Honoree, Saturday, September 17
Rory O’Neill, CMIOSH, FRSPH, Hazards Editor, is the occupational health and workplace safety adviser to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), represents unions at global health and safety negotiations, leading on hazardous substances, and coordinates an informal global union health and safety network. He played a pivotal role in the successful negotiations that led this year to the recognition of occupational health and safety as an International Labour Organisation (ILO) fundamental right at work. He is a visiting professor at Queen Mary University of London and for far too many decades has been editor of the not-for-profit workers’ health and safety publication Hazards magazine. Rory has been a trade union health and safety activist even longer, and exposed to the unforgivable harm caused by asbestos longer still – as a child, he saw relatives die of asbestos diseases and he started work in an asbestos lagging and roofing firm the day he left school. His twitter feed describes him as “a would-be slayer of capitalist dragons.” He’s still working on it.