Branch AGM & Presentation: Closing the Gap between Policy, Practice and Research in Health and Safety

Branch AGM & Presentation: Closing the Gap between Policy, Practice and Research in Health and Safety
  • Thu 19 Apr 2018 7:30 PM -
    Thu 19 Apr 2018 9:00 PM

  • Nottingham Forest Football Club,
    Pavilion Road,
    West Bridgford,
    United Kingdom

    NG2 5FJ

  • Branch meeting

    East Midlands Branch

  • This event is free to attend


There will be a short AGM followed by a presentation. Part of the presentation will be given over to a reflection on my experience in the last couple of years as the Editor for the IOSH/Taylor and Francis journal ‘Policy and Practice in Health and Safety’ (PPHS).

In particular I will discuss efforts to reach out to health and safety professionals and to encourage them to play an active role in the journal. In the last few years within my own fields of expertise (work psychology and human factors/ergonomics) for example, there has been a great deal of discussion centred on the so-called ‘academic-practitioner’ divide and ‘research-practice gaps’.

Much of this focuses on the perception that academic research findings rarely transfer into changes to practice or shape wider decision-making about policy. Similar criticisms have been made about the degree to which researchers address questions which are important to practitioners. The presentation will discuss ways in which these gaps can be closed.

A second part of the presentation will be given over to my views on the latest trends in health and safety, particularly as they relate to behavioural safety, the ‘safety differently’ movement and other recent developments in research and practice within occupational safety and health.

Speaker: Dr Patrick Waterson is Reader in Human Factors and Complex Systems at Loughborough University.

He has published widely within the fields of human factors and health and safety. Aside from his role as Editor of PPHS, he serves on a number of other journal editorial boards (e.g., Safety Science, Applied Ergonomics, Ergonomics).

At the AGM, you can elect your committee for 2018/19.
You can find the AGM nominations form here.

What's in it for you?

The meeting is an opportunity to either learn or update skills and knowledge.  Attendance at the meeting may contribute towards a Members CPD programme.  Our meetings are informal and provide those attending the opportunity to meet fellow members to discuss a variety of safety related issues.

Our AGM is an important chance to get involved with how your branch is run.

Who should attend

The meeting open to IOSH Members but non-members are more than welcome to attend.

What you need to know

Branch Education Advisor available for CPD /IPD support from 18:30.

Refreshments available from 18:45 - We look forward to meeting you on the night.


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