The World Safety Organization (WSO) was founded in Manila, the Republic of the Philippines, in 1975 as a result of a gathering of over 1,000 representatives of Safety Professionals from all continents at the first World Safety and Accident Prevention Congress.
Headquartered in Missouri USA since 1985, the WSO is a global community to “Making Safety a Way of Life … Worldwide.” In Consultative Status with the United Nations and having National Offices and Chapters in over 20 countries, WSO has the reputation and reach to bring together diverse safety professionals and practitioners who are transforming the world’s corporations, organizations, and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges.
The WSO’s purpose is to internationalize all safety fields and to disseminate throughout the world the practices, skills, arts, and technologies of the safety and accident prevention fields. With individual referrals and recommendations from WSO members, there is continuous growth in membership and the pool of professionals seeking the WSO certifications.
In 2017 WSO’s Certification Program, with certifications from entry-level Technician to senior-level Executive, was accredited in compliance with ISO/IEC 17024:2012, an international standard which sets out criteria for an organization’s certification program for individual persons, by the International Certification Accreditation Council (ICAC).