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To a Mouse – RoSPA Office Security Weblog

This yr the start of Robert Burns and the Lunar New 12 months fell on the identical date, 25th january. A time for Scots and Asian heritage to be celebrated, a time for reflection and ahead planning.

My favourite Robert Burns poem is ‘To a Mouse’, written in 1785 it tells the story of Burns disturbing a mouse nest while plowing a discipline, a panic stricken mouse, its ruined nest and with winter simply across the nook, its world in disarray .

There’s a line within the poem, ‘The most effective laid plans o’mice an’ males gang aft agley’ that resonates inside OSH world. That regardless of our reflection on ‘what works’ and our ahead planning, issues do not all the time go our manner… and we want assist to deliver one of the best out in ourselves and our organizations.

Yearly since 1956, RoSPA has offered the chance for individuals and organizations to ‘inform their story’ and share their successes by the internationally acknowledged RoSPA Well being & Security Awards. This community extends to 40 international locations around the globe and dealing with the individuals concerned in bringing submissions collectively is one of the best a part of my position! At current, we now have 25 RoSPA Awards Ambassadors, with three lively abroad; Stephen Storey in Chennai, Mathew Jackson within the United Arab Emirates, and Ben Legg based mostly in Madrid. All of our Ambassadors act as mentors, and Stephen is delivering an occasion in Chennai later in March.

Nevertheless, with nearly 2000 entrants and even with the additional day accessible in 2020, bringing one of the best out on this international community wanted additional pairs of fingers. Individuals with an understanding of the RoSPA Awards course of and the flexibility to assemble an efficient submission reflecting native context and tradition. Bringing to life the work of OSH professionals and practitioners and demonstrating the worth they add not solely to their organizations however to society as an entire.

The position of the RoSPA Awards Ambassador was created to assist ‘us’ turn out to be extra accessible, present mentoring alternatives and encourage organizations to inform their OSH tales. Our Ambassadors are distinctive people who give their time to assist others progress, they’re catalysts for change in their very own organizations, who acknowledge the significance of connecting round present and rising OSH points. They know what works and what to do when issues ‘gang agley’, led by Graham Parker MSc CFIOSH FIIRSM CIWFM, RoSPA Trustee and Previous President IOSH.

If you’re already a part of the RoSPA Awards and wish to profit from mentoring, please get in contact with [email protected].

If you’re studying this and need to be a part of this elite Awards group, drop the awards crew at [email protected] or myself [email protected] a message and we will probably be joyful to assist.

And bear in mind every 10,000 mile journey begins with one step…


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