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Join our Policy and Standards Committee

Get involved and help shape our future

We are recruiting for one vacancy on our Policy and Standards Committee. Find out more about this committee's work and how to apply.

Why join this committee?

It's the perfect way to:

  • show your abilities
  • develop contacts
  • give something back to your profession.

You’ll gain an understanding of strategic decision making, have the opportunity to discuss resources and learn about the direction in which the organisation is going.

You can have a direct impact on our future, helping the Board fulfil its roles and responsibilities.

Who can apply?

This position is open to IOSH members at all levels.

We are looking for someone with these skills and experience.

  • Experience of working in the education sector with specialist expertise and ability to scrutinise regulation and policies for this area.
  • Currently working in, or have previously worked in, vocational, further or higher education, or professional qualifications (not necessarily health and safety subject area as this could create conflicts of interest).
  • Understanding of the role of competencies in designing professional standards.
  • Experience of developing professional guidance, in relation to ethical considerations and dilemmas faced by OSH professionals.
  • Experience of developing policies and policy behaviour frameworks and of monitoring standards.
  • Understanding of UK education frameworks and membership standards and fit with other countries’ qualifications and credit frameworks.
  • Experience of assessment under Ofqual or the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) standards, or similar.
  • Understanding of the role of good practice and appropriate governance routes in relation to the maintenance and development of professional standards.

What's involved?

You'll need to commit to attend four virtual meetings per year. It may be necessary on occasion to hold additional meetings. You’ll also need to spend some time reading and reviewing papers between meetings.

Appointments are for a two or three-year term. Terms of office are staggered to ensure continuity.

These are voluntary positions. Reasonable expenses will be paid.

We promote an inclusive environment where we celebrate and value diversity. We welcome applications that represent a variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

Please let us know if you need us to make any reasonable adjustments to help you apply for these vacancies.

You can email or phone +44 (0)116 350 0700 and ask to speak to the Governance team.

Download the application form and supporting statement. Email the completed documents to The deadline is 17:00 BST on Friday 26 July.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. These are held by video conference.

The interview panel consists of the Policy and Standards Committee chair and two members of the Nominations Committee.

All our volunteers are required to sign a volunteer agreement. This agreement has been signed by IOSH too, demonstrating our commitment to our volunteers and we ask the same in return. The code of behaviour is the foundation of this agreement. Our code of behaviour says what is expected of our volunteers. It provides guidance on upholding our values and outlines what you can expect from IOSH.