The world of work is constantly changing and adapting but the pandemic has made adaption necessary for many organisations. In this new normal, organisations must remain mindful of MSD risks and take ongoing action to monitor and manage them. This strong focus on worker health and safety, in turn, benefits organisational performance.

To help to inform employers, we are proud to announce a free webinar on how to effectively manage the risk of MSDs in your workplace and protect your home workers. This hour-long event will feature experts from HSE including HM Health and Safety Inspectors and our Principal Ergonomist to discuss current guidance and principles and give some practical examples of where the right, proportionate approach has worked well. We’ll be taking questions during the webinar and NEBOSH and TSO will join us to highlight official resources, products and services that can help you to identify and reduce risk of injury.


Matt Birtles, Principal Ergonomist, HSE

Matt Birtles is an experienced Principal Ergonomist who has focussed on the development and application of workplace MSD risk assessments and risk reductions for HSE for 20 years. As part of this, he has developed and delivers training courses on workplace MSD risk management, leads HSE’s ergonomics consultancy services, supports HSE Policy on MSDs and has provided ergonomics guidance in most industrial sectors in the UK and internationally.

Matt Powell-Howard, Head of Product Development, NEBOSH

Matt Powell-Howard graduated in Safety and Environmental Management from the University of Hull and holds a Master of Arts degree in Education from the University of York.  He worked initially in the chemical process industry in the UK for a number of top tier COMAH sites before moving on to SHE roles in consultancy, manufacturing, construction, quarrying and the hydrocarbon industries.

Matt joined NEBOSH in 2006 and has held various roles during that time.  Matt is currently the NEBOSH Head Product Development with responsibility for the development of existing and new NEBOSH products. 

He has 20 years’ experience in Health, Safety and Environmental Management and is a Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner.

Harjit Tiara, MSD Policy Adviser, HSE

Harjit joined the MSD Policy Team in October 2021. Harjit has a wealth of experience and knowledge, having worked for HSE for over 30 years in various roles in different areas of the organisation. She also holds the NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. Her previous work in HSE has involved supporting inspectors and enforcement action, securing, processing and managing evidence, and visiting workplaces to identify where intervention may be justified.

Christopher Quarrie BSc CIEHF, HSE Human Factors HM Inspector

A Specialist Inspector in Human Factors and Ergonomics at the Health and Safety Executive, Chris has specialised in topic of MSDs for over 18 years. Chris has assisted in the development of risk assessment tools, undertaken site inspections and provided regulatory support in relation to MSDs as well as providing expert advice on control measures for the prevention of workplace MSDs. 

Ian Fik

Ian Fik is the Account Director at TSO. Ian has over 20 years’ experience in customer services, service delivery and account management. Ian supports a range of public-sector clients, including HSE, the Department for Transport, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Civil Aviation Authority, and the Home Office. Ian’s focus is on creating user-focused products and services, that add value to the market and help deliver the governments objectives

All attendees will earn CPD points. You can register to attend for free by filling in the form on this page, which will either appear on the right hand side of this page or beneath the presenters box.

Please note by registering you agree to be contacted by the organiser (Western Business Media Limited) and the event partner.

If you have any issues registering contact us on or call on 01342 314 300 


Mark Sennett
Western Business Media Ltd
Matt Birtles
Principal Ergonomist

Matt Powell-Howard
Head of Product Development

Harjit Tiara
MSD Policy Adviser



Chris Quarrie 
HSE Human Factors HM Inspector

Ian Fisk
Account Director




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