IOSH backs occupational safety and health initiatives
Tuesday 4th October 2016
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The Institution is backing the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work's (EU-OSHA) campaign 'Healthy workplaces for all ages'. The initiative aims to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing throughout people's working lives, provide employers and employees with relevant information, and facilitate the exchange of good practice in this area.
During the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, which starts on 24 October 2016, IOSH is encouraging members to use the campaign resources to help highlight the topic at work, join a networking event to hear a presentation on the campaign, and share good practice case studies.
Shelley Frost, executive director of policy at IOSH, said: "As a professional body with international reach, we continue to work closely with and support EU-OSHA's 'Healthy workplaces for all ages' campaign and its life-course approach to 'good work'.
"Working lives are getting longer -- older workers are a valuable resource, making positive contributions to organisations, and good occupational safety and health management helps ensure that all workers can fulfil their potential at work. The practical resources the campaign provides, including an excellent e-guide, are useful tools to help create a safer, healthier, more sustainable world of work for everyone."
IOSH is also supporting Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week 2016 (October 17-21), which features a variety of activities and promotional events aimed at enhancing everyone's understanding of health and wellbeing. The week centres around four general themes -- worker, workplace, wellbeing, and the wider community.
Shelley said: "We became a founder member of Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week because ensuring good health at work is at our core. As large parts of employees' lives are spent at work, employers can play an important role in helping them achieve better quality working lives and the occupational safety and health community can help support improved wellbeing at work."
"We're encouraging members to get involved during the week by downloading the growing number of free resources from the Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week's website, joining a free webinar on 18 October, and using IOSH's health and wellbeing materials to help raise awareness in the workplace."
IOSH would like to hear about the activities members organise, so please email [email protected]
Staff from IOSH’s Membership Division helped around 50 members to record skills and achievements, and map out their career paths, throughout a series of free CPD drop-in sessions held at The Grange – IOSH’s headquarters in Leicestershire – on Friday 30 September.The sessions included updates on recent enhancements to IOSH’s online CPD system and demonstrations on how to add a development plan, write reflective statements and upload documents to members’ records.
IOSH is supporting the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work’s (EU-OSHA) ‘Healthy Workplaces for All Ages’ campaign. The drive aims to raise awareness of the importance of good occupational health and safety management throughout people’s working lives and tailoring work to an individual’s abilities. It will also enable the exchange of information and good practice.Judith McNulty-Green, policy adviser at IOSH, gave a presentation on the scheme at a meeting of the East Anglia Branch.
The British Medical Association’s (BMA) occupational medicine committee has published Ageing and the workplace, reporting that a large majority of older employees enjoy good physical and mental health and work very well until the ages of 65-70.The report also puts forward recommendations for how employers can better accommodate older workers and provides information about their safety and health needs and examples of good practice.
The event, arranged by IOSH's Offshore Group, will bring together the oil and gas, renewables and marine sectors.Simon Hatson, Chair of the IOSH group, said that with the three sectors expected to increasingly come together for combined operations in the future, it is vital that safety and health remains a priority to avoid employees getting injured or becoming unwell as a result of their work.Delegates at the event will hear examples of best practice in the sectors and how they have benefitted businesses.
The delegates came from the Social Service of Industry (SESI) and Federation of Industry of the State of Ceará (FIEC). They were given a tour of The Grange, before hearing from IOSH’s policy, membership and commercial departments.While at The Grange on Monday 19 September, SESI explained that they are looking to advance safety and health within Brazilian workplaces. They are currently implementing a new project called SESI Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) Centre.
Occupational health management in the workplace is aimed at safety and health professionals. IOSH says it will provide them with the thinking and knowledge to assess whether their employers or clients are managing health risks sufficiently.It contains an overview of occupational health, discusses why managing health at work is harder than managing safety, and highlights health checks and controls which can help with monitoring the health and wellbeing of workers.