Workplace Health experts fly in for November conference

Date published: 12 November 2019

The Workplace Health Leadership Group NI (WHLGNI) is hosting Northern Ireland’s biggest ever Occupational Health Conference on the 20th and 21st November at the La Mon Hotel in Belfast.

Bringing together experts in the field of occupational health, the conference will create an opportunity for employers to hear about interesting case studies and up to date information on a range of occupational health related subjects. 

The themes of the conference will focus broadly on HSENI’s key workplace health priorities. Topics will include occupational cancers, respiratory health surveillance, musculoskeletal disorders, welding fume, mental health and employee wellbeing.

HSENI Chief Executive Robert Kidd said: “This event will reinforce the fact that workplace ill-health is preventable as well as highlight strong moral, legal and financial reasons for tackling occupational ill-health.”

“I’m pleased that each of HSENI’s workplace health priority areas are being considered. It is important that employers understand the most significant occupational health risks to our Northern Ireland workforce.”

Chief Medical Officer, Michael McBride commented: “I commend the efforts by the Workplace Health Leadership Group Northern Ireland in organising this event. The partnership approach of the Workplace Health Leadership Group is one which I believe will be effective at ensuring sustainable change in relation to employee health.”

Wilson Lambe, Chair of WHLGNI, added: “By creating a positive, safe and healthy environment for employees, employers can increase morale, improve work‐life balance and, in turn, positively impact their business.”

The Conference will aim to demonstrate employee health as a priority area for employers and focus on prevention as opposed to reacting to employee ill-health.

To find out more about the conference visit the Workplace Health Leadership Group website at www.whlgni.org.uk

Notes to editors: 

1. For media enquiries please contact Ernie Spence, WHLGNI on 028 9336 8928/07938 049270 or email contact@whlgni.org.uk or HSENI Press Office on 028 9024 3249, or email media@hseni.gov.uk

2. About Workplace Health Leadership Group NI:
The Workplace Health Leadership Group’s vision is to ensure that ‘Workplace Health’ receives the same recognition in the working environment as ‘Occupational Safety’, and also to encourage employers to have a ‘healthy’ as well as ‘safe’ culture. The Group is a partnership of likeminded organisations in the voluntary and statutory sectors intent on raising the profiles of occupational health, occupational hygiene, and wellness/health promotion, and by doing this assist employers to manage workplace health risks.

 

3. The organisations that make up WHLGNI are:-

  • The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Northern Ireland Safety Group
  • BuildHealth
  • The British Occupational Hygiene Society
  • The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland
  • The Public Health Agency
  • The 11 Local Councils

 

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