About our Branch

South Cumbria District

We hold regular meetings at the Netherwood Hotel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria on the third Thursday afternoon in the month

(Except: June: works visit and December: second Thursday).

Why not come and visit us?

You will find a warm welcome, in a delightful hotel with panoramic views across Morecambe Bay, and the opportunity to up-date your workplace health and safety knowledge and skills from presentations by HSE specialists and industry ‘experts’.

We welcome IOSH members from all over the UK to our meetings, especially members from our geographical region, as well as those from neighbouring branches.

Where are we based?

Grange-over-Sands is in the centre of our branch geographically, which stretches south to Lancaster, north to Ambleside, to the west coast of Cumbria and east to the Yorkshire border.

Our programme 2018

This year our programme includes specialist speakers on topics ranging from management of contractors, to assessing workplace competence, driving on company business, managing workplace stress and an update on HSE priorities for 2018/19: see our events page for details of our upcoming meetings. We also run a day Health and Safety seminar in October with support from HSE, and industry; we need to charge a delegate fee for this event to help cover the extra costs. 

Each year our annual programme topics are based on members’ choices. At our March, April and May meetings we ask members to indicate topics that are of interest to them. We then collate the votes and search for ‘experts’ to speak on the most popular topics.

CPD and mentoring support

Our CPD Mentoring Adviser, Carol Stearne, has organised annual CPD workshops during recent years. Our next CPD workshop is scheduled for 17 May 2018 and Carol is available at most meetings to advise members on CPD and personal development.

Workplace training resources for members 

Our Branch has an up-to-date library of health and safety books and DVDs that are available for members to borrow to help them develop effective workplace health and safety programmes.
These resources are displayed on a table at our regular monthly meetings. If you would like to borrow any of these items please speak to David O'Hagan, our Information Co-ordinator, who will book them out in your name.

Links with the local community

Our Branch holds joint meetings with the South Cumbria Occupational Health & Safety Group (SCOHSG) to the mutual benefit of both groups; we share meeting costs and expertise. IOSH members are able to help raise IOSH’s profile in the community by networking with representatives from small companies who do not have access to a safety professional in their workplace. SCOHSG (established 1950s), is a forum, organised by volunteers, where representatives from small and medium sized companies keep up-to-date with Health & Safety legislation, discuss practical solutions to health and safety problems, meet Health and Safety Practitioners from other organisations for informal advice and listen to specialist speakers. Membership is open to companies, not individuals.

Other places of interest nearby

Our meeting place is seven miles from the southern end of Lake Windermere and 15 miles from Coniston Water. Grange-over-Sands is a delightful small Victorian coastal town just two miles from Cartmel village (home of the famous Cartmel sticky toffee pudding and Cartmel race course).