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Chair's Welcome

Let me take this opportunity to again welcome all of our branch members to the South West Branch and to the forthcoming programme of events.

Ours is one of the largest IOSH branches in the UK with over a thousand members covering a very big geographical area. I realise that not everyone can attend branch meetings and compared with other branches some members can have a long way to travel, but it is always very encouraging when reviewing Branch events attendances that we average over sixty members at each event and we look forward to seeing not only regulars at future events, but also those who haven't been able to attend in the past.

To assist with the smooth running of the SW Branch we have a branch committee which consists of several people who are prepared to give their time to making sure the Branch works as effectively as possible for all its members and I am very lucky indeed to be supported by these very able Committee members, whose main aim is to support the members and help promote the IOSH mission to create “A safe and healthy world of work”.

All of the Branch Committee members can be viewed on the South West Branch web site under the Branch Committee heading and knowing all of them as I do, they would be more than happy if you wished to contact them and I would encourage all of our Branch members to do so if they have any questions or queries.

One of the main parts of the committees' work is to generate an annual programme of events, which covers a wide range of subjects and we hope they are not only interesting to everyone, but also delivered by quality speakers.

All events can be searched from the Branch Events section of the South West Branch web site or from the main IOSH Events search page. Presentations from past events are also published on the South West web site under Branch Events | Past Events, including this year’s AGM that was followed by a presentation by Jon Cooper from Bond Dickinson, who delivered an update on legislative changes with regards to Health & Safety, it was very informative and quite thought provoking especially with regards to future court penalties.

It was interesting to note the number of members who managed to attend the AGM and this highlights not only their support but a keen interest in the workings of the Branch.

Please accept my welcome to the South West Branch and I hope to meet many old and new members at future events.

Chris Hastings

South West Branch Chair

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