A global team of occupational safety and health experts has come together to form IOSH's new Research Advisory Group, where they will help to advise on upcoming research projects that will advance the OSH profession.
The Group held its first meeting this week (11 December) at College Court, Leicester, which was organised by Duncan Spencer, IOSH’s Head of Advice and Practice and Mary Ogungbeje, OSH Research Manager.
The meeting provided a summary of IOSH’s research programme and briefed the Group members on its corporate and research strategy. A series of workshops also took place to familiarise the participants with IOSH’s assessment tools to review proposals and to gather their insights on collaboration and partnership opportunities.
The Group has been formed following the disbanding of the Research Committee following IOSH’s 2018 Governance review.
The Group will advise IOSH on its use of its Research Fund to advance the occupational safety and health profession through the commissioning of research and will help to further establish IOSH as a research centre of excellence. One key responsibility of the group will be to consider and critically appraise research proposals to recommend for IOSH investment.
The Research Advisory Group includes:
- Dr Kwesi Amponsah-Tawiah (University of Ghana Business School)
- Dr Abena Asomaning-Antwi (University of Education, Winneba)
- Dr Manal Azzi (International Labour Organization (ILO))
- Dr Steve Cowley (Finch Consulting)
- Professor Avril Drummond (University of Nottingham)
- Dr Roxane Gervais (Practical Psychology Consultancy)
- Dr Ivan Ivanov (World Health Organization (WHO))
- Dr Mark Loon (Bath Spa University)
- Professor Damien McElvenny (Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM))
- Dr Nausheen Nizami (Pandit Deen Dayal Petroleum University (PDPU))
- Hanh Nguyen (ASEAN-USAID PROSPECT)
- Dr Patrick Waterson (Loughborough University)
- Brenda Weir (former London Fire Brigade)
IOSH’s research is internationally recognised, with research projects receiving far-reaching media attention in publications across the globe. Research published this year has focused on a wide variety of innovative topics, from the use of virtual reality to improve workers’ safety awareness to investigations into the mental health of lone workers, such as those working at sea.
IOSH recently closed its 2019 call for research proposals, which encouraged submissions focusing on non-health related fatalities and musculoskeletal disorders – two of IOSH’s key priority areas.
Mary Ogungbeje, OSH Research Manager, said: “I’m excited to be working alongside such a talented group of individuals with a broad spectrum of expertise to take our research programme forward. The Group will play a key role in helping us to develop and implement IOSH’s research strategy and enhance the OSH profession.”