What you can expect at IOSH 2018

02 May 2018 by: Sue Bull

As soon as last year’s IOSH annual international conference ended, thoughts turned to IOSH 2018.

Pulling together the programme for such a huge event is a big undertaking, but I’m pleased to report that development of the sessions are well underway. The closing date for submission of proposals to lead a track session has passed and in the next few weeks we’ll be busy reviewing them all.

In addition, we have already been developing a number of sessions for each of the tracks, so here is a taster of what you can expect:

Track A – Enhancing your professional skills

As part of this track, we are keen to engage with and showcase young OSH talent in the discussion about the future of OSH in the workplace. We will be considering issues such as how OSH professionals can use technology to ensure they continue to deliver success, how to be influential inside and outside of the boardroom and how we can inspire new entrants to the profession and develop practitioners in their early years.

Track B – Health, wellbeing and workplace performance

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) account for 39% of all work-related ill-health and poses OSH professionals a real challenge, particularly when we analyse the statistics and find we are not making significant improvements in this area.  At IOSH 2018 we will be exploring why this is, what we can we do to improve and what interventions can be made for workers experiencing WRMSDs.

Track C – Effective health and safety management

Expected to have a global impact in reducing workplace illness and injuries, ISO 45001 is one of our ‘hot topics’ for IOSH 2018. Those adopting the standard will be required to have proportionate safety and health management systems for their workforce and supply chains, meaning they will have to ensure OSH is fully integrated throughout all of their operations. We will be highlighting a number of case studies from early adopters, who will share their implementation experiences.

Track D – The changing world of work

Exploring what the future of work might look like and horizon scanning will help OSH professionals be better prepared for change. The workplace of the future may be very different to that we currently experience and the pace of technological change may also impact hugely on the way work is carried out. These and other future work trends alongside their implications for OSH will be discussed at IOSH 2018.


People who book their conference place before 21 July will save up to £150 with the early bird discount.

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