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28th November 2013
IIRSM holds Inaugural Branches Forum
Members of IIRSM board of directors and the team at IIRSM met with branch representatives from across the UK and international members joined in via Skype at the first branches forum in November. The discussions led to a new proposal to draw up a framework for branches, improved communication between IIRSM and branch members, a monthly spotlight in the IIRSM newsletter, and an agreement to hold at least two branch forums a year.
2nd October 2013
IIRSM/Cardinus Survey on Psychosocial Risks
IIRSM is carried out a survey which will be used as a part of IIRSM/Cardinus project on Psychosocial Risk Management. The survey covered a range of questions relating to the impact of new working practices within organisations. Participants response to the survey has helped IIRSM and Cardinus to identify the issues which are seen as most important and will help with the detailed planning of this program. All responses were completely anonymous.
The survey results will be published soon.
27th September 2013
IIRSM responds to the working conditions in preparation for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
Barry Holt, IIRSM's Director of Policy and Research has issued a release on the working conditions of Nepalese migrant employees constructing the 2022 World Cup sites in Qatar. Visit our Facebook page to read more.
3rd September 2013
IIRSM & APS Forum
IIRSM and APS (the Association for Project Safety), in conjunction with the Construction Industry Council are holding an important construction health and safety forum on 2nd October 2013.
Some of the key discussions will be:
• How should we assess competence?
• What is deemed acceptable to the industry?
• How will it reduce pre-qualification bureaucracy?
This is a timely Forum for key construction industry leaders and a report on the forum will be released after the event.
31st August 2013
Healthy Workplaces Summit on ‘Working together for risk prevention’
EU OSHA have invited IIRSM to take part in the Healthy Workplaces Summit on ‘Working together for risk prevention’ on 11-12 November 2013 in Bilbao. As part of the ongoing partnership between IIRSM and the Healthy Workplaces Campaign a IIRSM representative will be moderating a workshop at this event. IIRSM will be announcing more information on this closer to the event date. To see more on the Healthy Workplaces Campaign please visit www.healthy-workplaces.eu/en/
26 July 2013
EURO INFORMS MMXIII, 26th European Conference on Operational Research
Dr. Shahzeb Ali Malik of IIRSM recently attended the 26th European Conference on Operational Research in Rome, Italy. The conference was held at Sapienza University in Rome over four days. In his presentation, he covered several topics including the basic concepts about Risk Management (RM) and in particular, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). Along with that, he talked specifically about misconceptions about ERM and different factors that affect ERM adoption within organisations including people’s perception of risk and the need for an organisation to have risk based culture. He also discussed the on-going research project which involves designing an online Decision Support Tool (DST).
Along with his session, Dr. Malik also attended several other sessions related with his area of research. He enjoyed the overall experience of attending one of the largest European conferences of 2013 and gained positive feedback from other researchers who attended his session. Some of the main sponsors of the conference include IBM, Elsevier, Springer, SAS, and Wiley.
Dr. Malik has also submitted another research paper for the British Association of Management (BAM) conference which will be held on 10th – 12th September, 2013 in Liverpool. He will be attending the conference and will present his views on “Improving Risk Management Practice: A New Web-Based Initiative”.
03 July 2013
IIRSM Response to HSE Fatal Injury Stats 2012-13
The HSE has just released provisional figures for the number of fatal workplace accidents for the period 2012-13. Following the increase in 2011-12 the figure has come down from 172 to 148 which represents a frequency of 0.5 deaths per 100,000 workers. It is encouraging to see that this figure is not only lower than last year but is lower than the average frequency for the last five years (0.6 per 100,000). It is also interesting and encouraging that this reduction is reflected in data for specific industries with the exception of waste and recycling where the rate is 8.2 deaths per 100,000 as against the five year average of 4.7. However, this is a sector where there is volatility from year to year. In the sectors which are traditionally viewed as ‘dangerous’, construction and agriculture, the 2012-13 figures show a marked reduction over both the previous year and the five year average.
Internationally, the report confirms that the figures for fatal injuries in Great Britain compare favourably with other EU states with the five year average being the lowest overall, while for the last year where comparable data was available for all states, 2010, only Slovakia and the Netherlands had lower frequencies.
For comparison purposes attempts have been made to exclude deaths due to road traffic accidents from the figures for those countries which include these accidents. This raises a question on which safety professionals have commented for a while, namely whether the UK should include deaths resulting from accidents including business travel. Given the mileage performed by drivers on business, this is an issue which ought to be reconsidered, especially as the scope of corporate manslaughter would cover such incidents.
Whilst excluding deaths from road traffic accidents, the HSE report considers the number of deaths due to rail incidents. Of 406 deaths listed under ‘services’ 310 related to members of the public and included suicides and those arising from trespass. However these figures arise from RIDDOR even though rail incidents are reported and investigated through the Office of Rail Regulation.
You can view the HSE stats here
20 June 2013
IIRSM Benchmarking Forum
On June 19th IIRSM hosted a forum on the subject of benchmarking. The forum, which was sponsored by Cardinus Risk Management, was linked to the EU OSHA Healthy Workplace Campaign which has addressed the issue of benchmarking health & safety management. The Forum covered topics which had been identified by EU Campaign Members as critical to measuring performance and had been subjects of a recent workshop in Brussels, in which IIRSM Chairman, Peter Hall and Director of Policy & Research, Barry Holt led sessions.
The Forum, chaired by IIRSM Chief Executive, Brian Nimick, looked at the results of the EU OSHA survey which was supplemented by a similar survey carried out by IIRSM.
A key topic in both surveys was establishing a positive safety & health culture. This was addressed in an excellent presentation by Dr Tim Marsh, of Ryder Marsh, who looked at a number of theories which he explained in a clear and at times humorous way.
This was followed by a workshop discussion facilitated by Barry Holt on the topic of the role of leadership in benchmarking. There was a good exchange of ideas between the participants, particular over the issue of whether leadership can be taught.
After lunch, the Head of Health & Safety Consultancy at Cardinus, Mark Preston, looked at how we can set key performance indicators for health and safety. He stressed the importance of including not only traditional lag indicators but also employing leading indicators to measure what has gone right.
Finally Dr Dietmar Elsler from the EU Occupational Safety & Health Agency, who is the Project Manager for the current campaign, outlined the role of the Agency and the current campaign before looking specifically at how to measure the way in which workers can be involved in managing health and safety.
The event was attended by a capacity audience who gained significant insight into this topic and IIRSM would like to thank Cardinus Risk Management for providing an excellent facility.
You can view photos from the forum here.
07 June 2013
EU Healthy Workplace Campaign – Benchmarking event
On June 5th/6th Director of Policy & Research, Barry Holt and IIRSM Chairman Peter Hall attended a benchmarking event in Brussels, organised by the EU Occupational & Safety & Health Agency. The event followed a survey of Campaign Partners into those elements of OSH management which it is felt most important to benchmark. This survey was organised by the Steering Committee of which Barry is a member.
The event was launched by the project manager, Dr Dietmar Elsler of EU OSHA, a member of the IIRSM Board and was addressed by key stakeholders including Christa Sedlatschek, Director of EU OSHA, Marianne de Troyer, European Trade Union Congress, Roman Strecker, Business Europe and David Tjong, Ideal Standard.
These presentations were followed by three parallel workshops including one on leadership, chaired by Barry Holt with Peter Hall coordinating feedback and additional presenters, Richard Habgood and Philip Baker from ISHCOO. There were lively discussions with eminent OSH practitioners from organisations including Toyota, General Electric, Delphi and ArcelorMittal. Following feedback from all the workshops there was a reception at which there was the opportunity to meet Laszlo Andor, EC Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
The following morning there were further workshops including one on how EU directives are applied in individual member states. This was chaired by Richard Habgood of ISHCOO with contributions from Barry Holt, Peter Hall and Philip Baker (ISHCOO). Other participants included OSH professionals from General Electric, European TUC and International SOS.
Following the workshops the Steering Committee will be reviewing the way forward for the future and there will be proposals submitted to the Campaign closing event in Bilbao in November.
The work which IIRSM has been doing with EU OSHA on benchmarking will be complemented by our own Forum on June 19th at which one of the speakers will be Dr Dietmar Elsler. More information here.
30 April 2013
IIRSM and KOSHA Resign Memorandum of Understanding
Representatives of IIRSM met Mr Gye-Wan Bae and Mr Kyung Wan Lee of KOSHA on 30th April. The meeting saw the renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations as well as discussions identifying areas for mutual cooperation, both as individual organisations and as joint members of the International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH). Read Peter Hall, IIRSM Chairman's speech below:
It gives me great pleasure to personally welcome you to London and, as Chairman of International Institute Risk and Safety Management, to extend the welcome on behalf of our Board, Officers and Members.
We know from evidence produced by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other leading national and international organisations that the multi-trillion dollar cost of poor health and safety is a significant millstone around the globe.
We do recognise, therefore, the need to share our expertise in order to save the lives and livelihoods of workers throughout the world. IIRSM is an internationally facing body and we look to work in partnership with
governments and other similarly minded bodies to help develop effective accident prevention systems, processes and culture in order reduce the appalling cost of poor Occupational Health and Safety.
However there are clear and present signs that the tide is starting to turn. There is a growing movement of governments, businesses, None Government Organisations, Trade Unions and Stakeholder Groups who are determined to tackle this unacceptable blight that is killing, injuring and making ill many millions of workers every year. Our involvement with ICOH and our partnership with KOSHA is key to ensuring that we are playing our part in a cooperative and effective manner.
This is the reason why this meeting is so important; in spelling out the magnitude of the pain and suffering that poorly managed working conditions are causing; by welcoming and sharing the successful measures that have been put in place to improve workers health and safety through accident prevention and by providing the foundation for more cooperative working.
We have with us today the Chairman and the Secretary of the ICOH Accident Prevention Scientific Committee. We believe that by supporting ICOH we can help promote their call for all organisations across the globe to demonstrate their commitment to accident prevention and we look to working with both ICOH and KOSHA to help transfer their knowledge and expertise.
I know that both organisations recognise that ICOH is committed to working with its members to achieve real and lasting change. We believe that we can make a real difference if we work together.
As Chairman of IIRSM, I have looked forward to this meeting and to our discussions on how we can work in partnership and how, with our connections to ICOH, we can help you with the delivery of the Seoul Congress in 2015.
Peter W Hall Chairman IIRSM (30th April 2013)
26 April 2013
IIRSM comment on the Dhaka garment factory building collapse:
I’m sure the thoughts of all our members must go out to the victims and families of those killed or injured in the collapse of the Rana Plaza near Dhaka. At the latest estimate over 273 workers have been killed with hundreds more injured or missing. Inevitably fingers are pointed at the building develops for exploiting loopholes in planning laws and at legislators for not introducing and enforcing stricter planning controls. However, are these the sole causes of this disaster?
Bangladesh is the major supplier of cheap garments to many global retailers including those with outlets in the west. If we look at why manufacturing has moved there to such a large extent we have to admit that it is due to the low wage economy which keeps down costs for the retailers and leads to higher profits. So as well as addressing the obvious local causes perhaps other stakeholders should be putting pressure on the suppliers to improve wages and conditions for their workers even if we have to pay a little more for their products or that their profits may be reduced.
Once again there is a need for global companies to make their Corporate Social Responsibility programmes a reality rather than just a piece of paper to put in the annual report & accounts.
Read the full story here.
Barry Holt, IIRSM Director of Policy & Research.
04 April 2013
Safe & Secure Report on IIRSM East Midlands branch meeting
The following report was originally posted on the Safe & Secure website here.
"During March of this year, our very own managing director and one of the UK’s leading Legionella experts Keith Froggatt (BSc, DMS, MCIM, MWMSoc) was duely invited to give a legionella lecture to members of the East Midlands Regional Branch Of The International Institute Of Risk And Safety Managements (IIRSM) during their monthly meeting by Chairman Gary Musson (CMIOSH, FIIRSM, FlnstLM, RMaPS) at Swadlincote Town Hall.
The lecture is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of legionella bacteria and the ease of which it can develop, the categories of people most at risk and their susceptibility, the bacteria’s optimum growth conditions and locations, as well as giving a clear outline of how to reduce the risks and manage an effective, combative control programme. There was also a short Q&A session in which Keith invited the members to broaden their knowledge and learn invaluable information by being able to discuss any related issues and gain understanding of legionellae directly with him.
The evening was a great success, and we would like to extend our gratitude to Gary Musson and the IIRSM members for their very welcoming atmosphere, and look forward to being able to attend future meetings enabling us to keep up to date with the latest Health and Safety information and guidelines
If you would like any further information regarding this in-depth lecture or would like to arrange for a lecture to take place, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, if you would like to obtain information regarding the IIRSM and who they are, how to become involved or for general enquiries please contact Chairman Gary Musson at email@example.com"
06 Febraury 2013
Progress on achievements of Prof. Löfstedt recommendations
The Minister for Employment, Mark Hoban MP, has published a review by Prof Ragnar Löfstedt into the progress that has been made on actions arising from his report. The achievements include key recommendations for changes to both legislation and guidance including:
• Changes to the HSE Approved Codes of Practice. The changes include six simplified Codes and the withdrawal six by consolidation and the completely withdrawal of a further three Codes.
• A further seven sets of regulations which are obsolete have already revoked and it is proposed that a further thirteen will be withdrawn by April 2013.
• Measures have been introduced to simplify compliance for SMEs. This has included the Health & Safety Toolbox.
• To reduce the burden on business, the Primary Authority scheme will be strengthened. This will be aimed at multi-site businesses in order to ensure greater consistency of in enforcement
• One of the more high profile changes has been the establishment of the Myth Busters’ panel to allow challenges to disproportionate or inaccurate requirements. So far there have been over 100 challenges where application has been ruled ‘over-zealous’.
The report gives a detailed breakdown of the actions both as a result of Prof Löfstedt’s report and the earlier one, “Common Sense, Common Safety” produced by Lord Young’s committee. This, of course, recommended the establishment of the Occupational Safety & Health Consultants’ Register (OSHCR) which was established in 2011 with IIRSM playing a fully active part.
The new review also stresses an issue which has been raised previously by Prof Löfstedt and which IIRSM strongly supports, namely the need for a closer engagement with the EU Occupational Safety & Health Agency (EU OSHA).To provide this support IIRSM is once again a Campaign Partner in the current ‘Healthy Workplace Campaign’, ‘Working together for risk prevention’. As much of our recent health and safety legislation has arisen from the EU it is the view of Prof Löfstedt that rather than blame Brussels for what is seen as excessive regulation, we should work with Europe to ensure that such new standards are proportionate and improve standards while not imposing an ‘excessive’ burden on business.
You can read the report here (pdf).
05 February 2013
E-Waste Dumping in Nigeria
IIRSM Nigeria branch Chairman Eugene Itua comments on e-waste dumping in Nigeria in the Nigerian Tribune. View the article here.
30 January 2013
Risk communication forum follow-up
Risk communication is a topic which is rapidly increasing in importance for risk management at both corporate and operational levels. For example organisations involved with developing and promoting new technologies such as pharmaceuticals, nano-technology and food and drink products need to be aware of how to manage public perception of risk. As we all know the way the media reports on such subjects as well as on major incidents, can have a serious or even catastrophic impact on a business.
On Jan 29th, 2013, IIRSM in association with the Risk Initiative & Statistical Consultancy Unit of University of Warwick ran a successful forum to provide risk practitioners with results of current academic research. The speakers were Prof. Simon French, Director of RISCU and IIRSM Honorary Fellow, and Research Fellow, Dr Nikos Argyris, who had developed scenarios for analysis by work groups. The presentations covered the issues facing good risk communication, perception of risk and individual behaviour, society, risk and the media and finally participants were introduced to tools for categorising risk identifying the context and planning communication.
The forum was oversubscribed and as result we are planning to hold a repeat event in the autumn. To register your interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IIRSM would like to express their gratitude to Warwick University and also to Cardinus Risk Management Ltd for providing the venue.
28 January 2013
IIRSM comment on the 27 January Brazil club fire that killed at least 233 people
IIRSM, along with the whole world must be horrified by the events at the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil. Over the years we have seen similar incidents closer to home and each time the shock so many lives are lost is the same.
In 1973, in the Summerland fire in the Isle of Man, 50 people died and 80 were injured, while in the 1981 Stardust nightclub fire in Dublin 48 died with another 214 injured. However, these have been eclipsed by the death toll of 233 in this latest incident. While the cause of the Stardust fire was never definitely determined, theories included arson or an electrical fault, the Summerland and Kiss fires both appear to have been caused by behaviour, in the Kiss fire by the band setting off a flare and in Summerland, boys smoking in a kiosk.
However, the severity in all cases was increased by issues of smoke inhalation and difficulties in evacuating the buildings once the fire hard started.
On behalf of IIRSM and its members we send our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those killed or injured in Santa Maria.
You can view the news story here.
16 January 2013
IIRSM's comment 16 January Vauxhall helicopter crash
IIRSM is shocked to hear about this morning’s helicopter crash in Vauxhall and our sympathies go out to the casualties and their families. We await with interest the outcome of the investigation as helicopter flights through London are strictly controlled and normally follow the route of the Thames. This is to allow for a landing on water should there be a problem. However, the crane which was struck was on a site on the south bank of the river.
It is understood that National Air Traffic Control had made an announcement to aircraft operators about the height of the crane within the last few days: there is also a rule that aircraft should not approach within 500 feet of tall structures so the investigation will have some immediate questions to address. Clearly at the time, visibility was very poor due to low cloud.
Although we do not wish to speculate at this stage, one point which should be made is to praise the actions of the emergency services who have responded promptly, efficiently and with bravery.
The police are expected to hold a press conference at 11:30 GMT at Vauxhall bus station.
You can view the news report here.
10 January 2013
New IIRSM Director of Membership & New Business Development / Deputy Chief Executive
Phillip Pearson has joined IIRSM in the new role of Deputy Chief Executive; he will also be responsible for membership and new business development activities. Phillip has almost 20 years of experience working for a range of high profile professional bodies. Most recently he was Group Director for Learning and Member Services at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), where he was responsible for the global delivery of training, conferences and member services. Prior to the RICS Phillip worked as Head of Member Services for the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), where he was responsible for the strategic lead on all membership and branch activities.
Over the coming months Phillip will be looking to meet as many members and employers as possible to understand their requirements and how IIRSM can meet those in a modern and effective way. He sees it is vitally important that IIRSM continues to collaborate with other bodies and organisations to truly reflect the needs and wishes of its members at all levels and welcomes the opportunity to discuss this further.
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01 December 2011
IIRSM member David Beamont has written an article/review of our Project Risk Management forum. To view click here.
18 November 2011
IIRSM comments on HSE injury & ill-health data
Recently HSE published data on the number of fatal injuries for 2010/11. These showed an increase of 15% from 147 to 171 over the previous year. Although this is undesirable and could give cause for concern, given the methods employed for identifying trends, this does not necessarily show a change in the underlying downward trend. To identify whether this does show a real upturn cannot be established on the basis of a single data set which could be a distortion. Where it does raise concern is that the figures are published at a time of change for the UK enforcement system.
However, figures published on Nov 2nd provide data on non-fatal injuries and ill-health where the recent downward trend has continued. The number of injuries reported under RIDDOR was 118,000 with a total of 200,000 reportable (>3 day) injuries being reported through the Labour Force Survey.
Although these figures are the ones which have grabbed the headlines IIRSM is particularly concerned over the figures relating to work place ill-health, where 22.1m working days were lost last year.
Figures relating to work-related stress show that there were 211,000 new cases reported during the period compared with 189,000 pre-existing cases. These represented a worrying loss of 10.8M working days. Other facts which emerged were that workplaces with >250 employees had the highest rate s and the rates for women were higher than those for men and that the age group most affected was between 35-54.
Encouragingly we have seen a significant reduction in cases of musculoskeletal disorders over a 10 year period with a total of 158,000 new cases for the period as against 351,000 pre-existing cases.
However, there is still considerable concern over underreporting by both employers and employees. Although opinion seems to be generally supportive of the change of RIDDOR reporting from 3 to 7 days and other changes which are being proposed, we are concerned that the issue of reporting may not improve in the short term and even were it to improve how reliably will we be able to compare year on year trends. We must consider future figures very carefully indeed.