AIRMIC is expanding the activity of its rehabilitation group, which promotes an active approach to staff welfare The group, which has previously met on an informal basis, has elected David Ireland as

As well as AIRMIC members themselves, it is open to colleagues in relevant disciplines such as human resources and health and safety. The group is also talking to other organisations about holding a series of rehabilitation seminars around the country. The first - at the Celtic Manor Hotel near Newport, Wales on 24 November 2005 - is being held in conjunction with Cardiff based solicitors Hugh James, and the Welsh CBI.

The aim of the seminars will be to give employers practical guidance in how looking after their workforce can assist them in resolving issues such as absentee management. In June 2005, AIRMIC and the CBI produced two short guides to rehabilitation, one for senior management, the other for line managers.


Chris Luck, AIRMIC's representative on the British Standards Institution risk management committee, is taking part in the development of an international risk management standard by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Luck attended the first meeting of the ISO working group on the new standard.

He explains that ISO wants to produce a high level, risk management standard that can sit globally like an umbrella above the standards developed by national and regional associations, such as that developed jointly by AIRMIC, the Institute of Risk Management and ALARM.