New health body to raise standards

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. A new trade body representing occupational health providers will help HRmanagers raise workplace standards, said health and safety experts. The Commercial Occupational Health Providers Association (COHPA) aims topromote the industry by providing health and safety information and services. COHPA deputy chairman, Dr Michael Goldsmith, said the collective hoped toset the standard in occupational health. “For an HR director who may not be very knowledgeable on occupationalhealth issues, we’re there to provide them with the help they need,” saidGoldsmith. The group, which currently comprises 15 companies, has been welcomed byoccupational health and safety experts. Lawrence Waterman, president-elect of the Institution of Occupational Safetyand Health professional body, said he was optimistic the new group would raisethe profile of workplace health issues. “Occupational health is the great understated issue of Britishindustry,” said Waterman. “We welcome anything that helps raiseawareness of employers’ responsibilities and helps people, like your typical HRmanager, manage them.” Waterman, who is leading a workplace health campaign in the constructionindustry, said good practice was not always easy to implement. “It’s like holding a party with 37 types of guests,” he said.”You tend to need the help of many different professionals in anorganisation. Any help bringing people together is welcome.” A spokeswoman for the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) said it was happyto work with any group that hoped to improve industry standards. “We encourage occupational health in the workplace, and anything thathelps that is of benefit,” she said. Goldsmith said he hoped COHPA would eventually become the most influentialgroup in the industry, and one that would have the ear of the Government. Paul Yandall Comments are closed. New health body to raise standardsOn 15 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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