SSG Annual Conference 2016

SSG Annual Conference 2016

  • Date: Wednesday 19th October 2016
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On 13th October, we held our very first Annual Members Conference.  There were a host of speakers sharing their expertise; Helena Allum from the HSE, Manuela Grossmann and Dr Michael Cash from SSG and Tim Davies from TJD Law.  At the end of each presentation, a short question and answer session was held allowing the opportunity for some key questions to be addressed.


The conference opened with Helena Allum, the Principal Inspector of Construction for Devon, Cornwall and Dorset.  She spoke about the day in the life of a HSE Field Team member, and took us through a working week for the HSE, in particular focusing on an ongoing case which resulted in the death of an employee. Helena concluded the presentation with a list of actions that can be implemented quickly to ensure the safety of your workplace and your employees.


Manuela Grossmann, SSG’s Employment Law and HR Consultant was next, giving an employment law update.  Manuela highlighted the changes to employment law in 2015 and what has changed in 2016.  These changes included the fit for work service, overtime included in holiday pay, the national living wage increases and the introduction of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016.


The second half of the conference began with Tim Davies, an Employment Law consultant for SSG, who discussed Managing Staff Absence.


He touched on the consequences of staff absence, for example lost/delayed production, and concluded with the Proactive ‘Carrot’ and ‘Stick’ theories.  The basis of these theories is to ensure you are proactive in absence strategies, targets and stress management and ensuring relevant contracts and policies are in place.  The question and answer section at the end of Tim’s presentation hit on some hot topics, and proved to be very informative to a number of our members.


Finally the conference concluded with Dr Michael Cash, SSG’s Operations Director.  Michael looked at Piper Alpha, one of the worst offshore disasters in terms of lives lost.  He looked at why it happened, the industry repercussions and what other industries can learn from this case study.  Michael summed up the presentation with a look at positive safety culture and what can be done to promote this.


The conference ended with a tasty lunch and the opportunity to continue networking with other members.


We would like to say a huge thank you to our knowledgeable speakers, and to our Members who were able to attend.  The conference was a huge success and we look forward to seeing you next year!


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