Leadership critical in promoting good health and safety at work

The British Safety Council will be pressing home the message that leadership plays a critical role in improving occupational health and safety during the two-day OSH India Exhibition and Conference 2014, which kicks off tomorrow (27 November).

Held in Mumbai, India, it is the third time this event is taking place, after the great success of the 2013 event.  This year, as before, the British Safety Council will be taking an active role.

In the lead up to the conference Alex Botha, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council explained: “Over 2.3 million people in workplaces across the world are senselessly killed due to injury or ill health each year and an estimated 4% of global GDP is lost due to health and safety failure. We know that key to keeping workers healthy and safe is to convince business leaders from across the world why good health and safety is  vital and makes business sense and that fundamental to this is leadership in driving that change.

“In India, there have been improvements in occupational safety and health, for example with Indian mines seeing fewer fatalities compared to the recent past and reductions in incidence rates for manufacturing and dock workers. Though much more needs to be done for the unorganised sectors such as agriculture and construction, the approach to place greater ownership on industry to manage the risks they create is the right one and we hope this continues and widens.

“As a not-for-profit membership organisation that has worked in India for many decades, we feel fortunate that we can play our part and increasingly call many of India’s largest and most respected companies our partners in striving to bring about this change. We provide a respected platform to support continued learning and good practice as well as celebrate success.”
Mr Kevin Myers, up to recently, the Acting Chief Executive of the British Health and Safety Executive, and currently Secretary General of the International Association of Labour Inspectorate and a Trustee of the British Safety Council, will be delivering one of the keynote speeches on Day One.

Alex will be participating in Day One as well - moderating a panel discussion on ‘Leadership in health and safety’, which will include Mr Myers.

The British Safety Council’s culture change partner JOMC will be delivering two workshops on its behalf on Day One and Day Two of the Conference. These workshops have been designed to address ‘Safety culture and organisational safety leadership engagement’. They will cover a series of topics including the importance of communication; how to achieve a change in culture through engagement; why people behave the way they do; how to have effective safety discussions and the benefits of engagement.

More information is available here: www.ubmindia.in/osh_india//agenda