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February 6, 2006

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Ireland, Hong Kong. . .now the Caribbean

IOSH has further increased its international presence with the official launch of a Caribbean branch in November. This is the third international branch for IOSH, and a step closer to the corporate aim of six by 2010.

The need for a Caribbean branch has been championed by members in the area since April 2004, and an interim committee was set up to draft a business plan and implement the regulations required for IOSH recognition.

Anthony Rocheford, who led the interim committee, explained why this is such an important achievement for the area: “With the removal of trade barriers under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) trade agreement and the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME), the awareness of international safety and health issues has become even more critical. What you don’t know can hurt you. IOSH can help us access information we need to protect our workers and environment.”

Neil Budworth, IOSH president, welcomed the branch: “We are entering an exciting time for IOSH members in the Caribbean, there is huge potential to drive standards of health and safety throughout the region. I thank the interim and executive committees for all of their work to get us here and I will look forward to the growth of a dynamic and vibrant new branch and I wish you every success in achieving that.”

The first elected branch Executive Committee are: Chairman Laurence Solomon, Vice Chairman Noel Thomas, Branch Secretary Deonanan Jagdip, Treasurer Wendell Seecharan and Executive Committee Members Edwin Asson, Sherry Crosby, Alison Elcock, Junior Maynard, Edris Ocho, Harold Oxley and Anthony Rocheford.

The branch aims to promote the health and safety of people at work in the Caribbean, develop relationships with governments and non-government agencies in the region and encourage the professional growth of practitioners in their field.

The branch will provide a forum where members can access continuing professional development (CPD) activities in the Caribbean, allow members working on different Caribbean islands to stay up to date with branch activities and by providing a focal point to enable interested organisations to promote health, safety and environmental performance in industry.

For further information on the IOSH Caribbean Branch, visit its website at www.iosh.co.uk/caribbean or contact the Branch Secretary Deonanan Jagdip on +(868) 652-8146 or +(868) 682-2266 or email [email protected] Alternatively contact Sascha Lemon at IOSH on 0116 257 3100.

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