Hoping that this message finds you all as safe and well as you can be. It’s been a long and cold start to the year, we are all getting a bit fatigued with Covid and being stuck indoors, but hopefully with the vaccination programme and spring weather ahead, we can look on the brighter side.
The Committee recently met and put together a year’s programme in line with IOSH Work 2022 Strategy. We now have a range of presentations and events planned where there is something for everybody, whether you are a new or a more experienced OSH professional. We hope you will be able join us.
We have just received back the results of the East Anglia Members survey, and I thank you for taking time to complete it. This really helps us to understand your thoughts and to guide us as a Committee.
In your responses there were some congratulations for which we thank you, also some constructive criticisms which we will take on board and some we will pass onto IOSH.
Most of you would find it easier to attend events on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, so we will bear this in mind when we set our events.
There was a nearly even split of preferences for mornings and afternoon, so we will vary our event times.
We have tended to put on whole morning events, however there is a call for sessions up to 75 minutes, so we will look to mix in some shorter one speaker events.
Most were happy with the formats we are currently using, a mix of webinars mixed with themed speaker events so we will continue on this basis.
There is a call for occupational safety, occupational health and soft skills subjects and we have already planned for some of these in our programme.
Most of you seem to like direct emails as a method of communication, so we will continue to do this. We will also use Twitter and LinkedIn.
We are now coming up to and preparing for our April AGM. As we are unable to hold a face-to-face AGM, IOSH are going to an online voting format, which means that more of you will be able to vote rather than just those who had been able to attend the face-to-face meetings in the past.
You will have received an email from IOSH to tell you about the new process and inviting you to put yourself forward should you wish to volunteer for the East Anglia Committee. Nominations have now opened and if you would like to get involved then complete the online application by 1st March. Volunteering can be really good fun, challenging but rewarding, and it’s great to be involved in a team who have the heart of health and safety and the East Anglia IOSH members at the centre of what they do.
All of the existing Committee are required to be re-elected via this process and nominations and results will be announced in due course direct from IOSH HQ.
Until then, keep safe and well.
Angela Abbs CMIOSH, Co-Opted Chair, East Anglia Branch