IOSH President, James Quinn, and IOSH Chief Executive, Bev Messinger, will speak to a pan-African audience of human resources professionals at the annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM).
Their attendance at the CIPM’s first-ever virtual pan-African conference, 26–28 November, enables human resource professionals across the continent to hear at first hand the links that are being drawn with the occupational safety and health profession. It also underscores the strengthening relationships that IOSH has been developing with organisations in West Africa.
James Quinn will speak about the work that IOSH has been doing to empower its members and other safety and health professionals with information and advice to ensure that workplaces are adapting to the hazards posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. He will stress the need to conduct risk assessments and refer to worker wellbeing as an issue that is increasingly becoming a concern in workplaces around the world.
Bev Messinger’s presentation will focus on sustainability, human capital and competence as key considerations in business management. She will outline the contribution that occupational safety and health can play in supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as its intrinsic value to the human resources profession.
Earlier this year, IOSH signed a memorandum of understanding with the CIPM, agreeing to collaborate strategically and operationally. The alliance highlights a shared agenda in making workplaces safer, healthier and more productive.
IOSH has just launched its West Africa Division – its first network in Africa – as a positive step in its five‑year strategy, WORK 2022, to enhance the global safety and health profession. There are already nearly 300 active committed members in Nigeria, Ghana and other countries in the region.
IOSH is keenly anticipating that many more will join in the coming months, taking advantage of the benefits of the international recognition that IOSH membership provides.