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IIRSM is proud to be a sustaining member of ICOH.

Icoh LogoThe International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) is an international non-governmental professional society whose aims are to foster the scientific progress, knowledge and development of occupational health and safety in all its aspects. It was founded in 1906 in Milan as the Permanent Commission on Occupational Health.

Today, ICOH is the world's leading international scientific society in the field of occupational health with a membership of 2,000 professionals from 93 countries.

The ICOH is recognised by the United Nations as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and has close working relationships with ILO, WHO, UNEP and ISSA. Its official languages are English and French.

IIRSM’s role:

Keith Scott (IIRSM Chairman) - Chairman of the Accident Prevention Scientific Committee of the International Committee on Occupational Health (ICOH)

Dr Su Wang (IIRSM Board of Directors) - Secretary to the Accident Prevention Scientific Committee of the International Committee on Occupational Health (ICOH)

Brian Nimick (IIRSM Chief Executive) - Member of the Young People and Child Labour Working Group of the International Committee on Occupational Health (ICOH)

To find out more about ICOH visit

Supporting ICOH through the Scientific Committee on Accident Prevention (SCAP) – ICOH Congress, Cancun, 2012

As a sustaining member of ICOH since 2009, IIRSM has supported the ICOH aims to foster the scientific progress, knowledge and development of occupational health and safety, by providing speakers at Congress and through the rejuvenation of the SCAP. In addition to the dedicated work of the Chairman and Secretariat, IIRSM Headquarters in London supports SCAP through the services of its Director of Policy & Research, Mr Barry Holt, its Chief Executive, Mr Brian Nimick, and through the help of its background administrative staff.

SCAP Membership
The Scientific Committee on Accident Prevention was re-established at the International Conference on Accident Prevention, held in South Korea in November 2010. The drive to re-invigorate the committee came from the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management in the UK. IIRSM provided the Chairman, Keith Scott, and Secretary, Dr Su Wang. Since the subsequent mid-term ICOH meeting in Milan, the membership of the SCAP has doubled. We are proud to boast 15 active members.
The vision of the SCAP is to create a common approach to both occupational health and safety where we believe that efforts in one area will have benefits across both. To start this process ICOH members have been invited to submit papers which consider the impact of occupational health interventions on accident frequencies. At the SCAP meeting in Cancun, these papers will be reviewed with a view to proposing a wider research project to identify a correlation between the two disciplines.

Is there a correlation between occupational health interventions and accident prevention?

i) This proposal for research was introduced by SCAP Chairman, Keith Scott, at the Milan mid-term meeting in 2011.
ii) A formal call for papers from ICOH members was made in: Italy, Finland, US, Greece and UK.
iii) The Review of subsequent papers received was undertaken by Barry Holt (IIRSM).
iv) Brian Nimick (IIRSM) will present a review of the papers received at the SCAP meeting (17:45 21 March 2012) and ask the question ‘Where do we go from here – how do we test correlation?’

Preparation of ‘Special Session’ on Occupational Road Risk (16:00 19 March 2012)

i) This special session on occupation road risk has been organised by Stephanie Pratt (NIOSH), Barry Holt (IIRSM) and Dr Su Wang (IIRSM).
ii) This special session will be chaired by Dr Su Wang (IIRSM)


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