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Starting a network

IOSH’s branches and groups provide member benefits throughout the UK and in several countries internationally. 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, 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 and helping them extend their reach.

Establishing a new branch or district

Before setting up a new branch or district, you’ll need to consider if 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 the branch. If there are already branches close by, check whether those branches have districts which reach out further than the branch name suggests.

If you want to apply to establish a new branch or district, you’ll need the backing of 25 members who are willing to provide their support, together with four members who are willing to act as committee members until the first election takes place. You’ll need to follow this process and submit your application form to the Networks team.

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. Again 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.

You’ll need to follow this process and guidance to transfer to a branch and complete an application form, which should be submitted to the Networks team. A statement from the district’s ‘parent’ branch should be included within the application form.

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 identify a clear need and 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.

To apply to establish a new group you will need the commitment of five sponsors (members) who support the application, two of these sponsors should be Chartered Members. You will also need information about the purpose of the new group and evidence that there’s enough demand for it. You will need to follow this process and guidance to establish a new group and forward the completed application form to the Groups team.