Dr David Gold

Committee Role



  • PhD in Occupational Safety and Health Engineering
  • Masters in Occupational Education
  • Former Visiting Professor, Coventry University, HRM
  • Former Assistant Professor, University of Southern Maine, Occupational Safety and Health
  • NEBOSH International Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management
  • Author, NFPA (US) Fire Brigade Training Manual for Industrial Operations
  • Co-author, SOLVE, A five-day interactive programme to prevent psychosocial problems at work


David is a Chartered Member of IOSH, a member of the Swiss Public Health Association, a member of the International Commission for Occupational Health and a former Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

With over 35 years experience in occupational safety and health, fire safety, emergency management, pre-hospital emergency medicine and rescue, David worked 23 years in the United Nations system and was responsible for occupational safety and health training and education at the International Labour Office, a United Nations Specialised Agency. He was also concurrently responsible for firefighter safety and diving safety. Currently, as a private consultant, he designed and implemented the Workplace Fire Safety Initiative for the Fair Labor Association.

Areas of specialism and interest

David is passionate about building a culture of prevention throughout the workplace, from the top down to the bottom up. In investigating large-loss fires he has seen the results of complacency and misdirected efforts. Through many years of experience he has learned and shares the view that enlightened leadership in concert with well-informed workers can make a positive difference. He is keenly interested in strengthening workplace training and education to build a fire safety culture.

Privately David is a swimmer, a sailor and a diver.