April 2020

International Workers’ Memorial Day and World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Tuesday 28 April marked the annual International Workers’ Memorial Day and World Day for Safety and Health at Work. It marked an opportunity to remember those who have lost their lives while providing crucial services during the coronavirus pandemic, including healthcare workers.

IOSH’s weekly staff virtual coffee morning, led by the Employee Forum, was brought forward by two days to coincide with this. Those on the call observed a one-minute silence and also created their own signs to mark the occasion (see below).

New Pay, Grading and Benefits Framework

IOSH introduced its new Pay, Grading and Benefits Framework, which focuses on a pay structure which is linked to individual performance, reflects our values and is future-proofed. It means that employees can see the link between their individual performance and pay.

Our benefits offer to employees has also been refreshed. It now includes new benefits such as a car-buying scheme and staff being able to buy and sell annual leave.

Webinar with World Health Organization

IOSH collaborated with the World Health Organization (WHO) to run a webinar called Managing workplace safety and health in response to Covid-19. Our President Dr Andrew Sharman was among the speakers, alongside Dr Maria Neira, Director for Environment Climate and Health at WHO, Dr Andy Ramsay, of the Infectious Hazard Management Department at WHO, and Dr Ivan Ivanov, Team Lead of Occupational and Workplace Health at WHO.

More than 3,300 people joined into the webinar, held on 02 April. To view it, or for more information about IOSH’s coronavirus-related webinars, click here.

All-Staff Briefing

With the majority of IOSH’s employees continuing to work from home, we held our first-ever virtual All-Staff Briefing on 01 April, using the Zoom webinar function.

More than 140 staff joined the session, which was led by our Chief Executive Bev Messinger. The main focus was on IOSH’s response to the coronavirus but there were also updates on key areas including the recent Board of Trustees meeting and the implementation of IOSH’s new pay, grading and benefits framework. The technology allowed staff to ask questions, using the ‘chat’ function, with about 30 being submitted and answered by IOSH’s Senior Leadership Team.

March 2020

Response to coronavirus

We have adapted our operations in order to protect our staff’s health and wellbeing and our organisation during this pandemic. IOSH’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT) met regularly and closely monitored developments with the coronavirus, while the Emergency Tactical Response Team put plans in place to ensure the business was able to continue to operate as the situation escalated.

In the middle of the month, the decision was taken that the majority of staff would work from home for an indefinite period, with the office remaining open (eventually for just two days a week) for a handful of staff to carry out critical tasks which have to be done on site. Other actions included setting up a dedicated coronavirus resource page on the intranet and regular communications from Chief Executive Bev Messinger and information being cascaded about SLT decisions.

IOSH also set up a dedicated hub for members and businesses to use on its website and provided regular communications for stakeholders.

Memcom Membership Excellence Awards

Following our success at the Charity Times Awards last year (image right), IOSH was shortlisted for two 2020 Memcom Membership Excellence Awards. Bev Messinger, Chief Executive, was shortlisted for The Louis Armstrong CEO Leadership Award and Jasbir Bilen, Head of People, was shortlisted for The HR Leader of the Year Award.

The winners will be announced on 04 June. The full shortlist is available here.

February 2020

Coronavirus

IOSH has been at the forefront in providing businesses with advice for managing the risk provided by the outbreak of coronavirus around the world. We produced an article with seven top tips for what organisations can do to protect employees, especially those who travel on business. Our Vice-President Tim Eldridge was interviewed on BBC News on this topic, while guidance has been issued internally for employees.

January 2020

IOSH West Africa Conference

On Wednesday 22 January, IOSH held its first-ever West Africa Conference in Lagos, Nigeria. Nearly 1,000 delegates attended the event and heard presentations from key business leaders and took part in workshops and panel discussions designed to build safety and health competence.

High-level representatives from the Federal Republic of Nigeria addressed the conference and speakers included IOSH Chief Executive Bev Messinger, IOSH Vice-President Kayode Fowode, IOSH West Africa Consultant Funmi Adegbola, the Director-General of the Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Mojola, as well as the Nigerian Insurers Association and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.

At the conference, IOSH launched both its NCFE IOSH Level 3 Certificate in Safety and Health for Business and its No Time to Lose campaign on occupational cancer across West Africa.

Pulse survey

We issued a pulse survey to all staff, asking them for their feedback on two different areas: smarter working and the Giving and Receiving Feedback training. In total, 128 staff completed the survey.

December 2019

Values and Behaviours video

We have created a short video which provides an overview of our Values and Behaviours in an easy-to-digest manner. You can watch the video here.

November 2019

Management and Leadership Conference

On Monday 18 November, all members of our Wider Leadership Teams and Business Partners attended our Management and Leadership Conference. The event provided an opportunity for colleagues to get together away from the office to consider how they manage and lead their respective teams. It covered a wide range of topics, including: presence and impact; leadership styles; empathy; emotional intelligence; and mindfulness.

October 2019

IOSH Celebrating Success Awards

This October we hosted our first IOSH Celebrating Success Awards. We received over 100 nominations for individuals, teams and directorates, from people across the organisation looking to celebrate the hard work and achievements of their colleagues. Our awards ceremony on 11 October 2019 was a fantastic event where we could come together and celebrate, with food, music and dancing.

There were seven very worthy winners announced on the night:

  • Coco Chauhan – Super Service
  • Lena Mistry – Improve and Enhance
  • Joanna Flinders – Solution Finder
  • Virman Man – Health, Safety and Wellbeing
  • Workplace Services Team – Thinking Differently
  • Laura Towse – Behind the Scenes
  • Sally Gatward – Every Little Helps.

Charity Times Awards success

IOSH won not one but two awards at the Charity Times Awards on Tuesday 02 October – Bev Messinger was named Rising CEO Star, while IOSH’s Attraction and Induction project won Change Project of the Year. It’s a fantastic achievement and we are proud of everyone involved. Read more on our website.


September 2019

IOSH was a finalist at the 2019 Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) People Management Awards, which took place in London on Tuesday 24 September. IOSH was nominated in the ‘Best SME People Management Initiative’ category, and while we didn’t win, we are proud to have been nominated alongside some fantastic organisations. Not only that, but we were the only professional body to be shortlisted, which is amazing.


July 2019

IOSH has been shortlisted in two categories in this year’s Charity Times Awards!

We have been shortlisted in the ‘Rising CEO Star’ category, and in the ‘Change Project of the Year’ category for our Attraction and Induction process.

We’re happy to be selected alongside some big names in the charity sector and to be recognised for the transformational work taking place at IOSH. The winners for the Charity Times Awards will be announced on 02 October 2019. So until then fingers crossed!


June 2019

We’re thrilled to launch the IOSH Celebrating Success Awards, the first stage of our new staff recognition scheme. The scheme has been developed by our Employee Forum and staff can nominate individuals or teams that do outstanding work. There are seven categories, each with its own judging panel, and an awards ceremony will be held this October to celebrate everyone’s hard work and reveal our award winners.


May 2019

IOSH has been shortlisted for the CIPD People Management Awards 2019. The nomination was made in the Best SME People Management Initiative category. It’s a great category and we’re delighted to be shortlisted. The winner will be announced in September, keep your fingers crossed for us!


March 2019

Along with an internal Learning and Skills programme, IOSH also encourages peer-to-peer learning. A month of inspiring sessions delivered by female colleagues across IOSH showed how women are challenging stereotypes in the world of leadership.

In June 2018, female members of staff from across IOSH were invited to the prestigious Young Women in Business conference in London organised by Management Today.

Read more