IOSH launches the LinkedIn Construction Subgroup
18 June 2012
If you’ve heard of the official IOSH
LinkedIn group, and perhaps have even joined and taken part in
debate, you will be aware that this online community is going from
strength to strength.
Its 3,000th member was welcomed with a prized IOSH
mug barely three weeks ago. Now it looks as though another mug will
be packaged and parcelled for its imminent 4,000th. It’s
not bad work for the OSH networking hub, which opened its virtual
doors only a year ago in June 2011.
Now the IOSH Construction Group, the
organisation’s largest with more than 11,000 members based both in
the UK and abroad, is to become the first of its subgroups. It’s
big news for both IOSH and the Group, and there is good reason.
LinkedIn, an online platform that promotes
professional-orientated networking and development, debate and open
knowledge sharing, is now a common household name. Chances are, if
you’re not one of the current 161 million members using it, you
will have at least heard of it.
Suitably used, this platform provides
occupational opportunities that complement more conventional means
of engagement, such as face-to-face meetings, and it’s this
potential that has attracted the attention of IOSH’s Construction
“Group chair David Ackerley told us: “As LinkedIn’s influence grows
and IOSH’s own LinkedIn group is becoming a well-established
community, the idea of starting a specialist subgroup for the
construction industry seemed like a natural development for
“We are a large group, whose members can be found across the globe,
and the LinkedIn subgroup will fit in well with our strategy, which
was reviewed recently.
“Suiting one of our key objectives to improve communication with
members, the subgroup will help us reaching a broader and more
diverse audience, creating inclusive dialogues and stimulating
debate on key issues.
“We will seek opinion and feedback from members regularly, which in
turn will encourage a supportive professional community.
“Ultimately, we envisage the subgroup will be a vibrant online
environment for anyone interested in occupational health and
safety, with particular focus on construction.”
The Official IOSH Group’s Administrator
Annalisa Marzotti adds: “The Construction Group identified the need
to further its communication channels with members and LinkedIn
proved the most effective option.
“A crucial aspect is how important each
single member will be in its growth. It is a tool created for
members, but ultimately developed by members; it will be their
community and virtual meeting place.
“We are all excited about the launch and I
encourage people to contact me if they have
any thoughts or need any assistance before, at or after the
The subgroup, which launches on Monday 18 June, is
open to anyone however, in order to join, you will first need to be
a member of its parent, the official IOSH group. This can be found
or by searching on the LinkedIn groups’ search tab.