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South Cumbria and North Lancashire Branch events

The 2020 branch programme is available to view and print. However, please ensure that you check listings as the events details may change. 

Meetings are held at The Netherwood Hotel on the third Thursday afternoon of the month except for June and August.
Address: The Netherwood Hotel Lindale Road Grange-over-Sands Cumbria LA11 6AT

Our meetings usually start at 13.30 and are free for IOSH members unless otherwise stated. Visitors are welcome and free parking is available. 

During the Corvid-19 restrictions our Branch is holding a series of one hour Zoom Branch meetings on Corvid-19 related topics.

Friday 17 July 2020, 13.30 to 14.30

Zoom meeting

Topic: How employers can spot the signs of domestic abuse in their staff and help sign post employees to find help.

Pre-register for the meeting.

Access to this meeting: will be closed 10 minutes after the start time.

Questions to the speakercan be submitted to: southcumbrianorthlancashire@ioshnetworks.com before the meeting or, you can type questions and comments into the Zoom chat panel during the meeting. The chairman will then either put the question to the speaker or, ask the questioner to switch on their microphone and put the question themselves after the main meeting.

Speaker: Michelle Walsh, Training & Development Coordinator, Safenet

Living with domestic abuse has a serious and life-changing impact on all aspects of life especially health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions have led to an increase in domestic abuse, including amongst children who no longer have the safety net of attending school.

Michelle will explain how managers can spot signs of domestic abuse in their work colleagues and suggest practical ways that those suffering from abuse can be encouraged to seek the professional help and protection that they need.

Safenet are the lead provider in Lancashire for domestic abuse refuge services. Their support staff are trained to help victims of domestic abuse gain access to the right support services and to act as advocates if necessary. Safenet provides refuge safe houses for women and children, male safe houses, community-based support and specialist refuges for those with additional problems such as addiction or mental illness.

Safenet’s domestic abuse services in north west England are based in Burnley, Lancaster, Blackpool, Rochdale, Preston and Pendle.

Upcoming events

17 September 2020 - HSE update 

19 November 2020 - Preventing Weils disease, legionella (and other zoonoses) - raising awareness of the problems; not just L8 guidance

10 December 2020 - Managing on site partners and contractors - pitfalls and practical solutions.

18 February 2021 - A practical approach to reducing workplace stress and improving mental wellbeing

17 June 2021 - Managing challenging behaviour and violence in the workplace.

15 July 2021 - Works visit: Ørsted, Barrow Offshore Wind’s onshore facility

Other events of interest

All Manchester and North West District events.

CPD support

Carol Stearne is our Branch’s CPD mentor. She is happy to provide individual guidance on CPD and IPD requirements before or after our monthly meetings.

Please email to arrange a mutually suitable time if you would like to discuss your options with her.

Carol also organises an annual CPD workshop for members.