Sponsors of Safety Groups UK

Welcome to Safety Groups UK!

The mission of SGUK is

‘ To promote health and safety by supporting a thriving national network of health and safety Groups'

The organisation, which is a registered charity (was originally established in 1947) is the coordinating body for the network of around 70 local voluntary Occupational Health and Safety Groups located throughout the UK.


What's New?

SafeTea Break

The SafeTea Break, brought to you by 3M in association with Safety Groups UK provides you with the toolkit and platform you need to engage your workforce in a discussion about health and long latency occupational diseases.

Click here for more information and also here for an Interview: Safety Network live, what to expect - SHP Online.


Help Great Britain Well Work - Monday, 18th January 2016

Glasgow hosts first event on the health and safety system strategy for Great Britain roadshow - Monday, 18th January 2016 - HSE website.

John Cairns

John Cairns with Dame Judith Hackett DBE, Chair of the Health and Safety Executive and Selvin Brown, MBE, Director of Engagement and Strategic Interventions, Health and Safety Executive.

A new strategy for health and safety - agenda and The six key areas.

Dame Judith Hackitt's keynote speech: health and safety strategy event Glasgow - #HelpGBWorkWell - view on youtube.

John Cairns, Safety Groups UK: health and safety strategy launch, Glasgow - #HelpGBWorkWell - view on youtube.

Judith Hackett video.


IIRSM and Health + Safety at Work Annual Conference 2016

The programme includes seminars and informative content that will broaden your knowledge and understanding: including case studies and management techniques, as well as an in-depth look at the latest key legal updates and their expected impact.

When: Thursday, 11th February 2016

Where: The IET, Birmingham

This is the flyer.


Emotional resilience - the way forward - IOSH Midland Branch East District networking seminar

According to the HSE, the total number of working days lost in 2014-2015 was 9.9 million, while stress accounted for 43 per cent of all working days lost due to ill health. At this networking seminar you will discover the answer to the question 'is emotional resilience the antidote to stress?'

When: Wednesday, 24th February 2016

Where: Dunchurch Park Hotel, Rugby Road, Dunchurch

Booking form to complete.



Safety Groups UK Northern 'Cluster' Meeting

To enable Groups to ‘share and compare’ views and experiences and to explore ways of improving their programmes and their overall impact, SGUK is organising a series of regional ‘cluster’ meetings around the UK. The first of these is being run in partnership with the Sheffield Occupational Health and Safety Association (http://www.sohsa.org.uk).

When: Tuesday, 1st March 2016

Where: Tapton Hall, Sheffield

Click here for more information.


Working together for safety, health and wellbeing - The South Wales Safety Groups Alliance Inaugural Conference

The strategic aim of this alliance is to improve the safety, health and wellbeing of all employees and others in South Wales, so it is running this event on 'Working together for safety, health and wellbeing'.

When: Wednesday, 13th April 2016

Where: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff

This is the registration form.



Health and Safety News


No Time to Lose - Working together to beat Occupational Cancer

Campaign to cut work cancer deaths launched

An industry-wide campaign to cut the number of deaths from occupational cancer was launched on Monday 3 November in London. We have signed up to this campaign in support of IOSH.

According to conservative estimates, some 8,000 people die from cancer and around 14,000 contract the disease each year in the UK because of exposure to a work-related carcinogen, such as diesel exhaust fumes, silica dust or asbestos fibres. Worldwide, occupational cancer claims the lives of more than 666,000 a year – one death every 47 seconds.

For more information about this campaign please read:

Press release - No Time to Lose

Work Cancer - The Facts

Beware Asbestos Campaign

We are demonstrating our ongoing support to HSE in raising awareness of the dangers of Asbestos and the potential to contract long latency disease, this underpins our commitment to "Promote Health and Safety Nationwide"

As part of HSE’s Beware Asbestos campaign, HSE have launched a social media initiative with the support of footballer Stuart Pearce. Stuart used to be an electrician and so was happy to help highlight the risk to trades people which is being covered by National press and men’s magazines.

We encourage you to follow HSE on Twitter, you may have seen the HSE tweets already, in which case, thank you for re-tweeting. If you or your organisation uses Twitter or Facebook, we would love you to show your support for the campaign by wearing the scarf. This is a neat little icon called a “twibbon” that appears in the corner of your profile picture. You can get the icon by clicking on the following link: http://twibbon.com/support/beware-asbestos and by following the campaign on Twitter.

If you are able to forward the request to your members, that would also be fantastic! Please let me know if your organisation is using social media to promote the Beware Asbestos campaign so that we can follow you too.

Trades Union Congress - Health and Safety

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has a webpage on Health and Safety.

This website is part of TUC's work to ensure union safety reps have the information and resources to continue and to improve that work.

The website can be accessed by clicking the link below:


HSE Myth Busters

The Myth Busters Challenge Panel provides a mechanism to independently challenge advice or decisions, made in the name of health and safety, that arebelieved to be disproportionate or inaccurate.

You can find the cases that the panel have considered and their findings at the linking below:


Diary Dates for 2016