Chair's Update

January 2018

I am very pleased to have taken over as Chair of the group from John Boyle, who I would like to thank for an excellent job in developing a new group strategy, re-energising the group who have provided both excellent network events and annual conferences, and has also increased the membership of our group to a record level of 1,203.

John will continue as Vice Chair, which will be a great help to me.

During our strategy day last October, we aligned our own strategy with the IOSH strategy, WORK2022, focussing on the three key pillars of People, Industry Partners and Recipe for Safety. Our three year work plan will focus on delivering these strategic priorities, for the benefit of all our group membership and others.

During 2018 we will be providing a number of excellent networking events, so look out for the details on our microsite:

  • Safety Culture visit to British Sugar on 31st Jan, with more visits to other companies planned during the year. FULLY BOOKED
  • Occupational Health and Well Being event in May.
  • Webinars on Occupational Lung disease; vehicle delivery multi-drops, loading / unloading; and some of the entrants from last year’s award competition, sharing their improvements.
  • An Accident Investigation event in the summer, in collaboration with the London Metropolitan branch.
  • Our annual conference 02-03 October 2018 at the Nottingham Belfry, which we are busy planning and is already shaping up to be an great event, with really practical information to help you as professionals.
  • A fire safety event in November, in collaboration with the new Financial Services Group.

The annual Food and Drink Awards, which is aligned to our annual conference, opens soon and I would encourage you to enter, showcasing significant work you have done to improve health or safety in your organisation.

Our website is an excellent source of information to keep you up to date with the group and planned events. We will also be using Twitter and our handle is @IOSH_FoodDrink so don't forget to follow us!

To end I would like to say that health and safety, far from often being viewed as a dull compliance only profession, is in reality a career in which you can affect change across all levels of a business; culturally, technically and behaviourally.

It is a very broad, exciting profession that we hope will continue to attract an increasing number of younger people in the future, to provide good succession planning. If you know of anyone interested in getting into our line of work please encourage them, as they will bring a lot of fresh, new bright ideas, in our ever changing world of work.

Andy Melachrino
Chair – IOSH Food and Drink Industries Group