British Glass: Health and Safety Conference enjoys another success

The British Glass Annual Health & Safety Conference and Exhibition, held at Mere Golf and Country Club in Knutsford, north-west England on 2 November 2005 and hosted jointly with the Glass & Glazing F…

The British Glass Annual Health & Safety Conference and Exhibition, held at Mere Golf and Country Club in Knutsford, north-west England on 2 November 2005 and hosted jointly with the Glass & Glazing Federation, was for another year a runaway success British Glass said, with a “full house“ of delegates enjoying the 2005 theme of Worker Involvement. “Partnerships are essential for health and safety performance to be successful and involving the workforce means that health and safety becomes everybody“s business,” said Declan Moore, British Glass“ Health and Safety Manager. “To reinforce the idea, we also launched our latest toolkit CD for the glass industry at the Conference which will enable organisations to put into place systems that will encourage both worker involvement and partnership working.” Keynote speaker was Stewart Barnes, Divisional Director of HansenGroup whose speech, “Walking the Walk”, covered an organisational approach to worker involvement intended to lead to employee involvement and empowerment. With over 800 employees in five countries, Stewart works closely with the local and international senior management teams in the areas of strategy, sales, marketing, operations (lean) as well as developing the culture, leadership, communication and change processes. He specialises in leadership, culture and change management and is a guest lecturer on the full-time MBA and Change Management courses at Lancaster University. Mr. Barnes also presented the prestigious Glass Charter Awards at the ceremony in the afternoon, now in their third year. Among the award winners were: The Standard Patent Glazing Company, Saint Gobain Eggborough, Brunner Mond, Weatherseal, O-I UK Ltd, Pilkington UK Ltd, Bowater Home Improvements, Beatson Clark, Contract Glass, Stevenson Reeves Ltd, Darby Glass, Warmseal Windows, Rockware Glass, Norman & Underwood, Contract Glass, and Launa Windows. The Overall Winners Category was taken by Saint Gobain for their outstanding organisational achievements in health and safety as a whole. Items on the Conference Agenda in 2005 included: Industry Support for Worker Involvement and the Benefits by Alison Bettac-Rodgers from British Glass; Worker Involvement – A Manager“s Story by David Graham, Optima; Worker Involvement Project – a case study by Peter Green from Brunner Mond; Worker Involvement – a case study by Sean Marsden from Pilkington Technology. Guest and mystery speaker in 2005 was the European Minister for Social Policy Professor Garreth Class, voicing his opinion on “respirable crystalline silica” in a slightly boring drone…until he revealed his true identity: he was really John Simonett, formerly a top player with the cup-winning Gloucester rugby team and now a professional corporate entertainer with a first class honours degree in psychology. Mr. Simonett observed that at one firm he assessed, only one in five people knew the company goals. Just think, he said, what would happen if those statistics were found in a football team? It would mean only two out of eleven players know where the goal is and the other nine would be competing against the players in their own team; further only two would care!