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IOSH: Winning a Gold Medal for Health and Safety

By Harold Marks

Tribute has been paid to the role of pragmatic health and safety played during the London Olympic Games by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, or IOSH.

Concerns about the efficiency of moving about the city as well as keeping things safe during the Olympics have been raised by the media, but IOSH has had nothing but positive words for the wonderful planning of the Games which ensured the safety of crowds around London and the sporting venues. IOSH is now turning its eye to the Paralympic Games, starting on August 29th, hoping to match the success of the Olympic Games and complete the legacy started with a successful construction phase.

Executive director of policy for the IOSH has stated that planning and hosting the Games has given all involved a legacy of health and safety. Hopefully, it leaves a lasting impression on the construction sector, prompting employers to use some of the same techniques for their own projects. The Olympic Delivery Authority’s innovations in health and safety as well as the ways of managing contractor relationships meant fewer deaths of workers.

The Games should act as a sort of blueprint for how to organise large-scale events in a safe manner; not just how crowd safety and transport plans were developed, but also how volunteers were managed. Everything worked together so well to make the Games a major success, and other such large-scale projects in the future should definitely look to the Games as inspiration.

Before the Games started, IOSH had nothing but extreme praise for the build project. There were one-third as many accidents as the construction industry’s average and no fatalities. Financially, an occupational hygiene progamme alone saved approximately lb7m alone.

IOSH believes the energy and costs spent to protect spectators and the residents of London shows the value of proper health and safety planning following the success of the event itself. The lack of any serious incidents, and the smoothness with which the city operated, are proof of how well these procedures worked.

If the success of the Games has proven one thing, it’s that health and safety aren’t detriments to the events at all, quote the opposite in fact. Everything has run in a timely, efficient and smooth manner and as a result people haven’t missed out on any of the fun of the Games. Furthermore, health and safety costs were far less than the damage that serious injuries, deaths or delays would have given Great Britain.

During this process, red tape has been a complete non-issue. The practical, pragmatic health and safety procedures used in the Games will be used in future events, an investment in knowledge of how to run these large-scale events even better than before.

The Sports Grounds and Events Group vice chair for the Institute, approved of the preparations to handle a few extra million visitors within the city, said that as a commuter in the city during the Games, he was an eye witness to London functioning as usual during both the event itself and the set up to the event.

A testament to planning and a positive approach taken towards using health and safety in the support of good business, the 2012 Olympics have been a great success. As said by Lord Coe, “Britain, we did it right.”

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