The Institute of Health & Safety (IHS) was set up to address the lack of reliable information and professional training facilities for employers and employees alike, especially with regards to basic health and safety regulations issued in 1996.

Over the years, the institute has grown both in scope and in stature and is generally considered to be the country's main reference for occupational health and safety issues. 

Malta's current political and economic activity is now at par with the best Europe has to offer and these improved standards demand greater expertise and higher levels in all our commercial activities.

With this in mind, the IHS has taken the initiative of embarking on a strategic development programme which includes acquiring the necessary accreditation for the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).

These two UK organisations are a standard within themselves with regards to occupational health, safety and environmental issues and their level of competence will be the institute's benchmark for its operations in Malta and overseas.

With this development the institute aspires to become a regional centre of excellence for the delivery of internationally recognised courses which should be a major boost for both the local industry and economy.

For this cause, senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth Chris Hudson will eventually assist the institute in this development of services. Mr Hudson is also a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

Specialised in management and law, he is also a serving magistrate in the UK. The institute hopes Mr Hudson will be pivotal in bringing about the desired strategic changes, helping to maintain stability in the services provided for clients, while making the necessary changes in direction and culture within the IHS.

Another activity related to this strategic development is the need to engage additional health and safety professionals as instructors. The success of this activity demands that the IHS makes use of the best instructors and trainers on the island.

The institute therefore would like any trainers and instructors specialised in areas within the health and safety field to phone the IHS on 2131-1966 (fax: 2131-1968) or e-mail info@ihs.com.mt. The institute's address is 213, Martin Court, University Street, Msida, MSD 04.

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