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Wilson Lambe MBE and James Cochrane were among the six original members who formed the Northern Ireland group of the Institution of Industrial Safety Officers (IISO), which later became IOSH.
Their role in the branch's formation in 1966, and subsequent dedication to the institution over the past 50 years, was recognised by IOSH during an evening of celebrations at Belfast City Hall on Friday 15 April.
IOSH chartered fellow Wilson, 72, and life member James, 83, received certificates from IOSH president-elect Graham Parker, with around 140 guests having gathered to mark both their and the branch's milestones.
Wilson, a member of the Northern Ireland branch's committee and a former member of IOSH's Council, said: "We felt that there was a need for a branch to be formed as health and safety was just really starting to take off at the time.
"To start with there was six of us but the membership has grown and grown over the years to the extent that we now have over 750 members across the country. We also have six members in the branch that have been awarded an MBE for services to occupational safety and health.
"Over the years we have worked to promote work-related safety and health and upskill professionals, and to build relationships with other organisations. Our philosophy has always been to work with anyone to promote safety and health at work, and that still stands today."
Wilson, who served as IOSH president in 1988-89, said he was confident that the Northern Ireland branch would continue to go from strength to strength in the years to come.
"There are more and more people coming into the profession and we will continue to provide for them," he said.
IOSH Northern Ireland Branch chair, Richard McIvor, said the foundations laid by Wilson, James and the other original and early members of the branch continue to serve it, and the wider world of work, well.
He said: "They lay the foundations for relationships with the likes of HSENI and the Northern Ireland Safety Group (NISG) that have lasted and evolved over the past 50 years.
"A lot of people who were at the celebration have been with the branch from the early days and they have influenced the course of members' careers over the years. Many have seen it simply as part of their job, and for that we thank them.
"The challenge for us going forward is to continue to build on the branch's work over the past five decades to ensure that IOSH remains at the heart of efforts to make workplaces in Northern Ireland safer and healthier for all."
IOSH Northern Ireland branch is raising awareness of work-related cancers and agricultural safety during its 50th anniversary year.
In the last year, IOSH Northern Ireland Branch has collaborated with HSENI and the HSA, BuildHealth NI and the NISG to promote workplace safety and health issues. Members have also joined forces with colleagues in IOSH's Ireland Branch to promote farm safety and health.
As part of its support for HSENI's Farm Safety Action Plan, the branch is funding demonstrations around the safe use and maintenance of chainsaws and quad bikes at this year's Balmoral Show in May.
The conference, taking place in Muscat, Oman, will be held under the patronage of the Ministry of Manpower and feature high-profile speakers. It will focus on the role of leadership in creating safe and healthy systems of work. There will be updates on developments affecting the region and information on initiatives across the industry.Following the conference, the Oman branch will hold its annual general meeting, at which Neelesh Sogani will become its new chair, replacing Peter McNair.
The agreement between the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the Oman Society for Petroleum Services (OPAL) cements the working relationship between the two bodies.Representatives signed the MoU at IOSH’s Middle East Conference in Muscat, Oman.OPAL is the pioneer society in Oman for oil and gas organisations. It is a not-for-profit body whose objective is to provide proactive services to its member base and drive relevant initiatives for the benefit of Oman’s economy.
Speakers from around the globe will address IOSH 2016, the theme of which will be ‘Influential leadership: delivering impact – sustaining change’.Ahead of the event, IOSH asked a selection of them what influential leadership means to them. Keith Hole, health and safety manager at MTS Cleansing Services Ltd, said a key component is recognising that staff are a major resource which needs to be prioritised.
More than 500 people have already secured their place at IOSH 2016, including senior safety and health professionals from Network Rail, Airbus Group, Mace, Travis Perkins, Tesco, American Eagle Outfitters and Dixons Carphone.The conference is being held at ExCeL London from 21-22 June. It will be opened by IOSH president Dr Karen McDonnell. Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward will be among keynote speakers, while TV and radio journalist Tanya Beckett will chair the event.
Industry experts will promote quad bike safety and chainsaw maintenance during this year’s Balmoral Show, which gets underway today (Wednesday 11 May) at Balmoral Park, Lisburn.The demonstrations have been funded by the IOSH Northern Ireland Branch and will form part of Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland’s (HSENI) activities at the show over the next three days.HSENI has also joined forces with the Farm Families Health Checks Programme and Rural Support to highlight important safety and health issues facing the farming community.
The welfare of workers in the ready-made garment industry was debated in the Houses of Parliament.Fashion Question Time was held in Portcullis House and was chaired by Mary Creagh, MP for Wakefield.The event, held on Monday 18 April, was arranged by Fashion Revolution and addressed by international development Minister, Desmond Swayne MP. Richard Jones, IOSH’s head of policy and public affairs, was among guests.
The ‘Avoid Harm on the Farm’ calendar has been released by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI), and features winning entries from its child farm safety poster competition this year.Over 5,000 schoolchildren from more than 100 schools submitted entries to the ‘Be Aware Kids’ competition, highlighting common farm safety issues including slurry gas, working at height, livestock and farm machinery.
The Northern Ireland Branch of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) wants its milestone year to help businesses take steps to prevent people being killed, injured or suffering ill health as a result of their work.Twenty-three workers died in Northern Ireland in 2014/15, including nine people who were employed in the agriculture and five in construction.