Occupational Safety and Health Organisations Form Historic Alliance

NINE OF THE UK’s most prominent Safety & Health organisations have united to form the Occupational Safety and Health Stakeholder Alliance.

The new organisation will create a platform to offer a unified 360-degree perspective on Health & Safety issues for the first time.

The health and safety bodies signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 12th May 2023 to create the Occupational Safety and Health Stakeholder Alliance.

The participants are: British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS), British Safety Council, British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF), Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM), Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The National Examination Board for Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) and the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (CIEHF) have since added their signatures to the Memorandum.

Historic Alliance

Collectively the Alliance members’ competencies span the full spectrum of OSH considerations, from education and regulation to policy creation, professional standards and thought leadership.

The group will provide a unified voice for the OSH industry, drawing on members’ collective expertise to inform and support OSH decision-making across government, policy-maker, corporate and professional levels.

The alliance members see the formation of the Occupational Safety & Health Stakeholder Alliance as a historic initiative with the potential to have a far-reaching positive impact on occupational safety and health management in the UK.

It says it is a non-exclusive group that welcomes wider involvement in the delivery of its aims.

It is also committed to supporting occupational health and safety good practice and to developing programmes, initiatives and activities that enhance it.

The group will use members’ influence to deliver joint messaging and progress on OSH issues. They will also work to increase the visibility and value of the Health & Safety profession and its wider goals.

While the UK has an enviable record in safety there remains much to be done. An early priority for the alliance will be to mitigate the risk factors giving rise to mental health issues in the workplace.

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