I hope that this communication finds you healthy – both you and your families. The global Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically changed life for us all. I also know that many of you work within key infrastructure and I’d like to personally thank you for your efforts to keep key utility systems, fuel supplies, pharmaceuticals and many other essential products and services flowing. Your roles may not have the same high profile as those in healthcare but they are vitally important.
Your committee is keen to ensure that we keep the momentum going following the recent recruitment and injection of energy into the team! Obviously there will be some disruption and unfortunately I have to let you know that our planned event on 15 July 2020 which was due to run in Leeds has been postponed. We will keep a close eye on global developments and decide when the time is right to select a new date for this to run. We are also looking at online delivery methods and shorter webinars and will be in touch with any developments.
I’d also like to thank everyone who completed our group survey. The survey is now closed and the results make interesting reading. The headline finding is that the group is very diverse, with a very wide range of industries represented. We also have a very broad spread of members throughout different membership categories. While this could be challenging to ensure that the group fully meets varying needs, the good news is that there is a fair degree of commonality around the challenges and technical topics of interest which cross-cuts the membership. The survey results are a great resource for us as a committee to design new engagement. Some other key highlights from the survey were:
- Over half of the membership work within a major hazard regime such as COMAH, either within their own sites or their customers.
- 75% of the membership work within organisations employing more than 100 employees but SMEs are also represented.
- 78% of your organisations work within the UK but closely followed by Europe (48%), Middle East (39%), Americas (36%) and Australasia (23%). Many organisations work in more than one country so the numbers don’t need to sum to 100%
- Many of you have membership of another professional body, with the most common being IEMA (27%), IIRSM (25%), IChemE (13%), RSC (12%) and the Energy Institute (9%)
- We had an enormous response when asking for event/webinar topics which is really pleasing. I won’t list over 100 suggestions here but some of the common themes were broadly: Ageing Plant, Management of Change, Emergency Response, Human Factors, DSEAR and preparing for Competent Authority Inspections.
Finally, although many of you will have done so already, I would encourage all group members to look at the Covid-19 guidance at:
Thanks for taking the time to read this against many other pressing priorities and most important stay safe and healthy. Very best wishes at a difficult time.
Matt Clay CEng CMIOSH
Chair – IOSH Hazardous Industries Group