Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Next steps for health and safety policy - regulation, compliance and enforcement after Brexit

Tuesday, 28th February 2017

Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET


Scheduled at a time of reform and policy development across the sector, this conference will bring out latest thinking on the future of the UK’s health and safety framework.

Delegates will consider the likely impact of the Brexit vote on the UK’s health and safety regime, and its current obligations under EU law - including options for future adherence to key European directives, possible implications for standards and enforcement frameworks, as well as the challenges and opportunities it will bring about for maintaining the global competitiveness of UK health and safety expertise.

The discussion also follows the publication of the Health and Safety Executive’s recently released five year strategy - Helping Great Britain work well - and will provide delegates with a timely opportunity to examine key elements of the programme and their implications for industry stakeholders - including ambitions to broaden the ownership of health and safety, simplify risk management, support innovation and the safe use of new technologies, as well as reduce regulatory burdens and costs for businesses.

Further sessions will focus on the future enforcement of health and safety law, looking in particular at recently introduced sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences and their impact on deterrence, as well as the consistency of sentences and fines.

Speakers and other delegates at the conference are expected to be an informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with stakeholders working across the health and safety sector - including regulators, local authorities, business groups, unions, lawyers, consultants and academics, as well as members of trade and national press.

Guest of Honour

Philip White

Head of Operational Strategy, Health and Safety Executive

Guest of Honour

Philip White

Head of Operational Strategy, Health and Safety Executive

Keynote Speakers

Professor Paul Almond

Research Division Leader, School of Law, University of Reading and Principal Investigator, The Changing Legitimacy of Health and Safety regulation, 1960-2015

Dr Karen McDonnell

Immediate Past President, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health


Lord Tope

Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Home Electrical Safety

Carol Monaghan MP

Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Public Services and Education)


Brett Dixon

Vice-President, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Michael Appleby

Solicitor and Partner, Fisher Scoggins Waters

Terry Woolmer

Head of Health and Safety Policy, EEF

Neil Lennox

Head of Group, Safety & Insurance, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

Karen Hoskins

Managing Director, IBIS Solutions and Member, Project Steering Group, LOcHER

Sarah Page

Health and Safety Officer, Prospect

Michael Mealing

Chairman, Employment Policy Unit, Federation of Small Businesses