The 12th Annual Virtual Health and Safety Conference took place on 19 October 2021.
To help us deliver our conference programme we were joined by an esteem panel of speakers who brought with them a wealth of knowledge on issues relating to the health and safety challenges of vaccination of staff, long covid and new ways of working.
A full recording of the Conference is available above. To view a copy of individual presentations please click on the links below.
Our first keynote address was from Helen Smyth of the Labour Relations Agency who talked about their new guidance on vaccination of staff.
We were delighted to welcome to the Conference Professor Sir Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer, who addressed conference and laid us into the minute silence at 11.00am to honour workers who had lost their lives from coronavirus or other work related illnesses or injuries.
This was followed by two Panel Sessions:
Panel One: Long Covid
Fergal McCann, Member of NIPSA Health and Safety Committee, who gave a very powerful and personal account of his journey with long covid.
Diane Keys, Lead Occupational Therapy Clinical Specialist, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
Neill Wallace, Labour Relations Agency.
Janet Newsham, Manchester Hazards.
Panel Two: New Ways of Working
Carmel Gates, NIPSA General Secretary.
Robert Kidd, Chief Executive of HSENI.
Alex Bunting, Inspire.
Margaret Loughran, Chairperson of NIPSA Health and Safety Committee.