Bookings for this year’s national Local Authority (LA) / HSE Partnership Conference will close on Friday 17 October 2008.
This event is aimed at all those involved in strategic development and partnership working in LAs as well as heads of service, team leaders, practitioners and councillors (who attend free of charge when accompanying an officer)
We anticipate an exciting programme of speakers including Lord McKenzie, Minister for Health and Safety and HSE Chair, Judith Hackitt.
Due to popular demand, in 2008 we are reinstating the HELA Awards for Innovation and we have received a record number of entrants this year.
In addition to having the overall award winner and runner(s) up (decided in advance by a panel of judges drawn from LAs, HSE and HELA), we will this year for the first time, also hold a ‘people’s award’, voted for by delegates attending the conference.
We are pleased to report that this year we have reduced the cost to delegates to £110 plus VAT and as in previous years, elected members may attend free of charge when accompanying a health and safety professional. The delegate rate will include a buffet lunch and all refreshments.
Local Authorities and HSE are holding a special, free one-day event for the South West Region on 4 December 2008 at Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter.
The aim is to promote further improvements in health and safety regulation by developing stronger relationships with all our partners.
In last month’s newsletter, there was a preview of the national asbestos campaign, which starts October 13 and runs for six weeks (* the main PR and media launch will take place on Wednesday 22 October). Preparations for the campaign went well and many Local Authorities have chosen to get involved and help to distribute campaign materials.
For instance, Staffordshire County Council is sending a campaign information pack to all 700+ companies on their county’s trader register, as part of their general mail shot. Mansfield District Council is using campaign materials in a display in their council offices. Other councils are using materials at Safety and Health Awareness Day (SHAD) events or are distributing it via small builders’ merchants and colleges.
All of these activities are a huge help in spreading awareness of the dangers of asbestos amongst the tradesmen at risk. Every week 20 tradesmen die of this hidden killer. Further information on the campaign is available on the campaign website.
*LAs planning articles or any other media work, please ensure that they do not start or are not published before the 22nd. This is so the campaign messages have more impact and are not diluted by being spread too thin.
If LAs are planning any media work, please contact HSE Press Office so we can ensure the messages used are consistent with the campaign.
It has been just over a month since the launch of Ladder Exchange 2008 and by the look of recent Local Press activity there has been a buzz of activity in and around the country.
It would be helpful at this stage to know more about your good work, the outcomes of any promotion, awareness raising, enforcement activities and more specifically how many ‘dodgy ladders you have seized along the way.
If you have plans to promote the Ladder Exchange initiative during October and beyond we would be grateful if you could let us know more about what you have planned.
Information on our partners’ discounted part exchange deals and campaign materials is available from the Ladder Exchange website. Alternatively campaign material can be ordered free of charge from HSE Books or Tel: 01787881165 quoting poster (MISC 846a), Postcard (MISC846b)
The ‘LA prosecutions’ area of HELex has been updated and now provides access to the input facility for prosecutions with a final hearing date between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009. This will enable you to input details of prosecutions as they happen avoiding the need to submit a prosecutions annual return.
Details of all prosecutions, whether successful, unsuccessful or withdrawn need to be submitted. The following link will take you directly to the input screens.
The ‘Nil Returns’ section will not be available until after March 2009.