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How does the Safety Circle work?
The group is comprised of up to thirty companies, all manufacturers, retailers and logistics operators (3PLs and 4PLs). Meetings are held once a quarter, with a specific logistics safety theme. Themes already planned include Preventing Drive-Away incidents (from dock doors or from the side), Managing Sleep Apnoea risk, addressing risks at customer/supplier premises and Gathering and Using Near Miss Data in Logistics Safety.
The themes will be rotated so that different types of business should have at least two subjects in each year which are of specific relevance and interest. The themes for each year will be advertised in advance. Speakers and venues will be sourced from within the group, and site tours will be included where possible. Each meeting will have the same format: intro from the host and a 10 minute overview of their business, a one hour presentation from a member on the chosen subject, including details of the specific areas of interest and case studies of how they have handled it. there will then be a break and a site tour, then there will be an invited speaker -an industry expert- which may be sourced from outside the Circle. After this there will be a networking lunch, with an optional professional development session after lunch, for example how to use LinkedIn effectively to build profile.
If the group is amenable there are also future plans to host a structured networking event, perhaps with half hour sessions with different service and equipment suppliers, all carefully vetted for their relevance in the logistics safety arena. This will not be in any way compulsory to attend, and will be free to attend for Safety Circle members.
What makes this group different?
The group is solely for those who have responsibility for preventing accidents and incidents in the logistics sector. The group straddles the twin disciplines of workplace transport safety and occupational road risk. Most importantly, it provides a safe and secure environment for like minded professionals to share the measures they have developed to save lives, as well as talking openly about important lessons learned.
Due to the fact the group is run under the Chatham House Rule this means that details of others' learnings can be shared whilst still preserving the company's anonymity. This is obviously a vital aspect when revealing accident details, and yet it restricts the industry-wide initiative to learn from others' mistakes.
The group is also solely for those operating in the logistics sector. There are no hangers on, no one trying to sell things to you. It is simply a forum for peers to get together in a trusted environment and learn from each other. In addition, the group is facilitated by trusted industry experts Labyrinth Logistics Consulting, whose MD Ruth Waring FCILT is a well known face in the logistics safety world. Ruth is also the founder of a successful logistics networking group and has four years' experience in organising similar events.
How does my company sign up, and how much does it cost?
Membership is for companies rather than individuals. For two people to attend each event, it currently costs £750 a year (this will rise to £1000 a year after the first three months). This can be any two individuals, if colleagues wish to attend instead of those who first signed up. If additional colleagues with to attend a specific meeting, it is £100 per person. We believe that this model offers excellent value for money and is a unique opportunity to really learn what best practice is being developed in the logistics industry and to demonstrate a commitment to leading edge thinking.
If you would like to join, please email for an application form. All attendees must sign up to abide by the Chatham House Rule.
What is the Chatham House Rule?
When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.