Leading professional health and safety organisations have formed an alliance to provide a unified voice for the sector.
The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), the British Safety Council (BSC), Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) signed a memorandum of understanding on 12th May this year to form the Occupational Safety and Health Stakeholder Alliance.
The intention is that the alliance will, for the first time, be able to provide a 360-degree perspective on critical workplace safety issues.
Health and safety alliance will support good practice
Members of the alliance offer wide-ranging expertise, covering everything from education and regulation to policy development, professional standards and thought leadership. This will enable the collective to inform and support occupational safety and health (OSH) decision-making at a government policy maker and corporate level.
IOSH have described it as a “truly historic alliance with the potential to have a far-reaching positive impact on OSH management in the UK.”
The alliance will work to support good practice and develop and implement new programmes, initiatives and activities and facilitate continuous progress on OSH issues.
Another key aim is to enhance the visibility and value of the OSH profession.
One initial area of focus will be lobbying government to protect key UK health and safety legislation that is at risk of being scrapped under the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill. Many members of the alliance have already been engaged in this.
Workplace mental health a key priority for the alliance
In addition, the alliance will also be making mental health in the workplace a key priority.
The latest workplace statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that mental ill-health associated with work accounts for more than half of all work-related illnesses, affecting 914,000 workers.
This highlights the fact that, despite its enviable safety record, the UK remains less well advanced when it comes to workplace mental health issues than many of its EU counterparts.
The alliance will therefore focus on identifying, developing and implementing measures to better equip the OSH profession to mitigate the risk factors that contribute to poor mental health in the workplace. This work will benefit individual workers, employers and the NHS, which is already under immense pressure.
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