Building a healthier workforce, Belfast

21 June, 2017 | 08:30 - 16:15

Venue address:

Crowne Plaza Hotel
117 Milltown Road
Shaws Bridge
Belfast BT8 7XP
United Kingdom
Join this special event by the ICE Health & Safety Group.
Join this special event by the ICE Health & Safety Group.

About this event

The cost of ill health to UK workplaces is estimated to be between £8-9bn per year.

This year's ICE Health & Safety Group Seminar is 'Building a Healthier Workforce.' We are delighted to have gathered a number of UK experts who will be speaking on a range of health-related subjects including occupational health, mental health and stress — significant issues which employers must address in order to keep their people healthy and remain competitive.

This seminar will be of value to anyone working in civil engineering and construction, as everyone must work toward occupational health within their organisations.


ICE Member early bird: £80 ex VAT
Non-member early bird rate: £110 ex VAT

After 24 May, the delegate rates will increase to:

ICE Member rate: £100 ex VAT
Non-member rate £130 ex VAT

Free student places are available. Contact for more information.

Exhibitor spaces are available at £250 + VAT. Contact to reserve a space.

This event is sponsored by Farrans.

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Disclaimer: Any views or opinions expressed on any matters by the presenters or participants during or in connection with this presentation are solely the views of the authors of the respective comments and/or opinions and must not be taken to be the views of ICE or any other organisation. ICE makes no representations, warranties or assurances concerning any information provided in these presentations and accepts no responsibility for the content and/or accuracy.


08:30 – 09:00 Registration (ICE) and Introduction (Charlie Hutchison)
09:00 – 09:05 Opening Remarks (Farrans)
09:05 – 09:20 Setting the Health Scene (Nancy Henry – HSENI)
09:20 – 10:00 Fostering a Positive (not Negative) Mental Health Culture (John Foster – Inspire)
10:00 – 10:30 Stress Management, HSE Management Standards (Janet Heath – HSENI)
10:30 – 11:00 Tea, Coffee & Exhibition
11:00 – 11:30 Occupational Health – COSHH/Construction Dust (Evette Boyes HSENI)
11:30 – 12:00 Medical Health Surveillance (Jane McCallum)
12:00 – 12:30 Occupational Health – A Contractor’s View (TBC)
12:30 – 12:45 Question & Answer
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch & Exhibition
13:45 – 14:15 Current Construction Industry Health Initiatives (Andrew Cooke – Graham Construction)
14:15 – 14:45 Designing for Health (David Agnew - AECOM & Michael Nelson – Doran Consulting)
14:45 – 15:15 Tea, Coffee & Exhibition
15:15 – 15:35 Combating Bullying and Associated Workplace Stress: Talking About Gender & Sexual Orientation at Work (Harriet Long - Rainbow Project)
15:35 – 15:50 Successfully Dealing with the Dark Times – A Personal Experience (Sean Doherty)
15:50 – 16:15 Question & Answer, Close


David Agnew, Associate Director, AECOM

David Agnew

David is an Associate Director within the AECOM Water UK&I business and acts as the Safety Health and Environment (SHE) Lead, Water, UK & Ireland.

David has over 23 years' experience in construction ranging from wastewater treatment, wastewater infrastructure, landfill, windfarm, sports pitch and building projects.

During this time he has been responsible for project management, design, supervision and provision of CDM-C services. Recently David has also acted as a Principal Designer and CDM Adviser.

Evette Boyes, Higher Scientific Officer, HSENI

Evette Boyes

Evette is a Higher Scientific Officer within HSENI's Scientific Services Laboratory.

Her main area of work is in Occupational Hygiene, which involves the assessment of workplace exposure to hazardous substances such as asbestos, silica dust, welding fumes, lead, solvents and noise.

Andrew Cooke, Safety, Health and Environmental Director, GRAHAM

Andrew is the Safety, Health and Environment Director for GRAHAM, and oversees the SHE function for the group. He has over 25 years' experience in the construction industry firstly as an operational member of site management teams, and then as a dedicated SHE advisor, manager and director. He also oversees and heads up the GRAHAM Cultural and Behavioural Safety Programme, and ensures the company's compliance to the Modern Slavery Act.

Andrew is a founder member of the ICE (NI Region) H&S Group, who are organising this event, was a former CDM coordinator, and is a member of both IOSH and IIRSM. He is also an independent member on the HSE (GB) Fee For Intervention Disputes Panel.

John Foster, Director, Quo Vadis Counselling Consultancy

John Foster

John has been involved in the field of counselling consultancy since 1988. He established Quo Vadis Counselling Consultancy in 1993. This organisation has been providing counselling, self-development and training seminars for individuals, couples, groups and private and corporate institutions.

As a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Registered Practitioner and Registered Trainer John subscribes to its ethical framework regarding 'good practice' standards. His aim is to provide a safe, welcoming environment where training can be an enriched learning experience.

Currently John is an Associate Consultant with Carecall and facilitates Training including Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Resilience, Personal Stress Management, and Managers Managing Stress.

Jane McCallum, Partner, McCallum Safety & Health

Jane McCallum

Jane has worked in Occupational Health & Safety since 1992. She is an Occupational Health Nurse Specialist Practitioner, and holds Chartered Membership of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. She is a Member of the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) and has held a number of appointments and voluntary positions within the field of workplace health, safety and wellbeing.

Over the years, Jane has worked within many organisations and industries throughout Northern Ireland, Scotland and England. These include the construction, quarrying, engineering, power generation, manufacturing, food processing and retail sectors.

Nancy Henry, Principal Inspector, HSENI

Nancy is the principal inspector of the construction team at the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland. She has been in this role for the past 4.5 years and is involved in all aspects of the regulation of health and safety of construction projects.

HSENI is the lead body responsible for the promotion and enforcement of health and safety at work standards in Northern Ireland.