Health and Safety Conference 2024



Conference Training: Afternoon of Tuesday 20th February 

Conference: Wednesday 21st February 

Radisson Hotel York, York City Centre, North Street, York YO1 6JF. 


The theme of this year’s conference is “The Health and Safety at Work Act – 50 years onSpeakers for the main debate are Professor Phil James, Professor of Employment Relations at Middlesex University and co-author of IER publication “Work and Health: 50 years of regulatory failure”, Ian Prosser CBE, ORR Chief Inspector of Railways and Dr Mike Esbester, Senior Lecturer in History at University of Portsmouth.  


Additionally, Andrew Hall,Chief Inspector at the Rail Accident Investigation Branch has agreed to speak about the role of RAIB.  


Conference Training, will be on the following: 

  • Health and Safety at Work Act, training delivered by Michael Cudjoe, RMT Education Officer 

  • An update on RMT clean air campaign, focusing on the work done by many reps in use of the Qingping air quality monitors/ also working in excess heat, course delivered by Hilda Palmer, Manchester Hazards Centre 

  • Coordinating safety reps in TOCs: how to escalate safety issues and how to use procedural agreements, course tutor: Eddie Dempsey, RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary 

  • Fatigue and alertness management workshops, primarily aimed at Network Rail reps, but may also be of interest to others; Dr Paul Jackson, Director, Fresh Air Training Limited, specialists in alertness management will deliver the training 

  • Toilet rights are human rights and violence at work, looking at how national and international human rights must be respected: workshop delivered by Susan Murray, former H&S trade union officer  

  • The built environment, including asbestos, RAAC and ventilation; workshop delivered by Amanda Jones, specialist Asbestos lawyer, Thompsons solicitors. 


Upon registration delegates will be sent a link so that they can book for one of the above training workshops - placeswill be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 


There will be a range of health and safety stalls at the conference, including Thompsons solicitors, CIRAS, RMT H&S stall, RWLD (Railway Work Lives and Deaths project), Railway Benevolent Fund, Hazards magazine, Prostate Cancer UK, Network Rail’s physio provider - Vita Health Group and Network Rail Occupational Health Delivery. 



How to register for conference  

If you are a RMT H&S rep and would like to attend the conference, contact your branch secretary and ask that your branch nominate you as a conference delegateIf you experience any difficulties in the nomination process, then please contact Head Office Health and Safety team at