“We must work together”, IOSH President tells American conference

Working together is vital in ensuring that employees do not come to harm, IOSH’s President told a major American safety and health conference.


Dr Karen McDonnell gave the fraternal greeting at Safety 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

She told delegates that IOSH has successfully worked in partnership with different organisations and urged them to do the same.

She said: “Shouldn’t every employee, no matter what their job, at least be able to expect when they start their working day that they will not get injured or be exposed to something which can harm their health?

“Providing this assurance for people cannot be achieved if we work in isolation. We must work together, in partnerships, to achieve this goal of keeping employees across the world out of harm’s way. 

“By working together we can learn from each other and we can pool our resources to help achieve a common goal, our vision: a world of work which is safe, healthy and sustainable.”

The event, which was held from 26-29 June, was organised by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), with over 4,000 people registered to attend. 

Karen gave her presentation on Monday 27 June. She used IOSH’s No Time to Lose occupational cancer campaign as an example of the Institution working with others to enhance workplace safety and health.

While dozens of organisations have signed the campaign pledge to do what they can to prevent employees from being exposed to cancer-causing agents, the drive has also been supported by the Health and Safety Executive and the British Occupational Hygiene Society.

Karen added: “This is one excellent example of what can be achieved when IOSH and its members work with decision-makers not just in the UK, but worldwide.”

During the conference, former IOSH President Lawrence Bamber was presented with a Practice Speciality Safety Professional of the Year award. The accolades were handed out at the Council on Practices and Standards Awards Luncheon, held on Tuesday 28 June. 

Lawrence was nominated by the ASSE’s Risk Management/Insurance Speciality Group for the gong and becomes the first recipient from the UK. 

He said: “I am truly honoured to receive this fantastic award. In the UK, the USA and elsewhere in the world OSH practitioners are playing a vital role in keeping workers safe and healthy and, as a result, helping businesses to thrive. That is why I am so pleased to receive this award via a nomination from peers in my profession.” 


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