Conference to explore how organisations can prioritise workers’ health and wellbeing

The Workplace Health Leadership Group NI (WHLGNI) is hosting Northern Ireland’s largest Occupational Health Conference over two days in November.

The Conference is being held on 20-21 November in the La Mon Hotel in Belfast and is supported by all seven partner organisations that form the WHLGNI, including support since inception and the 2018 inaugural conference by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Bringing together over 30 (local, GB & ROI based) experts in the workplace health field the event will inform employers of the latest trends in the sector, as well as showcase case studies where local organisations have successfully integrated occupational health into their businesses.

The event will also signpost employers to sources of information, links and the latest news in fields as diverse as occupational cancers, respiratory health surveillance, musculoskeletal disorders, welding fumes, mental health, employee wellbeing and other areas faced by employers on a daily basis, additional resources are also available on the WHLGNI website.

Richard McIvor CFIOSH, a co-founding WHLGNI member, a member of IOSH's Council and IOSH's Northern Ireland Branch Committee, said: "It’s crucial we continue the momentum to influence employers, employees, safety and health practitioners and industry leaders on the importance of developing robust, practical risk assessments for physical and mental health in the workplace, whilst increasing awareness of the alarming and largely unknown ratio of 40:1 in terms of Health vs. Safety fatalities. Collaboration on an impartial basis between the seven stakeholders is crucial to the continued success of WHLGNI.”

“By creating a positive, safe and healthy environment for employees, you can increase morale, improve your employees’ work‐life balance and, in turn, positively impact your business,” said Wilson Lambe, Chair of WHLGNI. “There is a lack of understanding of the benefits of tackling workplace health and hence the need to bring in experts to help our local businesses.”

The Conference will show how to:

  • demonstrate employee health as a priority against other operational demands;
  • focus on prevention as opposed to reactively tackle employee ill health;
  • measure the return on investment of any workplace health programmes;
  • use best practice working examples to promote improvements in employee health

To find out more about the event download the conference brochure.

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