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IOSH Student Competition

Date posted
16 January 2024
Ali Barlow
Estimated reading time
2 minute read

Calling all Student Members. You’re invited to take part in our first-ever IOSH Student Member Competition. It’s a great opportunity for you to put your skills to the test and solve a work-based problem. Plus, you could win a cash prize.

The task

Applicants are asked to provide an answer to the following question.

“You are a health and safety adviser in a construction company with 150 employees. The operations manager has asked you to support with a piece of work.

“The operations manager has recently been recommended a new wearable technology that can monitor biometric data of workers, including heart rate, body temperature and even fatigue levels. They want to explore the use of this technology to reduce stress and improve the alertness and general wellbeing of labourers, with the eventual goal of using it in other teams.

“Ahead of a managers’ meeting, the operations manager has asked you to provide a concise summary of safety and health considerations. It will need to be easy to understand for those who do not have a background in safety and health.

“In no more than 750 words, please write a summary, including the key points you think they will need to consider.”

How to enter

Please complete the online application form. Submissions should be in a Word document attached to your application form.

You have until 16:00 GMT on Thursday 29 February to submit your response.

Why enter?

We live in a world of rapidly accelerating technology, new ways of working and changing priorities. Our task will test you as well as help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to deal with such challenges. It will also contribute to your professional development and help you stand out to employers.

Wherever you are in the world and whatever your background, we encourage you to enter. We’re keen to find out the diversity of thought in the occupational safety and health (OSH) profession.


Our panel, including IOSH representatives and our President, will assess all eligible applications based on the below criteria.

  1. Content and analysis (40 per cent).
  2. Writing style and organisation (30 per cent).
  3. Imagination and creativity (20 per cent).
  4. Presentation and formatting (10 per cent).

Applications will be blind judged, so we'll anonymise all submissions.


The winner will receive £500 and three runners-up will each receive £150.

All eligible candidates will receive a certificate of participation.


You must be a current IOSH Student Member at the time of entering the competition. Please read the full competition terms and conditions before you submit your entry. By entering, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and we advise you to keep a copy for future reference.


We will contact the winner and three runners-up via email within 30 days of the competition closing date.

We will announce the winners via our social media channels and website once they have redeemed their prizes. For full details see the competition terms and conditions.

Career advice, mentoring and networking – these are just some of the benefits available to our Student Members. Not yet a member? Join now to get the right support at the start of your career.

Last updated: 01 March 2024

Ali Barlow

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