Campaign among topics of IOSH 2016 roundtables

IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign was one of the topics discussed at a series of roundtables during the institution’s annual conference.

24 June 2016

The roundtables were held to give delegates at IOSH 2016 the opportunity to debate some of the hot topics in the safety and health world.

In all, eight roundtables were held on the second day of the event at ExCeL London. The No Time to Lose discussion was chaired by independent facilitator Bruce Dodworth.

The success of the campaign was highlighted. There was one participant from Crossrail, one of the organisations which has made a pledge. The organisation has sent engineers to schools to raise awareness. Meanwhile IOSH Immediate Past President Tim Briggs said that civil engineering firm Costain had campaign materials across its site at Sellafield.

Tim said he had done a presentation on the campaign to students at Bordeaux University, trying to get them to connect to it by considering what work their dads may have done.

Tim said he had also attended an event about asbestos in waste management, saying it highlighted the fact that asbestos waste had been found in top soil.

He went on to say that office staff should be give protection from sunlight by providing glazing on windows.

The debate heard that work needs to continue to encourage organisations to view occupational health in the same way they do safety. The long latency of it makes it hard to quantify, the participants heard.

IOSH President Karen McDonnell highlighted one construction company with 300 staff, saying that eight of them had melanoma.

Karen added that it is important to promote the hierarchy of controls more.

IOSH 2016 was held from 21-22 June. About 100 people in total attended the roundtables. The other topics were: the impact of the new sentencing guidelines; ISO 45001; the progress of the Health in Construction Leadership Group; an update on CDM; the IOSH Blueprint; crisis management; and IOSH’s research programme. 

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