I want a career in health and safety – what
are the facts about my professional body?
If you want a career in health and safety, there's no better
organisation to be with than IOSH.
- IOSH was founded in 1945 and is the only Chartered body for
health and safety practitioners
- With more than 40,000 members, we're the world's largest
health and safety professional membership organisation
- We're the guardian of health and safety professional competence
and the 'voice' of common sense in health and safety
- We're a registered charity and the first European safety body
to be awarded non-governmental organisation status by the
International Labour Organisation
- With over 13,000 Chartered Safety and Health Practitioners, we
have more certified health and safety professionals than any other
- We grant Chartered status to members who meet our highest
standards of competence. And as a Chartered body, we significantly
influence the direction of health and safety policy in both the UK
I'm not interested in becoming a health and safety professional
– is there anything in IOSH for me?
We exist first and foremost to promote health and safety. We
believe that everyone has a right to a healthy and safe working
environment. And we work hard to provide guidance that helps people
take a sensible and practical approach to health and safety –
whatever they do for a living.
Naturally, a big part of what we do is based on delivering
knowledge and experience where it's needed through qualified
working professionals. Because of this, our members give us a
unique opportunity to bring about change and improvements at a
national and international level.
But to make our voice fully credible, we need people from all
walks of life who are passionate about health and safety. We need
them to share in public debates, lobby government and get involved
in our campaigns. We also need people to share their experiences
and knowledge to help us keep an outward focus.
If you have an interest in health and safety, or just want to be
kept in touch with developments so that you make the right business
decisions, there's plenty in IOSH for you.