Financial Services - letter from the Chair

September 2019

Well, the year has flown by and it’s been a long time since I have put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard to draft a chairs update.

Since my last update we held the event in conjunction with Orangebox where we looked at the future of work and the wellbeing of employees in that agenda. Based on feedback we appear to have pitched things at the right level and with the help of some exceptional speakers delivered a well-received event. So much so we are now planning a further event enabling us to share the thoughts and ideas of speakers on a subject which at this time is a secret (partially because I am not sure of full content) as the final agenda is put together.

We have the IOSH conference coming up next week and am hoping many of you will be there to use the opportunity to learn, network and engage with other likeminded individuals, something we can’t always do in the work place.  A number of the group committee will be there and will be happy to meet and discuss what we are planning over coming months or even discuss what the committee is about in case you wished to express an interest in joining us, although you don’t need to go to conference to do that.

Interesting times are ahead with the political/economic agenda in the UK as the Brexit deadline approaches rapidly and whilst none of us know what will happen my concern is that some organisations may use the uncertainty to reduce cost and potentially increase safety risk to their employees. We as professional safety practitioners need to ensure we keep the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues at the forefront of work and if you have areas you would like us to provide more information and guidance on then please get in touch.

In October we have what I know will be a very interesting and thought-provoking session with colleagues from the HSE talking about the Blue Tape initiative, this webinar will enable you to ask questions of the HSE you may have always wanted to raise and potentially shape their future thoughts, please do join us.  It will be held on 9 October 2019 and you can book your place here.

Now holiday season is out of the way I am certain our output will increase but remember the committee cannot do this alone we do need your thoughts and ideas so get in touch with us via Twitter or LinkedIn.

Enjoy the remainder of the light-ish nights and warmer weather and will be in touch soon.

Tony Bough
Chair