Arlette Anderson

Spotlight on a Broadcasting and Telecommunications Group Committee membe

How did you become part of the CMG committee?

As IOSH has supported my professional development over the past 19 years it was the right time for me to be able to give something back to the profession and members specifically in the Communication and Media sector. I’d supported a member of my team who was already on the committee and so when a voluntary position became available, I put forward what I could offer and became part of the CMG committee.

What benefits do you feel that the CMG brings for you?

Being able to represent the members who work in the Communication and Media sector to support them in the important work they do for the profession.

What do you do in your “day job”?

I work for Vodafone a well recognised brand and my role involves keeping people safe and well and minimising the impact of business operations have on the environment. Every day is different as Vodafone delivers both fixed and mobile services to over 18 million customers in the UK. Tasks generally range from making sure customers are safe as well as our engineers and suppliers but mainly focus on leading and engaging the business to do the right thing.

How would you describe the way you do your role – in 5 words?

Leading, engaging, inspiring, resilient and persistent!

What do you find the most interesting part of your role?

Making a positive difference to people whether that is improving their health, preventing an injury, reducing the impact on the environment or generally doing things better to motivate and engage people.

What part of your role presents the most challenges?

Breadth of role and being able to do everything with the limited time and resources usually placed on anyone who operates in a fast paced business environment. Also making sure that I hold the business to account for acts or decisions made that could influence the safety.

What’s your health and safety “soap box” subject?

Ridding the profession of “cannot do” attitude because of health and safety. I never prevent someone from doing something just ask that they just pause for a second to think about doing it sensibly (and therefore safely!).

What is your one piece of advice for any safety professional?

Change the style of your communication and be proud of the work you do! Safety professionals do an amazing and really important job. Prove your worth and people and businesses will respect and open up to you more. This gives you the chance to have an engaging conversation about safety being part of what everyone does. It’s not an add-on, it’s part of a successful business and being an effective leader. Also always keep learning (and doing your CPD!).