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Your year ahead with IOSH in 2020

This new year brings with it many challenging factors as well as significant opportunities for the OSH profession. We will be with you every step of the way.

Business complexity, transformative technologies and fast-evolving workplace pressures mean there has hardly ever been a more important time to improve global standards and professional competencies for occupational safety and health. 

To mark the start of our 75th anniversary year, here is what you can expect from IOSH in 2020.

From an inaugural meeting in London in April 1945 through the decades-long drive to establish world-leading standards for safety and health at work, our members have been ‘Pioneers of Progress’, influencing improvements internationally.

As we approach our official anniversary, you will learn more about how we’ve developed and the ways we’re enhancing the OSH profession to achieve a safer, healthier world of work.

Our updated competency framework, launched at the end of 2019 was based on evidence-led research, and designed to future-proof our field of work.

To help you assess your competencies and apply the competency framework, Blueprint 2.0 will be launched later this year with a new CPD scheme, new practical guides and a free Career Hub for members to gain access to thousands of learning resources and career planning tools. 

In the meantime, we continue to expand membership benefits with our new mentoring platform, which is a collaborative community for you to learn from your peers and enhance your career – look out for more details in your inbox tomorrow!

Linked to this, our membership grades review consultation is now well underway and has provided us with lots of useful and valuable data. You can read our latest update here.

IOSH’s 2020 worldwide events calendar sees us exhibiting this month at the huge Intersec trade fair in Dubai on 19-21 January as well as hosting our first West African conference, held in partnership with the Lagos State Safety Commission, which assembles the leading lights of safety and health in Nigeria and neighbouring states.

That event on 22 January will also see the launch of Nigeria’s support for our No Time to Lose campaign to tackle cancers caused by work.

A host of branch and group events through January, February and March will lead up to our anniversary events in April. Online too, branches and groups will host webinars on a range of useful topics, such as Water Management for the prevention of Legionnaires’ disease across global real estate portfolios, on 22 January.

Other milestones this year will include the 45th year of the National Safety and Health Conference, run by IOSH’s Education Group, Environmental and Waste Management Group, Health and Social Care Group, and Public Services Group, in June.

Also, in June, July and August we will join SAIOSH for its annual conference in Johannesburg, take part in Korea Safety Week and gather in Kuala Lumpur for APOSHO 35 and Malaysia Safety Week.

The autumn’s highlight will be the triennial XXII World Congress for Safety and Health at Work in Toronto, Canada in October. IOSH will play an important part in this global forum for experts in safety and health, representatives of companies and employees, decision-makers from government and public authorities, social partners, and anyone active in the area of occupational safety and health.

Keep checking www.iosh.com/events for the latest meetings, events and webinars.

With many more announcements will follow, including new IOSH membership enhancements, news releases and events, we’re lining up a happy and prosperous year ahead. 


Emma Guy
Communications Officer
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