Health, Safety and Environmental Workshop, 13-14 March 2019

Our two-day Health & Safety workshop takes place at the Telford Golf and Spa Hotel every two years. We had a great day at the hotel, it was gratifying to have such a diverse group of delegates and exhibitors!

“really good workshop, very inspiring”

Thank you to our sponsor







Thank you to Trevor Dale for opening the workshop and of course thank you to all our presenters who gave freely of their time

Peter Kelly, Senior Psychologist, Health and Safety Executive
Mental Health and Work-Related Stress

Natalie Williams, Employment Law Expert, Croner
Employment Law Update

Shaun McLaughlin & Kate Joy, DipHex
Chemical Safety

Sarah Palfreyman, Health and Safety Executive
Strategy Update – Legal Update on HSE Issues
Hand- Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

Mr Wieslaw Piatkiewicz, Brook Green Consulting
Legal Update on Environmental Issues

David Bellis, Arco Professional Safety Services
Confined Spaces

Kevin Hard MSLA, FRSA, MIIRSM Development Director, OCAID
Beyond Behavioural Safety

Rob Williams, HM Specialist Inspector, Health & Safety Executive
Extraction and Ventilation

Craig Storey, Cirrus Research – Noise Measurement Equipment
Noise and Hearing Loss in the Workplace

Matthew Marsh, UVEX
Eye and Eye Radiation Protection

Paul Mahoney
‘Man v Machine’

Exhibiting at the event were

HMRC latest guidance to businesses about the UK leaving the EU

HMRC letter provides the latest guidance to businesses about the UK leaving the EU

The HMRC has published a letter to UK businesses that trade only with the EU, with details of important actions they need to take and changes to be aware of in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal. It is HMRC’s third letter to businesses on preparing for the UK leaving the EU.

The letter asks businesses to take a number of actions to prepare for no deal. These include:

registering for a EORI number at Get a UK EORI number to trade within the EU
deciding if they want to hire an agent to make import and/or export declarations for them or if they want to make declarations themselves using relevant software
registering for Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP), which is a new process to make importing easier than it otherwise would be for the initial period after the UK leaves the EU, should there be no deal – registration opens from 7 February on GOV.UK.

There are also important updates on the way businesses trading with the EU pay import VAT and use EU VAT IT systems if we leave with no deal.

You can read the full letter at: Letters on ‘no deal’ Brexit advice for businesses only trading with the EU.

These changes do not apply to trade across the Northern Ireland-Ireland land border. HMRC will set out information about the arrangements for trading with Ireland shortly.

New guidance

HMRC has also published new guides on GOV.UK on:

Customs procedures
Moving goods to and from the UK
VAT IT systems rules and processes

The guides provide further information explaining what these changes mean for UK businesses that trade with the EU.

You can find the guides at: Trading with the EU if the UK leaves without a deal.

New ‘Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU’ tool

HMRC has also published a ‘Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU’ tool to help UK businesses find out:

what they need to do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU
what’s changing in their industry
information on specific rules and regulations.

All businesses need to do is answer 7 simple questions to get guidance relevant to them and their sector.

You can access the tool at: Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU.


Frictionless trade with EU vital, says APPG

Richard Harrington MP , Business and Industry Minister, with Aluminium Federation President Giles Ashmead.

Richard Harrington MP , Business and Industry Minister, with Aluminium Federation President Giles Ashmead.

The imposition of barriers to trade between the UK and the EU could be disastrous for the European aluminium industry, a Parliamentary body has warned.

The Aluminium Industry All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) considered the potential impact of tariffs on the sector at a meeting today.

The meeting was addressed by both Business and Industry Minister Richard Harrington MP and Eoin Dinsmore, principal consultant at CRU. It was attended by companies across the UK aluminium sector, and by BEIS officials.

Companies highlighted the high volume of cross-border transit within Europe of components and work-in-progress, as well as finished product, especially in the automotive and aerospace industries. This integrated supply chain activity is usually overlooked when international trade is discussed.  The imposition of tariffs, or, equally important, non-financial barriers such as customs clearance, would severely impact UK manufacturing.

The meeting also discussed the threat of the US imposing tariffs, quotas or both on imports of aluminium into the country. Aimed at China, such measures would also hit US allies such as the UK and Canada, and could have the unintended consequence of boosting exports of finished goods to the US, while exports of raw materials decline.

The Aluminium Federation has recently supplied details of aluminium supply chains and trading patterns to BEIS, to inform its ongoing discussions with international trading partners.