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Saiosh vs. IOSH UK Membership

Tuesday, 08 April 2014  
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Saiosh vs. IOSH UK Membership

When Saiosh was established in 2010 one of our main objectives was to look after, and promote, the OHS Profession in South Africa. The Saiosh Council investigated similar organisations in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Co-incidentally as we were looking at IOSH in the UK they were looking at Africa and specifically South Africa. We had a meeting in Johannesburg in 2011 and finding common ground developed a closer relationship.

This lead to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in which, in the long term, Saiosh would open an IOSH office in South African. The signing of the MOU had two immediate benefits for our members. Firstly they were able to apply for recognition with the internationally recognised IOSH UK designations and secondly we negotiated a favourable membership fee for South African members. In addition our members got one year’s free membership.

At the same time Saiosh applied to SAQA for recognition as a Professional body under the title IOSH SA. We were successful in getting this accreditation as well as four professional designations: Associate, Technical, Graduate and Chartered.

During the initial period in dealing with IOSH, Saiosh identified two critical areas of the IOSH UK system as required by SAQA. Firstly the “locus of control” needed to be strictly under the control of a South African entity and secondly IOSH UK did not give full credit to some South African courses in respect of RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) again as required by SAQA. These were specifically for the Associate and Technical level designations.

Saiosh decided that the problems identified would have impacted negatively on a large number of our members, and the profession as a whole, and accordingly decided to no longer continue with the IOSH UK MOU. There is a positive benefit derived from our deliberations with IOSH UK and that is that the qualifications of NADSAM and the B Tech Safety Management are now recognised as valid qualifications for IOSH UK Graduate and Chartered designations and we continue to to work together to promote health and safety world wide e.g. co-hosting the International OHS Conference held every year in Gauteng at the Gallagher Convention Centre.

If you are one of the group of Saiosh members that joined IOSH UK for free during 2012/13, it must be noted that your Saiosh membership no longer include membership with IOSH UK. You have a choice whether you want to renew your membership with IOSH UK or not. Your Saiosh membership include your South African professional registration as recognised by SAQA.

Saiosh was appointed as the Registration Board for IOSH SA, the SAQA Recognised Professional Body in March 2013, which professionally registers Occupational Health and Safety Practitioners in South Africa. Saiosh is the largest OHS body in South Africa with more than 3 500 members, more than 200 of which are corporate members. Saiosh invested in a state of the art membership management online programme where members can register, upgrade, submit CPD, do IPD and manage personal portfolios online. Saiosh also offer free CPD workshops for its member. For more information visit

Safety Regards

Robin W Jones

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