International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM)

The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) is a professional body for health and safety practitioners and specialists in related fields who have a health and safety remit.  It was set up to advance standards in accident prevention and occupational health throughout the world. 

Established in 1975 this not-for-profit organisation offers membership to practitioners in over 70 countries. IIRSM welcomes third sector engagement at every level and actively seeks partnerships with equivalent bodies throughout the world.  It has strong links with leading universities and international bodies and works to establish and promote standards of professional competence.

Area of occupational health

IIRSM operates in the broader spectrum of occupational health.

Adviceline/toolkits available

Technical helpline available via phone, fax or email to all IIRSM members.

Membership criteria

If you are a health and safety practitioner, work in an associated field or have an interest in health and safety, you can enjoy the benefits of IIRSM membership. Dependent on qualifications and eligibility criteria you will be able to apply for one of several levels. For eligibility criteria visit


IIRSM holds an annual conference, regular forums and partners numerous events throughout the year. For a full list of forthcoming events visit


IIRSM produces handbooks and other publications including case studies and research documents. For the complete list visit

Links to Quality Standards/Regulation

IIRSM has links with various organisations and regulatory bodies. Amongst these are the Health and Safety Executive and Department for Work and Pensions.


The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management's (IIRSM) Code of Ethics expresses the principles that the Institute encourages its members to adopt in the execution of their duties. This can be found at

Promotion of research and service evaluation

IIRSM’s Director of Policy and Research has established links with leading universities and international bodies including the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH).  ICOH is the world's leading international scientific society in the field of occupational health with a membership of 2,000 professionals from 93 countries.  IIRSM also heads up the Scientific Committee on Accident Prevention at ICOH.

Contact IIRSM

Contact or visit the website at

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