Workplace Visits


**All visits will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 19th  June 2024 ahead of the main Conference; most begin at 14.00 hours unless otherwise specified and last for 90 – 120 minutes**


CPD accreditation: it is hoped that some visits will be approved for CPD points by FOM.  The application has been made and the outcome will be posted here as soon as it is available.

Please book your preference at the time of registering, using the online registration system.  All places are subject to availability and numbers are very limited on some of the visits.  There are also minimum numbers on various visits this year, so the line-up may be prone to change according to uptake.

These visits have been chosen and developed for their educational value to delegates.  They represent unique opportunities for insights into aspects of occupational health which delegates may not usually have access to.   The visits are available to full delegates only.

If there is a charge to attend a visit, this is shown within the description.  However, because of high numbers of late cancellations/no shows for visits in previous years, a charge of £40 will be made if delegates cancel within two weeks of their visit or fail to arrive on the day.  This system is intended to ensure that drop-out levels are as low as possible.  No deduction will be made unless the place on the visit is cancelled after 5th June 2024 or the participant fails to arrive on the day.

  1. Translink Rail Engineering Work

This visit is to Translink’s £1.7 million Training Academy in south Belfast.

Translink provides coach, bus and train services connecting cities, towns and villages throughout Northern Ireland and some cross border routes.

The Training Academy has innovative driving and signalling simulation equipment that enables employees to train in a safe and risk-free environment.  The focus of this visit is major NI rail engineering works and train driver simulator.

The venue is walkable or a short train ride from Belfast city centre.  Delegates to find their own way and location information will be provided.

2. Titanic Distillers

This is a 120 minute fully guided special tour of both the Distillery and Thompson Graving Dock. Journey back in time and explore how the historic Pumphouse was once famed for its feat of engineering and now houses the processes for these award-winning Irish spirits.  Then descend 67 steps into the historic Thompson Graving Dock to experience the conditions and scale of the engineering project that once produced the largest ship the world had ever seen.  The tour will then return to the Distillery for a sensory tasting experience including a taste of the tour exclusive 5-year pot-still Irish Whiskey. We recommend sensible footwear should be worn. Part of the tour will be outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather on the day.

The Titanic Distillery is a short walk from the Conference Hub Hotel – Queens Road, Titanic Quarter. Delegates to find their own way and location information will be provided.

Discounted tour cost: £32 per person

3. Coca Cola HBC

The visit to this award-winning facility offers a glimpse into the manufacturing, bottling, canning and distribution of some of the world’s best loved soft drinks such as Coca‑Cola, Fanta and Sprite.

This visit has very limited numbers and is to the factory floor.

The location for this visit is in Lisburn, around 45 minutes from central Belfast.  Subject to final numbers, transport will be provided departing from Titanic Quarter at 13.00 hours.

Cost per person to cover transport costs: £35 per person

4. Spirit Aerosystems Assembly Plant

This company is a manufacturer of aerostructures for commercial airplanes, defence platforms, and business/regional jets.

The visit will enable delegates to see the stages of fuselage assembly from first parts to final stage.

The location is on Airport Road, 15 minutes from the Titanic Quarter.  Transport may be arranged (charges will apply) according to demand.