CPI Event Helps Keep Paper Industry People Safe, Motivated and Informed: Also Sees Launch of PABIAC Strategy 2019 – 2023 ‘Health, Safety and Wellbeing – Hearts, Minds and People’
Over 240 delegates, drawn from Members of the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI), engaged with experts on a myriad of industry specific issues at the trade association’s Biennial Health, Safety and Industry Conference 2019 in Kenilworth on 9 July.
Designed to encourage discussion and the sharing of best practice, the event had a Health and Safety programme at its core, with a wider Industry programme running alongside which included energy, environmental, diversity and supply chain topics.
Miles Roberts, Group Chief Executive of DS Smith plc set the tone of the conference with his opening keynote address, during which he urged the industry to take ownership of its own destiny, to set aside commercial interests and work together on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Reducing carbon emissions and eliminating plastic waste were real challenges that need to be tackled – today, and the Paper Industry was an integral part of the solution and can play a pivotal role in delivering a solution to the benefit of global society.
Martin Temple CBE, HSE Chair, began his keynote address by congratulating the UK Paper Industry on its support and commitment to the Paper and Board Industry Advisory Committee (PABIAC) and in achieving continuous and sustained health and safety improvements over the last 15 years.
Launching the next four-year PABIAC Strategy 2019 – 2023 ‘Health, Safety and Wellbeing – Hearts, Minds and People’. Martin Temple said: ”This new PABIAC strategy supports many of the areas in HSE’s Helping Great Britain Work Well strategy and Manufacturing sector action plans.”
“To help create effective health and safety management and a cultural shift throughout the organisation, this strategy calls for strong leadership, commitment and accountability, from top management and all other levels within the organisation”, Martin added.
Speakers on the main stage addressed all delegates while smaller sessions were held that allowed delegates to deep dive into topics of particular interest/relevance to their role. This approach gave the feeling of a strong but flexible event that delivered something for everyone.
Alongside these activities, there was a very busy exhibitor area which delegates flocked to during coffee and lunch breaks. Main sponsors of the event were Hyster Europe (http://www.hyster.com) and Pilz Automation Technology (http://www.pilz.co.uk)
In his closing address Richard Coward, CPI President, paid tribute to the tri-partite Members of PABIAC, and especially CPI’s Andy Braund, for his many years of service and tireless promotion of improving the industries’ health and safety performance.
Speaking about the broader issues facing the industry, Richard went on to say “As an industry, we must continually make the case for paper as a responsible partner, with products and processes that are environmentally and socially sustainable. Paper is a key player in the bio-economy, recycling and circular economy debates. And so it should be; its inherent renewability is a great attribute not shared by many other materials.”
Commenting on this year’s conference, Andy Braund, CPI Director of Health and Safety said: “With so many issues of importance at the forefront of people’s minds, we set out to deliver a conference that would attract delegates from all levels of the industry and to put delegates in touch with the regulators and policy makers. This year’s conference attracted more delegates and exhibitors than ever before and is a testament to the work of CPI on behalf of its Members and the support shown by the industry.”
Andy added, “As the industry enters a new era in health and safety, with a greater focus on work-related ill health and mental health, the new PABIAC strategy with leadership, collaboration and engagement as a key objective, is essential in delivering the next phase of the UK’s Paper-based Industries’ continuous health and safety improvement programme.”
Note to Editors:
Full details of the PABIAC Strategy 2019 – 2023 can be found at https://paper.org.uk/the-paper-industry/health-safety/pabiac/
The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) is the leading trade association representing the UK’s Paper-based Industries, comprising paper and board manufacturers and converters, corrugated packaging producers, makers of soft tissue papers, and collectors of paper for recycling.
Photographs of Martin Temple CBE, HSE Chair and Miles Roberts, CEO of DS Smith available upon request. A photograph of Members of the PABIAC Committee is embedded into this news story.
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