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Volunteer with IOSH

Make a difference

Volunteers are crucial to our work. We can't achieve our vision of a safe and healthy world of work without their help, knowledge and expertise. We offer many volunteering opportunities so you can build your skills and connect with fellow professionals. Any member can get involved, with options to suit all skill and experience levels along with varying commitments in terms of time and term of office.

Benefits for members

  • Broaden your skills, experience and expertise to progress your career.
  • Keep up to date with the latest occupational safety and health (OSH) developments.
  • Gain unrivalled networking opportunities with fellow OSH professionals.
  • Contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD).
  • Play your part in making workplaces safer and healthier across the globe
  • Achieve personal growth – by increasing your confidence and self-esteem, feeling valued and being part of a team.

There are lots of ways to get involved, depending on your interests, experience and how much time you want to give. We'll update this page as and when specific opportunities arise but you can explore some of the ways you can volunteer below.

We have over 50 branches, each run by a committee of volunteers. They engage with IOSH members, recruit new members and organise local activities to support our work.

If you're interested in getting involved with your local branch, district or section committee, please use our online form.

We have 18 industry-specific groups, each driven by a committee of volunteers. They bring together members with a shared interest or specialist area to network, campaign and swap ideas.

  • We advertise vacancies as and when they arise.

The steering group organises events and resources to support our future leaders community of new and aspiring OSH professionals.

  • You can apply in September 2024.

Our representative body, providing advice and guidance on strategic, professional and policy issues. Council represents members’ views to the Board of Trustees and nominates members of our Presidential team.


Council is conducting a review looking at its future make-up and structure. You can read more and take part in the member consultation on the Council review website page.

Our mentoring scheme encourages OSH professionals to support those with less or different experience to progress their expertise and career, while developing their own leadership and communication skills.

Trustees are responsible for managing IOSH’s affairs and legally accountable for all our activities. Trustees need to have experience working as a senior manager at a strategic level. As a trustee, you can contribute to IOSH’s development and our vision for a safer and healthier world of work. Trustees can also serve on specific board committees:

  • audit and risk
  • finance and investment
  • policy and standards
  • performance and development
  • people and remuneration
  • awarding organisation.

Trustees are appointed for a two- to three-year term and can serve for up to six years consecutively. We advertise vacancies as and when they arise.

Find out more about our trustees

Benevolent fund trustees are responsible for the fund’s governance and ensuring it meets its obligations as a charity.

We are recruiting for trustees. Find out what the role involves and apply on the Workable website.

Works closely with IOSH in an ambassadorial role, supporting delivery of key strategic messages to our members and the wider OSH profession.

Governs the activities of ISL, our commercial trading subsidiary. The board is appointed by ISL’s shareholder, IOSH’s board of trustees.

  • We advertise vacancies as and when they arise.

Represent us on national and international external committees.

Not yet a member?

Only IOSH members are eligible to volunteer. If you have the experience and want to support our vision then now's the ideal time to consider joining our global community.

Volunteer resources

Many of our policies and guidance documents are available on the Meta Compliance platform. If you don’t have a login, please email our Governance Team.