Is health and safety really necessary? Belfast

18 September, 2017 | 18:00 - 20:00

Is there a need for health and safety at all?
Is there a need for health and safety at all?

About this event

Some say Health & Safety in recent years has gone way over the top —a paper-generating exercise used to pass the buck onto others in cases of civil litigation or criminal prosecution.

We all know Health and Safety is common sense…or do we?

Sponsored by



Charlie Hutchison MBE BSc, LLB, CEng FICE, CFIOSH, MCQI CQP, Cert CII, RMaPS

Charlie Hutchison is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health. He says he built the Channel Tunnel and the Cross Harbour Road and Rail Links in Belfast, but he didn't really.

For the last 17 years he has been principal of Charles Hutchison Consulting (CHC,) which is one of Northern Ireland;s leading Health & Safety training consultancies. CHC specialises in implementing quality, environment and Health & Safety management systems and providing sensible and cost effective solutions to problems.

In 2008 he was selected by the British Standards Institution to act as the UK Health & Safety Auditing Expert on Technical Committee 176 of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) for the revision of ISO 19011. In 2013 Charlie was awarded an MBE for his services to Health & Safety.