The IOSH Middle East Branch was launched in June 2006 in Dubai by then IOSH President Neil Budworth, who inaugurated the branch and recognised the elected executive committee.
The branch was established to help local and international health and safety practitioners to integrate and to promote best practice across the Middle East region. We currently have over 950 members, and are growing rapidly.
Message from Jonathan Pickering, Chair
We ended the 2011/12 year with another hugely successful Middle East annual conference held for the first time in Muscat. This was a great opportunity to highlight the work of our members in Oman with 130 delegates attending the event from around the Middle East. IOSH in Oman has a bright future in 2012 as they move towards forming the IOSH Oman branch.
Qatar made an important step for the Middle East network, forming the IOSH Qatar branch in December 2011. The IOSH Qatar branch will be lead the way in the year to come with a launch event on 1 October 2012 and by hosting the fourth Middle East annual conference and AGM in Doha in April 2013.
Our focus remains supporting our members to assist them develop themselves and gain recognition through the membership grades. We also need to focus on ensuring we draw in members to support our growing network of committees to provide a sustainable presence in the region.
Our objectives for 2012/13 are as follows:
- Support safety and health professionals in achieving their goals with Initial Professional Development (IPD) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
- Introduce new members to our professional body
- Organise professional events for networking and sharing knowledge
- Develop alliances with government and private organisations to promote safer work environments across the region
Please contact me if you would like to offer your services in some way and check the website and IOSH Connect for details of forthcoming activities.
We have made significant steps in building IOSH across the region and I look forward to the year ahead.
Chair, IOSH Middle East