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Volunteer with IOSH – there’s a role to suit you

Volunteers are at the heart of IOSH. We simply couldn’t do what we do without their help, knowledge and expertise.

Not only do they contribute to our vision of making the world of work a safer and healthier place, but they also provide valuable support to fellow members.

Put simply, they make a difference.

You may not see yourself as a volunteer – yet. Perhaps you’re cautious about how much time you can commit or wonder if you have the right experience. Or you may just be seeking the right role.

So, we’re highlighting some of the options available, which incorporate all skill and experience levels along with varying commitments in terms of time and term of office.

Be a voice for members

With applications to join IOSH’s representative body opening soon, we’re shining a light on our Council volunteers. Council is made up of 36 members, whose role is to champion the views of members to the Board of Trustees.

It provides advice and guidance on strategic, professional and policy issues and has the responsibility of nominating the President Elect and Vice-Presidents. If you want to ensure members are well represented and help shape the future of both the profession and IOSH, this could be your perfect match.

  • Eligibility: any member (you just need to be nominated in the right way).
  • Term of office: usually three years.
  • Time commitment: around eight days a year.

Get the feelgood factor

Mentoring is a great way to give something back while honing your skills. If you would like to share your knowledge to help fellow members succeed, sign up to our online mentoring platform. You’re in control of the time you give and can be at any stage of your career.

Represent us

Would you like to represent IOSH at a national or international level? Our external representatives champion our vision, promote our policies and ensure members’ views are represented at all levels across a variety of organisation and industry committees. You can apply at any time.

Opportunities to watch

Certain roles are only available at set times of the year or when a vacancy becomes available. Keep an eye out for the following.

Branches – if you like engaging with members or organising activities that contribute towards their CPD, this could be for you. Elected positions at our worldwide branches vary, depending on vacant positions, but can range from Chair to Communications Co-ordinator. Elections take place annually or once every two years. Look out for information or speak to your local branch committee.

Board of Trustees – this is the ultimate decision-making body for IOSH, so you need experience as a senior manager at strategic level to apply. Five committees help the Board fulfil its roles and responsibilities, with opportunities open to all membership grades.

Future Leaders Steering Group – aimed at those in the earlier stages of their career. Group members help ensure IOSH content, resources and events are relevant for the Community, which is made up of Student Members, anyone aged 35 years or under, or those with fewer than five years’ safety and health experience.

Groups – IOSH has 18 specialist groups, all supported by volunteer committees. Another great option for anyone who likes connecting with fellow professionals and organising activities.

Presidential Team – consisting of the President, President Elect, Immediate Past President and six Vice-Presidents, who act as ambassadors for IOSH and influencers in the safety and health profession. They are nominated by Council.

Seen something you like? Check it out.

Look for the final article in this series on the benefits of volunteering and read the previous story on the reasons you should join an IOSH branch and group.

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Ali Barlow
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