Summer Symposium and AGM 2018
University of Edinburgh

Join us on 25 and 26 June 2018 in Edinburgh

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The Institute serves safety professionals in technology and research including education, industry, government agencies and consultancy.

The aim of the Institute is to enhance the knowledge, competence and professional development of its members through networking, accreditation, knowledge exchange, workshops and symposia, communication with regulators and partnerships with other safety organisations.

Membership is open to safety professionals and Associate Membership is available to anyone whose knowledge and experience do not qualify them as Members but who can show they have a sufficient interest in the activities of ISTR.

The ISTR Executive, made up of elected and co-opted members, manage the affairs of the Institute.

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Upcoming events

    • 25 June 2018
    • 14:00
    • 26 June 2018
    • 16:00
    • Playfair Library, Old College, University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

    picture of Old CollegeRisk-based decision making.

    ISTR is delighted to invite members and friends to the capital city of Scotland for our AGM and Summer Symposium at the splendid Playfair Library Hall, Old College, University of Edinburgh. This is the perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends, make new ones and hear some outstanding speakers discuss their experiences and share solutions.

    Our morning begins with speakers sharing their experience of practical risk-based decision making. We start by looking at how to manage risks across different disciplines, with examples from widely contrasting subjects. Our focus then goes the biomedical teaching laboratories where we will learn about the challenges of making reasonable adjustments to accommodate individual students with disabilities or health issues while keeping them safe.

    The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service follow and by sharing their approach to their work, the risk-based decisions required and how our decisions impact on theirs when we require their assistance in the workplace. The morning concludes as we learn what influences the decisions made by insurers when they calculate their premiums - could this give an insight into how to reduce yours?

    The afternoon starts with he EC sharing how members can get the most from our new website. We then turn our attention to people, why they act in the way they do,? What influences their decision making, why do they take risks? A Human Factors specialist and experienced incident investigator will explores individual bias, human errors, and deliberate behaviours. The session also includes an opportunity to work as groups as we discover how to identify activities which require close attention in order to reduce the likelihood of human failure.

    The busy programme will conclude with our ever popular Discussion Forum (where we have another opportunity to learn from and share with each other). It promises to be a topical, informative and practical day!

    Playfair library HallOur AGM and Symposium Dinner will be held on Monday 25th June, also in the splendid surroundings of the Playfair Library, featuring William Playfair's signature neoclassical barrel-vaulted ceiling. The event kicks off with an opportunity to explore Scotland’s historic capital city with a ‘hop on hop off’ bus tour enabling you to explore the city and visit different sites as you go. We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh.  



    Monday 25 June - AGM & Symposium Dinner

    13.00 - 14.00 Registration for those staying at Pollock Halls 

    14.30 Meet at Old College to depart on a tour of this historic city by 'hop-on, hop- off' bus, allowing you to decide which of the city's sights you’d like to explore further.

    18.00 Annual General Meeting, Playfair Library Hall

    19.00 Pre-dinner reception, Playfair Library Hall

    19.30 Symposium Dinner, Playfair Library Hall

    After dinner drinks - networking opportunity in a local hostelry before returning to your accommodation

    Tuesday 26 June - Symposium

    Time   Title  Speaker
    09.00-09.30 Registration & Coffee in Playfair Library  
    09.30-09.40 Symposium Opening Address,

    Prof David Gray, Head of the School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh

    09.40-09.45 Welcome ISTR EC
    09.45-10.25 Gamekeeper turned poacher: turning risk management into an art form

    Alastair Brown
    Health and Safety Officer,
    Edinburgh College of Art,

    10.25-11.00  Disabilities and health issues in the laboratory: reasonable adjustments to manage the risks for the individual while keeping them safe. Dr Philip Larkman,
    Director of Teaching at the Biomedical Teaching Organisation,
    University of Edinburgh
    11.00-11.30 Coffee & Networking  
    11.30-12.10 How the F&RS make their risk-based decisions and what you can do to help them Kenneth Rogers, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
    12.10-12.40 Calculating your premium - what's your risk and how you could reduce it.

    Peter Fleming, Associate Director and Project Manager,
    Aon Risk Solutions

    12.40-13.40 Buffet Lunch & networking  

    ISTR Website update

    Executive Committee

    13.50-15.20  Human Factors - human behaviour, performance shaping factors and individual  bias and safety critical task analysis James Bunn, Principal Human Factors Consultant,
    The Kiel Centre Ltd
    15.20-15.50 Discussion Forum: Got a decision to make and need help deciding? Time to learn from each other. Facilitated by the Executive Committee
    15.50–16.00 Closing remarks ISTR EC
    16.00 Tea & depart  




    Full Symposium Rate (2 days) - including Edinburgh Tour ticket, AGM, Pre dinner drinks, Symposium dinner, Symposium, including buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day (£200 Members, £ 250 Non-members)

    Day Delegate rate - Symposium including buffet lunch and refreshments during the day (£150 Members, £200 Non-members) 


    Accommodation is NOT INCLUDED in the cost of the Symposium this year.

    We recommend delegates book into overnight B&B accommodation available in the University's nearby Pollock Halls(Postcode EH8 5AY). Charges are £35/night (competitive rates are available) and it is approximately 1.1 miles from the Playfair Library, Old College and readily accessible on foot or via the local bus.

    As the programme starts on a Monday why not come and spend the weekend before in Edinburgh!


    Air - Edinburgh is accessible from a number of airports  

    Rail/Bus - The nearest railway station to the Playfair Library, Old College, University is Edinburgh Waverley, Edinburgh's main rail station, 20 minutes walk away. 

    Road - Parking is very limited and travel by car should be avoided unless essential.

    For further travel details see



    • 21 November 2018
    • 09:00
    • 22 November 2018
    • 16:00
    • Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville St, Manchester M1 3BB

    Keep the date free for this popular event in the ISTR calendar. 

    This year's theme for the two days is Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) and we are planning to cover a wide range of associated topics such as:

    Ergonomics and LEV use, LEV and novel systems, users experiences of isolators, fume extraction at the point of generation, LEV specification and design, failing LEV, extract modelling, thorough examination and test.

    There will also be the opportunity to learn differently as we introduce a 'gallery walk' with a number of LEV providers showcasing their solutions for a range of LEV applications.

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