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After excellent feedback from delegates at last year's conference, the respected journalist and TV presenter will chair IOSH 2018.
Cathy has fronted many TV documentaries and hosted GMTV's The Sunday Programme. She has also written for The Daily Telegraph and served as Chief Political Correspondent for the Financial Times.
The event is being held from 17-18 September at the ICC in Birmingham, UK, on the theme 'Shape a new world of work'.
Sue Bull, IOSH's Conference Producer, said: "I am delighted that Cathy will join us again for IOSH 2018 as our conference chair.
"She was highly rated by delegates who attended the IOSH annual conference last year, with 98 per cent saying she was good or better; high praise indeed. So I didn't hesitate in inviting her to chair again.
"Working with Cathy before and during the two days of the conference was a fantastic experience. She was very easy to work with, a consummate professional throughout, and did an exceptional job by being extremely well planned, adaptable and prepared across both days.
"She was really interested in the conference and met all the mainstage speakers beforehand to go through their introductions to ensure they were at ease and knew what to expect. Cathy has all the qualities, skills and knowledge you need for a good conference chair and I am looking forward to working with her again enormously."
The conference will combine presentations from motivational and industry experts with practical and interactive track sessions and networking opportunities.
The four tracks will be:
Track A - Enhancing your professional skills
Track B - Health, wellbeing and workplace performance
Track C - Effective health and safety management
Track D -- The changing world of work
People who book their conference place before 21 July will save £150 with the early bird discount.
Those who have a topic or issue they would like to present on can still submit a paper for consideration. The deadline is 30 April.
The Rana Plaza factory in Dhaka collapsed on 24 April 2013, killing 1,134 workers and leaving about 2,500 with injuries, many of them life-changing.While significant strides have been made to enhance worker protection throughout supply chains, Craig Foyle, President of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), has warned against “complacency” and said “we must ensure there is never another Rana Plaza”.
At its meeting in February 2018, the IOSH Council agreed some important changes to IOSH’s governance arrangements. Proposed changes include amendments to the structure of IOSH’s Board of Trustees’ committees and other arrangements, and so will require changes to the byelaws. As per IOSH’s governance arrangements, these changes can only be implemented if approval is given at a SGM and then by the Privy Council.
Garry Jones says doing so will avoid “ineffective, knee-jerk reactions”, adding that the public expect “a level of security commensurate with risk”.“Event organisers need to have a way of systematically reviewing the threat to their event and their vulnerability to the ever-changing attack profile,” said Garry, a member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) Sports Grounds and Events Group and co-founder of event security and crowd management consultancy Storm 4 Events.
How about a “positive networking experience”?If so, joining IOSH’s Council may just be the ideal next step for you.Nominations for the 2018 elections open today. IOSH is seeking 12 members who are committed to the health and safety profession and have a desire to play a key role in the next three years as the Institution continues to deliver its WORK 2022 strategy.
At IOSH 2018, this year’s leading safety and health conference, Katharine Metters will argue there is a culture where people don’t worry about the damage they may be doing to themselves until they suffer from pain. Many also believe, she says, that therapy can undo such damage. Katharine, of Posturite, said: “Picture the scene. You are on a bus or train looking around and the majority of people are heads down on their laptops, tablets or phones.
With 2.78 million people being killed worldwide each year by work-related injury or ill health, the new global standard can encourage “much-needed solutions”, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).Organisations which adopt the standard – which has been four-and-a-half years in the making – will be required to have proportionate safety and health management systems which prevent injury and ill health among their workforce and throughout their supply chains.