HSE International ISSUE 100 - Page 19

Our role: Supporting safety and health professionals IOSH acts as a champion, supporter, adviser, advocate and trainer for safety and health professionals working in organisations of all sizes. We give the safety and health profession a consistent, independent, authoritative voice at the highest levels. Our single-minded focus is to support our members whose job is to protect the safety, health and wellbeing of working people. We share their passion and determination to cut the number of people who die or fall ill because of their work, by helping organisations to create safer, healthier and more sustainable working practices. What we do: Support, research, advice, training We support our members in a variety of practical and effective ways. We offer online forums, networking events, conferences, exhibitions and helplines to share information, advice, legal guidance and best practice. We petition governments, advise policy-makers, commission research and set standards. We run highprofile campaigns to promote awareness of the issues that affect safety, health and wellbeing at work – from the causes of cancer to the hazards of dust, from safeguarding mental health to achieving a healthy work-life balance. Our highly regarded training courses provide essential information, tools and skills for our members and their colleagues, suppliers and customers. Our membership grades are linked to internationally recognised qualifications, with Chartered Membership of IOSH acknowledged worldwide as the hallmark of professional excellence in workplace safety and health. “Our shared objective is a world where work is safe and healthy for every working person, every day.” Why we do it: Safer, healthier workplaces We empower our members to ensure that their organisations prioritise the safety, health and wellbeing of their workforce. That’s good for people, but it’s also good for business – strengthening business reputations, resilience and even results. Our shared objective is a world where work is safe and healthy for every working person, every day. With this goal in mind, one of our major focuses at present is raising awareness of work-related cancers. IOSH launched the No Time to Lose campaign with the aims to get the causes of occupational cancer better understood and help businesses take action. The initiative sheds light on the subject as a whole, while also providing key information about tackling five of the most common factors associated with work-related cancer registrations and deaths in the UK – asbestos, diesel engine exhaust fumes, silica dust, solar radiation and shift work. Since the launch, the campaign has gained formal support from more than 120 organisations, including a pledge to take action from 60 businesses across a host of different sectors. More than 40,000 visits have been made to the campaign website, www.notimetolose.org.uk, where more information including free-to-download guidance can be found. Further details about IOSH can also be found online at www.iosh.co.uk. HSE INTERNATIONAL 19