The British Security Industry Association has launched a new Health and Safety Forum dedicated to providing networking and information sharing opportunities for Health and Safety professionals working in the private security industry.
Launched at Stamford Bridge – the home of Chelsea Football Club – on 19 November, the Forum aims to facilitate the sharing of information and Best Practice, in turn galvanising BSIA members’ commitment to Health and Safety into positive action while also informing them of the latest developments in relevant legislation.
The launch event was sponsored and hosted by VSG and featured brief presentations outlining the aims and objectives of the Health and Safety Forum as well as a networking opportunity and a tour of the stadium. In addition, the BSIA hosted a lively discussion on Health and Safety Excellence at which attendees were encouraged to share their own Case Studies demonstrating Best Practice or innovation in their business and thereby help stimulate debate.
Commenting on the success of the launch event, Trevor Elliott – director of manpower and membership services at the BSIA – said: “We were delighted with the turnout at the launch of our Health and Safety Forum, and extremely pleased with the level of engagement from attendees who were eager to share their own experiences and learn from each other’s examples of Best Practice.”
Engagement with the HSE and the SIA
Engagement with other industry bodies will be key to the Forum’s activity, with members planning to engage with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Security Industry Authority (SIA).
Dave Humphries, director of partnerships and interventions at the SIA, explained: “The event was extremely helpful in clarifying where the key players in the private security industry are in terms of this important topic. This is directly relevant to the work I’m embarking on within the SIA which is our violence reduction strategy. I will welcome being actively engaged with this Forum as that strategy develops and is implemented. Our strategy will only be effective if it’s informed by the experts within the sector. On that basis, I’m hopeful for a positive engagement with others in the Forum.”
Speaking about the future work of the Health and Safety Forum, Interconnective’s Bobby Logue stated: “The launch of the BSIA’s Health and Safety Forum has identified the challenges ahead for Health and Safety professionals operating in member companies. The real work for the Forum begins now. We need to address the key issues including accurate data and industry Best Practice. We also need to create industry and customer awareness and develop Health and Safety Best Practice throughout the BSIA member companies.”
Those in attendance have provided positive feedback from the launch, with 100% of respondents to a post-event survey claiming that it was of value to their business. Following the event, 100% of attendees plan to become involved in the Health and Safety Forum, with the key benefit cited as being able to work together with the wider industry to influence future legislation.
Among the other perceived benefits is the ability for members to provide a better service to their customers and the opportunity to network with like-minded peers.
Plans are now taking shape for the inaugural meeting of the BSIA’s Health and Safety Forum which is due to take place in early 2015.
*BSIA members interested in becoming involved should register their interest by contacting Trevor Elliott via e-mail at: email@example.com
**Non-members wishing to learn more about the wider benefits of Association membership can do so by visiting: http://www.bsia.co.uk/join-the-bsia