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The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the world’s largest health and safety membership body. With 44,000 members in 99 countries, IOSH is committed to ensuring that global work practices are safe, healthy and sustainable.

Students taking an IOSH course through the British Safety Council will benefit from excellent, high quality facilities and outstanding tutors with industry experience.

OPITO has been setting Standards for the energy industry since 1991 to help improve workforce safety and competence – over 350,000 people per year train to OPITO Standards across the globe.

In partnership with industry stakeholders, OPITO identifies the needs and requirements for new and improved training and competence Standards for both onshore and offshore. We produce world-class, industry-driven Standards that are recognised globally and we ensure that our approved Centre network deliver training in compliance with these Standards.

Standards are developed by Industry Work Groups (IWGs) comprising industry employers, subject matter experts, regulators, trade associations, OPITO approved Centres and workforce representatives. IWGs develop the content of an industry standard in its entirety including learning and assessment outcomes, training programme content, staff/facilities requirements and validity periods. Working with our stakeholders throughout this process ensures that OPITO Standards are current, robust and relevant to the needs of the industry.

OPITO undertakes a quality assurance role on behalf of industry through our robust approval and monitoring processes thereby ensuring that every OPITO approved Centre delivers a consistently high level of training to learners around the globe.

Industry Standards are formally reviewed, as a minimum, every four years in partnership with industry, as we strive to continuously improve safety and competency.

The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) offers globally recognised qualifications covering health and safety and risk management. A significant number of health and safety job adverts specify NEBOSH qualifications, demonstrating the high standard of NEBOSH courses and training.

Offering 60 years’ experience and highly qualified tutors, everybody taking a NEBOSH training course through the British Safety Council will benefit from a broad range of industry knowledge and experience.

The 1978 STCW Convention was the first to establish basic requirements on training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers on an international level. Previously the standards of training, certification and watchkeeping of officers and ratings were established by individual governments, usually without reference to practices in other countries. As a result standards and procedures varied widely, even though shipping is the most international of all industries.

The Convention prescribes minimum standards relating to training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers which countries are obliged to meet or exceed.

The 1995 amendments, adopted by a Conference, represented a major revision of the Convention, in response to a recognized need to bring the Convention up to date and to respond to critics who pointed out the many vague phrases, such as “to the satisfaction of the Administration”, which resulted in different interpretations being made.

The 1995 amendments entered into force on 1 February 1997. One of the major features of the revision was the division of the technical annex into regulations, divided into Chapters as before, and a new STCW Code, to which many technical regulations were transferred. Part A of the Code is mandatory while Part B is recommended.

Dividing the regulations up in this way makes administration easier and it also makes the task of revising and updating them more simple: for procedural and legal reasons there is no need to call a full conference to make changes to Codes.

Another major change was the requirement for Parties to the Convention are required to provide detailed information to IMO concerning administrative measures taken to ensure compliance with the Convention. This represented the first time that IMO had been called upon to act in relation to compliance and implementation – generally, implementation is down to the flag States, while port State control also acts to ensure compliance. Under Chapter I, regulation I/7 of the revised Convention, Parties are required to provide detailed information to IMO concerning administrative measures taken to ensure compliance with the Convention, education and training courses, certification procedures and other factors relevant to implementation.The information is reviewed by panels of competent persons, nominated by Parties to the STCW Convention, who report on their findings to the IMO Secretary-General, who, in turn, reports to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) on the Parties which fully comply. The MSC then produces a list (the so called “white list”) of “confirmed Parties” in compliance with the STCW Convention.

The IVV was founded in 1957 and to this day is the only worldwide association representing the interests of professional driving instructors, driving schools and their associations.

The DIAmond Advanced Motorist is the largest professional membership body for drivers and rider trainers in the United Kingdom (UK) and has been an accrediting body across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific.

The construction industry scaffolders record scheme has been the industry recognised scaffold training scheme for over forty years. It is the preferred scaffolding qualification of all the major organisations including CSCS, NASC, HSE, Build UK, UNITE and the largest scaffold systems manufacturers.

The scheme, established in the 1960s, has 65,000+ CISRS card holders in the UK & 9,000+ OSTS card holders overseas.

Highfield are a global leader in compliance and work-based learning and apprenticeship qualifications and one of the UK’s most recognisable awarding organisations. They are regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales, SQA Accreditation, the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA), and the Security Industry Authority (SIA). In addition to this, we’re also a government-regulated end-point assessment organisation (EPAO).

As an awarding organisation they have developed 300+ qualifications designed to enhance the career prospects of learners. These qualifications are now delivered by over 20,000 trainers and training providers spread across 57 countries. They cover multiple sectors such as retail, health and social care, finance, customer service, rail and engineering, hospitality, logistics, aviation and many more.

Spanset develop and produce lifting straps, round slings and lashing straps made from high-strength synthetic fibres. In the area of ​​occupational safety, SpanSet is a manufacturer of a wide range of personal protective equipment against falls (PPE). Specialists also install collective, permanent and temporary height safety systems. In addition, SpanSet offers a wide range of load handling devices and accessories for lifting and lashing loads, as well as the associated services, such as competent advice, training and sling inspection.

SpanSet maintains a quality assurance system in accordance with ISO 9001:2008, which ensures continuity in further development at every level of its activities in the sense of uncompromising TQM. Safety was and is always a top priority at SpanSet. SpanSet has played a key role in national and international standards work for many years and is usually well ahead of the respective legal regulations with its products. As a basis for production and sales, the European directives and the standards created within the CEN as well as the SUVA directives and regulations are groundbreaking.