• David Sharp
  • 21 June 2016

David Sharp on new IOSH Blueprint

The creation of the IOSH Blueprint is a great step forward. I see it as part of a continuing effort for the profession to embrace a wider skill-set where communications, influencing skills and instigating behavioral change are as important as legal and technical expertise.

In a global world, our clients are more interested in international standards, and globally recognised competencies, than they are in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which is not enforceable in Delhi, Doha, or wherever they have their operations.

For clients such as these – and for health and safety professionals who are looking to develop their careers with the portable skills required to operate in a transient world – the IOSH Blueprint is exactly what they, and we, have been waiting for.

We are already beginning to map our HR and leadership courses against the IOSH Blueprint, working closely with the Institution to do this. We see this as a way to give professionals in the sector access to a wider base of learning and development activity. For employers and individuals in emerging markets – countries like Saudi Arabia, where they need to find 20,000 skilled health and safety managers in the next three or four years alone – it provides an authoritative roadmap for developing skills that will ultimately save lives and improve the health, safety and welfare of the builders and occupiers of whole new cities.