The Directorate of Occupational Safety & Health Services (DOSHS), part of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection in Kenya, has added the NEBOSH International Diploma to its list of mandatory qualifications for Health and Safety Advisors.

In Kenya, all registered workplaces are audited annually to ensure health and safety standards are maintained in line with the Occupational Safety and Health Act, 2007. These are audits are carried out by DOSHS’ Health & Safety Advisors for which there are rigorous requirements before Advisors can practice. These requirements now include the NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

The professionalism, respect and international reputation of the NEBOSH International Diploma placed it favourably amongst DOSHS Officials. Upon review of the course content, stringent quality controls for delivery and course duration, the decision was made to approve the Diploma as an accepted qualification for OSH professionals seeking appointment to the post of Health and Safety Advisor.

Dr. Musa Nyandusi, Secretary OSH states: “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, adds: “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.”