The Institution Of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

The Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) is Europe’s leading body for health and safety professionals. As an independent and not-for-profit organization, it aims to regulate and steer the profession, maintaining standards and providing impartial, authoritative guidance on health and safety issues.

What does IOSH do?

Influencing the profession IOSH believes that offering communicated expert advice from competent safety and health practitioners is an essential component in defining the safety, health and welfare policies of employers. By encouraging, facilitating and leading communication of good practices and expertise, it aims to promote awareness of health and safety matters in the workplace and ensure that high standards are achieved, and maintained.

Working with UK governments

IOSH is the conduit for knowledge, opinion, and research on many important matters affecting the health and safety profession, and is often consulted by government departments for members’ views on draft legislation, codes of practice and other government initiatives.

IOSH aims to ensure that its members have a strong and effective voice which influences health and safety related issues with governments, employers and trades unions. Working with Europe IOSH aims to increase its contribution within the European Community and explore ways in which it can more directly influence European directives and guidance. It also aims to work with committees of national and international standards-making bodies, advancing research and pro-actively assisting the dissemination of knowledge throughout the wider European community and accession states.

Membership – why join?

With membership totaling over 28,000 – and growing fast – IOSH is a focal point for professionals working in a diverse range of industrial, commercial and public sector organizations. Membership is increasingly being used by employers as a standard for recruitment and remuneration, so joining IOSH will help your career.

Benefits of membership

A huge range of benefits are available:

  • free technical information service find the facts and figures that you need quickly;
  • free health and safety lawline – help with interpreting legislation and case law;
  • free best practice guides; free Safety and Health Practitioner the profession’s leading monthly magazine, with the biggest recruitment section;
  • discounted subscription to the biannual academic journal, Policy, and Practice in Health and Safety;
  • online Continuing Professional Development programme free to members;
  • more than 80 professional development courses at discounted rates;
  • over 300 free or low-cost events every year;
  • member consultation the chance to have your say on proposed new regulations and legislation;
  • online discussion forums for professional issues, careers and study support;
  • networking active local branches plus sector-specific groups; f
  • unding to support research and development;
  • free career counseling and performance coaching service.

The Institution Of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) – It is the chartered professional body for safety and health in the workplace. It acts as the champion, adviser, supporter, advocate and the trainer for those who protect the safety, health and the well-being of others.

IOSH has more than the 46,000 members, from over the 120 countries in the world. It includes the extensive trainer network. Over the 179,000 delegates/members attended the IOSH training courses in 2016.

The IOSH was established in 1945 when the Institution of Industrial Safety Officers (IISO) was formed/established as the division of the Royal Society for the Prevention of the Accidents. The Institution gained its charitable status in the 1962 and the continues to operate as a not-for-profit organization.

In 1981, the IISO was renamed as the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), and in 2002 was awarded the Royal Charter. From 2005, IOSH began awarding Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner status to recognize the individual professionalism and the commitment to continued learning and the development.

In 2011 along with the other Health and Safety bodies in the United Kingdom (UK), IOSH developed the Occupational Safety & Health Consultants Register (OSHCR) to raise the awareness and to promote the use of certified health & safety consultants in the workplace.

IOSH Training Courses

Making work safer, healthier and more sustainable for all

Welcome to the most comprehensive and accessible range of OSH courses available anywhere.

Our versatile training products are suitable for everyone in your organization, helping promote a safety-conscious culture throughout your workforce. We’ll help you solve real problems using practical and effective tools, processes and knowledge. And we won’t let jargon get in the way.

Our training enables you to improve the safety, health, and wellbeing of co-workers at all levels and brings business benefits that go beyond safety and health.

The end result is a working environment that is significantly more supportive and caring.

That’s something we can all aspire to.