We have 24 UK branches (with 11 districts)
and 5 international branches (with 5 districts). We have members in
over 80 countries worldwide. The main aim of our branches is to
strengthen the relationship between IOSH and the global health and
safety community at a local level.
What are branches?
Our branches are located in local communities around the globe.
Each branch is grouped together by postcodes (in the UK) or
countries. Every branch is supported by a group of volunteers (the
executive committee), who plan a variety of activities, such as
seminars, workshops and site visits. Through local meetings or
initiatives they help to support members by providing Continuing
Professional Development (CPD), learning and networking
opportunities. Branches also help to raise health and safety
awareness in their local community by welcoming non-members to
their free meetings and/or becoming involved in local
What are districts?
Some branches cover a large geographical area so have associated
districts to provide more meeting locations for their members. Each
district comes under the umbrella of the main branch but has its
own executive committee, which puts together a programme of
Benefits of being in a branch
Joining a branch gives you:
- free or low-cost branch meetings, seminars, conferences,
workshops, webinars and site visits
- the opportunity to promote health and safety in your local
- help with developing and maintaining your professional
- the chance to network with health and safety professionals in
What's an executive committee?
Branch and district executive committees are made up of
volunteers. Committee members are elected at the Annual General
Meeting (AGM) by the branch members and carry out various roles,
including chair, secretary and treasurer. The executive committee
meets periodically to put together its plan of activities. The
committee acts as a focal point and liaison role between IOSH and
the branch members. If you'd like to become a committee member,
look out for nomination papers which are sent to all members about
six weeks before the branch AGM.
Branch co-ordination committee
The Branch co-ordination committee supports the branch network.
The committee is made up of elected branch committee members and
meets at IOSH. If you're a branch committee member and would like
to be nominated, visit our volunteers