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United Arab Emirates Branch - Energising old hands

The UAE Branch was active throughout the fourth quarter of 2015, continuing to empower and educate practitioners in the region through a series of branch events and representation at a major conference. IIRSM’s ongoing collaboration with IPAF in the region saw members invited to attend a safety awareness workshop on mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) with practical demonstrations of a variety of different platform types.

 As lead supporters of the 2nd BOHS Workers Health Protection Conference held in Abu Dhabi, IIRSM was represented by Branch chairman Matt Cox, who gave a presentation on the alarming numbers of occupational injury, illness and workplace absence caused by manual handling activities, and ways to address them.

The December Branch event saw members introduced to the concept, use and benefits of eLearning platforms through a demonstration provided by system provider Safety Media.

For the last three years, the Branch has aimed to be as accessible as possible, to health, safety and risk professionals at all levels of the profession, from those thinking about or just embarking on their chosen career path to those with many years’ experience. With this in mind, one of the highlights this quarter was the Dubai branch event in November, where each and every attendee was invited to present on their personal experiences, highlighting health and safety challenges faced in their workplaces, the reasons why these challenges exist, their consequences and finally, what they had done or were doing to address them.

Matt said: “The mark of any true practitioner is to understand and recognise their limitations and gaps in their knowledge, accept them and seek to continually address them. By making our events accessible to members at all levels of the profession, the ‘old hands’ are energised, through revisiting topics and challenging their own systems that they had believed to be fit for purpose.

“Conversely, when entry level professionals hear from those more experienced, they can feel encouraged to continue on their chosen paths, with those that have faced and overcome the same challenges that they are facing, available to offer guidance and support,” he added.

To find out more about the UAE Branch visit their Branch page here.

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