Working as a volunteer

Volunteers donate their time and energy to help us make sure that our members are supported and that we’re able to spread the safety and health message. Volunteers also help us maintain a high profile by keeping safety and health high on the political agenda, up to date with employers and important to society.

Working in a voluntary role can be an enjoyable, stimulating and fulfilling experience. As well as supporting members and promoting IOSH, you’ll be able to broaden your skills and build experience. 

Your branch, district, section or group is accountable to all IOSH members, especially those who belong to your Network. Your work as a Networks volunteer will help to identify ways of improving the Networks and how they operate.

There are various ways that you can become a volunteer. There are a number of different roles on committees, which include the officer roles. Descriptions of the roles for key branch officers and key groups officers are available to provide more information about the duties and responsibilities, and how long committee members are expected to carry out their duties. Each branch, district, section and group is unique, and the roles on one committee might be different from those of other committees. Please ask your Relationship Manager - or your branch, district, section or group Chair - for details of the committee positions available.

Remember - if you do have any questions, get in touch with your Relationship Manager, who will be happy to help.

Even if you do not have the time to be a full committee member, you might be able to help out by contributing to one-off projects or sharing your expertise. Look at the section of Other ways to volunteer, or ask your branch, district, section or group committee if there’s anything you can do.

Before you get started in a voluntary role, it’s important that you know what to expect. Our corporate strategy, WORK 2022, provides information on how we manage our business, make decisions and maintain our values and vision. Our volunteers support these goals, so it’s a good idea to read the overview of the strategy. All volunteers are also subject to certain regulations and agreements. The Chair Principles and Volunteer Principles will also help you understand what to expect.

There are many ways in which you can contribute to the activities of your branch or group. If you don’t wish to become a full committee member, there are other ways you can get involved.

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