1999 European BBS User Conference
The Conference was held at Salford Quays, Manchester in February 1999. All clients were represented and presentations were received from representatives of Amerada Hess, Bisto, Chep UK, Prudential, Rank Hovis, Shell UK, Tate & Lyle and others. Key note speeches were given by Professor Brian Toft (one of the UK's most eminent names in safety), Stephen Fulwell (Head of Technical Affairs, IOSH) and Simon Jones (Cobbetts Solicitors). Organisations such as the British Safety Council and the Health & Safety Executive were also represented. Companies including MFI, Gallaher and Imperial Tobacco paid to attend but more than 20 companies who wanted to pay to attend had to be turned away. (For example:- Kelloggs, Smith Kline Beecham and Cadbury). Next year we won't underestimate clients' enthusiasm for such an event - or other organisations interest in observing - and will book a bigger venue. (Some clients, with multiple sites, wanted to send up to 50 delegates and had to have preference). We felt the event was a great success and received many positive comments and letters from attendees.
Feedback from Delegates

"An exceptionally interesting and informative day ... and I'd like to say that it clearly demonstrated how the professional can gain a great deal from a committed and directed workforce initiative"
Stephen Fulwell (Head of Technical Affairs, IOSH)

"An excellent event ... a fantastic opportunity to learn from the experiences of others"
Steve Kay, Rank Hovis Occupational Safety & Health

"A fascinating day ... very impressed by participants enthusiasm and level of involvement"
Graham Guy, Shell Exploration and Production

"Thank you for providing such a thought provoking conference. I was particularly impressed with the presentations from the ... " (names several client Steering Committees)
H. J. Benjamin, Risk Management Controller, Manor Bakeries

The primary findings

  • Behavioural safety delivers exceptional results but isn't easy to implement
  • All practical obstacles to success can be overcome with imagination and determination
  • however...,

  • Without a suitable level of management support obstacles may prove too difficult to overcome
  • Addressing (natural) organisational obstacles to change and ensuring alignment of systems is essentail
  • and ...,

  • The feeling of genuine 'ownership' that an intervention engenders is what really gives it wings
  • In an age of increasing accident costs (and claims) not running an effective behavioural safety programme is becoming increasingly expensive!