Thursday 15 April 2021, 13.30 to 14.30

Venue: Zoom meeting

Speaker: James Woolgrove, FIIRSM MCIOB, Director, Heritage Health and Safety

James discussed ways of managing interfaces between workplaces and the public in the light of duties placed on employers by section 3 of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974:

“…It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees…” and

“…It shall be the duty of every employer to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety…”

He illustrated his presentation with case studies and discussed the following topics:

  • The legal framework
  • Conflicts that need to be resolved when the workplace is also a public space.
  • Managing risk when the workplace is a public space.
  • The role of economics when assessing public and workplace safety, for instance at live events.
  • Getting the right balance between health and safety, personal wellbeing, benefits, and business needs

James also considered the implications of employers’ duties when much of what the public and employers do is driven by a combination of pressures from social media, fear of litigation and insurance requirements.

A summary of the meeting can be found here: 15 April 2021 GP Resolving conflicts between workplace and public safety

A copy of the presentation can be found here: 15 Apr 2021 JW SCOHSG2021V1 The interface between workplace and public safety

Workplace Health and Safety and Public Health & Safety requirements: how can we make them compatible?