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IOSH celebrates Armed Forces Day

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) joined people all over the UK to celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

This annual event provides members of the public with a chance to show support for the Armed Forces community, from those currently serving to their families, veterans, reservists and cadets.

IOSH President and Army veteran Jimmy Quinn took the opportunity to encourage members to share their stories of transition from life in the Forces to the world of occupational safe and health (OSH).

Jamie Walsh responded to the call on social media. He discussed his journey – from his initial trepidation to rewarding second career – to help others in the same situation.

He said: “On starting a job in the steel industry, I quickly realised that I had underestimated the amount of broader management skills I had gained… This really helped me to be effective quickly, even while identifying technical areas where I was weaker and seeking help to improve them.”

In Jamie’s experience, large companies have similar support structures to the military, and he describes the opportunities for personal and professional development as “huge attractions”.

“I would heartily recommend it to anyone considering the transition,” he added.

Read Jamie’s post in full on the IOSH LinkedIn page.

Jimmy recorded a special message for the awareness day, which included a reminder about IOSH’s dedicated Armed Forces and Veterans Group on LinkedIn. He said: “It is my hope the group ensures that all of our veterans who wish to take a health and safety career do so in a really, really positive way.”

View the video and find more inspiring stories below.

Check out the IOSH Magazine article on ‘Joining forces with veterans’, celebrate the success of Chartered Member and Forces veteran Emrys Pritchard MBE, and gain practical tips on changing careers and achieving IOSH Chartered status from Andy Roebuck.

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Alison Barlow
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