The South West Branch is the only branch south and west of the Bristol & West Branch, the catchment is therefore huge encompassing the whole of Cornwall and Devon, and depending on how far people wish to travel even for some of those who live in Somerset or Dorset might wish to consider themselves part of the South West Branch. Taunton in Somerset is about equidistant between the South West hub in Plymouth and Bristol & West Branch home town of Bristol.
The South West Branch of IOSH started life as an offshoot of the Bristol Branch and for many years operated in this informal way with an enthusiastic group, including Henry Tabb, who devised a programme of events for those members unable to make the long journey to Bristol.
With growing numbers in Devon and Cornwall, IOSH agreed to a new South West Branch which was launched at Dartington Hall in April 2000 under the chairmanship of Robert Hawkins. The branch has since flourished and we've seen our membership steadily grow. We now offer our members an annual programme of events which proves ever more popular.