The Tyne and Wear Branch serves over 1,200 IOSH members in the North East of England, primarily in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, and the northern half of County Durham.
As an organisation were committed to cutting down the number of people who die or are made ill by what they do for a living. We think that when it comes to health and safety, only advice from qualified, experienced and skilled professionals will do. That's why one of our main roles is to maintain high standards. We recognise that health and safety isn't just down to the experts. We work with a range of organisations to raise awareness and standards.
The aim of the branch is to support its members in their professional activities and in their professional development, and to further the aims of the Institution. The branch plan and constitution describe how the branch functions.
The Tyne and Wear Branch holds monthly meetings between September and June, where members meet in a friendly and informal atmosphere, exchange information and provide mutual support. A guest speaker gives a presentation on a topical subject in the very wide field of occupational safety and health. The branch is well supported by the local HSE office, who frequently attend to keep us up to date with their activities. Keep an eye on the events page for details.
The Branch Executive Committee are dedicated to providing local support for members and assist with the seemingly daunting task of achieving Chartered Status in our chosen profession. The Branch Exec is aware that graduate and technician members require support and guidance on the process to achieve Chartered Status. Therefore the branch runs workshops to assist branch members with the process. See the events page for details of how we can help with IPD, CPD and the interview process.
IOSH provides branch officials with support and often sends representatives to attend branch events including an annual visit from the current President. This provides branch members with access to IOSH staff who can keep us informed of the progress the institution is making in promoting a professional approach to health and safety.
Branch meetings are open to any other professionals who have an interest in the subject, and a number of meetings are designed to be held as a joint meeting with other bodies in related fields, such as HR, fire safety, occupational health or occupational hygiene.
However you choose to engage with us, remember that it's your branch and it's there to help you to improve occupational safety and health. There are many opportunities for you if you'd like to get more involved in the branch and its activities.
We look forward to welcoming you at our meetings and if you have any queries please contact one of the Exec Members who will be only too willing to help.
Gary Dowell, CMIOSH
Tyne & Wear Branch Chairman on behalf of the Branch.
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