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Directorate of Occupational Safety and Health Services Makes NEBOSH Diploma Mandatory in Kenya

April 2021

The Directorate of Occupational Safety and Health Services (DOSHS) has added the NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety to its list of mandatory qualifications for Health and Safety Advisors.

The DOSHS, part of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of workers across Kenya by implementing systems of compliance and carrying out regular inspections, examinations, and investigations. 

DOSHS Health and Safety Advisors support their mission by carrying out health and safety audits on all registered workplaces in Kenya. They ensure that companies meet the strict legislative requirements laid out in the Occupational Safety and Health Act 2007.

As part of the process to become a DOSHS Health and Safety Advisors, candidates must meet rigorous requirements, including the NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

The NEBOSH International Diploma is one of the most respected health and safety qualifications worldwide due to it's stringent approach to risk management. It helps develop the competency and confidence of health and safety professionals so they can reduce risk and ensure the safety of their people and communities.   

Dr. Musa Nyandusi, Secretary OSHtold NEBOSH:

"DOSHS is charged with the responsibilities to administer the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) as well as the Work Injury Benefits Act (WIBA) and has the mandate to ensure compliance with these safety and health legislations, promoting safety and health of workers and implementing effective systems for prevention of Occupational diseases, accidents and property damage as well as administer work injury benefits. In deepening the penetration of OSH in all enterprises, DOSHS appoints competent persons to serve as OSH advisers to all registered workplaces.

DOSHS took the step to recognize the NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety owing to its alignment to professional standards DOSHS requires of Safety and Health Advisors. We look forward to further engagements with NEBOSH in alignment to the mandate and mission of DOSHS with the overall objective of ensuring every worker goes home safe."

Damian Hampson, NEBOSH International Business Development Executive, also commented:

"It is a privilege that the Kenyan Government has recognised the value and high standard of the NEBOSH International Diploma. Thank you to DOSHS for their recognition of our Diploma and to our supporters in Kenya who have championed NEBOSH and our qualifications as a key contributor to progressive health and safety standards."

The South Africa Institute of Occupational Health and Safety already recognises the NEBOSH Diploma as an entry for GradIOSH Membership. The new additional requirement by DOSHS is another step in improving the standards of health and safety in workplaces all across Africa.

More information

The NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is an advanced health and safety qualification. It'll help you develop your competence in all areas of health and safety so you can reduce risk in dangerous environments and keep people safe. 

The course is made up of 4 units and covers legislation, hazardous agents, equipment, and workplace safety. It's assessed with 3 written exams and an 8,000 word assignment. Find out more about the NEBOSH Diploma here.

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