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Lord Young addresses IIRSM members

21 September 2010

The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management held its annual members' lunch at the House of Lords. Hosted by Lord Brougham and Vaux CBE, it was attended by over 100 members

Welcomed by IIRSM Chairman Keith Scott, Lord Young gave a keynote speech mentioning his much deliberated review of health and safety. He talked about the “involuntary consequence of well meant legislation” and that it was essential to ensure health and safety returned to being a serious issue and the only way to achieve this was to stop it being joked about.

He also mentioned it was a “disgrace that a health and safety consultants could be unqualified” opening the door for incorrect advice which was accepted by trusting professionals. In conclusion, he said that health and safety would not be compromised in dangerous industries - where it was needed most.

Brian Nimick, CEO, went on to outline achievements of IIRSM over the past year which have included the launch of a new website, interactive communications tools including Facebook and Twitter as well as the successful introduction of an transparent accreditation scheme covering training centres, courses and trainers.

Looking ahead Brian detailed a focus on thought leadership which will see IIRSM developing, as well as contributing to, the debate both nationally and internationally - helped by the new appointment of Barry Holt as Director of Policy and Research.


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