Image: The memorandum was signed virtually by the organisations
We may be in the midst of a global pandemic but IOSH continues to work hard to forge new international partnerships to promote a safe and healthy world of work for all.
This month, IOSH signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM), paving the way for IOSH to play a vital role in driving up health and safety standards across West Africa.
The two parties will collaborate to further the knowledge and expertise of HR professionals within OSH and provide opportunities for training that will reach a wide cross-section of workers across Nigeria and West Africa.
Through the collaboration, IOSH and CIPM aim to achieve a greater focus on OSH in the workplace as a tool to improve sustainability, profitability and, most-importantly, the well-being of workers. Both parties firmly believe the link between HR and OSH is vitally important to achieve these improvements in the workplace.
Speaking after signing the agreement virtually with CIPM, IOSH Chief Executive Bev Messenger said:
“We believe this partnership with CIPM is fundamental to enhancing the working lives of millions of people and as an HR practitioner myself, I’m absolutely delighted to be signing an MoU with a body that is close to my heart. It’s beholden on bodies like ourselves to be at the forefront of shaping the world of work through what is a really difficult time during this global pandemic.”
Busola Alofe, Chief Executive of CIPM, spoke of the journey the two bodies had made since the IOSH West Africa Conference, in January this year:
“Safety and people sit at the centre of everything that we do and we both have a significant impact on business. With that in mind, we’ve had a number of conversations with IOSH, meeting in Nigeria just before the conference – we saw significant opportunity for collaborative efforts, had exploratory discussions and identified areas of partnership. I believe we will add tremendous value to our various stakeholder communities.”
Collaboration is already under way with a shared mission to promote the well-being and professional development of people in the respective countries and achieve a safe and healthy world of work. A series of IOSH awareness courses have already been scheduled by CIPM in Nigeria.
IOSH Emerging Networks Manager Greg Millward added:
“IOSH continues to develop our WORK2022 strategies across developing economies, where partnerships with key stakeholders allow the realisation of our strategic plans to create tangible differences through education and training that helps keep workers safe and healthy. We look forward to creating more opportunities to deliver a safe and healthy world of work for all.”