CIEH facilitate event on contemporary risk management

Publication Date: 11th February 2014

Subject: Health and safety

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has launched a landmark series of events focussing on the challenges of risk management in the current climate to mark the 40th anniversary of the Health and Safety Act, (1974).

The first in a series of high profile seminars took place on 23 January. These events will offer a regular line-up of notable speakers to enhance common understanding of safety, risk, compliance and best practice across the UK Corporate landscape.

The events offer an opportunity for networking among key decision makers engaged in risk management across the safety and environment landscape as well as to interpret regulation changes and trends.

Held at the CIEH conference venue 15 Hatfields, winner of 2012’s most sustainable conference and event venue, the event was sponsored by InterContinental Hotels Group, the largest hotel provider in the world. In hotel terms risk means coping with threats from natural disasters and terrorism as well as pathogens and work hazards.

Other CIEH corporate partners present included John Lewis Partnership and Waitrose, Sodexo, Hilton Hotels, Gondola Group, TGI Friday’s, BP Shipping Limited, Dairy Crest, Novus Leisure and English Braids Limited.

CIEH Chief Executive Graham Jukes, recently awarded an OBE for services to environmental health, said: “This series of seminars will be engaging, enlightening and energising and will add a new dynamic to the positioning of CIEH as a thought leader among businesses in the UK.”

There were four speakers at the event and they provided an absorbing insight into their own organisations approach to risk management.

Kevin Myers, Acting Chief Executive of The Health and Safety Executive, spoke about health and safety from a regulators point of view. He reflected on how management of risk must lie with the creators of risk and how intrinsic health and safety was to fundamental business processes and success.

Simon Ford, Head of Risk Training Systems, took this discussion a step further by outlining a well-established framework developed by InterContinental Hotels Group. This framework is offered to IHG hotels to help manage risk. He explained that this was as much about building risk maturity and capability with the risk owner as it was about compliance. Ensuring risk management processes are embedded in operations was, by definition, demonstrating a responsible approach to business and an effective way to protect brand reputation.

Marc Slater, Global head of HS&E at Rolls Royce PLC, also reflected this viewpoint and gave an interesting talk on how high profile design, and effecting standards abroad, where there were often no regulators, needed a highly disciplined internal infrastructure.

Sarah Appleby, Secretary for the Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks, gave a refreshing insight into food safety and last year’s horsemeat scandal. Sarah told the group that the Elliott Review had brought the idea of “food crime” to the forefront as a real issue. The major part of the Elliott review had been to restore public faith and 48 recommendations had been suggested which would be finalised in the spring.




Notes to editors, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health:  

The CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 10,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is a leading provider of regulated qualifications in health and safety, food safety, environmental protection, fire safety and first aid and operates in over 50 countries. Over 10 million people around the world from the UK to the USA and the Middle East hold a CIEH qualification.

The CIEH’s clients range from small businesses to multinational enterprises like the InterContinental Hotels Group. We work with governmental bodies in Hong Kong as well as international agencies like the United Nation.

The CIEH’s 60 qualification training programmes are delivered through a network of over 10,000 registered trainers. The training is developed for the varied skill levels within organisations. They cater to different learning styles and preferences through a series of flexible structures. CIEH qualifications are valued and recognised throughout the world.

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Notes to Editors, InterContinental Hotels Group:  

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of nine hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts.

IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with over 76 million members worldwide. The programme was relaunched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet for Elites across all hotels, globally.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,600 hotels and 679,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate over the next few years.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. 

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