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The key to prevention is not sticking a plaster over the problem after it occurs, it is about taking action to ensure it does not happen in the first place.

This was the clear message from delegates at the 10th Annual NIPSA Health and Safety Conference on 22 October 2019 in the Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast.

Opening the Conference, NIPSA General Secretary, Alison Millar said:

“The theme for this year’s conference is ‘The Key to Prevention’. We must therefore ensure that the agenda moves away from fixing the issues after the damage has been done to preventing any injury, ill health or mental illness from occurring. This is a significant but vital shift in the agenda and we must continue to work diligently with employers across the civil and public sector to ensure that the issues of health and safety in the workplace is a day to day function of all – and not trying to fix it after the event.”

Employers must recognise that work-related stress is a major health and safety risk and they have a duty to manage and eliminate the risk as they have with any other hazard

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The ninth annual NIPSA Health and Safety Conference will take place on Tuesday 23 October 2018 in the Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast from 9.30am to 4.00pm.

Conference Programme

Conference is being held to coincide with European Week for Health and Safety at Work. The theme of the conference will be “Say No to Stress: Challenging the Employer’s Agenda”. A copy of the outline programme is available to download click on the link below.

A major issue for NIPSA is Health and Safety of our members and all workers. The NIPSA Health and Safety Committee are elected each year to work on all matters relating to this vital issue. 

NIPSA Health and Safety Committee

Membership of the Committee comprises of:

  • 16 ordinary members,

  • 1 member from the General Council,

  • 1 member from the Civil Service Group Executive Committee and

  • 1 member from the Public Officer’s Group Executive Committee.