Workplace Health experts fly in for November Conference

The Workplace Health Leadership Group NI (WHLGNI) is hosting Northern Ireland’s biggest ever Occupational Health Conference over 2 days in November.

Supported by all 7 partner organisations that form WHLGNI the Conference is being held on the 20th/21st November in the La Mon Hotel in Belfast.

Bringing together over 30 (local and GB based) experts in the workplace health field the event will show employers the latest trends in the sector as well as showcase case studies where local organisations have successfully integrated occupational health into their businesses.

The event will also signpost employers to sources of information, links and the latest news in fields as diverse as occupational cancers, respiratory health surveillance, musculoskeletal disorders, welding fumes, mental health, employee well-being and other areas faced by employers on a daily basis.

“By creating a positive, safe and healthy environment for employees, you can increase morale, improve your employees’ work‐life balance and, in turn, positively impact your business.” said Wilson Lambe, Chair of WHLGNI. He went on to say “there is a lack of understanding of the benefits of tackling workplace health and hence the need to bring in experts to help our local businesses”

The Conference will show how to:

  • demonstrate employee health as a priority against other operational demands;
  • focus on prevention as opposed to re-actively tackle employee ill health;
  • measure the return on investment of any workplace health programmes;
  • use best practice working examples to promote improvements in employee health

Welcoming registrations for the event, John Dobbie, President of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), said, “Work-related ill health costs Northern Ireland £238 million every year, with many thousands of workplaces affected by occupational cancers, musculoskeletal disorders, work-related stress and other illnesses associated with the jobs people do, yet all of these conditions are preventable when health hazards at work are identified, controlled and managed using simple, cost-effective techniques.

“Now is the ideal time to make sure your workplace health management plan is fit for purpose. Join us this November and you will walk away from our two-day event energized, inspired and equipped with all the practical strategies you need to transform health in your workplace.”

Find out more about the Conference at

  • For media Enquiries please contact Ernie Spence, WHLGNI on 028 9336 8928/07938 049270 or email
  • About Workplace Health Leadership Group NI.

The Workplace Health Leadership Group ‘s vision is to ensure that ‘Workplace Health’ receives the same recognition in the working environment as ‘Occupational Safety’ and to encourage employers to have a ‘healthy’ as well as a ‘safe’ culture. The Group is a partnership of like minded organisations in the voluntary and statutory sectors intent on raising the profiles of occupational health, occupational hygiene, and wellness/health promotion and by doing this assist employers to manage workplace health risks

The organisations that make up WHLGNI are:-

  • The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health,
  • Northern Ireland Safety Group,
  • BuildHealth,
  • The British Occupational Hygiene Society,
  • The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland,
  • The Public Health Agency,
  • The 11 Local Councils

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