Health and safety event comes to Liverpool
The 60th annual conference and exhibition organised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health is to be held in Liverpool's BT Convention Centre.
Co-hosted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the event will be chaired by Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy.
According to the HSE, one of the key messages that will be put across in the event is the need for businesses, tradespeople and health and safety professionals to be "especially vigilant" during these turbulent times.
Geoffrey Podger, the HSE's chief executive, says: "At its worst, taking short cuts can endanger lives but it can also cost business a lot of money in the long run."
He adds that in the current economic climate, businesses cannot afford to face penalties, prosecutions or see their "good reputation" ruined by reneging on their essential responsibilities.
The HSE's job is to protect people against risks to health or safety arising out of work activities - including tradespeople embarking on home improvements.