International Institute of Risk & Safety Management

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International Institute of Risk & Safety Management
Formation1975; 47 years ago (1975)
TypeProfessional Membership Organisation
  • United Kingdom
Apply via website
Official language
Chief Executive
Phillip Pearson
Key people
  • Clive Johnson (President of Council)

IIRSM provides practical education, training, advice, resources and networking to help people and organisations manage the challenges they face and appreciate the vital role risk management plays - from protecting profits and reputation, to more importantly lives.

IIRSM's global community of more than 8,000 work in a range of sectors and risk disciplines, such as business continuity and crisis management, compliance, emergency planning, environmental management, insurance, health and safety, project management, quality management, risk management, security and more.

It is a registered British Charity (number 1107666) and UK Company limited by guarantee (number 5310696).[1]


IIRSM has two main membership streams. A "health and safety practitioner stream", for those qualified or studying to be health and safety practitioners, and a "specialist stream", for those who are qualified to degree or NVQ level 4 (or equivalent) and above, in a profession associated with health and safety practice but who hold no health and safety practitioner qualifications. In addition, companies or other organizations may be corporate members.[1] Alongside other Health and Safety bodies, IIRSM assisted with the Occupational Safety & Health Consultants Register (OSHCR).[2] IIRSM represents UK health and safety professionals present in over 70 countries. Corporate membership is also available.[3]

Levels of membership[edit]


Applicants following a recognised course of study in preparation for qualifications in health, safety or risk management. Applicants in full-time education or the Armed Forces, who are considering a career in Safety Management.


Applicants who are involved in accident prevention and occupational health and safety but who do not qualify for a designated grade of membership. Applicants whose interest in accident prevention and occupational health and safety is likely to assist in the development and interchange of information of a scientific, technical, promotional or educational nature.

Associate (AIIRSM)[edit]

Applicants with relevant experience who hold:

Or an equivalent qualification accepted by the Membership Committee

Member (MIIRSM)[edit]

Applicants with relevant experience who hold:

Or an equivalent qualification accepted by the Membership Committee

Fellow (FIIRSM)[edit]

IIRSM's highest award, there is a required five consecutive years at full member (MIIRSM) and proof that you are participating in CPD. To apply or upgrade you will need to complete a petition and provide the office with specific supporting documents i.e. degree-level qualification/s, letters of support, significant achievements, etc. Those applying for Fellow status have their initial petition carefully examined by the IIRSM committee, the petition must include notable evidence of pro bono or safety related charitable work. Fellows must also be able to prove they have achieved the highest standards of professionalism in their sector and show they have upheld the institute's core values and strict code of conduct.[4]

Nota bene: FIIRSM is widely regarded as the CMIOSH equivalent[5]

Specialist levels[edit]

Specialist Fellow (SFIIRSM)[edit]

You can apply for this level of membership after five consecutive years at Specialist member (SIIRSM) level or via the like-for-like scheme and can prove that you are participating in CPD. To apply or upgrade you will need to complete a petition and provide the office with all supporting documents.

Specialist (SIIRSM)[edit]

The requirement for Specialists is NVQ Level 4 (or equivalent) and above in a health and safety related profession such as Enforcement, Engineering, Law, Fire, Estates and Facilities Management, Occupational Health, Construction, Environment. At least 15% of a Specialist's working time must be spent on health and safety issues.

Recognized Safety Professionals (RSP)[edit]

The Institute awards the designation "Recognised Safety Professional" to recognised safety practitioners who demonstrate ongoing evidence of good Health & Safety practices and training (in their own field of business) through IIRSM continuing professional development programme(CPD).[6]

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)[edit]

The Institute's CPD cycle lasts for three years. In order to maintain your RSP status, you must bank a minimum of at least 30 credits over the three-year period. The 30 credits must be spread across the following three sections (each section will require a minimum of 5 points):

  • Maintenance of Skills;
  • New Professional Skills; and
  • Transferable-Management Skills[6]

IIRSM Risk Excellence Awards[edit]

In 2018, IIRSM held its inaugural Risk Excellence Awards, recognising innovative individuals, teams and organisations responsible for implementing best practice in managing risks and opportunities. The Awards are now held on an annual basis.[7]

The categories for the 2019 Awards are:

  • Barry Holt Award - Outstanding Risk Management Practice
  • International Risk Initiative of the Year
  • SME Risk Initiative of the Year
  • Health & Wellbeing Strategy of the Year
  • Change Programme of the Year
  • John Bennett Award - Exceptional Young Person of the Year
  • Mentor of the Year
  • IIRSM President's Commendation


  1. ^ a b c IIRSM Annual Report and Accounts 30 June 2013
  2. ^ The Occupational Safety & Health Consultants Register. OSHCR.
  3. ^ "Home".
  4. ^ "Membership Levels". IIRSM. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  5. ^ "The knowledge game: qualification routes". Health and Safety at Work. Archived from the original on 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  6. ^ a b "IIRSM CPD Scheme". IIRSM. Archived from the original on 2014-07-08. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  7. ^ "IIRSM Risk Excellence Awards 2019 | IIRSM". Retrieved 2019-03-11.

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