About the Israel Institute for Occupational Safety and Hygiene
The Institute for Occupational Safety and Hygiene is a leading institution specializing in the fields of occupational safety and health and serves as an umbrella organization for all the institutions engaged in advancing safety in the workplace and occupational health. The three main core values of the IIOSH are: “Innovation, Creativity and a Learning Organization.”
The Israel Institute for Occupational Safety and Hygiene (IIOSH) is a statutory corporation, a non-profit organization established in 1954, in order to promote a culture of safety in the workplace and occupational health, in all branches of the economy, including: industry and services, construction and agriculture, through training, instruction, education and research.
IIOSH is not engaged in inspection and enforcement, which are areas under the purview of the regulator in the Ministry of Labor. It resembles organizations in countries of the Western world where there is a clear distinction between the enforcement arm and the prevention, information and research arm.
The goal of the Israel Institute for Occupational Safety and Hygiene as defined by law is “to promote the conditions of occupational safety and professional hygiene.”The main activities defined by the legislator are conducting education and training activities; conducting and publishing studies, assisting in the selection of safety representatives and establishing safety communities, training them and encouraging their work; assisting the occupational safety and health administration with its activities; providing consultation to the Minister of Economy in matters involving safety and hygiene; and awarding certificates of excellence to those who excel in all issues related to safety and hygiene in the workplace.
Message from the Director General
Welcome to the website of the Israel Institute for Occupational Safety and Hygiene. In this website, you will find information regarding the diverse services that we provide..
The activity of the Israel Institute for Occupational Safety and Hygiene is based on a real and genuine concern for the health and safety of the employee and its existence is possible thanks to a combination of extraordinary forces including employee representatives, employers and government ministries, spearheaded by the Ministry of Economy and Industry.
The main focus of the Institute’s activity is the creation of a culture of occupational safety, encouraging personal responsibility, vigilance with regard to hazards and their elimination and creating a safe work environment. All these factors are the key to preventing accidents and promoting occupational safety.
The mandate received by the Institute for Occupational Safety and Hygiene back in 1954 was “to promote the subject of occupational safety and to protect the health and life of the employee.” Consequently, the Institute’s activity is exclusively related to the fields of prevention and focuses on providing relevant services, training and research.
Enforcement steps are not the purview of the Institute and are executed by the regulator, in this case – the Occupational Safety and Health Administration at the Ministry of Labor, Welfare and Social Services.
The Institute’s staff is comprised of the best experts in Israel. They come from various disciplines, including engineers, experts in the natural sciences, life sciences, and behavioral sciences, etc. The basket of services features a variety of activities, including professional training and seminars, environmental / occupational monitoring, risk assessment, laboratory services, providing training and assistance to safety officers and supervisors, establishing safety committees, providing professional information through the information center, the website, social media and additional digital channels, as well as publishing literature and professional material, etc.
This service is provided by the regional branches and the Institute’s divisions at training centers nationwide and in the workplace.
We invite you to become our partners in our activity and to take part in creating a better, safer and healthier environment.
Dr. Miki Winkler
Acting Director General
The Israel Institute for Occupational Safety and Hygiene