IOSH Launches Safety and Health for Business Qualification

The Level 3 qualification forms part of IOSH's plan to "enhance" the safety and health profession, which is part of its WORK 2022 five-year strategy.

IOSH, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, announced Nov. 20 it has introduced a new business-focused qualification for a new generation of safety and health professionals. IOSH said it created the NCFE IOSH Level 3 Certificate in Safety and Health for Business in response to business trends and feedback from employers, trainers, and experienced practitioners to create a new way of qualifying as a safety and health practitioner.

Bev Messinger, the IOSH chief executive, announce it at an event in Birmingham.

The qualification was developed in collaboration with highly-respected Ofqual-regulated awarding organization NCFE, which has a wealth of experience in designing qualifications for business. (Ofqual is the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.)

IOSH created the course content with input from leading businesses and thought leaders. Richard Orton, director of Business Services at IOSH, said, "As the world's leading professional body for safety and health, with members at senior levels in organizations of all sizes across sectors, we're uniquely positioned to hear what businesses need and how these needs are changing so we can respond appropriately. Feedback and insight from employers, members, and training providers continues to be invaluable. We have worked very closely with key stakeholders to develop our new qualification and ensure the knowledge and solutions it teaches are relevant in a broad range of business contexts. The business intelligence we receive demonstrates to us the real need for rounded safety and health professionals able to work alongside business leaders helping them achieve their goals and deliver their strategies responsibly. Linked to our competency framework IOSH Blueprint, the qualification will help organizations do what they do better, more responsibly, and more sustainably."

The Level 3 qualification forms part of IOSH's plan to "enhance" the safety and health profession, which is part of its WORK 2022 five-year strategy.

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