Many things are different now than when compared to the beginning of the year.
In June it was reported that almost half of employed people in the UK did at least some work at home. This trend looks set to continue for the foreseeable future.
Now that the daily commute is a thing of the past for some, there is arguably more time for personal development. There are also numerous platforms on which you can meet colleagues and have conversations about the topics that matter.
OSH professionals and practitioners across the world have been challenged to speedily develop their knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 to ensure it is managed as any other risk to their organisation. Their approach has had try to create “COVID secure” environments while continuing to be mindful of the other hazards and risks in their workplace – or, as it is for many, their homes.
With each challenge there is an opportunity for professionals, practitioners and their organisations. Reflecting backwards to move forwards is a thread that runs through many professions, with the expectation that continuous professional development (CPD) records are maintained.
There will be some in the OSH world that will be wondering what to record at the moment. But as they plan forward for the next 6-12 months, the process of “building back better” will become clearer by reflecting on the lessons learnt since the outbreak of COVID-19.
Over the last couple of weeks I have updated both my IOSH and Royal Society of Biology CPD. It can be daunting when you first approach a CPD activity, so I tend to break down the task into four stages:
: What am I going to do?
: When am I going to do it by?
: Have I done it?
: What am I going to with what I learn?
Using the PDCA method encourages me to stop and reflect. After reading a journal article, attending a webinar or speaking at a conference I will record what I have learnt in a short reflective piece.
Over the next four weeks I am going to share information about CPD, reflective accounting and how to get into the routine that turns CPD from a “must do” into a highlight of your working week.
Regularly updating your CPD is a great discipline for RoSPA Awards winners across the world. As you build your submission week by week, keep the conversation going as the year progresses. Short exchanges with your team open the window on what works.
Remember that safety professionals hold information that saves lives, and that’s a currency we in OSH world all understand.
Dr Karen McDonnell
Occupational Health and Safety Policy Adviser RoSPA
Posted: 10/20/2020 4:33:06 PM