Health and Safety Forum to deliver Birmingham business boost

Posted by lepadmin - October 10, 2013 - Better Regulation - No Comments

Firms keen to hear the latest updates on health and safety in the workplace are being encouraged to attend a dedicated event being held later this month.

Birmingham City Council’s Regulation and Enforcement Division will be hosting a free of charge Business Forum at the Thinktank on Monday October 14, which will give companies an insight into changes in legislation.

Experts from local regulators will guide businesses through a host of subjects, including Fire Safety, RIDDOR, Fee for Intervention and what to expect when an inspector calls.

There will also be a specialist session delivered by Red Swan’s Leanne Ling and Dr Faisal Mir on managing stress in the workplace.

“This is the fourth forum we’ve held and we’re expecting a major turnout as more and more firms are realising that they can unlock their potential if they keep ahead of legislation,” explained Andy Lucas, Operations Manager for the Health & Safety Team at Birmingham City Council.

“The sessions are as interactive as possible, making the information relevant and also inviting companies to share their own examples of best practice.”

He continued: “We also try to use the event as a platform to hear feedback on the service we provide so we can continually improve what we deliver.”

The Business Forum is backed by the Better Business for All Project (BBfA), which has been created to help the Government deliver on its priority of reducing the regulatory burden on business.

Primarily this will involve raising understanding and awareness and training the regulators so they can deliver support to businesses that actually unlocks potential as opposed to putting barriers in the way of growth.

Wade Lyn, Chair of the BBfA Steering Group and GBSLEP Board Director, said: “Health and Safety is a big issue for local companies and one that can really hamper their performance if not tackled head on.

“The Business Forum is one of the ways we are encouraging regulators to engage more with firms; using the knowledge they possess to proactively support them with the latest information and advice.”

BBfA, pioneered by GBSLEP and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership is now being championed by 11 more LEPs and it is hoped it will be taken up by all 37 LEPs in England.

Place are limited and must be pre booked. Please contact Terry Mallard on 0121-303-9915 or email