Environment, health and safety are binding principles for any industrial discipline that dictate the safe and green guidelines to execute and implement operations within them. The increasing need and demand of EHS based skills and its functional expertise within the recent years has turned into an outstanding marketable skillset.
This means that not only have the opportunities increased in this domain but it has been due to a prospering economy which recognizes the need of safety and environmentally compliant operations.
Apart from the safety engineering and diploma courses which make for the standard route undertaken by the safety community professionals, there are many eminent certification programs which can help them upskill and make their strengths more relevant to emerging challenges in EHS.
Here’s a list of 5 valuable certifications which can deliver the necessary boost to your EHS career:
National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health(NEBOSH) provides the general certificate course in OSH in as many as 120 different countries with over fifty thousand candidates undertaking the course, annually.
With international as well as regulatory recognition from esteemed professional bodies, this general certificate in OSH covers the principal methodology as proposed under the “Plan-Do-Check-Act” and of safety related to fire, chemicals, electrical as well as workplace, musculoskeletal, transport, work equipment hazards and risk control.
The next aspect is practical application of the learnt modules via H&S assessment of a workplace and submission of its report to the management.
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) offers courses in managing and working safely for their audiences and either of these two courses are undertaken by as many as 179,000 people from all across the world.
Both the certificate programs are open to professionals, safety managers and supervisors who wish to understand and gather useful OSH insights which are applied in modern day industries and organizations.
Based on a closed assessment and project work report the candidates are assessed and granted the IOSH managing or working safely certificate.
3) OSHA affiliated certificate programs
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal body in the U.S which looks after and governs OSH. These certificate programs are strictly compliant to the defined standards within U.S, however due to the overarching application of OHS principles and the spread of multinationals across the world now, these certificates have grown in importance through application.
These diverse certificate programs cover topics from basic to advanced level courses in OHS and EHS aspects, based on different sectors. The main mode of distribution is through the stipulated number of contact hours that the candidate has to attend and complete.
4) IRCA (OHS, Lead Auditor training)
International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA) is the original body which was established in 1919 and subsequently over the course of time has come to be known as the Chartered Quality Institute due to the granting of royal charter.
This certification course is for the personnel who go onto audit organizations for the OH&S management systems under the OHSAS 18001 certification. It is recommended to have a basic OHS background which in turn would enable them to grasp the subject matter.
This is a 5 day course which would help the participants to effectively audit OHS systems by developing an understanding of the best practices and effective auditing skills.
International Environment Management and Assessment is the largest body of environmental practitioners in the U.K. The key driver for this body is to provide organizations with a way to manage their systems in accordance with the best environment and sustainability practices.
To become an environment systems management auditor, a closed written exam is followed by continuous assessment. Again, a basic background in OHS would be necessary, however, this certificate enables the candidate to develop a skill based ability to audit for environment management systems.
To summarize the importance of these certificates, they can not only enable you to diversify your skills and add another level of professional certification to your credentials. But, they can also provide a traction to careers which are struggling to base themselves firmly which can be due to several reasons.
Professional certifications are a gateway to opportunities that can leverage your niche skills, however, before undertaking any such certifications, verify and establish the credentials of the partner organization that are providing these certifications and their methods, carefully.