It was our pleasure to host Israel Shreibman, Director of the Israel Institute for Occupational Safety and Hygiene (IIOSH), last week. Mr. Shriebman came to CCOHS to review our operations and to get an understanding of the challenges facing our organization and how we have been addressing them. At the same time, it was an opportunity for me to hear some of the unique solutions IIOSH have adopted for their workers – of particular interest during our discussions was our programs for agricultural and immigrant workers, and accessing small enterprises for training.
As unique as the Middle East may seem to us, the challenges in the occupational health and safety field are strikingly similar. So it is particularly beneficial to CCOHS to hear a different perspective on a common issue and learn of new ways to address them. As well, each organization has their own areas of expertise, and there was agreement to support each other’s initiatives, and to look for opportunities to collaborate on projects to avoid duplication.