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Wales branch: avenues to pursue

● Group will collaborate with other safety organisations in Wales

● Branch aims to improve standards, provide support and share information

In November members of the Wales branch enjoyed a presentation on compliance to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 by Rod Taylor CMIOSH MIFireE MIIRSM at its latest meeting in Cardiff. The delegates spent their time sharing best health and safety practice with a round table discussion on competencies required to undertake a fi re risk assessment. They also formulated a plan for 2016.

The Wales branch aims to:

  • clarify the legislation concerning occupational health and safety in Wales
  • promote occupational health and safety in the region in order to promote and encourage cultural change
  • share and gather information with other members and organisations within the region
  • raise health and safety awareness throughout the area covered by the branch
  • where possible, contribute to and be involved in legislative development
  • assist and support fellow members in their professional development.
  • provide a contact network for members throughout the region, visiting the region, and with IIRSM head offi ce.

A general discussion around planning for next year’s meetings, guest speakers and site visits resulted in many suggestions and avenues to pursue. A large response to site tours across Wales combined with the Wales branch meeting was suggested and supported. Members agreed to investigate opportunities and speak with various contacts to arrange and secure dates for 2016. A marketing strategy will be discussed with IIRSM’s head offi ce in order to support these initiatives and to seek additional members.

Promoting the institute

Haydn Brittain, branch vice-chairman, gave a brief talk on the planned joint Wales Health and Safety Seminar planned with other safety groups and organisations to be held in April 2016. The delegates agreed this will be an excellent opportunity to network with other organisations, groups and to promote the institute.

“This initiative will allow us to unite and collaborate with other safety organisations in Wales with a purpose of improving standards and supporting each other through austere times,” said branch chairman Steve Bergiers FIIRSM.

If you would like to get involved in the Wales branch, email Steve Bergiers:

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