VIDEO POST: Our Exclusive Interview With IOSH

VIDEO POST: Our Exclusive Interview With IOSH

Eliza Bonecka

1. What is IOSH?

IOSH is the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. A registered British charity and the world's leading health and safety membership organisation for health and safety professionals in over 130 countries across the globe. It is also the only chartered body for health and safety professionals. It is well respected in the health and safety community and actively campaigns on issues affecting millions of working people.

 2. What is your role at IOSH? 

Matt Ottaway is the Membership Development Advisor in post to support members with their CPD and help them achieve chartered status, a highly respected level within the IOSH.

3. What is the IOSH Code of Conduct?

The IOSH code of conduct is respect, integrity, service, and competence. At Southalls, our consultants are all members of IOSH, committing to these professional standards.

4. What is the main role for IOSH?

The aim of IOSH is to push for a healthier and safer world of work. IOSH is a world leader in health and safety training, with over 179,000 people taking IOSH approved courses every year. At Southalls we offer IOSH accredited training courses and have even developed bespoke industry-specific courses that we have had accredited by IOSH.

IOSH also runs campaigns to improve working conditions, consults on legislative changes and offers free guides on key health and safety topics.

5. What should an employer look for when thinking of using a H&S consultant?

It is important to check that any health and safety professional you are thinking of employing is a member of IOSH. Being a member of IOSH shows they are serious about health and safety, experienced and qualified in health and safety. At Southalls all our consultants are members of IOSH.

6. What campaigns are IOSH currently running?

IOSH are currently still running the ‘no time to lose’ campaign focusing on the very real danger of asbestos in the workplace. Asbestos was used extensively as a building material in the UK from the 1950’s through to the mid-1980’s. In excess of 2000 workers die each year from mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer as a result of past exposure to asbestos. In order to prevent further deaths from asbestos-related diseases, those responsible for the maintenance and repair of a building have a legal duty to manage any asbestos in it. Asbestos fibres may be released during building maintenance or construction work. Southalls offer a professional asbestos survey and management plan service to ensure your business stays on top of its health and safety obligations and remains compliant.

7. What is the Work 2022 Strategy?

Last year IOSH launched it’s five years Work 2022 Strategy - ‘shaping the future of health and safety.’ The aim is to work together in strategic partnerships with stakeholders to influence and achieve a safer and healthier world of work and lead the way for the profession.

8.  What Can IOSH offer Businesses?

IOSH offers businesses a source of information, via its website toolkits, magazine publication, conferences, CPD events and training courses. It offers a mentor scheme that would help a business to demonstrate that it takes health and safety seriously and a platform for H&S recruitment.

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