Challenges faced by the modern-day safety and health professional explored in new book
Wednesday 14th December 2016
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Health and Safety in a Changing World (2017, Routledge) is the result of a major five-year research programme funded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
The professional body commissioned studies by teams from the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM), Loughborough University, Cranfield University and the universities of Nottingham, Reading and Portsmouth, under the direction of Professor Robert Dingwall.
The programme of research, one of the most ambitious ever undertaken into the ways we protect people from ill health and injury in the workplace, delivered a wide-ranging set of findings, published in October.
IOSH executive director of policy Shelley Frost, who edited the book with Prof Dingwall, said: "OSH is steeped in a colourful history, shaped by public perception and hugely dynamic. This book explores those facets and provides a perspective on how the OSH professional can respond to the changing needs and expectations of the world of work.
"There are real opportunities explored on how those driving forward OSH agendas can position themselves to influence and shape the future."
Leading engineering solutions provider Costain recently hosted two events to raise awareness of the campaign, occupational cancers and other workplace health issues, among both its staff and key stakeholders.Around 60 members of Costain’s water team and representatives of its supply chain were engaged during a safety, health and environmental management (SHE) forum held in Reading, Berkshire, on 30 November.
The Health and Work strategy, published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), aims to work with others to increase focus on occupational health, particularly stress and related mental health issues, musculoskeletal disorders and lung diseases.It was launched on Thursday 15 December at the Nova Victoria construction site near Victoria Station, in London, with the support of the UK’s Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP.
Dr Vincent Ho today (Thursday 8 December) addressed delegates at the 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) of the International Labour Organization (ILO), highlighting IOSH’s work, its support of occupational safety and health initiatives globally and its branch networks in the Asia-Pacific region.
IOSH has updated three of its products – Leading Safely, Managing Safely and Working Safely – to increase their adaptability to different countries and cultures. The amendments come after feedback from customer surveys, which highlighted the need for content to be more applicable to non-UK audiences. Changes have included the introduction of statistics and laws from various countries.
Representatives from the construction, rail and mineral products sectors will join trade and health bodies, researchers and regulators in 2017 in raising awareness of, and taking preventative action against, harmful exposures to respirable crystalline silica (RCS).RCS, or silica dust, is commonplace in industries that work with rocks, sand and clay, and products such as bricks and concrete, but significant exposure can cause silicosis and lung cancer.
Representatives from around 40 countries are to attend the 16th Asia and the Pacific Regional Meeting (APRM) of the International Labour Organization (ILO), to discuss issues affecting employment and the world of work in the region.More than 400 people are expected to take part in the meeting in Bali, Indonesia, between 6-9 December, including government Ministers and officials, industry and worker representatives and several major non-governmental organisations (NGOs).