The past few weeks have posed many challenges, not just for OSH professionals but for organisations and SMEs around the world.
At the time of writing, the World Health Organization has confirmed that COVID-19 has affected at least 194 countries and territories, spanning the majority of IOSH’s member nations.
IOSH has a crucial role to play during these unprecedented and challenging times. We know you will be under huge pressure within your own organisations, and we want you to know we are here front-and-centre to support you. Our IOSH Benevolent Fund can provide support if you’re experiencing hardships, and we’re calling on any members who can to donate additional funds to support their colleagues during these challenging times.
Your experiences to inspire and advise
At this time, being part of a global network of OSH professionals, all supporting each other and sharing expertise, comes into its own.
Which is why we want to hear from you.
From last week, the majority of IOSH staff have been working from home. While this new way of working requires a different approach, it also provides an opportunity to show how being flexible, hosting virtual and regularly updating staff maintains business continuity.
As we begin to share our stories, tips and experiences in testing times, we would greatly appreciate, you, our members, sharing yours with us.
To share your tips, your organisations' story (no matter the size) or to share your appreciation for your team during this time, please tag @IOSH_tweets, using the hashtag #OneIOSH. Like comment, retweet and check in with us daily, and together we can start an important conversation about coming together and supporting one another.
How IOSH can support you and you can help others
In these uncertain times, we want to reassure you that IOSH is working hard to ensure we keep focused on our support for members, volunteers, businesses and strategic stakeholders.
If you are concerned about how COVID-19 may affect your business, the HMRC has set up a helpline for those who are self-employed and businesses in the UK who may be struggling as a result of COVID-19. The helpline number is: 0800 0159 559.
They can provide helpful advice on tax and benefits you may be able to claim for.
The UK Government has also set out a suite of measures to protect public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19, which can be found below:
- Support for SMEs who are paying sick pay to employees
- Support for businesses through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Schemevia the British Business Bank
- Support for businesses paying tax
The IOSH Benevolent Fund (registered charity 1090484) can offer practical assistance to IOSH members who are experiencing hardship. Please see the web page for details.
The Benevolent Fund has limited resources which have been weakened by stock market falls. Since we anticipate greater demand than ever, we also ask those IOSH members in more fortunate positions to donate a sum to the Fund – no matter how small – to help bolster our limited reserves enabling us to assist more people. Details of how to do this will be added to the website.
Sharing the best, most credible information
In addition to the resources at www.iosh.com/coronavirus, which we are updating and enhancing as this situation develops, we also share other opportunities for you to stay up to date with the latest, best, most authoritative information.
The World Health Organization (WHO) held a one-hour webinar, Occupational Health Measures in the Preparedness and Response to COVID-19 at the Workplace earlier today, 23 March, at 15:00 (GMT), which will be made available as a recording.
This webinar will provide an overview of WHO’s recommendations for preparedness and response to COVID-19 at the workplace, as well as, perspectives from the United States and the corporate private sector.
The webinar was presented by Ivan Ivanov, MD, PhD- Team Leader, Global Occupational and Workplace Health, WHO-Ronald Loeppke, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACPM, Vice Chairman, U.S. Preventive Medicine, Inc, Richard Heron, MB CHB, FRCP, FFOM, FACOEM, Vice-President Health and Chief Medical Officer, BP.
For more information about this webinar visit: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jAuBxRPuSpSjAHhEgEGREQ
To stay up to date with the latest IOSH advice and guidance follow the links below:
- Preventative measures
- Emergency planning advice
- IOSH guidance when travelling for work
- Managing the safety, health and security of workers
- IOSH in the media
- Useful resources
We recognise how much your organisations will be relying on you at this time, and you, in turn, can rely on us. We are here if you need us. We are One IOSH.