Getting Involved With Safety Groups UK

The NWWHSG, the Group, is a part of Safety Groups UK. The Group is a self-help, non-profit organisation, consisting of members from a wide range of employers and organisations from across North Wales with a mission to 'Work in partnership to ensure workplaces are healthy and safe for all'. Bangor University acts as the secretariat for the Group.

The Group aims to provide a welcome to both members and also non-members by offering people an open, friendly and informal atmosphere to discuss health & safety.

Membership costs are set per organization regardless of how many people they wish to send or invite to attend. This open invitation allows individuals and organisations to attend and experience the activities of the Group before joining and also allows organisations to send as many people and bring guests as they wish.

The backbone of the Group’s activities is the annual programme of monthly activities like talks, workshops or conferences, usually held on the second Wednesday afternoon of the month. These activities provide participants with networking opportunities and a firm and stable platform to learn and exchange information. They also are a valuable tool to obtain evidence for continuing professional development.

In addition the Group has traditionally had very strong links with the HSE and aims to support their strategy deliver by providing information and updates, supporting campaigns and promotions as well as encouraging contributions to consultations.

The overall programme for the year is designed with a wide range of interesting topics, events and activities to appeal to a diverse audience. All speakers are recognized experts in their own field.

Talks this year have included Coaching Skills for Safety Practitioners, update on CSCS cards and Tower Scaffolding. In addition we held a one day joint dual conference and exhibition on Moving and Handling and Back Care for the Construction and Care sectors. This event was arranged by Gwynedd Council, Bangor University, North West and North Wales Back Exchange Forum and Working Well Together Wales. Support was provided by the Local Councils of Conwy Borough, Denbighshire County and Flintshire County.

Future talks will include Loan Worker Safety, Asbestos Roadshow, Crime and Punishment, Air Monitoring and a one day Construction Safety and Health Awareness Day.

To promote activities the Group has its own bilingual website, which covers the general information on the Group and Membership together with the details of talks, activities and presentations as permitted by the speakers. The website also links to other organisations and websites of interest.

The Group maintains its own contact database, open to members and non- members. Emails are sent regularly to provide program details and updates including other Group activities, links to ongoing consultations and general information that is considered to be of interest.

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