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IOSH OSH education policy position

 

Integrating occupational safety and health (OSH) into general education and vocational training programmes can help build safer and healthier future generations of workers. Training and educating workers on health and safety principles at every level is a highly effective method of building awareness, knowledge and skills among the world’s workers and employers.

IOSH campaigns to get health and safety into mainstream education and training by actively supporting the development and implementation of OSH curricula at all levels of education – including primary and secondary schools, vocational, technical and tertiary institutions.

The facts

  • IOSH leads the Education and Training section of the International Social Security Agency (ISSA). The section studies the different aspects of this education and training, focusing in particular on the pedagogical, conceptual and methodological aspects of risk prevention.
  • IOSH is part of the International Network of Safety & Health Professional Organisations (INSHPO), a global alliance dedicated to advancing the occupational safety and health profession.
  • We are a member of the European Network of Safety and Health Professional Organisations (ENSHPO), a network that focuses on OSH practitioner qualifications and training.
  • Educational and research institutions have important roles to play, and both private and public advisory bodies can offer helpful OSH information and advice. For that reason, IOSH is seen as a significant funder of research into occupational safety and health.
  • IOSH is a member of the European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health (ENETOSH) that supports the idea that safety and health are integral to lifelong learning.
  • IOSH has a long-standing relationship with more than 75 universities through our qualifications and accreditation system.
  • IOSH Student membership gives students access to a range of benefits that can boost their career prospects.

Our position

Integrating OSH into general education and vocational training programmes can help build safer and healthier future generations of workers. Training and educating workers on health and safety principles at every level is a highly effective way of building awareness, knowledge and skills among the world’s workers and employers.

IOSH campaigns to get health and safety into mainstream education and training by actively supporting the development and implementation of OSH curricula at all levels of education – including primary and secondary schools, vocational, technical and tertiary institutions.

IOSH believes that promoting OSH in education and lifelong learning is critical to building worldwide awareness of the dimensions and consequences of work-related accidents, injuries and diseases.

In this context, there’s a need for OSH education to be expanded to build OSH professional competence and capability. This should also include the improvement of basic OSH literacy training as a strong foundation for life-long learning.

IOSH resources

 The IOSH competency framework covers the skills, knowledge and behaviours that today's OSH professionals need by prioritising competencies around management, leadership, soft skills and technical competencies.

  • IOSH was consulted and engaged during the 18-month development of the L3 Safety, Health and Environment Technician Apprenticeship.
  • Our Education Group represents and works with members across the whole sector to promote health and safety in all areas of education.
  • IOSH has provided its own apprenticeship pathway, utilising a combination of three readily available courses: Safety and Health for Business, Managing Safely and Environment for Business.
  • The NCFE IOSH Level 3 Certificate in Safety and Health for Business gives an understanding of what safety and health contributes in a business context.

 Research reports:

  • A study on improving designers' knowledge of hazards looks at how designers learn the construction knowledge needed to understand how their designs could have an impact on OSH.
  • IOSH supports work to provide engineering students with OSH learning materials, as part of the Teaching health and safety in undergraduate engineering courses study
  • Coping in the classroom. This project discusses the need for a resource that will assist those in the education community working with students with health, behavioural or emotional needs.

Consultation responses:

  • IOSH response to the Löfstedt review of health and safety legislation by the UK Department for Work and Pensions, 2011.
  • IOSH response to the Independent review of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education by the UK Department for Education, 2008.