Healthy work embedded in new UK Industrial Strategy – IOSH
Tuesday 28th November 2017
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The strategy, revealed on Monday 27 November by Business Secretary Greg Clark MP, aims to improve productivity.
IOSH has highlighted a number of key areas in the White Paper which tie in with its own work and that of the wider occupational safety and health profession.
They include recognising the importance of workers and inclusive workplaces in driving the UK's future prosperity.
IOSH has done substantial work in this area. Its Life Savings campaign demonstrated how health and safety saves money as well as lives, and it has promoted sustainability and fairness within supply chains.
The Government has an ambition to see people thrive by doing 'good work', something IOSH has promoted for years and wishes to help develop as a common set of principles and measures on the quality of work. The Institution funded research into 'good work' in 2011.
IOSH's emphasis on the need to provide inclusive and flexible working environments, accommodating the needs of older workers, carers and those with physical and mental health conditions, features in the White Paper.
Richard Jones, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at IOSH, said: "We were very interested to see the Government's new industrial strategy. To help ensure the UK is as productive as possible and harnesses all its talents, it's vital the strategy has good safety and health at its heart.
"So, we're pleased that this strategy begins to take the right steps to enhance worker protection. There's no doubt that productivity and successful innovation go hand-in-hand with safety and health."
Craig Foyle is the 51st President of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).He hopes to draw on his vast experience in health and safety to drive IOSH forward and ensure its members are keeping pace with the evolving world of business.He said: “To drive IOSH forward, we need to work together as one team – members, volunteers and staff. I want us to engage with all our stakeholders – members, business, trade associations, governments and other interested parties – to make everyone realise that health and safety makes good business sense.”
IOSH, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, has responded to business trends and feedback from employers, trainers and experienced practitioners to create a new way of qualifying as a safety and health practitioner.Bev Messinger, the Institution’s Chief Executive, unveiled the NCFE IOSH Level 3 Certificate in Safety and Health for Business to a packed audience at the ICC in Birmingham, UK, venue for its annual international conference IOSH 2017.
Many are working when sick, working unpaid overtime and going throughout the year without a paid holiday, the IOSH-commissioned Opinium survey found.From health advice and counselling to fire safety inductions and the issue of personal protective equipment, non-permanent workers say they come out second best.With companies such as Uber and Deliveroo in the news for the way they employ gig workers, and the publication in July of the Government-commissioned Taylor Review into modern work practices, the employment or hiring of non-permanent workers is under scrutiny.
Since its introduction, the system called Carl (call, action, report, learn) has led to a 50 per cent reduction in ‘close calls’ at Colas Rail.The firm was presented with the main gong at in the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) annual International Rail Awards.The app allows anyone working on Colas sites to report a close safety call. Once a report has been made, safety advisers and project managers receive email alerts in real time to enable action to be taken.
Six different topics are being covered by the courses, which are aimed to give members the skills and competencies they require.The topics are: conducting general risk assessments; modern COSHH management; noise measurement and management; board masterclass; legionella management and behavioural safety. Each topic will be covered three times during the pilot phase.Three courses were held last month, with more being held this month.Delegates who sat the modern COSHH management course on 11-12 October were impressed by the content.