Skanska Health and Wellbeing Hub - Supported by Lighthouse Charity, BOHS and Building Mental Health
Wednesday 23rd September
The Science of Wellbeing and Health
Healthier Highways - Changing the Culture of Health Protection
Covid-19 isn’t the only pandemic to affect the highways sector. For decades construction workers in the UK have experienced hazardous exposures resulting in thousands of deaths and new cases of ill-health each year. At the root of the issue is a lack of effective control, underpinned by poor awareness and understanding of health hazards at work. The M25, managed by Connect Plus, is one of the busiest motorways in Europe. In partnership with Steve Perkins Associates, Connect Plus has embarked on a ground breaking initiative called ‘Healthier Highways’ to raise awareness of health risks and improve control of exposures through occupational hygiene. Elaine Gazzini, Technical and Programme Director at Connect Plus and Steve Perkins, Managing Director at Steve Perkins Associates, will unpack the strategy and approach behind ‘Healthier Highways’ and introduce some of the early findings.
Steve Perkins MA CDir FIoD FInstP AFOH
Steve is an Executive Consultant and Coach working nationally and internationally in occupational health and safety. He is the Managing Director of Steve Perkins Associates Limited, an occupational hygiene and health consultancy specialising in strategic workplace health solutions.
Prior to this he served as the first CEO of BOHS – the UK’s Chartered professional and awarding body for occupational hygiene.
He is an experienced business leader having worked in the corporate and charitable sectors as an exec and non-exec director and as a trustee. Originally trained as a physicist with an Oxford MA, Steve is a Chartered Director, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and the Institute of Physics, and an Associate Member of the BOHS Faculty of Occupational Hygiene.
He is a regular conference speaker and writer on worker health protection and is passionate about the human and economic benefits of tackling the burden of occupational disease.
Elaine Gazzini MEng CEng
Elaine is the technical and Programme Director at Connect Plus (M25). She is a Chartered Civil Engineer and has over 25 years’ experience working on major highway developments in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia, developing significant expertise in leadership of multi-disciplinary teams.
Her expertise stems from her previous responsibilities including design development and feasibility, concept design, procurement, detailed design, contract administration and construction supervision of contracts, as well as the day-to-day management of engineering teams for highways projects.
Elaine is responsible for technical assurance of the renewals programme and delivery of the Asset Management Forward Plan, the Improvement works for the DBFO Co and Highways England, and the performance and development of the Connect Plus frameworks for the 30 year DBFO Co responsible for the M25 orbital motorway and its associated Link roads.
Lunch and Learn Session
Taking place 12:00pm on 23rd September the 1 hour session delivered in partnership with the Lighthouse Club Charity it will offer attendees a comprehensive overview of resilience including: how to build resilience and top tips to take away to implement to keep your resilience growing (this session is CPD Certified).
The aim of this workshop is to understand what resilience is and, more importantly, what it is not.
By attending this session you will:
Discuss and understand how and why different people have differing levels of inherent resilience
Understand the traits of resilient people
Learn some practical tools to build resilience
Learn the benefits of positive thinking.
Who Should Attend?:
Managers and Senior Directors.
Health and Safety Managers
Those responsible for worksites and their colleagues.
Lighthouse Charity Club
Having spent 30+ years working in the Automotive Sector – 15 in Sales, Management and Training. Latterly, 17 successful years in the IT / Dealer Management System (ERP) space. I have seen first-hand and many times over, the negative impact that mental ill health issues can have on both individuals and the organisations for which they work. The contemporary work environment can be highly pressured and target driven, making it particularly prone to exerting pressure on individuals. This can and does create/exacerbate mental ill health issues.
It was the experience of seeing these negative effects that inspired me to qualify to become a Mental Health First Aid Trainer. MHFA England are the sole organisation permitted to provide Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training licensed by Mental Health First Aid International, the global community that has trained over 2.6 million people. My previous extensive experience of presenting to large, diverse and occasionally challenging groups gives me an ideal platform to ensure I can engage with and involve the audience. Ensuring that each and every delegate gets the most out of the time that they and their employers are investing.
I am passionately committed to improving the culture of the working environment and thus benefiting staff, their employers and their customers. I aim to make working environments a more compassionate and humane place for employees to spend their working lives. Besides the obvious health benefits, there is an irrefutable business case for doing this. Please feel free to explore our website where you will find a wealth of further information.