What’s the best event of Summer 2018?

This June sees the world’s biggest football tournament taking place in Russia and it promises to be a spectacular and exciting festival of football. Meanwhile, in London, the annual Safety and Health Expo will be taking place at ExCel.  Both are fantastic events, but which one is best?

We looked at some of the key factors to ‘scientifically’ decide which event comes out on top.

  1. Cost

The Safety and Health Expo is Free to register. Plus if you visit the RoSPA stand to talk to one of our safety experts you could grab yourself a free drink, save a load of money on training courses and enjoy half price membership. Ok, you will need to pay for your travel, but there’s still time left to save money by booking in advance!

In contrast, a trip to Russia is a rather more expensive prospect. If you wished to travel to Volgograd for England’s first game, it will set you back £1,573 for the flight, at least £80 for a match ticket, plus hotel accommodation, food and drinks.

Winner: An easy victory for the Expo. The value for money can’t be beaten.


  1. Entertainment

On the face of it Russia seems to be the place to go for entertinment this Summer, but consider this. Only three games are entirely taking place during the Expo and, on paper, thay don’t look like classics:

1pm Tuesday: Colombia v Japan – Most experts have this as an easy win for the South Americans.

1pm Wednesday: Portugal v Morocco – Predicted to be an easy win for Portugal

1pm Thursday: Denmark v Australia – 0-0.

If you spend that time at Expo you could be attending presentations by some of RoSPA’s acclaimed health and safety experts such as Dr Karen McDonnell (OHS Policy Adviser), John Greenhough (Fleet Safety consultant) and Keith Bell (Fleet Safety Manager). Guaranteed not to be boring!

Winner: It’s 2-0 to Expo. The world’s best players are no match for our experts.


  1. World Cup winning managers

Russia 2018 boasts Joachim Low, longstanding manager of the reigning champions Germany. Finally, we’ve got a competitive contest on our hands.

But hold on, speaking exclusively live at the Expo will be none other than England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward! He’ll be speaking about the key attributes needed to create a winning

team on and off the pitch; talent, teachability, pressure and will. It’s not to be missed!

Winner: It looks like a draw in this round, but given that Sir Clive coached an England team to World Cup success he gets the edge over Low. It’s 3-0 to Expo!


  1. Prospects of an England victory

Let’s face it, England have very little chance of winning the tournament.  They’ve got a fairly friendly group if you ignore Belgium, so we’ll be kind and assume they get through to round two. Here they’d probably meet Poland or Colombia. We’ll be even more kind and say that by some miracle they’ll get through that game. At the quarter final stage they would probably meet Germany and…well you know the rest.

On the RoSPA stand at Expo there will be a free prize draw to win an ISO 45001 review. Now, people attend the Expo from all over the UK and beyond, BUT the majority of attendees are from England so it’s safe to assume that the winner of the prize draw will based in England.

Winner: Yet another easy victory for Expo. It’s now 4-0.


  1. Use of technology

If you haven’t heard, the dreaded VAR (Video Assistant Referees) will be in operation at the World Cup. Expect lengthy delays, confusion and some dodgy decisions.

Meanwhile in London, RoSPA will be showcasing a range of exciting products, including a new range of products for managing occupational road risk.

Winner: Confusion v Clarity. Only one winner here. 5-0 to Expo.


  1. Safety

It’s the Safety and Health Expo! Safety is literally written all over it!

Whilst the predictions of hooliganism in Russia will hopefully amount to nothing, I think it’s reasonable to say that the ExCel centre will be a far safer place to be. RoSPA have been exhibiting for almost ten years and during that time there hasn’t been any crowd trouble (although it did get a bit hairy once when we did a talk about CDM), we haven’t heard offensive chants or seen any weapons being used.

Winner: 6-0. It’s a clean sweep for Expo!


So there you go. ‘Scientific’ proof that the Safety and Health Expo is where you need to be this June. Make sure you don’t miss out by booking your place HERE

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