Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
|Motto||The heart of health and safety|
|Type||Professional Membership Organisation|
|Chief Executive||Jan Chmiel|
|Key people||Tim Briggs (President)|
|Budget||£ 9 million |
It has over 43,000 members, including thousands of Chartered Safety and Health Practitioners. While principally a UK-based organisation, the Institution also has an expanding international membership, with members in over 100 other countries. It accredits courses at 35 UK universities and 22 elsewhere.
It is based in Wigston, Leicestershire.
The Institution was founded in February 1945 and is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. In 1945 the Institution of Industrial Safety Officers was formed from a division of RoSPA. It had around 500 members.
As well as setting professional standards, the Institution supports and develops members and has publications providing advice and guidance on health and safety issues. The Institution achieved Chartered status in 2003 and has had the right to award individual Chartered status to members since 2005.
In 2011 along with other Health and Safety bodies in the UK, IOSH developed the Occupational Safety & Health Consultants Register (OSHCR), to raise awareness and promote the use of certified health and safety consultants in the workplace.
Membership and designations
Categories of membership depend on a combination of academic qualifications, experience and achievement.
Chartered fellow (CFIOSH)
Chartered Fellows of the Institution are entitled to use the designation Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner and the designatory letters CFIOSH. This is the highest grade. Chartered Fellows must have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the discipline and profession of health and safety. All Chartered Fellows are required to maintain a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) record.
Chartered member (CMIOSH)
Chartered Members of the Institution are entitled to use the designation Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner and the designatory letters CMIOSH. Chartered Member status requires approved educational qualifications and experience. All Chartered Members are required to maintain a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) record.
Graduate member (Grad IOSH)
Graduates of the Institution can use the designatory letters Grad IOSH. These are academically qualified to become Chartered Members, and are undergoing professional development.
Technician member (Tech IOSH)
Technician Members of the Institution are entitled to use the designatory letters Tech IOSH. They require approved educational qualifications at a lower level than graduates, plus professional experience. They are required to continue in professional development.
Affiliate level is for those who have an interest in, or are employed in occupational safety and health, but are not yet eligible to join at other categories of membership.
- Policy and Practice in Health and Safety A peer-reviewed journal published twice a year
- Safety and Health Practitioner A monthly magazine
- Books Publications for professionals
- Guidance Notes and Reports. A number of documents are available free from the website.
- British Safety Council
- British Safety Industry Federation
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - American