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Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH)

Last updated: May 2, 2017

What Does Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) Mean?

Institution of occupational safety and health (IOSH) is the Europe’s leading chartered body for health and safety professionals. It was founded in 1945 with its headquarters situated in Wigston, Leicestershire, United Kingdom as a non-profit organization. It has about 45,000 members in more than 100 countries who are committed to reduce work related death and injuries or illness. Its vision is to make "a world of work which is safe, healthy and sustainable".

Safeopedia Explains Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH)

IOSH works with various types of organizations to promote awareness, enhance safety standards, develop and conduct safety trainings and designs and execute campaigns. They also do lobbying in governments on policies and laws related to safety and accredits qualifications for its members, provide guidance, develop trainings. It helps set professional standards, provides training, course materials and arranges safety related events.

IOSH training courses ranges from 1- 4 days. Some of the training courses are appended below:

  • IOSH managing safely (and also refreshers) - designed for managers, covering risk identification, responsibilities, accident investigation and measuring performance.
  • IOSH working safely - designed for workers, covering workplace health and safety, individual responsibilities, cooperation with managers in safety activities to increase the organization’s safety performance.
  • IOSH directing safely - designed for executives and key managers, covering legal framework of safety, financial implications, risk assessment, health and safety management etc.
  • IOSH safety for senior executives - designed for directors, executive officers and key senior managers, covering the institute of directors and turn bull report documentation and procedures and custom-made exercise scenarios.


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