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IOSH expert appointed Chair of ICOH accident prevention committee

The International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) has appointed IOSH’s Dr Karen Michell as the new Chair of its Scientific Committee for Accident Prevention (SCAP).

Karen will officially be confirmed in the role when the committee holds its Triennial Business Meeting on Wednesday 12 January.

She had previously been the committee’s secretary and will now be the chair for two years and further cements the close working relationship between IOSH and ICOH.

Karen, who is Research Programme Lead (Occupational Health) at IOSH, said: “This is an exciting time for me as I assume the role of the Chair of the ICOH Accident Prevention Scientific Committee.

“I started my career as an occupational health nurse practitioner but soon realised that health and safety are interdependent; you can’t have one without the other and my position as Chair will allow me to further develop the relationship and understanding between the two disciplines.

“I see the next two years (2022 to 2024) as a period of rejuvenation for SCAP which has been dormant in past years for a number of reasons. Using the foundation laid by those before me, I hope to grow the existing SCAP membership and, in collaboration with all SCAP members, create an active network of global OSH professionals who are driven to provide a safer and healthier work experience for workers.”

SCAP leads ICOH’s focus on proactive risk management, exploring preventative strategies which can help keep people safe.

The 12 January meeting is open to all, including IOSH members. It starts at 13:00 GMT and, in addition to Karen being confirmed as chair, will also feature a presentation from IOSH’s Policy Development Manager Dr Ivan Williams-Jimenez.

He will focus on “future-proofing occupational safety and health management systems for a post-pandemic world; through the lens of ISO 45003”.

More information about the meeting, including how to register, can be found on the registration page here.

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