17 Top Health and Safety Organizations in UK

In this article, we are going to highlight the “9 Top Health and Safety Organizations in UK“. These organizations are renown organizations who have over the years stand out in the Health and Safety profession helping propagate the Health and Safety message and also build capacity among Health and Safety professionals; some have been able to able to contribute to the profession as a Regulatory body.

Note that the content of this article “9 Top Health and Safety Organizations in UK” do not follow any order.

Here are the “9 Top Health and Safety Organizations in UK“:

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is a UK government agency responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare, and for research into occupational risks in Great Britain. It is a non-departmental public body of the United Kingdom with its headquarters in Bootle, England. In Northern Ireland, these duties lie with the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland. The HSE was created by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and has since absorbed earlier regulatory bodies such as the Factory Inspectorate and the Railway Inspectorate though the Railway Inspectorate was transferred to the Office of Rail and Road in April 2006. The HSE is sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions. As part of its work, HSE investigates industrial accidents, small and large, including major incidents such as the explosion and fire at Buncefield in 2005. Though it formerly reported to the Health and Safety Commission, on 1 April 2008, the two bodies merged.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the Chartered body and largest membership organisation for safety and health professionals.

They act as a champion, adviser, advocate and trainer for health and safety professionals working in organisations of all shapes and sizes, in around 130 countries. Their focus is to support our members in creating workplaces that are safer, healthier and more sustainable. This is done in many different ways, including a professional development programme, events, helplines, and up-to-date technical advice. Their Training and Skills products and other IOSH approved courses provide valuable knowledge, skills and qualifications for members and their colleagues.

Formed in 1945, IOSH has become leader of a profession that has transformed the world of work, making it a safer, healthier place to be. It is a status identified by business and why Chartered Membership of IOSH is recognised worldwide as the hallmark of professional excellence in workplace safety and health.

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Following a public meeting in Caxton Hall in 1916 it was decided to elect a London “Safety First” Council to tackle the “alarming increase in traffic accidents, and the direct connection therewith of the restricted street lighting which had been necessitated by the War conditions”.

So began the organisation which was to become the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

RoSPA’s vision is drawn from the respect for life and all that it contains – the freedom to enjoy personal choices, health, happiness, wellbeing, relationships, and a huge variety of life-affirming activities.

Serious accidental injuries are a burden – a burden which afflicts too many, preventing them from enjoying life to its fullest – and one we are determined to free people from.


Since its foundation in 1957, the British Safety Council has campaigned tirelessly to protect workers from accidents, hazards and unsafe conditions, and played a decisive role in the political process that has led to adoption of landmark safety legislation in the UK. Its members in more than 60 countries are committed to protecting and improving the wellbeing of workers believing that a healthy and safe work environment is also good for business.

As part of its charitable work, the British Safety Council leads health and safety networking forums for all sectors, and facilitates and promotes best practice in Britain and overseas. It also offers a range of services and products, including training, qualifications, publications, audits and awards. The British Safety Council works closely with organisations, charities and individuals who share its vision of ensuring that every worker goes home at the end of the day as healthy as they were when they went to work.

IIRSM is an educational charity and professional body for those managing risk in all its forms. IIRSM is independent and speak freely, championing risk management to drive positive change for both employee and organisational wellbeing. This is done through setting standards, connecting people and organisations, and providing practical education, training, advice and resources.

IIRSM have a community of 8000+ globally, representing all risk disciplines from compliance, environmental management, health and safety, insurance, internal audit, quality management, security, project management and more.

Their remit is to

  • Ensure that our members’ professional skills are recognised and respected
  • Offer opportunities and services for advancement, support and networking
  • Advance public education in risk, health and safety management

IIRSM was established in 1975 and represents members in over 70 countries.


The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) is the lead association for the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive and is recognised as a Competent Authority by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). The BSIF has active links with many government departments and over 130 representative Trade Bodies.

Set up in 1994, the Federation currently has some 300 members, ranging from manufacturers and distributors of safety products through to test houses, certification bodies and safety professionals. Membership is accommodated within a number of sector trade associations.

Today the BSIF is firmly established as the major independent voice of the British safety industry, helping to both influence legislation and provide industry in general with a source of authoritative information on a range of workplace safety issues, while representing the needs of its members.

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The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) is a science-based, charitable body that provides information, expertise and guidance in the recognition, control and management of workplace health risks.

BOHS was founded in 1953: it is the only professional society representing qualified occupational hygienists in the UK, and has over 1800 members in 57countries. BOHS is the only occupational hygiene organisation to be awarded a Royal Charter: this was granted in April 2013 in recognition of BOHS’ unique and pre-eminent role as the leading authority in occupational disease prevention.

The Health and Safety Laboratory (HSE Laboratory or HSL Buxton) is a large 550-acre research site in rural High Peak, Derbyshire, south of Buxton.

It researches new methods in industrial safety. It provides training courses in subjects such as Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 2015 (COMAH) and DSEAR (Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations, 2002).

It started out as the Safety in Mines Research Establishment (SMRE) in 1947. The Safety in Mines Research Board had been formed in 1921, and it bought the site in Harpur Hill in 1924. It researched work into safety of mining. Other research laboratories for mining safety had been opened in 1928 in Sheffield. At the SMRE in 1956, Herbert Eisner discovered how high-expansion foam can put out fires.

The Occupational Medicine Laboratory opened in London in 1959, and this merged with the site in Derbyshire to form the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Research and Laboratory Services Division (RLSD). All of the laboratories became the Health and Safety Laboratory in 1995, and it was managed as an arms length Agency of HSE for 20 years. In 2015 the laboratory’s agency status ceased and it was reintegrated into the UK’s Health and Safety Regulator HSE, operating as the HSE’s science division.

NCRQ was formed to improve the competence of health and safety practitioners – focusing on the knowledge and skills required to actually supervise or manage employees in a safe manner, to manage the health and safety of an organisation, or to provide assurance of a competent consultant.

National Compliance and Risk Qualifications – NCRQ – has been established by a number of leading experts in health and safety. This includes representatives of some of the UK’s largest employers, including the BBC, Royal Mail, Siemens plc, and local authorities, specialists from the Health and Safety Executive, legal experts, and academics.

Employers require safety practitioners that can effectively manage health and safety; not necessarily those that can answer exam questions that recite safety knowledge. An effective safety practitioner is one that can apply legal duties to any workplace scenario from basic principles, can independently undertake research on topics beyond their knowledge, can confidently determine suitable and sufficient risk control measures that are sensible and proportionate to the risks, and can then justify any additional costs to senior management. The NCRQ suite of safety qualifications provides assurance that an individual has these skills.



The above “Top Health and Safety Organizations in UK” falls into different categories; They are either regulatory body, membership body or training body; some have dual duties.

Be it as it may, the different organizations have contributed differently to the development of the Health and Safety Profession.

You may decide to identify with one or more of these organizations based on your area of interest.


Do you know of any other organization in the UK which you feel should be part of the “9 Top Health and Safety Organizations in UK“, please drop the name of the organization in the comment box.








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By Ubong Edet

A passionate Health and Safety professional with a good level of field experience and relevant certifications including NEBOSH, OSHA, ISO, etc certifications. An Health and Safety activist who believes in the growth and continual improvement of the profession. He is going all out to create awareness and safe precious lives.

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