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International award confirms IOSH’s place on the global scene

The worldwide influence of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in securing a safer, healthier world of work has been confirmed by a prestigious international award.

As the world-leading chartered professional body for people responsible for safety and health in the workplace, with more than 48,000 members in over 130 countries, IOSH has been presented with the International ORP Award 2022.

This is the highest recognition offered by the International ORP (Occupational Risk Prevention) Foundation, with previous winners from 2018-2021 including ICOH (International Commission on Occupational Health), WHO (World Health Organization), ILO (International Labour Organization) and ISSA (International Social Security Association).

The award, which was presented to IOSH Head of Strategic Engagement Alan Stevens at the Foundation’s 22nd annual congress, held this month in Colombia, recognises outstanding commitment to safety, health and well-being at work and active contributions to the promotion and development of a global prevention culture.

ORP President Hans-Horst Konkolewsky praised IOSH’s “long-standing commitment to promote safety, health and well-being at work, both in the UK and internationally and its important role in capacity building, including specialised training to support the implementation of the Vision Zero mind-set.”

He highlighted, “IOSH’s leadership and staff for its impressive commitment and outstanding work in the service of prevention.”

Alan Stevens was clear on the significance of the ORP award to IOSH’s development: “This honour shows just how much our global influence has grown over recent years and how much we’ve become respected on the world stage.

“Our innovative approach to social sustainability and human capital through our Catch the Wave initiative, for example, is resonating hugely, not just within the OSH profession but with governments, investors, trade unions and the United Nations entities, bringing these groups together in the common cause of preventing workplace harm,” he added.

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