Membership

GhISEP is the Ghana Institute of Safety and Environmental Professionals and is the sole Professional Body (as per the Professional Bodies Registration Act [National Redemption Council Decree (NRCD) Act 143-1973] Section 10) that aims to build capacity in Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Professionals in Ghana.

GhISEP also engages in various activities to bring prominence to pertinent Safety, Health and Environmental issues in Ghana in order to promote safe and healthy workplaces for all, and sustainable environmental management.

This page outlines the procedure for placing members in membership categories and the guide for members to know what will be required of them to be placed at a particular membership level.


MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES

As per the GhISEP constitution the following are the membership categories and the requirements: 
‘’Individual membership in this Institute shall be divided into six categories/classes of Student Member, Affiliate Member, Technician Member, Graduate Member, Fellow and Honorary Member.’’

In addition to these six categories, Corporate Membership is available to businesses, professional organizations or scientific societies.


MEMBERSHIP CATEGORY REQUIREMENTS

The following are required to fall into the respective membership category:

 

 Affiliate Member:

All members, except those applying for student membership, will be admitted into the Institution as Affiliate Members. Once the application and payment are accepted you will have access to all membership benefits and services for twelve (12) months. Once the submitted qualifications are vetted and approved, you will be transferred to the appropriate membership level.


 Student Member:

Student membership will be granted to any individual who is currently studying an occupational safety, health, environmental allied fields and disciplines like quality and security program, either full-time or part-time. The individual will have to submit the admission letter into the institution of study. GhISEP will then confirm that the student is indeed enrolled. Student members will pay a one-time registration fee as determined by the Executive Board (EB). Membership shall be for the duration of study and shall expire at graduation.


 Technician Member:

This category recognizes the qualifications and competence needed by professionals working in a range of operational health and safety roles. To become a Technical Member, you must have at least three (3) years’ experience in a safety, health, environmental or related role, as well as an accredited qualification. The qualification must be at least a *certificate* in safety, health, environment or related subject from a GhISEP accredited institution. All submitted qualifications and Curriculum Vitae will be verified prior to granting of technician membership.
To maintain your status and keep your skills, knowledge and experience up to date, you will join our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme and maintain the annual required number of CPD points. As a Technician Member, you can use the letters TechGhISEP after your name.


 Graduate Member:

This category recognizes the qualifications and competence needed by professionals working in a range of operational health and safety roles. To become a Graduate Member, you must have at least three (3) years’ experience in a safety, health, environmental or related role, as well as an accredited qualification. The qualification must be at least a diploma in safety, health, environment or related subject from a GhISEP accredited institution. All submitted qualifications and Curriculum Vitae will be verified prior to granting of graduate membership. To maintain your status and keep your skills, knowledge and experience up to date, you will join our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme and maintain the annual required number of CPD points. As a Graduate Member, you can use the letters GradGhISEP after your name.


 Fellow:

Fellowship of the Institution is awarded only to members who have been Graduate Members for at least five (5) years who can demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the safety, health and
environmental profession. Fellows go 'above and beyond' the call of duty and are the 'ambassadors' of the Institution. Applicants must satisfy the Institution that they meet this definition. An interview (either face to face or video-conferencing) will be conducted by a panel appointed by the membership committee to determine a member’s eligibility for fellow membership.

Specifically, we look for evidence that the applicant has:

Carried out outstanding service on local, national or international professional committees.

Produced peer-acclaimed contributions or improvements to the public understanding of occupational safety, health and environmental management.

Been involved in the development of occupational safety, health and environmental management through work in GhISEP at any level (chapter, committees and so on).

Helped to develop and influence the careers of others, including less experienced occupational safety, health and environmental professionals.

Actively researched, developed and applied original work or expertise in occupational safety, health and environmental management.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and applicants don’t have to have meet all these criteria.

To maintain your status and keep your skills, knowledge and experience up to date, you will join our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme and maintain the annual required number of CPD points. As a Fellow, you can use the letters FGhISEP after your name.

 

Honorary Members:

honorary membership will be conferred on those who have made a notable contribution in the field of
health, safety and environment, or to GhISEP or otherwise deserving of the honour (for example Ministers of Environment and Employment and Labour Relations of Ghana) and are so elected by the Executive Board.
All past Presidents of GhISEP shall automatically be made honorary members.
 

Corporate Membership

Corporate Membership is open to any business, professional organization or scientific society pursuing the same or related purpose as the Institute.
Applications will be reviewed by the Institute and a decision made as to if the applicant qualifies to receive corporate membership.
 

Memberships Dues

Student Members will not pay any dues. An electronic certificate of membership will be issued to student members. Student members do not have voting rights and cannot stand for office.
All new members except for student members will pay a registration fee of 100.00 Ghana Cedi. Following approval for transference to a membership level, the annual dues for that membership level shall be paid before the transference is finalized. Members will pay the annual dues allocated to their membership level every 12 months.

Affiliate Members will pay a fee of 250 Ghana Cedi every 12 months. Affiliate Members will have voting rights, can stand for office and will have full access to all membership benefits and services.

Technician Members will pay a fee of 300 Ghana Cedi every 12 months. Technician members will have voting rights, can stand for office and will have full access to all membership benefits and services.

Graduate Members will pay a fee of 400 Ghana Cedi every 12 months. Graduate members will have voting rights, can stand for office and will have full access to all membership benefits and services.

Fellow Members will pay a fee of 500 Ghana Cedi every 12 months. Fellow members will have voting rights, can stand for office and will have full access to all membership benefits and services.

Honorary Members will not pay any dues. Honorary Members will have voting rights, can stand for office and will have full access to all membership benefits and services. Dues will be paid prior to approval of membership to cater for the registration and approval process.

Corporate Members will pay a fee determined by the Executive Officers. Corporate Members will have access to all membership benefits and services, but individuals of the business, professional organization or scientific society will not have voting rights or stand for office unless they have individual membership.
All dues paid are non-refundable.
 

Progression from one Membership level to another

Any member wishing to progress from one membership to another should submit the necessary evidence to the Executive Officers. The evidence will be reviewed and verified and if the member satisfies all criteria as outlined above, transfer to the appropriate membership level will be granted.
 

Sanctions

DEFAULTED DUES

Notice to pay dues will be given to members one month before the date of expiry of the dues. A day after the due date for payment of dues, membership shall expire and a letter to that effect sent to the member concerned. To reactivate membership within a month after expiry of the dues, accumulated owed dues will have to be paid in full prior to restoration of membership. To reactivate membership a month after expiry of the dues, the current registration fee plus accumulated owed dues will have to be paid in full prior to restoration of membership.

ABUSE OF USE OF NAME OF INSTITUTE
Any member who abuses the use of the name of the Insitute for personal gain shall be investigated by the Disciplinary Committee.

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