Partnership for the new millennium

In his speech accepting the presidency of The Institution of Occupational
Safety and Health, Paul Faupel FIOSH RSP emphasised the increasing importance
of cooperation in a working world that has changed, and continues to change, in
radical ways.

Drawing members’ attention to the Revitalising Health & Safety Strategy
document and the associated Securing Health Together and Improving Access to
Occupational Health Support reports, the president noted that the significant
message coming loud and clear from this health and safety trinity is

He further reminded members that IOSH’s new corporate plan recognises that
while IOSH speaks for its members and the profession, it is not the only voice
in the sphere of occupational safety, health and, indeed, environment. While
stressing that IOSH is greater than the sum of its constituent parts and its
voice is authoritative, the president acknowledged there are others in the
related professions of occupational medicine, occupational hygiene, ergonomics,
risk management, and environmental management who, like IOSH, seek to influence
policy-makers, standards-setters and regulators.

In their jobs, on a frequent or regular basis, IOSH members work with
colleagues in these other professions because their respective competences are
complementary. Yet, Faupel commented, rarely have the professions themselves
worked together at the strategic level.

As an institution IOSH has achieved, and can continue to achieve, a large
measure of success in its own right. But effective partnerships will enable it
and those others to achieve much more. Partnership may be a political buzzword
but if IOSH is to be successful in its objectives it will be obliged to use the
vocabularies of those whom it seeks to influence, and to seek new ways of
cooperating with other organisations sharing similar goals.

The president concluded his address by committing himself to working
throughout his year of office to enhance the Institution’s existing
partnerships and to seeking out opportunities to establish new ones, in the UK,
in Europe and further abroad.

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