The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has a thousand reasons to celebrate after reaching an exciting milestone.
It has just welcomed Tsz Kiu Shum, known as Debby, as its newest Student Member and the 1,000th person to join the scheme.
The Hong Kong-based 36-year-old is delighted to hold this ‘title’.
“It’s my honour. I feel very special and excited,” said Debby, who is studying for a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Safety and Health Management at Middlesex University in partnership with the Open University of Hong Kong,
IOSH launched its Student Membership category in September 2018 to develop and improve support for those new to the profession in the UK and worldwide. Debby decided to join to learn as much as possible about the occupational safety and health (OSH) industry.
Debby said: “IOSH offers the perfect platform for me to learn and develop my career, as well as extend my network internationally.
“There are plenty of valuable resources, up-to-date information, news, training and events available, which I can explore and digest any time I want. I think the member benefits, such as IOSH Magazine, can help me understand different requirements of OSH within various workplaces.”
This landmark for IOSH comes at a time when many students are preparing to start their first OSH qualification in higher education and the Covid-19 pandemic is shining a light on the vital role played by OSH professionals in the workplace.
Debby said: “I think nowadays people are more aware that OSH is essential and important.
“Completing an IOSH-accredited course can lead to becoming an OSH professional. There are various options available and my advice for anyone considering their options is to explore all the details, so that you can choose the course that is suitable for your needs or interests.”
Debby’s own interest in OSH was sparked by her role as a Social Compliance Specialist, which included looking into the health and safety performance of factories.
“I found that I was more interested in the issues around OSH than other areas and so decided to learn more to be prepared for any specialist opportunities in the future.
“By gaining more knowledge and experience, I aim to be part of the industry that helps to reduce the number of OSH-related incidents in both practical and strategic ways.”
Read more about becoming a Student Member and the ways IOSH can support you throughout your studies.