ENSHPO launches new European Certification Standard
European Occupational Safety and Health Manager
The member organisations of ENSHPO have agreed to create a new standardised Europe-wide certification. It allows eligible health and safety practitioners to use the designation EurOSHM (European Occupational Safety and Health Manager). The criteria which need to be met to achieve registration as EurOSHM are set out in the ENSHPO EurOSHM standard.
This is a significant step forward for European health and safety professionals. Its goal is to achieve a common standard of health and safety practice throughout Europe and lead to easier recognition of equivalent qualifications across member states.
Creating an agreed standard is important because we all work within a common legal framework and face similar challenges requiring similar competencies, such as tackling risk assessment, occupational and major accidents, human error, risk control measures, safety management and policy, musculoskeletal disorders and stress, and dealing with the health and safety implications of migration, terrorism, climate change and ageing population. Increasingly, practitioners may work across borders and employers in different countries will need an easy way to identify the levels of competence of those offering their services.

Potential applicants should go to www.enshpo.org for further background information and to www.euroshm.org for the application process. Further details can also be obtained from the ENSHPO Secretariat: secretariat@enshpo.org.

In addition to the scheme for this pan-European certification standard, ENSHPO is already working on producing a technician level European standard in the very near future. A considerable amount of interest has already been expressed from practitioners across Europe.