IOSH president: “We had a long, hard look at what we do well – and what we can do better”
Outgoing president of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Graham Parker, has said the industry must ‘absolutely’ turn outwards for ongoing success.
Parker, who took the reins last November, and is due to be replaced by Craig Foyle, made the comments in the opening address of the annual IOSH conference in Birmingham this week.
He said that the sector should ‘learn from each other’s experiences and achievements’ and that his year as president had taught him that it was important for occupational safety and health to be ‘globalist in outlook’.
He said: “We live in a much more connected world. For many of us, our workforces are spread across borders. We need a free trade of ideas to improve and protect the working lives of people in every part of the world.”
During Parker’s time as IOSH president, he helped launch its new five-year strategy, WORK 2022 and will continue to be involved as immediate past president.
Long, hard look
He said: “In creating our strategy, we spoke to many people – our members, our stakeholders in business, our staff, and peer organisations in other professions. We studied the trends that are transforming working environments. We took a long, hard look at what we do well as an organisation, and what we can do better.
“We set out three programmes in which we can use our expertise, experience and relationships to create a healthier, safer world of work: enhance, collaborate and influence.
Speaking passionately about the sector, Parker said IOSH’s vision was for a safe and health world of work, ‘and when we say “world” we mean it’.
He said: “The end of a life is terrible on its own, but it leaves behind an immeasurable amount of heart-break for loved ones, friends and colleagues. When it is avoidable and unnecessary, such a loss of life is all the more unbearable. And let’s make clear our position on this – every work-related death is avoidable and unnecessary.
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