The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has updated its competency framework to help occupational safety and health professionals keep pace with rapid change in the workplace and drive the very highest standards.

Launching the new safety and health competency framework, IOSH noted that expectations of professionals working in health and safety have changed significantly in the past decade.

Therefore, as businesses strive to become more sustainable, health and safety professionals must demonstrate a range of competencies to embed good health, safety and wellbeing effectively in workplace cultures.

Factors influencing change and transformation, including increased business complexity, technological advances, the gig economy and evolving platforms and processes, all challenge the capability of today’s health and safety professionals.

The new competency framework — entitled Professional Standards for Safety and Health at Work — expands on strong technical skills to include the “soft skills” and business skills that health and safety professionals need to influence and drive change.

A total of 69 competencies are divided into 12 areas across technical, core and behavioural categories.

  • Technical: health and safety law; risk management; incident management; culture and sustainability

  • Core: strategy; planning; leadership and management

  • Behavioural: stakeholder management; personal performance; communication; working with others.

In a statement, IOSH said, “The newly-updated competency framework covers all the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed by occupational safety and health professionals.”

Last reviewed 2 December 2019