Challenges faced by the modern day safety and health professional explored in new book

14 December 2016

A new book investigating the changing context of health and safety policy and concerns arising in the OSH profession, has now been published.

Changing world

Health and Safety in a Changing World (2017, Routledge) is the result of a major five-year research programme funded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

The professional body commissioned studies by teams from the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM), Loughborough University, Cranfield University and the universities of Nottingham, Reading and Portsmouth, under the direction of Professor Robert Dingwall.

The programme of research, one of the most ambitious ever undertaken into the ways we protect people from ill health and injury in the workplace, delivered a wide-ranging set of findings, published in October.

IOSH executive director of policy Shelley Frost, who edited the book with Prof Dingwall, said: “OSH is steeped in a colourful history, shaped by public perception and hugely dynamic.  This book explores those facets and provides a perspective on how the OSH professional can respond to the changing needs and expectations of the world of work.  

“There are real opportunities explored on how those driving forward OSH agendas can position themselves to influence and shape the future.”

Find out more about the book here.

Notes for editors

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the world’s leading chartered professional body for people responsible for safety and health in the workplace. We have more than 47,000 members in about 130 countries.

We act as a champion, adviser, advocate and trainer for safety and health professionals working in organisations of all sizes. Our focus is to support our members in their efforts to create workplaces that are safer, healthier and more sustainable.

Our shared objective is a world where work is safe and healthy for every working person, every day. Through our 2017-2022 strategy, ‘WORK 2022 – shaping the future of safety and health’, we will seek to enhance the occupational safety and health profession, build strategic collaborative partnerships across industry and strengthen our influence globally through impactful research and development.

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