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Construction Group - letter from the Chair

IOSH Construction Group Update – December 2021

To all IOSH CG members.

Trust all is well with you, wherever you are around the world. Please find below an update following a recent IOSH CG committee meeting on 08 December 2021.

An event is being organised in conjunction with the IOSH Bristol and West Branch, and the AOSH - Avon Occupational Safety & Health Group. Ideally, we would have loved to have made this the first large face to face event of 2022, however, given the current pandemic climate and case rises, we will have to do it virtually. On the plus side the virtual approach will allow us to reach more members. The provisional date will be 08 February 2022, with an AM timeslot. Please watch out for further details released early 2022.

The committee has recently lost two members through resignation (for very good reasons) and is currently putting together a recruitment and succession plan for 2022 and beyond. We are likely to offer two places on the committee and will be inviting applications. We are particularly keen to get overseas members involved with the committee. The invite for applications will be out early January 2022. Any queries in the meantime just email the chair at Malcolm.shiels@costain.com

The IOSH CG will be looking to support some research in suicide prevention in construction. We are inviting the researchers to our next committee meeting in January 2022 and will be in a position after that meeting to give you more information. This is such an important topic considering the number of people we are losing to suicide at the moment. I can speak from a personal point of view on this. Recently on the project I am working on, we have been involved on four occasions over the last three months where individuals have been ‘talked down’ and prevented from jumping onto a motorway. When we move forward with this, please support it, and continue to look after your colleagues on site and in the office environment.

The IOSH CG continue to attend the CONIAC Managing Risk Well group. Attendance at these meetings allows us to be engaged in discussions with key relevant organisations and individuals.