The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is delighted to join the family of civil and professional organisations accredited by the Commonwealth.
This new status – which applies to fewer than 100 organisations – will provide opportunities for IOSH to further extend its impact in Commonwealth member states, helping the Institution advance its vision of a safe and healthy world of work.
IOSH will support member countries in areas relating to its expertise, working collaboratively to help build a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable future for the good of all.
Dr Bill Gunnyeon CBE, IOSH Chair, said: “As the chartered professional body leading the way in global occupational safety and health (OSH), we are honoured to join the family of Commonwealth-accredited organisations.
“It is formal recognition of IOSH’s commitment to the Commonwealth’s values and principles, which include human rights (incorporating worker rights); tolerance, respect and understanding; sustainable development, and access to health, education, food and shelter, which emphasises the importance of promoting health and wellbeing in combatting diseases.
“We look forward to collaborating with the Commonwealth Secretariat and supporting all interested member countries in their efforts to advance OSH by helping them to develop effective regulation and policy and sustainable development practices.
“We will also help strengthen the capability of their business communities to protect and improve the safety, health and wellbeing of employees, thus contributing to their sustained economic development.”
With more than 47,000 members in over 130 countries, 36 of which are Commonwealth countries, IOSH works with bodies of all shapes and sizes across all sectors to act as a thought leader. It has established collaborations with the World Health Organization and the International Security Association among others.
This new accreditation has been approved by the Commonwealth Secretariat Board of Governors made up of representatives of all 54 member states.
Accredited bodies – all with their own specialist field – are trusted partners of the Commonwealth Secretariat in delivering its mandate in response to the needs of member countries and in accordance with the values and principles of the Commonwealth Charter.
They benefit from increased access to, participation in and information on Commonwealth matters.