What is IOSH?
IOSH stands for – The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.
It’s the Chartered body and largest membership organisation for safety and health professionals worldwide.
Formed in 1945 and granted a Royal Charter to act in the interests of the general public’s benefit, IOSH is the leading Health and Safety organisation world-wide. Its function is to champion the profession; Advising Govts, policymakers and World Organisations – to providing occupational training to large and small businesses alike. Chartered Membership to IOSH is thought to be the hallmark of Health and Safety professional excellence in the workplace – In other words, it’s kind of a big deal – and membership you’ll not just want, but need, on your CV. Simply put – IOSH sets THE Health and Safety Standards in the workplace on a global scale.
With their sole focus to transform the world of work – making it a safer, healthier place to be – and more sustainable. It’s a lofty mission, and it needs to be with the millions of lives that depend on its guidance and leadership in creating a better, safer world to work in. By embedding Health and Safety into any culture it raises the game of any business allowing a more strategic view that concentrates on reduce sickness absences and improving productivity.
Their mission is delivered in a number of different ways, including a professional development programme (CPD), events, helplines, and up-to-date technical advice.
What is IOSH Training?
IOSH call their training Tried, tested and Trusted – And rightly so as a world-leading developer of certified safety and health training courses in 130 countries.
IOSH Courses are delivered by a network of approved licensed training providers across the UK and all around the world – look out for the IOSH seal of approval on any online or face to face training facility.
These courses are split into 4 main categories starting with:
- Core Skills – Dealing with the more immediate work-place dangers, along with fire risks and key skills for construction workers.
This builds up to;
- Management Education; educational packages to manage a team safely demonstrating excellent industry knowledge demonstrated in risk assessments for review.
Levelling up to;
- Executive Education – This tackles the strategic levers for productivity, profits and corporate governance. Aimed at embedding a health and safety culture that delivers real change.
The 4th category;
- Professional Development, it includes CPD courses that you get to freestyle through depending on your learning requirement. This category includes the General Level 3 qualification which unlocks the career-building ability to apply for Technical membership at IOSH.
IOSH has a Future Leaders Community discussion forum that’s dedicated to new and aspiring professionals in occupational health and safety. It’s a community that offers specialised support including networking and sharing experiences with your peers.
IOSH Code of Conduct
The Code is governed by 4 key characteristics; Integrity, Competence, Respect and Service. It also offers further guidance around disciplinary procedure for code breaches and unacceptable conduct. Further information and the full Conduct Code can be found at – https://iosh.com/media/6325/iosh-code-of-conduct.pdf