Women in health and safety
Women in health and safety
The Women’s Health and Safety Committee meets to define plans for 2021.
The Women in Health and Safety Committee met to define its plans for 2021, which includes a series of workshops, designed to help promote equality and amplify the voice of women in the profession. A new mailing list has also been created to help share the group’s message and promote upcoming events.
Women in Health and Safety is a thriving network of people, men and women, who support gender equality and want to see women thrive in our profession. The network connects regularly in person, in non-COVID-19 time, and online. All meetings are free and open to everyone, with men and women actively encouraged to join.
The committee is made up of volunteers from the health and safety profession (and other relevant allied professions) and is chaired by Heather Beach of the Healthy Work Company. Heather told SHP: âIt’s fantastic to see such a resurgence of interest in the band after our relaunch, which takes us away from our original narrow mission of hosting face-to-face events.
âI feel like the barriers are lifted – and while I’m sure we look forward to seeing each other face to face again, to be able to broaden our scope to all kinds of areas that support women’s career advancement. in the area of ââhealth and safety is a compelling proposition.
Throughout 2020, a series of ‘virtual tea cups’ have been held to bring people together and discuss their successes and struggles during the pandemic.
In January, the committee met to discuss opportunities for the Women’s Health and Safety Network for 2021. Plans include:
- Create networks that support the career development of women in health and safety and to help women start careers in the profession;
- Organize events to share knowledge and expertise, soft skills and informal catch-ups;
- Provide a mentoring network;
- Connect with other groups, including the new International Women in Safety Coalition, to share expertise and learn
- Amplify female voices in the profession.
Following the meeting, a series projects have been set up, volunteers from the Committee have volunteered to lead each of them. The lines of work include:
o Led by Gillian Simcox – supported by Donna Walker, Claire Saunders, Karen McDonnell, Kate Field.
o Directed by Amy Sadro – supported by Anastasia Hayden, Ian Hart, Charlotte Geoghegan, Barbara Marino, Sarah McDowell, Paul Breslin.
o Led by Chinwe Okeke – supported by Charlotte Taylor, Becky Walpole, Clare Saunders.
Introduce young people to health and safety
o Led by Aoife Devaney – supported by Karen McDonnell, Anne Gardner Aston, Ruth Denyer.
Collaborate with other networks
o Executed by President of the International Safe Women Coalition, Anne Gardner Aston.
Amplify female voices
o Directed by Charlotte Geoghegan and Ian Hart.
Click here to learn more about the Women’s Health and Safety Network, including past and upcoming events.
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Listen to Heather Beach, President of the Women in Health and Safety Network in the UK, discuss how the pandemic has affected the network, her plans for 2021, and how you can get involved. Plus, learn about the new International Safe Women Coalition. If you want to skip straight to the interview with Heather, scroll to 27:34 in the media player below.
The episode also features an in-depth interview with Gill Kernick on the urgent need to improve building safety culture after Grenfell, as well as an update on the One Percent Safer Foundation.
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