IOSH Forum rules
Summary of rules
1. Forum users must ensure that they comply with the forum
rules listed here. Read
2. When using the forums you are expected to be
polite and respectful towards all forum users including the Forum
Moderators and IOSH employees. Read more
3. Your posting
must be appropriate to the forum and relevant to the discussion.
must not post any message that could be considered unwanted,
unprofessional, defamatory, obscene, offensive, deliberately
provocative, inflammatory, or unlawful. Read more
5. Your posting
must be your own comments; be factual, truthful and where an
opinion is given, it must be clearly acknowledged as such. Read more
6. You must not
post complaints on the forums. Read more
7. Your posts must
not contain commercial promotion or advertising of jobs, goods or
8. Discussion of potential or actual legal
proceedings is not allowed on the public discussion forums.
users are allowed one forum account only. Read more
registered screen name and avatars must not contain website or
email address details, the name, or identifiable abbreviation of,
an organisation, company, contact or location information,
expletives, obscenities, religious statements or other potentially
contentious terminology. Read
11. Children of 16 years and under are not
allowed to use our forums. Read
12. Your posts must not be deemed as spam, or
contain references to non-IOSH surveys, contests or chain letters.
13. Postings must not infringe copyright law.
1. Forum users must ensure that they comply
with the forum rules.
1.1. It is your
responsibility to make sure you are up to date with the forum
1.2. Failure to respect these rules may result in a formal
warning from our moderating team. If you receive three such
warnings you will be banned from using our forums. Severe breaches
may result in an instant ban.
1.3. All public and membership forums are moderated. Committee
forums and private messages are not moderated but remain subject to
the same rules. Visit our forum FAQs page to find out more about
1.4. IOSH members should note that breaching the forum rules
could lead to the locking of your forum account. Members should
also be mindful of our Code of Conduct when using the forums.
1.5. Our moderators’ interpretation of the rules is final.
Whenever they consider that you have breached the rules they will
usually contact you by Private Message via the forums and explain
why they have taken action. Find out more about how the forums are
2. When using the forums you are expected at all
times to be polite and respectful towards all forum users including
the Forum Moderators and IOSH
2.1. Please remember our forums are
used by guests who might be new to the profession or to IOSH and at
times may not have a background in occupational safety and
2.2. Please do not indulge in personal criticism of other
users, bullying, aggressive, discriminatory or nuisance behaviour.
Impolite or inappropriate postings made towards other users will be
removed without notification.
2.3. Your language use must remain professional and must not
contain swear words. This includes the use of asterisks or other
symbols to mask the spelling of an expletive and the use of
acronyms and standard SMS text terminology to abbreviate the
2.4. Please remember our forums are used by people worldwide.
Therefore it is important to take into account legislation,
cultural differences and language. English may not be the first
language of other forum users.
2.5. Humour is often difficult to use in forums. A lack of
context can easily lead to misunderstandings or offence. Also, it
does not translate across cultural boundaries. In some cases, its
use may be considered inappropriate by the Moderators.
3. Your posting must be appropriate to the forum
and relevant to the discussion.
3.1. The forums
are for professional discussion and debate of workplace health and
safety and environmental issues. If your topic or posting deviates
from these topics, or strays significantly from the original
question, it may be moved to an appropriate forum, locked or hidden
at the Forum Moderators’ discretion.
3.2. If you are not sure whether your message is appropriate,
please ask the Web team.
3.3. Please select the correct forum when posting. We may move
the message to the relevant forum and let you know by email or
4. You must not post any message that could be
considered unwanted, unprofessional, defamatory, obscene,
offensive, deliberately provocative, inflammatory, or
4.1. You must not use the forums to
pursue or promote a grievance against any individual or
organisation. This is not to stifle debate but to provent
unwarranted attacks on others. Members of IOSH may discuss IOSH
business on the Members’ forum.
4.2. Discussion about comments made by public figures on
health and safety topics may be allowed at the discretion of the
4.3. If you believe that content placed on our forums breaches
this rule, you must tell the Web team as soon as possible.
5. Your posting must be your own comments; be
factual, truthful and where an opinion is given, it must be clearly
acknowledged as such.
5.1. You must not appear
to deliberately misquote another person or make misleading
5.2. You must not register to use the forums as another person
or pose as another person when posting.
6. You must not post complaints on
6.1. You must not post a complaint
about identifiable users, IOSH moderators or moderating
6.2. If you are concerned about a moderating decision, posts
or communications from a moderator, the forum rules or another
user’s behaviour /profile/post/private message, please use the
Report Message link available beneath every post. Alternatively you
can email email@example.com.
6.3. All concerns are considered by the Web Team and then
discussed by the moderating team where appropriate. We’ll get back
to you in five working days.
7. Your posts must not contain commercial promotion
or advertising of jobs, goods or
7.1. This rule includes the promotion
of personal causes and campaigns.
7.2. IOSH reserve the right to survey the forum users
(excluding the Members’ Forum) and to promote IOSH controlled/IOSH
partner events, and professional campaigns. Some restricted forums
can be used in alternate ways. Please check the forum for terms of
7.3. Forum users may post their availability for employed work
but any such post will be locked to ensure that responses are sent
directly to you by private message. When offering employment
opportunities you should make direct contact with the person who’s
seeking work by sending them a private message.
7.4. It is acceptable for forum users to give brief details of
a supplier or service in response to specific requests on the
forum. Those details should be limited to contact details and not
include any company name. There is no limitation on information
provided via the private messaging facility and this may be used
8. Discussion of potential or actual legal
proceedings is prohibited on the public discussion
8.1. Public inquiries, including where
IOSH is a party to the inquiry, may be discussed on the Members’
8.2. Information that has been intentionally released, for
example to alert others to a particular hazard or fact, can also be
discussed in the IOSH Members’ Forum.
9. Forum users are allowed one forum account
9.1. If you attempt to use multiple
accounts, we may remove your access to our forums without
9.2. IOSH regularly checks the information we hold about our
forum users. If we believe the information you’ve provided is
incorrect, your account may be suspended.
10. Your registered screen name and avatars must
not contain website or email address details, the name or
identifiable abbreviation of an organisation or company, contact or
location information, expletives, obscenities, religious statements
or other potentially contentious
10.1. If your screen name does not
follow this rule, or is otherwise objectionable, the Web team will
contact you and change your screen name as needed.
10.2. Before you upload an image to use as your avatar, you
will need to check that the image does not breach copyright laws.
You remain solely liable for any material, including avatars that
you publish, display or transmit on the IOSH website. Read more about
10.3. Your avatar will be removed without
notice if it resembles, or is believed to impersonate moderator or
IOSH staff avatars.
11. Children of 16 years and under are not allowed
to use our forums.
11.1. If you are under 16
please ask your parent, guardian or teacher to post the question.
You will still be able to read any responses without having to
register for the forums.
12. Your posts must not be deemed as spam, or
contain references to non-IOSH surveys, contests or chain
12.1. All spam postings will be removed
from our forums. If your posts are deemed to be spam your access to
our forums will be removed without notice.
12.2. Some restricted forums may be used in alternate ways.
13. Postings must not infringe copyright
13.1. The forums must not be used to post,
exchange or download material protected by copyright law.
13.2. You must fully reference any extracts from copyrighted
13.3. If you breach copyright laws your post will be
13.4. You may be held liable for the content you post. Be
aware of content on the World Wide Web that might be subject to
copyright. For more information on copyright law, please visit the
UK Intellectual Property Office
How our forums are moderated.
Our public discussion forums and the IOSH Members’ Forums are
moderated by a team of approved Chartered Members who volunteer to
act as Moderators. Their key task is to make sure our rules are
followed by everyone who uses the forums. Their work is usually
completed confidentially through private mail with the relevant
forum users. At least two moderators take part in any decision that
involves interpreting the rules. The moderating team cannot edit
forum postings on the website. They are supported in their work by
IOSH staff. All other member-only forums are moderated by committee
members and IOSH staff. They follow the same rules as the
If the moderators consider that your message has broken our
rules, they will remove it. Where possible, we will let you know
that your message is unacceptable and why. If you have been
formally warned in this way more than twice, on the third occasion,
your access to the forums will be removed.
The moderating team’s interpretation of the forum rules is
final. If you are unhappy with their decision you must not make any
comment on the forum. Please refer to our complaints procedure for
guidance on how to complain.
Complaints & reporting procedure.
We are committed to providing a high quality, accessible and
responsive service to our members and the public. However, if you
believe that things have gone wrong, please send your complaints or
comments to the Web team. We will try to
respond to any complaint within five working days.
If our response is not to your satisfaction, you may ask that it
is referred to the Head of Communication whose decision is
You must not post complaints on the discussion forums.
Postings made by forum users are personal opinions and not those
of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). IOSH
is not responsible for the content or accuracy of any of the
information contained in forum postings. Please carefully consider
any advice you receive.
All postings made on the IOSH discussion forums, including
private messages, are the property of IOSH. Please refer to our
entirely at our discretion any contribution you post.
Our public forums are accessible to everyone and are ‘crawled’
by search engines such as Google and Yahoo on a daily basis. This
means anything you post on one of our public forums could be
indexed by a search engine and returned in search engine results.
IOSH accepts no responsibility if you’re posting is returned in
such results. Member-only forums are not crawled by search
Your email address is not visible to other forum users. To
contact another user outside of the forums you should use our
private messaging service. If you disclose your email address in a
forum posting or private message you do so at your own risk. We do
not accept any responsibility if something goes wrong as a result
of publicising personal details on forum.
IOSH staff are able to view your email address. We will not
publish or provide your email address to anyone unless they have a
legal right to request such information.If we need to contact you
about the discussion forums for administration or response to a
complaint purposes we will use your main MyIOSH email address.
IOSH staff are able to see your Internet Protocol (IP) address
when you post a message on our forums. This is the address used to
connect your computer to the Internet. This information is for use
by IOSH only and is only used to prevent misuse of the discussion
forums. We will not disclose your IP address to anyone unless they
have a legal right to request it.
You remain solely liable for any material you publish, display
or transmit on the IOSH website. You agree to indemnify (cover the
costs of) IOSH and its Officers and employees against any claim,
liability, cost, damage, other expenses or loss we may incur
(including without limitation legal fees) as a result of any
material you publish, display or transmit on the IOSH website or
any violation by you of your obligations under these forum and blog
rules. IOSH expressly excludes liability for any loss or damage
resulting from the use of the website by any person in
contravention of these forum and blog rules. We reserve the right,
at our sole discretion, to promptly remove, or to disable access
to, any material which we think is potentially defamatory of any
person, unlawful or in violation of the any third party rights or
any other part of these rules.