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The key to working across different cultures lies in the softer skills of the IOSH competency framework.
Having worked in disparate regions across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and North America, Amjad Awwad CMIOSH says the one competency that has proven to be most useful in his work – the most universally applicable no matter where he has been based – is empathy. ‘That is definitely the one that sticks in my mind,’ says Amjad. ‘Abroad, the issues that tend to arise often revolve around differences in understanding and cultural norms.’