Among the speaker panel at the Freight Transport Association Ireland’s (FTAI) annual Transport Manager Seminar at the Johnstown Estate Hotel, Enfield, County Meath on 5 March will be Dr. Sharon McGuinness, CEO of the Health & Safety Authority, who will discuss work related vehicle safety at the conference.
Dr. McGuinness will highlight the importance of proactive risk management strategies for the road freight distribution and logistics sector, with particular emphasis on the importance of work-related vehicle safety issues such as route planning, managing driver welfare and safe and secure loading. She will also deal with the importance of risk management and welfare at work for commercial fleet operators.
This year’s Seminar, sponsored by Bridgestone Tyres, Brigade, Enprova, the Harris Group and the Logistics Associate Apprenticeship with Fleet Transport as media partners, will give delegates the chance to hear from a range of senior industry experts and policymakers, highlighting key issues for those working in the logistics industry to help them remain compliant and up to speed on the latest developments in legislation and professional advice. The speakers will reveal the fundamental responsibilities that apply to operators and explain the importance of best practice and compliance to ensure a safe and legal transport operation, helping ensure that all those involved in moving goods have the very latest information that’s available. Tim Daly, President of CILT Ireland and Training Manager with Bus Éireann, will present a case study on the work Bus Éireann has done to ensure operational compliance on roadworthiness and drivers hours.
The Seminar will also include a keynote session from the Minister of State for EU Affairs, Helen McEntee TD, and topics to be covered at the event include skills shortages, apprenticeships, alternative fuels, decarbonising the freight sector and the impact of Brexit on Ireland-UK trade. The line-up also includes speakers from FTA, the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, the Climate Change Unit of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the Logistics Associate Apprenticeship and the Health & Safety Authority.
Jerry Meredith, FTAI’s Business Services Manager, said: “These events are an essential tool to help all transport managers stay up-to-date with ever-changing legislation and best practice across the industry. The fact that numbers at these events have grown year-on-year illustrates the regard in which they are held by operators. Compliance is key in the logistics industry and the Transport Manager Seminar provides reassurance that operators are equipped with the most current information available, as well as providing them with the opportunity to ask questions of those formulating the rules by which transport managers must operate. Not only is it good practice for transport professionals to refresh their knowledge, they should also be aware of legislative changes that may affect the undertakings given by their employer. All professionals in our industry must develop an active role in ensuring legal compliance within their operation.”
To attend, the cost for FTAI members is €250 plus VAT; for non-FTAI members the fee is €300 plus VAT. For further information or to book a place, call 01 8447516 or email