To mark International Women’s Day, Anita Plumb, RoSPA’s information enquiries officer, gives us her insights on how the health and safety sector has changed since the 1970s:
“I first got involved with RoSPA in 1976 when I was offered a role straight from school in the typing pool, typing National Safe Driving Award and National Cycling Proficiency certificates all day. I then went into the road safety department doing the admin for training courses and conferences and after that, went onto answering enquiries in public safety, before moving to the Information Centre to answer health and safety enquiries on all areas of safety.
“In the 1970s I did notice that most of the roles in health and safety were taken by men. It has changed over the years and I have seen more women come into these roles.
“When I moved to the Information Centre, I was made more aware by the type of questions that were coming in and in doing research, found that there was a lot more to think about with regard to health and safety. It was amazing to see how many books and documents are published in this area.
“I love the variety of questions that I get asked, you never know what is going to come into the help inbox, some are quite easy to answer some are more technical. I do a lot of searching documents, books, online resources and websites to try and find the answers, but if not successful I have colleagues who are advisors in the field of health and safety who will put me in the right direction or answer the enquiry for me.
“At the moment I am digitalising some of the RoSPA archive and I have found it so interesting how health and safety has changed over the years and how RoSPA has got the message across to so many people. It is very satisfying to be able to work in such an environment.“
This article has been kindly sponsored by L'Oréal, which is raising the profile of and increasing opportunities for women in health and safety throughout 2021.Developing the abilities of women as a currently underrepresented group in occupational health and safety (OSH) and enhancing their visibility in the sector is at the heart of the partnership between the two organisations. See: www.rospa.com/partnerships/loreal-partnership
Posted: 3/4/2021 9:07:17 AM