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Message from the Chair

Continuing Our Commitment to Health and Safety Excellence

I hope this letter finds you well. As the Chair of the North Cumbria District of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), I am honoured to address our esteemed members and safety professionals who are dedicated to promoting health and safety in the workplace.

First and foremost, I want to express my heartfelt appreciation for the hard work and unwavering commitment each of you has shown towards advancing the cause of workplace safety. Your collective efforts have played a pivotal role in creating safer work environments, not only in North Cumbria but also in the wider region.

Over the past couple of years, we have faced unprecedented challenges that have put our skills and resilience to the test. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted our professional lives, emphasising the importance of occupational safety and health like never before. Throughout these challenging times, I have witnessed the dedication and innovation of our members in adapting to the changing circumstances and implementing new safety measures to protect workers.

As we move forward, I believe it is crucial to maintain the momentum of our efforts and continue creating a safer world for all workers. Our mission to prevent accidents, injuries, and ill-health remains as vital as ever, and it is our shared responsibility to drive positive change and support your IOSH Strategy Activate 2028.

Moreover, I encourage each of you to actively engage with the district's activities and share your expertise and experiences with fellow members. Your valuable contributions and perspectives will undoubtedly enrich our collective understanding of safety challenges and potential solutions.

Additionally, our district is committed to collaborating with local businesses, government bodies, and other safety organisations to foster partnerships that promote safety excellence across various industries. By working together, we can amplify our impact and achieve even greater success in driving action from everyone who can influence excellence in global occupational safety and health standards.

I invite all members to reach out to the North Cumbria District Committee with any suggestions, feedback, or ideas you may have for enhancing our initiatives. Your input is invaluable in shaping the future direction of our district and strengthening our role in building excellence in our profession.

In conclusion, I want to express my deep gratitude for your continued support and dedication to the mission of IOSH. Together, we can make a significant difference in the lives of workers and their families and put people at the heart of social sustainability.

Wishing you all the best in your endeavours, and I look forward to a year of fruitful collaboration and progress.


Gordon Pringle,
Chair, North Cumbria District of IOSH

We hold regular meetings at the Whitehaven Golf Club, Red Lonning, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA14 4QH. Our district has a warm and friendly, informal atmosphere.

Our events are open to all IOSH members and in addition we also welcome individuals who are considering joining IOSH or considering a move into the safety profession.

You will find a warm welcome, as well as and the opportunity to up-date your workplace health and safety knowledge and skills from presentations by HSE specialists and industry 'experts'. The events allow time to meet and network with other safety professionals who can also offer advice and guidance on numerous topics, and make new friends and contacts.

Branch members are encouraged to invite friends and colleagues to the branch meetings. Members are free to circulate details of the branch programme at their place of work to encourage new members.

There are a wide range of membership levels within our district who can assist in mentoring and advising on best practice for any individual who is hoping to join IOSH or upgrade their membership.

An AGM has recently taken place to recruit committee members for the North West District. The committee are actively seeking to improve, and wish to find out your views which will help them decide the most beneficial programme of events and help transform the district to attract members to future meetings. To help the committee, please spare a few minutes to complete this short survey.


Disclaimer: The information and opinions expressed on this webpage are those of the author at the time of writing and not necessarily those of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).