Meetings and events

Events are an integral part of IOSH's strategy. Events of every size help to achieve IOSH's corporate aims, of Enhance, Collaborate and Influence.

Benefits of holding events
However large or small your event is, by bringing a group of like-minded individuals together you'll help to:

  • raise the profile of health and safety and of IOSH
  • offer benefits to existing members and attract new ones
  • provide education and development
  • share best practice
  • offer CPD opportunities
  • facilitate networking
  • provide a platform for debate

Events form a large part of each branch's, district's and group's activity, and organising a successful event can be both interesting and rewarding.

Types of networking events
There are several types of event that you could include in your annual programme - a variety of events during the year will help to maintain interest.  Here are a few to consider:

  • Meetings - most branches and districts hold regular meetings for their members. Typically, they are held in the evenings for a couple of hours and provide an opportunity to share information, network and often feature a single speaker. They are usually free of charge to attend, organised by the branch/district with costs being covered through the annual budget process.
  • Seminars - half-day or full-day with several speakers which could include icebreakers, workshop sessions, table discussions, panel debates and Q&As. These events are usually chargeable and require careful budgeting as they need to fund themselves and break even.
  • Roadshows - this can be a half-day or full-day seminar that is repeated across different locations to reach a wider range of members.
  • Webinars - web-based seminars used for live meetings, training or presentations over the internet.  These sessions have become very popular over the last few years as they enable global networking, information and file-sharing with attendees, regardless of where they are in the world.  Webinars usually run for under an hour and are free of charge to run.

Note that the Events team will lead on the organisation of seminars, roadshows and webinars. 

It's worth considering teaming up with other groups, branches or external organisations to provide an enhanced programme that benefits all stakeholders.  Please discuss this with the Events team before finalising.

[v2 - October 2017]