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14th Edition Health, Safety & the Environment: What Next?

30 September-2 October 2019
Radisson Blu, Amsterdam, Netherlands 

What do you think will change in HSE in the next 5 years? What should we be prepared for?

I expect we will see far greater levels of automation within our manufacturing environments. Automation has been around for a long time (e.g. automotive industry) but as the technologies get cheaper and more flexible, they will become a more viable option for traditionally manual or lower margin processes. I believe that this will manifest itself primarily in two way:
•Displace workers who are historically well represented in workplace injury statistic; manual handling / musculoskeletal injury.
•The increased use of companion robots. Factory workers today are separated from robots by a physical barriers/guards to prevent injury. The development of AI and next generation companion robots will remove those guards and allow far greater interaction between person and machine. OHS legislation and well established practice will have to adapt to this new reality.  

Will BBS be a part of the Future Safety?

Yes but it is my hope that they become far more holistic and address the flaws inherent in current off the shelf solutions. That will only come with greater OHS practitioner understanding of human factors and the different approaches required address both conscious and subconscious human error. BBS will also have to adapt better to more modern and non-industrial workplaces; non-frontline workers, remote workers, remote decision makers, transitional employees, diverse populations with diverse needs/expectations from baby boomers to millennials and more.   

What is BBS about for you? How would you define it? Has Behavioural based safety become an oversimplified supervision?

BBS is all too often seen as a silver bullet or panacea for all of your safety problems. When we start with BBS, we must remember where BBS sits on the hierarchy of control. Like PPE, BBS is used as a last line of defence or support to other control strategies but cannot be relied upon as an effective risk control measure in itself. True behaviour change will require a multifaceted holistic approach well beyond traditional off the shelf coach and correct techniques. As importantly, it will need the right people to be involved; those who understand the problem that needs to be solved, what tools to deploy and when, and who understand the limitations of BBS. When I discuss behavioural safety with people, I am always reminded of the quote (forgive me that it is not attributed or accurate, so I must paraphrase): ''A hammer in the hands of a master can create great beauty, but in the hands of the vandal can be most destructive.''

Are we able to measure or influence behaviours?

Research around social media impacts, behavioural economics and the application of game theory shows conclusively that we can influence behaviours. However, to say it is possible does not mean it is easy. Changing behaviour is hard and requires great skill, energy, commitment and the involvement of a highly engaged team. More importantly, it requires the faithful sponsorship of all levels of an organisation’s leadership to own the change while consistently role model and reinforce the new behaviour standard & culture.  

What would you like to achieve by attending the 14th Edition Health, Safety & the Environment: What Next Conference?

New ideas. Challenge my thinking.  

An interview with:

Colm Murphy, Health Safety Environment & Sustainability Director at Kerry, Ireland

Whatever sort of business it is, there is always the possibility of an accident or damage to someone's health. Safety does not come about by accident: most accidents happen because they have not been prevented, but at the same time the prevention system is a strong part of a global safety strategy of the organisation.

This marcus evans conference will serve as a platform to discuss how to build this strategy right and simplify safety systems by going back to basics. We will talk about future safety solutions in terms of digitalisation and technology in order to show how to use technologies properly but also not to get lost in the digital world. We live in a world where it is not enough to just invest in risk analysis and investigation, we know now what the main hazards are, but we still cannot manage them and walk away with a suitable and appropriate solution. Thus, we will explore how to create a joint safety system and involve TOP-management in developing corporate safety strategy, how to make safety rules organic and invisible in the daily work and use smart technologies for safety trainings and reporting in the organisation. We will also look into building up safety leadership and culture, which should be the backbone of any successful HSE strategy. We will ultimately try to bring more safety discipline into the day-to-day business with an integrative leadership approach and a renewed safety perception.

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Colm Murphy is Occupational Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability Director for Kerry Group’s Europe & Russia region. Colm joined Kerry in 2015 to lead Kerry’s efforts in delivering world-class processes, performance and culture for HSE and sustainability across Kerry’s 40+ manufacturing facilities in Europe. Colm has previously held safety leadership roles in a range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and consultancy. Colm is a chartered member of IOSH, holds a BSc. in Industrial Chemistry and a MSc. in Occupational Health, Safety and Ergonomics. Every day millions of people throughout the world consume food or beverage products containing our taste & nutrition technologies or systems. Since the commissioning of our first dairy and ingredients plant in Listowel, Ireland in 1972, we have grown to become the industry’s leading provider of technology-based ingredients and solutions for all sectors of the food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets. Our industry leading technologies are under-pinned by the industry’s most robust in-house processing capabilities. We apply our processing expertise to address manufacturing challenges and help customers design winning consumer products.

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