety (APS)
  • International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM)
  • Hire Association Europe (HAE)

The first ever national, one-day conference dedicated to this specialist activity, Implementing change and innovation in work at height signposted, examined and evaluated the latest thinking and developments in a sector that remains the single biggest cause of accidents and fatalities in the UK workplace.

The Speakers:
The Forum brought together a commanding line-up of speakers who are recognised experts in their respective fields – from industry, trade and professional bodies, academia and the professions. Their breadth of knowledge and expertise is unparalleled.

08.00-09.30 Welcome and registration



Peter Bennett, Chairman
Access Industry Forum (AIF)



Keynote presentation

Philip White
Head, Operational Policy & Strategy
Health and Safety Executive (HSE)



Designing for access and the need for early engagement

Paul Bussey
Technical Consultant
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Architects



The CDM Regulations 2015 and work at height

Barney Green
Technical Advisor, Work at Height
Association for Project Safety (APS)



Tea and coffee break

Opportunity to visit AIF stands


When duty holders fail to do their duty

Steffan Groch
Head of Regulatory, DWF Solicitors
& Chair, Health and Safety Lawyers Association


Height safety: We’re safer together

John Dunne
Group HSQE Director
Wates Group




Opportunity to visit AIF stands



A behavioural approach to work at height

Prof. Tim Marsh
Consulting Professor
RyderMarsh OCAID


Panel discussion: Getting falls from height reporting right

-Peter Bennett, Ladder Association
-Chris Wraith, IPAF
-Tony Seddon, FASET


Myths and misconceptions: Separating fact from fiction when working at height

Dr Shaun Lundy
Interim Chair, HSE Myth Buster’s Panel
Academic Portfolio Leader
Department of Built Environment
University of Greenwich



Tea and coffee break

Opportunity to visit AIF stands


Developing competency: The role of technology and eLearning

Dr Michele Milner
Head of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)
University of East London



The journey to an injury free environment

Dylan Roberts
Director of Health, Safety & Wellbeing
Skanska UK



Open forum

Conference Q&A session


 Conference ends



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