The appointment comes after Taylor & Francis Group and IOSH announced in September a new publishing partnership to secure PPHS as "the natural home to the best health and safety research and policy".
Currently a Reader in Human Factors and Complex Systems, Loughborough University, Dr Waterson is a former Scientific Editor for the journal Applied Ergonomics and served on the editorial boards of Cognition, Technology and Work, and IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Science.
He takes over from Professor David Walters as editor of PPHS and is now working on the journal's May edition.
Dr Waterson said: "PPHS can build on its reputation and become one of the leading journals in the OSH world, bridging the gap between scientific research and OSH practice and policy. If someone is conducting a piece of research, we will explore how their findings can be built into practical solutions and make a real difference.
"We are ambitious for the journal. We want it to grow in size and readership and reach out internationally. A definite aim of PPHS is to provide the safety and health professional with the knowledge to stay one step ahead in what is a fast-developing world of work."
With a background is in applied psychology and human factors/ergonomics, Dr Waterson has worked at the Universities of Nottingham, Sheffield and Loughborough, and four years in Germany for Europe's largest application-oriented research organisation Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.
Shelley Frost, IOSH Executive Director of Policy, said excellence in publishing key research, policy impact and practical guidance "formed the robust core of the journal" and that it was important that published work reflected the aims and objectives of IOSH.
She added: "Patrick Waterson has an excellent reputation in the academic and OSH worlds and he completely understands the importance of ensuring research into occupational safety and health delivers a real, tangible impact.
"IOSH takes very seriously its role in furthering our knowledge of the safety and health issues facing people in the workplace, and to that end our journal can be an important platform for sharing and debating the latest research and policy.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Prof Walters for his excellent work on PPHS and we wish him all the very best for the future."