A Guide To IOSH: What You Need To Know

IOSH By Matthew Coombes

If you’re looking for health and safety training, you may well have seen lots of mention of IOSH, but what does IOSH stand for, and what do they do?


What Is IOSH?
Why choose IOSH training?
What is IOSH membership?
Levels of IOSH Membership
Our IOSH training courses

What Is IOSH?

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IOSH stands for the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, and their role within the field of health and safety is as a chartered body and membership organisation. They are the largest membership organisation of health and safety professionals in the world and have members in around 130 countries. They are involved in many aspects of health and safety, from quality assuring training courses to running campaigns that focus on some of the more forgotten but hugely important aspects of health and safety, such as the risks surrounding silica dust.

Why choose IOSH training?:

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One of the main features of a good health and safety system in an organisation is having workers, managers and leaders all on the same page when it comes to understanding their responsibilities and requirements to meet health and safety standards. The IOSH training courses that we offer provide an internationally recognised and respected way of ensuring that all throughout your organisation staff understand the importance of health and safety. One of the main benefits of IOSH training is that it is quality assured and developed by IOSH themselves, and all approved centres (including ACT) have high standards to meet to ensure that the training that they provide is what IOSH expect.

IOSH Working Safely – A great course for worker inductions, this course provides a solid foundation of basic health and safety knowledge to allow you to understand the key and essential areas of health and safety.
IOSH Managing Safely® – An internationally recognised management qualification that suits any organisation, in any sector, worldwide. The IOSH Managing Safely® course is tried, tested and trusted by businesses across the globe, and has been specifically designed to provide managers with all of the knowledge and skills that they need in order to effectively manage health and safety.
IOSH Safety for Executives & Directors – Health and safety is the responsibility of everyone within the business, from workers to management to senior leaders, executives, and directors. This course is designed to develop senior leader’s and director’s knowledge of their responsibilities in regards to health and safety, and enable them to make positive changes within their organisation that have a positive impact on safety across their organisation.

What is IOSH Membership?

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IOSH Membership is not just for health and safety professionals – membership provides you with access to guidance and information on developments that you will need to know about to help your business to make the right health and safety decisions. Membership gives you access to both branches and groups within IOSH. Branches are intended to be a cross-section of the health and safety industry that is local to your area, while groups provide an opportunity to meet with other professions within your industry and share good practice.
Upon joining IOSH, all new members begin at the affiliate level to allow them to access the benefits and services that IOSH membership provides, while they assess what membership category you will be eligible for.

IOSH Magazine

Members of IOSH can receive the IOSH Magazine, which is designed to keep you up to date with the world of health and safety. Filled with interesting articles and relevant topics, the magazine is a great way to stay in the loop.

Levels of IOSH Membership:

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Affiliate Member

All new IOSH members begin at the affiliate level – this allows you to access the benefits and services of IOSH membership, while you are assessed to see which membership category you are eligible for.

Student Membership

If you are studying certain health and safety qualifications you may be eligible to join IOSH as a student member, this provides you with access to resources and puts you in contact with practising professionals around the world.

Associate Member (AIOSH)

Associate members of IOSH are educated in health and safety to at least the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) Level 4, or any other qualification that IOSH deems meets the criteria. Typically Associate members have just started their career in health and safety, and have not yet met the requirements to move up to a Technical Member.

Technical Member (Tech IOSH)

Health and Safety practitioners with a Technical IOSH membership level have both qualifications and experience in health and safety. They maintain up-to-date skills, knowledge and experience. Technical members of IOSH are required to maintain a record of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Graduate Member (Grad IOSH)

With relevant experience in the field of health and safety and an EQF qualification of Level 6 or equivalent (Diploma/honours degree).

Chartered Member (CMIOSH)

To become a chartered member of IOSH, you will need to have a full CPD record, be a graduate member of IOSH, and complete the chartered membership assessment, a peer review interview, and have relevant experience.

Chartered Fellow (CFIOSH)

After 5 years as a Chartered Member, you can apply to become a Chartered Fellow.

Being a member of a chartering organisation such as IOSH is a great way to evidence your experience and qualifications, as with any chartering organisation in any field, progressing through the membership system can open a lot of doors.

Our IOSH training courses:

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IOSH Working Safely

Ideal for training workers in their responsibilities to maintaining health and safety, IOSH Working Safely online is a great induction course, and perfect for those that need an understanding of the essentials of workplace hazards regardless of sector or level. Working Safely is available as an in-house course, or as self-directed e-learning.
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IOSH Managing Safely®

A brilliant health and safety qualification for managers, supervisors and team leaders, the IOSH Managing Safely® can be applied to any organisation, in any sector worldwide. We offer this course in the classroom, in-house, taught via Zoom, and as a self-directed e-learning course.
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IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors

Maintaining good levels of health and safety isn’t just the responsibility of those that are working in a ‘boots on the ground’ role. Those at executive, director and senior leadership levels also hold a legal responsibility to maintaining safety within an organisation. The IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors is a great way to understand your responsibilities, and how you can make a positive impact within your organisation when it comes to maintaining health and safety.
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