Feedback from previous Symposia...

"Fascinating talk with really useful tips – need to apply much of the suggestions to our staff and students"

"Really interesting presentation on new builds"

"The back of house tour excellent and interesting"

"Good presentation showing how one University tackles difficult situations. Good to know that our practices aren't that different"

"Very enjoyable two days. Good to meet and network with others"

"Great after–dinner speaker"

"A good discussion, with good ideas"

"Conference Dinner – Good food, great location and excellent company"

"Informative and interesting. Good case studies"

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ISTR Events

COVID-19: During the pandemic occasional events are being held on-line.  Please check the ISTR Home Page regularly and watch out for emails for further details.

ISTR runs a number of events each year. View past events

Summer and Autumn Symposia -  high-quality, topical symposia, usually open to non-members. The summer symposium includes a visit to somewhere of interest and a formal dinner.

Skills workshops - tend to be 'hands on' events, restricted to members only as numbers are limited to ensure delegates get the maximum benefit from the workshop.

Upcoming events

    • 20 November 2024
    • 10:30
    • 21 November 2024
    • 15:30
    • Kelham Island Museum, Alma Street, Sheffield, S3 8RY


    ‘50 years of HASAWA: What's that ever done for me?’

    Wednesday 20th - Thursday 21st November 2024

    To recognise the 50th Anniversary of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 this year's symposium theme focuses on selected sections of the Act. Our Speakers from higher education, private and public sectors will explore their continued relevance in our workplaces today.

    image of Kelham Island Museum

    Bringing members and guests together in Sheffield we meet at the Kelham Island Museum which is currently celebrating 300 years of industry in the city. It is home to the River Don Engine, the most powerful working steam engine in Europe.

    Sheffield is famous for its manufacturing heritage pre-dating the HASAWA by at least 250 years. Our speakers will focus on Sections 2, 4, 5, 7, 13 and 15 of the Act.

    image of the MowbrayIn keeping with the industrial location of the Symposium we will host a drinks reception and Symposium Dinner on the first evening in the unique and historical building The Mowbray built in 1889.

    Provisional Programme (full details to follow)

    Wednesday 20th Nov

    10:30 – Symposium opens to delegates; registration, refreshments and networking

    12:00 – Lunch (provided)

    13:00 – Welcome and Introduction - Andy Minnis, ISTR Chair

    Session 1: “Section 13 Powers of the Executive”

    Session 2: “Section 15 Health and safety regulations”

    Session 3: "Section 4 General duties of persons concerned with premises"

    17:00 – Finish

    19:00 – Drinks reception and dinner at The Mowbray

    Thursday 21st Nov:

    09:30Symposium opens to delegates

    10:00 – Welcome and Introduction - Andy Minnis, ISTR Chair

    Session 1: “Section 2 - General duties of the employer”

    Session 2: "Section 7 Duties of employees" 

    Lunch (provided)

    Session 3: “Section 13 Powers of the regulators”

    Session 4: Facilitated group discussion (‘hive mind’) on topics covered during the symposium.

    15:15 – Wrap up and preview of 2025 events

    15:30 – Close

    * Please note that while the programme is accurate when circulated, it is always possible that a speaker may not be able to attend on the day, in which case an alternative speaker will be provided

    Symposium Venue: Kelham Island Museum, Alma St, Sheffield, S3 8RY 

    Drinks reception and Symposium Dinner: The Mowbray, 118 Mowbray St, Neepsend, Sheffield, S8 8EN

    Tickets: The Symposium ticket includes attendance at the 2-day symposium with lunch and refreshments during the symposium on both days. 

    Members can purchase an inclusive ticket to attend the 2-day Symposium, plus the Drinks Reception and Symposium Dinner at a preferential rate or attend the 2-day Symposium only.

    Non-members are also welcome and can purchase an inclusive ticket to attend the 2-day Symposium, Drinks Reception and Symposium Dinner or attend the 2-day Symposium only,

    Tickets are available for delegates who wish to bring a guest to the Drinks reception and Symposium Dinner.

    Payment options: Online payment by card is the preferred payment method. Purchase orders are accepted but please remember to select this option when booking and upload a copy of your purchase order at the time of booking to secure your place and avoid disappointment. 

    Accommodation: Is NOT INCLUDED in the ticket price. Delegates are advised to make their own accommodation arrangements directly at one of the many venues available in the area. See Welcome to accommodation for accommodation in the area.

    Final details and refunds:  Bookings close on Wednesday 23 October (Much earlier than usual!) to meet the catering requirements of both venues. Refunds for cancellations or non-attendance cannot be made after this date. If a delegate cannot attend, a colleague may take their place. Contact to discuss. Any refund will be subject to a £25 administration charge.


    For travel to the Kelham Island museum and parking arrangements visit

    Directions to The Mowbray can be found at