Formula One safety first on the starting grid for IOSH 2018

01 May 2018

Mark Gallagher, who has held senior management roles within Formula One motor racing for three decades, will share his experience at IOSH 2018.

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The founder and CEO of Performance Insights Ltd, Mark is also a co-commentator and analyst who has worked for broadcasters including the BBC, Sky Sports and ESPN.

Looking ahead to the year’s leading health and safety conference, he said Formula One has “used a combination of changes to culture, processes and technology to dramatically reduce the number of fatalities and serious accidents”.

At the conference, he will also look at the challenges that still exist as they seek to ensure everyone involved, from drivers to spectators, are protected.

He said: “Given IOSH’s commitment to helping to create a safer and healthier world of work, I feel that the profound changes in safety within Formula One is a story that is important to share, with important lessons learned and valuable insights to be provided. It is also a privilege to have the opportunity to speak at the conference and to be able to contribute to the event.

“In Formula One, we recognise that our people are our most important asset. It is the people who run our businesses, implement our strategies and execute our plans. As a result, we want to ensure that we offer them in return an environment in which their safety, wellbeing and health is protected and indeed enhanced.

“I am often asked how to build winning teams, and part of the answer is by creating a caring culture which ensures that our staff can safely return to their families at the end of each day.”

Mark added the health and safety challenges are varied.

He said: “Of course there is a lot of focus on the competitors, the drivers, but in reality we have a wide range of stakeholders and audiences whom we have to protect; the mechanics, engineers and team personnel, the track support staff, officials, media, fans and general public attending races.

“Beyond that we face the fact that ten per cent of our employees travel extensively, with all of the issues that arise from that including renting hire cars in foreign countries and operating in countries which experience extremes of temperature.

“Finally most of our people work in our factory and headquarters facilities, with all of the workplace health and safety demands that engenders. As a result, the safety story from our perspective is wide ranging and holistic within our business operations.”

IOSH 2018 is being held at the ICC in Birmingham, UK, from 17-18 September. People who book their place before 21 July will save up to £150 with the early bird discount.

Visit the conference website for more details and to book your place.

Image: Mark Gallagher will discuss Formula One safety at IOSH 2018

Notes for editors

IOSH is the Chartered body for health and safety professionals. With over 46,000 members in 120 countries, we’re the world’s largest professional health and safety organisation.

We set standards, and support, develop and connect our members with resources, guidance, events and training. We’re the voice of the profession, and campaign on issues that affect millions of working people.

IOSH was founded in 1945 and is a registered charity with international NGO status.

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