"The Ageing Worker"
A line-up of Workplace Visits has been put together for the afternoon of Wednesday 12th June to provide interesting and relevant excursions for participants. The options include visits to RNLI, NATS and Sunseeker, to name but a few – see below for more information.
Please book early for your preferred Visit, because many of the group sizes are small and will book up quickly. Note that places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Visits are subject to change through circumstances beyond the control of the Conference and requesting a place on a Visit is no guarantee of final allocation. At the latest, delegates will be informed of their allocation of Visit within their Registration materials at the Conference.
The BIC offers a range of conference and concert facilities and serves a wide area from Exeter and Bristol to Basingstoke and Southampton. This workplace visit will involve delegates being shown “backstage” to gain insight into the challenges that face the staff with the various different types of events undertaken throughout the year.
Defence Support Group
The Defence Support Group (DSG) provides the Ministry of Defence (MOD) with secure access to assured onshore capacity and capability for the through life maintenance, repair, overhaul, upgrade and procurement support services for defence equipment. This is in line with the defence white paper, National Security through Technology, published in February 2012.
The core mission of DSG is to be a trusted partner in the delivery of assembly, maintenance, repair, overhaul, upgrade and support services for the UK Armed Forces including current and future MOD equipment acquisition and support strategies.
425 civil servants are employed at the Bovington site and on the workshop floor visitors will see a variety of military vehicles in various states of overhaul and repair. The site is accredited to ISO 9001 Quality, BS OHSAS 18001 H & S and ISO 14001 Environment. Visitors will be supplied with dustcoats and no photography will be permitted.
The Esso refinery at Fawley, near Southampton, is the largest in the UK and one of the most complex in Europe. Situated on Southampton Water, it has a mile-long marine terminal that handles around 2,000 ship movements and 22 million tonnes of crude oil and other products every year. The refinery processes around 330,000 barrels of crude oil a day and provides 20 per cent of UK refinery capacity. The visit to the Fawley will include an introduction to the work of the site and its OH Team and a tour of the plant.
Golf: Canford Magna
The SOM has booked the wonderfully picturesque “Riverside Course” along the banks of the River Stour, a short row downstream from the internationally recognised Canford School. The Riverside course offers enjoyable golf in unrivalled picturesque surroundings and mature deciduous woodland. Cost: £22 excluding transport.
Hall and Woodhouse
Known affectionately around the country as the “Badger Brewery” and home of the eponymous ale and its stronger stablemate Tanglefoot, Hall and Woodhouse have brewed beers in the heart of Dorset since 1775 and they recently moved into state of the art brewing facilities next to their listed Victorian Brewery. This brewery trip will take delegates round the museum and visitor centre and then into the new brewery. Tastings will be offered.
£9.00 per person
Institute of Sound and Vibration Research
The Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) was founded in 1963 and has become an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research and training in acoustics and vibration and for its contributions to reducing noise and vibration in engineering applications – rail and aircraft noise for example. It has also carried out work on understanding how humans hear sounds and process this information which leads to technical innovations such as improved cochlear implants and hearing devices for the hearing impaired. The Human Factors Research Unit has a unique range of human-rated test facilities for experimental studies of human responses to whole-body vibration, hand-transmitted vibration and low frequency oscillation and offers a range of services including seat testing, glove testing, the measurement, evaluation and assessment of occupational exposures to whole-body vibration and hand transmitted vibration, and the clinical diagnosis of the hand-arm vibration syndrome (including vibration-induced white finger).
Kerry Foods is a national company headquartered in Kerry, Ireland and is responsible for manufacturing many of the processed foods which find their way into our fridges under various brand names as well as supermarket own brands. The “Poole Bakery” was originally built in the 1930’s and known as Millers until the late 1980’s but continues to produce the local delicacy the “Dorsage Pork Pie” amongst other meat based snacks. Delegates will see how these meat based snacks are constructed from the raw ingredients and baked in hygienic conditions and shipped to major supermarkets around the country.
Kingston Lacy is a grade I listed building which takes its name from its ancient lords the Lacys, Earls of Lincoln, who held it together with Shapwick and Blandford. The land was bought by Sir John Bankes after the destruction of the family seat at Corfe Castle in the English Civil War. The house was designed by Sir Roger Pratt and was built between 1663 and 1665 with interiors influenced by Indigo Jones. Participants are asked to make a donation to the upkeep of the building.
The house was extensively remodelled by Sir Charles Barry, between 1835 and 1838 and houses collections of antiquities from the Middle East and the Orient as well as European Fine Art by Rubens, Murillo, Velázquez, Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel.
£11 per person. Free to National Trust members.
NATS is synonymous with air travel in the UK and is a national service which co-ordinates the safety of travel in the approaches to UK air space and various “corridors” over the UK before handing over each flight onto final approach to the destination airport. With its purpose-built lecture theatre and experienced presentation team, delegates will be informed about how the UK air space is split, how collisions are avoided and advised about the strict medical standards required of air traffic controllers.
Nikki Cordell – Social Media workshop at the BIC
Since leaving the Armed Services, Nikki has continued her work as SOM Group Representative to Wales and the South West. However as a “day job”, she has embarked on a high tech career which combines the benefits of individual portfolio-based occupational medicine practice with the rise in social media opportunities. Nikki has offered 12 delegates the chance to look more closely at how to develop and exploit social media as a marketing opportunity. Own laptop required.
Poole boasts an international reputation as the headquarters of the world renowned Royal National Lifeboat Institute. At RNLI College, potential crew members are instructed on all aspects of sea safety and survival as well as receiving instructions on the workings and maintenance of their state of the art craft. The RNLI has kindly agreed to host a worksite visit to the college and delegates will have a rare opportunity to see the workings of this emergency service (which remains solely funded through charitable donations) and gain an insight into the training offered to recruits.
Sunseeker International has built powerboats and superyachts in neighbouring Poole harbour since the 1970s. The company operate five separate sites for the construction of a range of vessels from the Performance Cruisers to the new Super Yachts. We are delighted to have gained the company’s permission to host a worksite visit at one of their shipyards and delegates will see all aspects of the construction from the preparation of the moulds to the finishing of the internal fixtures and fittings.