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Health & Safety Event 2022

8 - 10 April 2025
NEC, Birmingham



Ruth Wilkinson

Ruth Wilkinson

Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
Ruth is the Head of Policy at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Safety (IOSH). She is responsible for developing the Institution's advocacy, influence and policy engagements through policy positions, regulatory and stakeholder engagement, consultations and advocacy activities. This work also supports campaigns and various communications and calls for action on occupational safety and health, social sustainability and worker wellbeing. In this capacity, Ruth represents IOSH on external strategic committees, including as a member of ISO TC 283, the mirror committee HS/1 and other external committees. Prior to the role of Head of Policy, Ruth has been undertaking health and safety roles across manufacturing, the public sector and within a charity. Most recently she was Head of Health and Safety at IOSH providing occupational health and safety professional leadership to all levels of staff, supporting and advising senior management, management teams, employees, volunteers and contractors across all of IOSH's work activities. She also supported the development, maintenance and review of IOSH's occupational health and safety management system. Her journey into health and safety started with a BSc First Class Honours in health and safety management and environmental science and technology, completed in 2004, and MSc in occupational health and industrial hygiene. completed in 2009. She is a Chartered Safety and Health Professional (CMIOSH). Ruth is also a Trustee in a volunteering capacity for the Hazards Forum.

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