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 Israel Institute for Occupational Safety and Hygiene website. This website offers information regarding the variety of different services we provide.
The activity of the Israel Institute for Occupational Safety and Hygiene is based on a genuine and real concern for the health and safety of the employee as well as on the extraordinary combined forces of representatives of the employees, employers and government ministries, headed up by the Ministry of Economy. The main idea at the basis of the Institute’s activity is the creation of a culture of ‘safety at work’, encouraging personal responsibility, vigilance with regard to hazards and their removal and creating a safe work environment – all of which are the key factors in preventing accidents and ensuring occupational safety.
The mandate received by the IIOSH, back in 1954 was to promote the subject of occupational safety and to protect the employee’s health and life. Consequently, the Institute’s activity is solely related to the fields of prevention and focuses on providing related services, training and research.
Enforcement activities are not in the IIOSH’s field of responsibility and they are conducted by the regulator, in this case – the Occupational Safety and Health Administration at the Ministry of Economy.
The Institute’s staff is comprised of the best experts in the country. They come from various disciplines and include engineers, experts in the fields of natural sciences, life sciences, behavioral sciences, etc. The ‘basket of services’ includes a variety of activities, including training and professional seminars, occupational environmental monitoring, risk assessment, laboratory services, training and assistance to safety officers and supervisors, establishing safety committees, providing professional information through its information center, website, social media and other digital channels, publishing literature and professional material, etc.
This service is provided through the regional branches and the divisions of the Institute at the training centers nationwide and in the workplace.
We invite you to become our partners and to take part in creating a better, safer and healthier environment.
Dr. Ornit Raz
The Israel Institute for Occupational Safety and Hygiene