IOSH in the news 2017

Here you’ll find selected highlights of the latest coverage IOSH has received in various forms of media

Middle East conference strategy launch

Judith McNulty-Green, IOSH’s Technical Information Manager, wrote an article for Employee Benefits on the health issues of the ageing workforce (September 2017).

IOSH’s regular column in Rail Professional was written by David Porter, vice-chair of the Railway Group, and examined the health and safety implications of changes in the industry (September 2017).

Following the publication of the terms of reference for the independent review of building regulations and fire safety in the UK, IOSH joined the British Safety Council, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and Park Health and Safety in producing a statement which called for a “considerable step change” in the management of tower block fire risks. The statement featured in a number of publications, including Fire Magazine and Building Products. IOSH had previously responded to the publication of the terms of reference for the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire, saying it had to be a “watershed for fire safety”. This gained widespread coverage, including on BBC News Online and International Fire Fighter magazine (August/September 2017).

The hazards caused by different types of gases found in workplaces and how the risks can be managed was the focus of an article by Josh Rice, chair of the Hazardous Industries Group, for Health and Safety International (August 2017).

The Chief Inspector of Ofsted claimed in an article in the Sunday Telegraph that health and safety is holding back the development of children. In response, IOSH President Graham Parker had a letter (subscription required to read) printed in the same paper the following week, stating that health and safety is actually about “enabling activities … with proper controls to prevent injuries and illness (August 2017).

Bob Street, a member of IOSH’s Health and Social Care committee, wrote an article on safeguarding NHS staff for Health Business magazine (August 2017).

IOSH’s published research into the risks faced by remote or distributed workers, called ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’. It attracted interest from a variety of media, including the HR Director (July 2017).

Following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in June 2017, IOSH co-wrote a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May to call for an end to arbitrary deregulation of health and safety and to complete its review of Part B of the Building Regulations 2010. This call was covered by a variety of media, including HR News, Public Finance and HSE International. A number of radio interview requests also came through. Shelley Frost, IOSH’s Director – Strategic Development, was interviewed by BBC Radio Berkshire (1:17:39 – 1:24:30) (June/July 2017).

IOSH is a core partner of an NHS England campaign to combat skin cancer caused by sun exposure among men who work outdoors. ‘Cover Up, Mate’ gained plenty of media interest, with some referring to IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign. These included ITV (June 2017).

Richard Jones discusses the way forward with ISO45001 at the Operational Excellence Theatre at Safety and Health Expo. This was featured in SHP online (June 2017).

IOSH's No Time to Lose campaign was mentioned in Health and Safety Matters which discusses dangers of the sun and ultraviolet rays for outdoor workers (May 2017).

John Boyle, Chair of IOSH’s Food and Drink Industries Group, features in an article published in Food Manufacture which discusses machinery safety in the sector (May 2017).

Education Business magazine featured an article written by IOSH Education Group Chair Fiona Riley on preventing the outbreak and spread of infections in schools (May 2017).

Jonathan Hughes, vice-chair of IOSH’s Staffordshire Branch, provided insight as to what a health and safety investigation involves following the death of an 11-year-old schoolgirl in an incident at Drayton Manor theme park. Jon was featured in over 40 UK national and regional media outlets, including the BBC, Metro and ITV News (May 2017).

The launch of IOSH’s new five-year strategy at its Middle East Conference in Qatar drew a large amount of coverage from media, including local press. Qatar Tribune featured an interview with IOSH’s Chair of Trustees Dr Bill Gunnyeon, while Doha News spoke with Ala’a Sukhni, the then vice-chair of IOSH’s Qatar branch. Among other English-speaking media to cover the launch was Gulf Times while many Arabic-language newspapers also covered it. The launch was also covered in some trade media including Facility Executive magazine. (April 2017)

PrintWeek magazine featured IOSH member Keith Baldock in an article about health and safety in the print industry (April 2017).

A visit to Kazakhstan by IOSH Railway Group Chair Keith Morey led to an interview with Astana Times, the biggest English-speaking newspaper in the country. (March 2017)

IOSH-funded research by University College Dublin into work-related road deaths in Ireland was extensively coverage in the Irish national and regional media, including in The Irish Sun and Irish Times (March 2017).

An interview with Ahmed El Hadidi, former Chair of IOSH’s UAE Branch, appeared in The National, an English-speaking newspaper in the UAE. (March 2017)

IOSH’s response to the UK Government’s Corporate Governance Green Paper was covered by a number of publications including Health and Safety at Work, SHP Online and Workplace Insight (February 2017).

Building magazine published a feature on the issue of pollution/fumes on construction sites which includes comment from IOSH Construction Group Chair Paul Haxell. It also published a longer comment piece by Paul on the same issue (February 2017).

IOSH’s report into the impact of the introduction of new health and safety sentencing guidelines led to coverage in some trade media, including Occupational Health and Safety. (February 2017)

IOSH Ireland Branch vowed to continue supporting industries to cut workplace accidents, in an article published by the West Cork Times (January 2017).