Costain shares No Time to Lose campaign with over 200 people
Thursday 15th December 2016
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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.
A further 160 people also heard about the No Time to Lose campaign at an event jointly hosted by Costain and MWH at the Ricoh Arena, in Coventry, Warwickshire, on 7 December.
The latter event was held in support of Severn Trent Water's ongoing One Supply Chain site managers' forum, which aims to provide its tier one contractors and their supply chain members with essential health and safety information.
The Institution was represented at both events by the Chair of its Professional Standards Committee, Tim Briggs.
IOSH Chartered Member Lawrence Webb, SHEQ Manager at Costain, said the presentations by Tim had been warmly received as being "poignant" and "thought-provoking".
He said: "Costain has signed-up [to No Time to Lose] as a part of its long-term commitment to driving important and best practice in health standards.
"The aim of our quarterly SHE events is to raise the profile of current initiatives, to share best practice and develop enhancements to the way of work through interactive workshops and guest speakers.
"The IOSH No Time to Lose campaign is a prime example of the crucial messages that need to be common place in the construction industry, for which Costain is a key driver."
Of the second event, Lawrence added: "Tim's No Time to Lose presentation was a key element of a 'speed-dating' approach to learning where essential health and safety subjects were reviewed in small groups, on a rotating basis.
"Other subjects included manual handling, water industry chemical safety and plant and pedestrian safety."
Costain is one of more than 170 organisations across the world that have to-date given their support to No Time to Lose.
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.
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.
More than 120 people gathered at Mountbellew Agricultural College, Co Galway, to hear advice from industry leaders and watch live demonstrations of best practice around a variety of common agricultural tasks.Hints and tips on the correct use of chainsaws and tractors, as well as livestock management, farm building maintenance and slurry safety, were all offered up by experts from the college, Teagasc, Coillte, Height for Hire and IOSH.
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.
Over 450 delegates will be attending the event to hear from and question key decision-makers in UK government and the NHS, to meet and network with colleagues from across the sector, and to learn about the latest developments in cancer policy.IOSH is one of more than 20 exhibitors who will be at the event, with the Institution promoting awareness of occupational cancers and its No Time to Lose campaign.Among those representing IOSH at the conference will be its Technical Information Manager, Judith McNulty-Green.
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).