We caught up with IOSH colleague Matt Ottaway for an exclusive, insider view of the world’s leading health and safety membership organisation. Find out who IOSH are, what they do and how they’re shaping a healthier world of work for businesses across Britain and beyond.
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 H&S professionals in over 130 countries. It is also the only chartered body for health and safety professionals. Well respected in industry, IOSH 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 IOSH.
3. What is the IOSH Code of Conduct?
4. What is the main role of 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 have earned IOSH accreditation.
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 potential health and safety partner is a member of IOSH. IOSH membership demonstrates they are experienced, qualified and serious about health and safety. At Southalls, all our consultants are members of IOSH.
6. What campaigns is IOSH currently running?
IOSH is currently 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 1950s through to the mid-1980s. In excess of 2,000 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 offers a professional asbestos survey and management plan service to ensure your business remains compliant and stays on top of its health and safety obligations.
7. What is the ‘Work 2022 Strategy’?
IOSH’s five-year Work 2022 Strategy is centred on ‘shaping the future of health and safety’. The aim is to work together in strategic stakeholder partnerships 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 provides a wealth of information via its website toolkits, magazine publication, conferences, CPD events and training courses. It also offers a mentor scheme that helps businesses demonstrate their commitment to health and safety and provides a platform for H&S recruitment.
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