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Starting a network

Starting a network

IOSH’s branches and groups provide member benefits globally. Branches give members local and regional access to IOSH activity, while groups support members who have a sector-specific interest.

IOSH members generally belong to both a branch and one or more groups. If you feel there’s a need for an additional branch, district or group which will fit with the IOSH Global Working Strategy, please contact the Networks team to discuss your ideas. Remember, if you have identified a gap, you may be able to address this by becoming more involved in existing networks as virtual meetings have already extended the reach of local networks.

Establishing a new group

Before setting up a new group, please have a look at the current list of sector-specific groups listed on the IOSH website, which cover a wide range of industry and public sector environments.

Any new group proposal must fit with the IOSH Strategy and identify a clear need. It must also be able to demonstrate that its aims are specialist and beyond those of any existing group. You’ll need to show how you intend to serve the membership and whether there will be sufficient support to form and maintain a full committee to run the group.

After discussions with the relevant IOSH team to establish that there is a need for a new group, an application process will need to be followed. The IOSH team will be able to provide help and support with any applications. All applications need the approval of the Performance and Development Committee before a new group can be formed.

Transferring a district to a branch

If you’re running a district and wish to apply to become a branch, you should analyse your membership carefully and consider what additional benefit the new branch would give to members, above what’s currently provided. You should first consider whether a closer association with the existing branch, sharing meetings and activities, would be a better option.

All district members should be consulted on any proposed change. You’ll need to consider whether there will be enough demand for member activity in the geographical area, how you intend to serve the membership, and whether there will be sufficient support to form and maintain a full committee to run as a branch. The results of a member survey may help you establish this.

Districts wishing to transfer to a branch must fit with the Global Working Strategy and go through a specific process. The relevant team at IOSH will be able to provide help and support for this.

Establishing a new branch or district

Through Global Working, IOSH have identified key territories in emerging economies in which to work proactively to achieve our strategic goals under the WORK 2022 Strategy. Certain regions are being targeted and these have been approved by IOSH’s Board of Trustees and are supported by IOSH’s Council. A driver for the creation of the Global Working Strategy is to help IOSH more effectively focus its finite resources in the most optimal way.

Any areas wishing to establish a new branch must fit with the Global Working Strategy and go through a specific process. The relevant team at IOSH will be able to provide help and support for this.