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Foster opens major emergency fire and safety conference

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

Health and Safety Minister Arlene Foster today opened the ‘Keep Calm and Get Prepared’ emergency fire and safety conference and exhibition at Titanic Belfast.

The one day event aims to provide organisations with information on emergency preparedness within the workplace in order to save lives. Delegates are given advice on compliance and training, demonstrations on the most up to date rescue techniques, and the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) as part of the first response.

In the opening address at the conference, Arlene Foster urged businesses and organisations to embrace health and safety regulations and to fulfil their obligations to protect their workforce. Arlene Foster said: “Everyone has a right to work in an environment where health and safety risks are properly managed and controlled.

“By investing in and developing safe and healthy working practices and training, local companies can help ensure that Northern Ireland not only has a highly skilled workforce but a healthy workforce that contributes greatly in helping to grow our economy in highly competitive global markets.

“Let all of us here today, representing government, employers, public bodies, businesses and workers adopt a culture that embraces health and safety so that we can build an economy where the health and well-being of workers is good for business, good for employers, good for employees and good for our community.”

Other topics covered at the event included first aid, fire safety and working at height, in confined spaces, over water and offshore.

The ‘Keep Calm and Get Prepared’ conference and exhibition is at Titanic Belfast on Friday 16 August 2013 from 9.00am to 3.30pm.

Notes to editors:

1. ‘Keep Calm and Get Prepared’ was organised by Emergency Fire and Safety Ltd (EFS) based in Carrickfergus. EFS specialises in consultancy and training within the fire safety, confined spaces, health and safety industries as well as providing specialist emergency on site rescue to organisations across the U.K and the Republic of Ireland.
2. The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body, sponsored by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.
3. HSENI is the lead body responsible for the promotion and enforcement of health and safety at work standards in Northern Ireland.

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