Message from the Chair 2016

7 January 2016

Message from the Chair 2016

Curt Cadet 2016

Dear colleagues,

Another new year is upon us - in reflection we may ask ourselves “Where has the year gone and what have we accomplished in our personal and professional lives?”  The answer to this is not meant to demotivate us but rather to put things in perspective.  From all indications, 2016 appears to be a challenging year globally, principally influenced by international oil and gas prices, resulting in downsizing and re-engineering arrangements, as such, job losses are looming.  How would this affect us professionally and personally, are we prepared to do more with fewer resources,  maintain good safety performance and continually improve? These are some of the questions we need to confront as health and safety practitioners and recognize that we must become more effective and efficient as we discharge our responsibilities.

Your membership organization and Branch continue to provide resources, share best practices and provide opportunities to network with your peers in a neutral environment.  In this regard, over the last year your Executive Committee (EC) held fourteen (14) EC meetings and six (6) membership meetings and embarked on a number of initiatives to raise the profile of the Caribbean Branch as well as enhance your membership experience.  These included: hosting the ISO/PC 283 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (ISO 45001) meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Trinidad and Tobago; welcomed the then President elect of IOSH (now president) where we met with non-government organizations and private companies in the energy sector; successfully hosted a booth at the AmCham HSSE Conference; held CPD/IPD workshops for members; met with the University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus to discuss IOSH accreditation of their EH&S MSc degree programme; visited Barbados where we met with officials of the Ministry of Labour and Factories Inspectorate and held an interview on CBC radio network on the topical issue of Health & Safety in the Caribbean, and hosted a membership meeting.

As we begin a new year, our plans are to continue with similar initiatives on your behalf, as our goal is to create a Branch that is vibrant, brings value to our members and provides the structure for Continuing Professional Development – the cornerstone of our chosen profession.  However, in order to achieve this, we need your support. Share your thoughts, volunteer to share your experience and expertise and most of all, we would like to see you. We look forward to your participation and strengthening your ties with the Branch to promote and develop the profession in the Caribbean.    

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of the Executive Committee for your encouragement over the last year and wish you continued progress and success in your career.  

Best regards and wishes

Curt L Cadet

Chair – Caribbean Branch