Working with the media


The IOSH Media team will provide support and guidance for those activities that are newsworthy – that is, of interest to a wider audience. They can also support you if you’re interested in communicating to wider audiences through media channels, such as newspapers and local radio stations.

For example, the team can:

  • work with you on a media plan that features key messages, tactics and an assessment of reputational risk in communicating your activity to a wider audience
  • approach journalists and/or invite them to your event
  • brief spokespeople for interviews with interested reporters

Not everything our branches and groups do is of interest to journalists. But if your event or activity has a wider appeal, the IOSH Media team will work with you on news releases and send them out to suitable media outlets on your behalf. You need to give us plenty of notice so we can get the release out in good time.

All media engagement must be carried out in collaboration with the IOSH Media team.  If you’d like to talk to IOSH about sending a news release, please contact your Relationship Manager, who’ll put you in touch with the Media team.

If you speak to the media as an IOSH member, you represent the Institution as a whole. IOSH has developed a media training programme for its spokespeople. Those spokespeople include senior staff and members of the Presidential team. However, the Institution will also train branch or group members, chosen as spokespeople by their committees and IOSH’s Head of Communications and Media or Director of Communications.


IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign aims to raise awareness of occupational cancer and help businesses take action by providing free practical resources.

The latest research suggests that cancer caused by work claims the lives of 742,000 people a year worldwide – one death every 43 seconds.

No Time to Lose is highlighting the significant carcinogens in the workplace that cause the highest number of cases and deaths. These include asbestos, silica dust, diesel fumes and solar radiation.

Your branch or group can help raise awareness of this important health issue by:

  • distributing the free resources
  • encouraging members to pledge to prevent occupational cancer and support the campaign
  • booking an occupational cancer speaker at your event

If you would like to get involved, please get in touch with your Relationship Manager.

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