- In the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, The Association for Project Safety Annual Conference thrusts the spotlight on sharing good practice in every aspect of design and construction health and safety industry issues.
The Association for Project Safety (APS), the UK’s leading professional institution in the field of construction health and safety risk management brought together a wide range of professionals involved at their annual conference held on Tuesday 5 September at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
Under the banner, ‘Making Project Safety Matter’, organisations such as the HSE, Mates in Mind and Fladgate LLP were on hand to explore key issues affecting the sector as well as sharing good practice in health and safety. Opening the conference, Lesley McLeod, Chief Executive, APS discussed the changing landscape of the construction industry post- Grenfell where issues of further improving build quality, management, education and the supply chain have now come under intense scrutiny. She called for a greater focus on quality at all stages of the build process across the entire design, specification, supply chain and construction processes.
The conference also explored the increasing need for innovative new technologies in the health and safety and highlighted the potential to revolutionise the industry. The annual conference was also a chance for delegates and industry experts to take stock of developments in the sector as CDM 2015 becomes more firmly established.
APS President Bobby Chakravarthy said:
‘Members of the Association for Project Safety are dedicated to ensuring construction workers can deliver the new homes, offices, roads and railways the country needs to succeed. But the national drive to get on and build can come with a very high price tag in terms of accidents and ill-health if we rush to get the bricks in without due thought.
This conference is about reflecting on good practice within the industry and exploring new innovations to increase cost savings and efficiencies while ultimately improving the health and wellbeing of our construction workers in the UK.’
A full round up of the conference will be available on the APS website www.aps.org.uk and will be included in the APS membership magazine, Project Safety Matters.