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  • Lee Calver
  • 17 June 2015
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International Workplace at IOSH conference 2015

As sponsors of the must-attend event in the health and safety calendar, the IOSH annual conference, which kicked off yesterday at the ExCeL, London, we were also delighted to host two sessions yesterday afternoon.

In Track C, ‘Managing Global Risk’, our first session took place at 3:10pm - Panel session: Can we really deliver international standards in safety and health? This session was led by Ian Cooke, Programme Manager Health, Safety and Environment, International Workplace, alongside Claire Deacon, Managing Member, Claire Deacon and Associates and Mark Roden, Group EHS Director, Johnson Matthey.

The panel members – who have experience of construction and mining in South Africa, safety and health across multiple international locations and the global qualifications landscape – explored the extent to which it’s possible to apply a ‘global standard’ for safety and health, and if so, what the standard should be.

Following afternoon refreshments, we were back in Track C at 4:10pm for our second session of the day - Case study: Global policy, local action. This session, was led by Mark Roden, Group EHS Director, Johnson Matthey with an introduction from David Sharp, Managing Director, International Workplace.

Mark focused on one of the many international locations that Johnson Matthey operates in and picked up on the themes of the panel discussion, demonstrating some of the challenges that he and his team overcame in developing a safety and health structure in the region.

Facilities Show and Safety & Health Expo

As well as playing a major part in the IOSH conference, we also have an exhibition stand at the ExCeL today for the Facilities Show and the Safety and Health Expo.

Our Account Managers, Jack and Tom will be based at Stand M2550 and be on hand to discuss what learning and development needs you have in your workplace and how these can be supported using our expertise and learning management software. Simply stop by our stand for a consultation with Tom or Jack to discuss your learning and development needs.

During your consultation we will look to:

  1. Understand your long-term business strategy and priorities for the next 12 months;
  2. Understand your current approach to learning and development;
  3. Identify skills, knowledge and management solutions which could help you achieve your goals; and
  4. Book in a follow up meeting.

We are also offering one lucky winner £1,000 worth of International Workplace training. All you have to do is drop your business card off and the winner will be selected at the end of the week.

Yesterday at IOSH 2015

Delegates at yesterday’s IOSH conference were told that it is time for people to step up and take accountability for safety and health.

The two-day programme, which concludes today, is focused on the theme of ‘Leadership in action – Shaping the future of occupational safety and health’.

In his keynote speech, leadership expert and corporate adviser, Dr John Izzo, stressed the role that safety and health practitioners can play in ensuring workers at all levels are 100% responsible for their actions at work.

He said:

“When individuals take responsibility personally, everything changes.

“We want every person when they see something to ask ‘what can I do about it’ rather than, ‘I wonder what someone else can do about it’. If you want people to step up and take 100% responsibility of safety, you have to help people connect with why safety matters.”

He added:

“When I ask people why they do not step up more in their life, they say I’m only one person and it won’t matter. I’m going to suggest the opposite.

“When one person steps up, something profound happens – it disturbs the status quo.”

The conference was officially opened by IOSH President, Ian Harper. With IOSH marking its 70th anniversary in 2015, he reflected on its past achievements and continued efforts to create a safer, healthier and sustainable world of work.

He said:

“Leadership in action is still something that we aspire to in the Institution.

“Health and safety practitioners are part of the team that helps businesses to succeed. We are not people who say no to work, we are people who say yes but with control and understanding.

“Businesses need to be successful and we need to be part of that as safety and health professionals.”

Today’s conference is now well underway, with some fascinating sessions lined up throughout the day.