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Safety, health and wellbeing for people at work The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the world’s leading professional body for people responsible for safety and health in the workplace. F ounded in 1945 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 2003, IOSH has more than 44,000 members in 120 countries. There are branches of IOSH across the UK and other parts of the world, including the Caribbean, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Ireland, Qatar, Oman, Singapore and UAE. IOSH also has 16 groups for safety and health specialists in different industry sectors, such as construction and rural industries. Each branch and group meets regularly and hosts a range of activities for their members with industry experts. IOSH accredits 15,000 training courses across 70 different countries. Around 160,000 people are trained to IOSH standar ds each year with the help of the Institution’s 2,000 accredited training providers. Whatever your level within an organisation, IOSH’s Leading safely, Managing safely and Working safely courses can help you to build your knowledge and skills in safety and health. In addition, the Institution offers tailored courses for specific industries, job roles and skills. The Institution is committed to evidence-based practice in workplace safety and health. Through its Research and Development fund it aims to improve safety, health and public wellbeing worldwide, and to discover new ways of furthering its vision and values. IOSH also provides access to a collection of free guidance and runs a technical information line which helps more than 4,500 people every year. The Institution itself was awarded the Investors in People Core Standard in 2011 and achieved the Silver Standard in 2015. HSE INTERNATIONAL 17