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OSH leading the way in Covid recovery

The Hays UK Salary and Recruiting Trends Guide 2021 looks at how last year’s events impacted on employers and professionals. It includes a focus on the OSH profession and this commentary from IOSH’s Director of Professional Services, Vanessa Harwood-Whitcher

Occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals are front and centre of organisations’ recovery from Covid-19. Senior leaders are turning to them for guidance on protecting their workforce and the future of their business.

How can they restart operations safely? How can they prevent virus transmission on site? How can they protect remote workers? How can they avert mental health and wellbeing issues?

These are just some of the questions OSH professionals are being called on to answer. At the same time, they must ensure their employers don’t lose sight of non-Covid risks. To achieve this, OSH professionals must be attuned to how their organisation is run and how OSH can enable it to sustain its future and achieve strategic goals. They must be able to adapt quickly as new risks emerge and provide senior leaders with assurance.

The demand for expert OSH advice will continue into 2021 and beyond. IOSH is seeking to ensure there is a significant pool of high-calibre people who can respond. We are doing this via our Student Membership Scheme, which provides those studying IOSH-accredited programmes with networking opportunities, our IOSH Mentoring platform, which enables people at differing career stages to share knowledge and good practice, and our Future

Leaders Community, which is led by new and aspiring professionals to help members build their OSH career.

With demand high for relevant skills, IOSH’s main safety and health training products have moved online, including our Level 3 Certificate in Safety and Health for Business, which ensures professionals are equipped with both the technical knowledge and the business acumen employers need.

That is why I am confident our profession can continue to deliver, to protect the futures of organisations and those who work for them.

Want to know more? You can request access to the guide by clicking here and filling in the online form.

IOSH has a dedicated Covid-19 hub, packed full of resources to help people manage the risks relating to the pandemic. You can view these here.

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