The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has awarded a record number of Chartered Fellowships over the past 15 months.
In total, 65 members have achieved this elite level of membership – the pinnacle of the occupational safety and health (OSH) profession – between 01 January 2020 and 31 March 2021.
This is the highest-ever number of passes and almost double that of the equivalent period in 2019-2020.
Maria O’Malley, Head of Membership Engagement and Development at IOSH, said: “This is great news for IOSH members, the Fellows’ organisations and the OSH community.
“Fellowships are only awarded to Chartered Members of at least five years’ standing who have gone ‘above and beyond’ and are committed to developing themselves and others.
“They have achieved this status despite the difficulties and uncertainties thrown up by the Covid-19 pandemic – which has showcased the vital role played by OSH practitioners and encouraged members to further enhance their skills to help keep workers safe and healthy.
“We’re also delighted to welcome Fellows from diverse backgrounds. We are in the process of introducing changes that will more effectively address issues such as gender disparity in the Chartered and Chartered Fellow grades to ensure our profession is as inclusive as possible.”
Sarah Lilienthal, Director of Lilie Fixes Ltd, is among the new Fellows. She said: “I see that Fellowship status benefits the individual in validating their contributions in shaping our professional body, with explicit endorsement for the advantages of increasing personal competence, capability and diversity of skills.
“Taking stock of my own experiential learning journey, and career aspirations, has given me the confidence to back others in their commitment to developing towards Chartered Membership status.”
Fiona Perrin, Senior Health and Safety Adviser for Homes for Haringey, would like to use her status to help other young females in the industry.
“Becoming a Fellow was a massive deal for me – it has been great to be recognised by one of the global leaders in safety and health,” she said.
Being CFIOSH is a “dream come true” for Reza Mehboob, a PhD research candidate at the University of New Brunswick in Canada.
“The world-class CFIOSH membership provides recognition of, and access to, a brilliant, progressive career pathway,” he added.