IOSH and EBRD join forces to enhance safety and health standards
Monday 20th June 2016
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Today, (Monday 20 June) the two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that lays out a programme of joint activities to create safer, healthier and more sustainable workplaces in the countries where the EBRD invests.
Under the MoU, IOSH and the EBRD will work together to influence policy and practice in occupational safety and health. They will also jointly seek to improve safety and health standards at industry level.
The document provides for an exchange of information and ideas between the two organisations and the sharing of good practice and expertise across different sectors.
Shelley Frost, Executive Director of Policy at IOSH, said: "We are delighted to have signed this MoU with the EBRD, with whom we already have a very successful working relationship.
"Our organisations align in a number of core strategic principles and the MoU now formalises this relationship, as well as setting some specific objectives with a programme of work.
"This strategic alignment will allow IOSH to continue to reach out to developing countries and enhance safety and health standards."
Alistair Clark, EBRD Managing Director, Environment and Sustainability, said: "Health and safety issues in projects we fund are priority areas for the Bank. With assistance from IOSH, our plan is to help companies and industries in the countries where we invest adopt international standards for safety and health in the workplace."
The EBRD is a multilateral bank committed to the development of market-oriented economies and the promotion of private and entrepreneurial initiatives in more than 30 countries from Morocco to Mongolia and from Estonia to Egypt.
IOSH and the EBRD have already worked together on a number of projects, including sending scanning equipment for underground electric cables to Moldova for use by excavation workers. They have also provided training on the use of this equipment.
Today's agreement was signed at EBRD headquarters in London and was followed by a roundtable discussion involving other safety and health organisations.
The topics discussed at the roundtable were how occupational safety and health can have a global impact using a local approach, the areas to focus on which will return the greatest impact, and professionals with the capabilities to deliver occupational safety and health needs globally.
It was the first time the roundtables had been held as part of the institution’s annual conference. About 100 people attended the eight concurrent sessions. Updates on the progress of ISO 45001, the impact of the new sentencing guidelines, and crisis management were among the themes.
Dr Karen McDonnell gave the fraternal greeting at Safety 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.She told delegates that IOSH has successfully worked in partnership with different organisations and urged them to do the same.She said: “Shouldn’t every employee, no matter what their job, at least be able to expect when they start their working day that they will not get injured or be exposed to something which can harm their health?
The message came during the first in a new series of joint presentations by the institution, the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as part of IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign to raise awareness of occupational cancer.Members of the IOSH Midland Branch were told of the health risks related to exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS), the role of occupational hygiene in protecting workers and provided with practical advice and guidance on controlling exposure.
The stand will include a theatre, where presentations will focus on topics such as implementing ISO 45001, the latest on IOSH’s framework and No Time to Lose campaign, and information for members on updating their CPD and IPD.The expo is being held at London Excel from 21-23 June. As well as the theatre, IOSH staff will be on hand to offer advice on all things related to occupational safety and health.
The bodies that are promoting improvements to working conditions in Albania, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Montenegro have all pledged their support to the No Time to Lose campaign, which is being run by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).Frosina Gjino, executive director of the Albanian Occupational Safety and Health Center (AOSHC), said that the organisation believes that raising awareness of the risk of exposure to carcinogens at work will save lives all over the world.
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