Our branches represent IOSH and support members at a local level. They plan a variety of activities, including seminars, workshops and site visits. Branches can also raise awareness of safety and health issues in their area by welcoming non-members to their events and getting involved in local initiatives.
Some branches are also responsible for additional districts and sections. A district is a smaller, regional part of a branch. They have their own committee and run their own events. Sections also have their own committees and focus on a specific industry. Sections often have links with the IOSH Group for that industry sector.
Find out more about the key roles on a branch committee below. This will help give an idea of what would be expected of you in these roles, but also what you can expect from your branch committee.
The Branch Chair has responsibility for co-ordinating the activities of the branch or district, ensuring that IOSH’s aims, objectives and strategy are met. They will lead the committee and chair branch meetings and committee meetings. The Branch Chair will also work with any districts that the branch oversees.
The Branch Vice-Chair assists the Chair in co-ordinating the activities of the branch or district. Often, they will be voted as Chair for the next term. The Vice-Chair will often stand in for the Chair at meetings or events.
The Branch Secretary co-ordinates the administration of the branch or district, and maintains all relevant documents and correspondence, including action notes from committee meetings. They will receive, record and respond to all branch or district correspondence. The Branch Secretary will liaise with other Networks and IOSH staff as required.
The Branch Treasurer holds day-to-day responsibility for all financial affairs of the branch or district. The Branch Treasurer will prepare budgets, annual accounts and statements to the required timescales, working with other committee members and IOSH staff when necessary.
Branch Communications Co-ordinator
The main tasks for a Branch Communications Co-ordinator include overseeing their network pages on the IOSH website and ensuring they are kept up to date; assisting with the sending of messages via Committee Mailer; using social media to communicate with members; and highlighting IOSH campaigns.
Other committee roles
A number of additional volunteers can work on the committee as Committee Members. They will support the running of the network and provide general help and advice for achieving the aims of the branch or district.