IOSH has launched a new survey to find out members' views on membership grades.
The Institution is making a series of recommendations in response to feedback received in earlier consultation, via a member survey and focus groups.
As part of IOSH's WORK 2022 strategy, the Institution needs to make sure its grades – which were last reviewed in 2005 – are fit for purpose. The research carried out to inform the new IOSH competency framework highlighted the broader set of skills required to manage and drive change in OSH today.
Almost a fifth of the membership had a say in Phase 1 of the consultation, and IOSH is hoping for an even better response rate this time around. Feedback to the first survey indicated the need for clearer, stronger methodologies for assessing applicants, better differentiation between the grades, to encourage progression, and a process for recognising experience.
There is also confusion in the profession about qualifications versus competence, which this review aims to address.
Some of the proposed recommendations include a new name for Graduate level and a more robust, transparent pathway to Chartered Fellow. There’s also a recommendation to strengthen Chartered Members' status by moving beyond technical specialist to OSH generalist, and many want experience to be taken into account.
Members should have received an email with a survey link in the last week. It is vital that IOSH captures the views of as many members as possible, so if you haven’t completed the survey yet, please search your inbox (and junk) for ‘membership grades survey’ or ‘snapsurveys’ and give your views. Then encourage your fellow IOSH members to do the same.
If the email is not in your inbox or junk mail, please email [email protected].