Trade union activists and health and safety representatives will gather this weekend (27 – 29 July) in Stoke-on-Trent for the 29th annual National Hazards Conference.

Organised by the Hazards campaign - a UK-wide network of resource centres supporting campaigns for safety in the workplace – the forum-style event will equip attendees with practical skills to help support their roles in the workplace.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Safety reps @ 40 – vital to the future of safe and healthy work’, recognising the 40th anniversary of trade union health and safety representatives in the workplace. The billing is set to feature a mixture of plenary sessions and workshops where delegates will have the opportunity to speak about their experiences, share information and best practice and learn from colleagues in other trade unions.

With more than 600,000 injuries occurring at work in 2016/17, Richard Cartwright of Thompsons Solicitors is clear of the need for such conferences.

“The National Hazards Conference is a vital platform for health and safety representatives and trade unionists to come together to discuss the latest in health and safety policy and provide mutual support for each other in the key role they play in their respective workplaces,” he said.

“Given that so many thousands of people suffer injuries in the workplace every year, ensuring that workers have a strong voice on the issue of health and safety at work is critical, as is continuing to lobby the government to make workplace safety a priority.

“Thompsons Solicitors has been committed to the trade union movement since it was first established. Uniquely dedicated to supporting the labour movement, we have a proud history of campaigning with and alongside trade unions to ensure safer working conditions for all workers and have only ever acted for injured people, never insurance companies.”