Hazards Conference 2024

The 35th National Hazards Conference
Keele University

30 August – 1 September 2024

The climate crisis and workers’ health – a deadly combination
The Hazards Conference is one of the biggest grassroots conferences for trade union safety reps and activists, with plenary sessions, and a comprehensive workshop programme.  It is an opportunity to exchange experience and information with and learn from safety reps from other unions, sectors and jobs across the UK.  It’ s a good craic too!
This years conference will include sessions on:
  • HASAWA @50 – What is the future?
  • Climate and workers’ health and safety – the challenges of extreme weather events and the impact of work activity on the climate
  • Making the case for mentally healthy work – workers are being exposed to increasing workloads, health impacting work related stress, violence and bullying and we need to resist not be more resilient
  • Bad work injures and kills – collective pressure and safety reps save lives – but the majority of workers are not in trade union organised workplaces, how are we fighting for these workers?
And again this year, we will be awarding certificates to great health and safety campaigns and calling out the bad employers on health and safety.
Either register using the Eventbrite booking form:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/845819989357 or download the paper copy booking form

Hazards Conference 2023

The 34th National Hazards Conference

Organising for safe and healthy work environments

1-3 September 2023

The Hazards Conference is one of the biggest conferences for trade union safety reps and activists consisting of a mixture of plenary sessions, meetings and a comprehensive workshop programme. You can attend in person at Keele University, Stoke on Trent, or remotely via online streaming.

SIGN UP! Either via this Form or on Eventbrite



Hazards Conference 2022

It’s a Deadly Business!
but Decent work is Safe and Healthy

29-31st July, 2022 at Keele University and online

The annual Hazards Conference is returning to Keele University this year with an online option for those who would rather not attend in person.

Since 2019, we have held 2 online conferences during the difficult circumstances of the pandemic.  These have been held free of charge,  however we all recognise that we need to get back to in person conferences, but they need to be held safely.

The last two years have been tremendously difficult for all workers and in the Hazards Campaign we have worked hard to respond to workers and their trade union’s needs.
The feedback we have received over the last two years has been encouraging and to this end we are moving the Hazards Conference to a hybrid model, where delegates can attend in person or participate online.  We would like to ensure all participants have an equal opportunity to attend and participate in the conference but we are acutely aware that some of our regular attendees have health conditions which will make them at risk of serious illness if they became infected by Covid and therefore we are providing an opportunity for everyone to attend, either in person or online.

We have an online registration this year

A copy of the booking form and programme can be downloaded from https://gmhazards.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Final-booking-form-Hazards-Conference-33rd.pdf and if anyone needs a printed form please let me know.

If anyone would like to sponsor the conference, a sponsorship form can be found at:


If you would like more information about the conference then please email hazconf@gmhazards.org.uk or phone: 07734 317158

Hazards Conference 2021

Hazards Conference will be online again this year.
Saturday 31 July 2021: 10am-3.30pm – register
Sunday 1 August 2021: 10am-1.00pm – register
You will need to sign up to Saturday and Sunday separately
Download the flyer

The Hazards Conference is the UK’s largest educational and organising event for trade union safety reps and activists. Safety reps make a huge difference in supporting and extending workers’ basic rights and conditions. The conference will look at innovative and practical solutions to many of the issues facing workers and provide opportunities to network, exchange experience and information and learn from safety reps and activists from other unions, sectors and jobs across the UK.

Saturday 31 July 2021: 10am-3.30pm – register
10.00 – 11.30 Opening Plenary – with national and international speakers on the Fundamental Right to safe and healthy work
11.45– 12.45  Challenging work surveillance, micro-management and other draconian working practices
13.15– 14.15 Supporting Workers and their families seeking justice and health and safety enforcement
14.30 – 15.30 Challenging increased violence and abuse at work

Sunday 1 August 2021: 10am-1.00pm – register
Plenary 10.00 – 10.30
Two Workshops: 10.30 – 11.30 and 11.45- 12.45
(make your selection using the registration form)
1. Safety Reps organising creatively
2. Investigating incidents and injuries in the workplace
3. Risk Assessment and the control hierarchy
4. Work related stress and mental health harm
5. Addressing the air pollution in our working environments
6. Sex and gender sensitive health and safety
7. Asbestos at work
8. Hybrid Working
Closing Plenary 12.45 – 13.00

Hazards Conference 2020 goes online: Viral Action – 1 August

Join us for the Hazards 2020 Conference online on 1st August!

Sign up , circulate to safety reps and activists and let’s get a great turn out for the first ever Hazards Conference online via Zoom!

Workers health and safety is paramount now and must be central to organising safe and healthy workplaces to create the decent jobs for decent lives for all as we rebuild a better future, no going back to neoliberal deadly business as usual normal.


This unique Zoom based online conference starts with an international plenary and is followed by four specific subject workshops with brilliant speakers and experts throughout the day.

Each Zoom workshop will start at the advertised time and will provide an opportunity to join in the discussions and together help formulate action plans to direct Hazards Campaign work priorities for the next 12 months.

10.00 – 11.30 Plenary – with international speakers on Covid-19 and the impact on workers

12.00 – 13.00  Safety reps taking the lead! – during and after Covid-19

13.30– 14.30  Fighting inequality in health and safety

15.00 – 16.00  Mental Health and Covid-19

16.30- 17.30 Toxics Out! Air pollution, just transition after Covid-19

To register please use the eventbrite link:


The conference is free of charge but if you, or your branch/organisation, would like to donate to the Hazards Campaign please pay by bank transfer to:
Name: Hazards 2020
Account number: 20090430
Sort Code: 608301
Bank: Unity Trust Bank, Four Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2JB. Ref: Your organisation/name

Contact Janet Newsham / 07734 317 158 for more information.

On behalf of the Hazards Conference Organising Committee



31st National Hazards Conference, 31st July – 2nd August, 2020
University of Keele, Stoke-on-Trent

Cancellation of Hazards Conference 2020
It will probably come as no surprise that the Hazards Campaign has cancelled the Hazards Conference 2020 due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic. more details here

Sponsorship form


30th National Hazards Conference, 26 – 28 July 2019,
University of Keele, Stoke-on-Trent.

Cleaning up toxic work!

Over 320 safety reps, officers and activists attended the conference, where we explored the consequences and challenges for workers from toxic chemicals and toxic workplaces.  This was also a celebration of 30 years of the Hazards Conference.  Hazards 2019 plenary speakers were: international speaker Amanda Hawes, a US Occupational Health Lawyer who has represented workers exposed to toxic chemicals in Silicon Valley.  We also heard from Professor Andy Waterson Stirling University, Hugh Robertson TUC senior policy officer for health and safety, Hilda Palmer FACK, Dan Shears National health, safety and environment director at GMB, Sarah Wooley newly elected General Secretary at BFAWU, Harminder Bains lawyer and partner at Leigh Day and a special welcome was extended to Claire Trevor a TGI Friday activists and striker from Unite. Feedback from the conference was excellent summed up by one new delegate ‘Fantastic weekend – will definitely be back.  Really enjoyed it!’

Sponsorship form  •  Hazards 2019 booking form

Check out the latest news and updates


29th National Hazards Conference, 27–29 July 2018,
University of Keele, Stoke-on-Trent.

Safety Reps @ 40
Vital to the Future of Safe and Healthy Work!

Read the Hazards 2018 conference report

Sponsorship form  • Booking form

Check out the latest news and updates


28th National Hazards Conference, 28–30 July 2017, Stoke-on-Trent

Check out the latest news and updates

The Hazards Campaign’s national conference, with a theme this year of ‘Organising health, safety and welfare in an insecure world,’ is now taking bookings. The event, to be held at Keele University in Stoke-on-Trent from 28-30 July, features contributions from international and national trade union leaders, academics and campaigners. Speakers including Jessica Martinez from Hazards Campaign’s US sister organisation, National COSH, who will talk about “the joint threats  we face and how we can work together to fight them.”
Keele University,  Stoke-on-Trent, 28th-30th July 2017
Hazards 2017 sponsorship form Booking form

Hazards conference news Hazards 2016 report  • Archives


27th National Hazards Conference
Keele University,  Stoke-on-Trent, 29th – 31st July 2016
Hazards 2016 Sponsorship form • Booking form

Hazards conference news • Hazards 2015 report • Archives






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