In an effort to support IOSH’s WORK 2022 Strategy, the Caribbean Branch hosted an OSH Conference themed “Honing the skills of the OSH Practitioner” in November 2018 in Trinidad. Based on the success of this initiative, the Branch submitted an entry for the 2019 IOSH Excellence Awards.
The goals of the Caribbean Branch’s OSH Conference were to:
- Increase collaboration with key stakeholders
- Provide a forum to share best practice with IOSH members, OSH practitioners, and other persons with an interest;
- Raise the profile of the IOSH Caribbean Branch; and
- Host an event that was affordable to a wide cross section of participants.
IOSH’s strategy was supported by:
- Enhancing the OSH profession by promoting positive perceptions about OSH; developing competence and capability;
- Collaborating with key stakeholders to build strategic partnerships; delivering practical and valuable guidance for businesses to succeed; supporting a shared vision of a safe and healthy world of work; and providing an event that supports Continuous Professional Development (CPD); and
- Influencing by empowering OSH practitioners and businesses locally and regionally; working with OSH practitioners to address local and regional health and safety issues; enabling sharing of knowledge and learning; and providing an opportunity for OSH service and equipment suppliers to interact with OSH practitioners, while exposing them to rich dialogue on topical OSH issues.
At the IOSH Conference on 18 September 2019, Birmingham, U.K., the IOSH Caribbean Branch won the IOSH Excellence Awards under the “Influence” strand. This was a milestone event for the Caribbean Branch as this was the first time the Branch received such an award.
Special mention is made to the following members of the Planning Committee for the execution of the OSH Conference and preparation of the entry submission for the 2019 Excellence Awards:
- Curt Cadet, Team Leader
- Ria Sooknarine, Events Coordinator
- Shazam Edoo
- Jenelle Duff
- Karen Lopez
View the highlights of the IOSH Caribbean Branch 2018 Conference:
Highlights of the IOSH 2019 Conference can be viewed on IOSH's YouTube Channel.