International Health & Safety 2018 Programme

08.30-09.00 Registration, Welcome Coffee and Exhibition Viewing  

A1: The Importance of Leaders

A discussion panel bringing together senior industry figures with a track record of strong commitment to health and safety leadership, to discuss good practices, challenges and opportunities. This session will highlight how our sector can come together to share information, and learn from new thinking and approaches.

Welcome and Chair: Hugh McNeal, Chief Executive, RenewableUK
John McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, OPITO
Jonathan Cole, Managing Director - Offshore, ScottishPower Renewables & G+ Chair
Rachel Ruffle, Managing Director, UK & Ireland, RES
Louise Kingham, Chief Executive, Energy Institute

*The Health & Safety 2018 awards will be presented at the end of this session

10.30 - 11.15

Coffee, Exhibition and Networking


A2: Emergency Response

This session will discuss emergency preparedness and response across renewables. Delegates will be able to engage with those leading in the development of the factors and resources to be considered. Hear from those working in regulations, standards, guidance and good practise at national agencies and industry that can be transferred across the onshore and offshore environments.

Chair: Peter Lloyd, Head of Centre of Compentence EHS Offshore, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Peter Lowson, Offshore Energy Liaison Officer, HM Coastguard, Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA)
Dr Fiona Earle, Senior Lecturer, Psychology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull
Mark Jenkins, Risk and Stakeholder Manager, Centre of Competence, EHS Offshore, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Andrew Woods, Operations Policy Manager, RNLI

B2: Construction (Design and Management) Regulations

This session will discuss the scope and applications of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 regarding renewable energy projects. This session will provide further guidance and clarity to duty holders, and contractors regarding the requirements for contractor management and major component changes.

Chair: Chris Black, Health & Safety Manager, Onshore Renewables, ScottishPower Renewables
Trevor Johnson, Wind and Marine Energy Team - Energy Division, Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Chris Streatfeild, Director, Forge Risk


Lunch and Exhibition Viewing



Side Event: Lunch and Learn – Commercial Opportunities in China

In advance of an increase in offshore wind activity in China over the next two years, the British Embassy in Beijing has identified specific technical areas and buyers for UK companies to target. This presentation will outline these alongside the opportunity to access them during ‘UK-China Offshore Wind Week’, a unique and high profile approach to trade promotion throughout China in March.

The China Britain Business Council will also provide an overview of the services available to help British companies do business in China, allowing for a practical discussion around the commercial challenges and opportunities in this large, complex market.

Chair: Mike Hay, Project Lead, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
James Brodie,
Director, Scotland & China Business Adviser, China-Britain Business Council

14.00 - 15.15

A3: Drones: Integrating them Safely into Your Projects' Plans

The use of drones across infrastructure industries is gathering pace. Energy, including renewables, has been identified as leading sector of utilising drone technology. Hear from those who are working on the integrating the use of drones today and tomorrow into their plans to support Onshore and Offshore Windfarms. From those working in standards and guidance, to national agencies and industry players who have innovative plans for their future use.

Chair: Alan Chivers, Chairman of RenewableUK Health &Safety Working Group, Chairman of The Renewables Consulting Group
Chris Fleming
, Chief Executive Officer, Cyberhawk
Nige Hewitt, Principal Consultant, Osprey Consulting Services
Alistair Riches, Commercial Director, British International Helicopters, Chair of RenewableUK ORAG TG
Hannah Nobbs, Innovation Scout, RNLI Innovation Team  - Future Lifesaving, RNLI


 B3: Wind Turbine Safety Rules

This session will discuss the adoption, implementation and application of the Wind Turbine Safety Rules regarding wind energy projects. This session will provide further guidance and clarity to duty holders, and contractors regarding the support procedures for the adoption, implementation and application of the Wind Turbine Safety Rules.

Chair: Robert Farrell, Operations & Maintenance Engineer, ESB Generation
Nick Radforth
, Electrical Safety Manager, Innogy Renewables UK Ltd
Ian Ord, Director of Renewables, Setter and Associates Ltd

15.15 -15.45

Coffee, Exhibition & Networking



A4: The Role of Technical Standards & Certification

This session will discuss the role that technical standards and certification have in reducing projects risks. Hear from those leading in the drafting of technical standards, certification processes, insurance schemes and how they can impact on reducing the risks of managing assets safely, effectively and efficiently.

Chair: Sam Park, Director, The Renewables Consulting Group
Alistair Mackinnon
, Head of Standards, Conformity and Compliance, Energy Technology Centre
Tom Digby-Rogers, Lead Programme Manager, Sustainability, BSI
Michael Bullock, Director, Renewable Risk Advisers Ltd
Sylvia Broneske, Principal Acoustics Engineer, Innogy Renewables UK Ltd

B4: Arc Flash

This session will discuss operational risk factors and existing control measures relating to Arc Flash. The session will consider the development a positive safety culture within organisations through workforce engagement regarding this issue. The session will also consider the improvements that might be offered by control measures such as arc-reduction switches and others.

Chair: Rhys Jones, Head of Technical Affairs, RenewableUK
Allan Brese
, Onshore Wind Electrical Engineering Team Leader, SSE
Mark Dawson, Head of Regional Field Support North Europe, Nordex
Jarl Coldrick, International Sales Manager, ProGARM