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November 23, 2007

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External recognition

The growing importance of IOSH membership was reflected by its recent recognition by two external organisations.

Chartered safety and health practitioner status has been recognised as a regulated professional title by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which is enacting an EU Directive allowing qualifications and skills to be transferred across Member States.

Hazel Harvey, IOSH director of professional affairs, said: “This means that chartered fellows and chartered members can apply for recognition of their status in other EU states. It also means that colleagues working in Europe may apply to IOSH for recognition if they wish to work in the UK.”

More information about the transfer of skills and qualifications between Member States can be found at

IOSH chartered fellows, chartered members, graduate members and technician members holding a NEBOSH Construction Certificate are also now able to apply for a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card after completing a computer-generated touch-screen test at specified levels.

Hazel added: “The Construction Industries Council has approved these four categories of members under the professional membership mapped route. IOSH will also be responsible for validating applications from members for the CSCS scheme.

“To take advantage of both of the initiatives, however, you must maintain your CPD records to ensure you retain your membership category.”

Hazel continued: “Recognition by both of these external bodies is obviously excellent news for IOSH members, and is further recognition of the high esteem in which health and safety practitioners are held, both in the UK and beyond.”

For more information about CSCS cards, visit

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