1. Name

The name of the group shall be the Wessex Occupational Health & Safety Association and shall be referred hereinafter to as the ‘Association’

2. Objectives

The objectives of the Association shall be:

2.1 To develop and maintain an interest in Occupational Health, Safety, Welfare and environmental issues.

2.2 To study and discuss ways and means of improving accident prevention, industrial hygiene issues and their effects on the working environment.

2.3 To foster and develop the spirit of co-operation between employer and employee in relation to accident prevention, occupational health, safety, welfare and environment issues.

2.4 To study incidents reported by members with a view to preventing the recurrence of similar incidents. To study statutory requirements to pool and disseminate knowledge in connection with occupational health, safety, welfare and the environment. The arrangement of lectures and reading of papers on subjects allied to the objectives of the association in order to promote interest and discussion within the member firms of the association. To promote other such activities as may further the aims of the Association. To maintain close contact with appropriate organisations e.g. Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, British Safety Council etc.

3. Membership

The membership levels of the association shall be:

3.1 Membership of the association shall be open to all Industrial, Commercial, Construction firms and any other interested bodies on payment of subscription decided by the Association at its Annual General Meeting (AGM)

3.2 Members of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Local Authority Health & Safety Enforcement Officers and all other persons as shall be nominated by the Executive Committee, shall be honorary members.

4. Management

4.1 The management of the Association shall be entrusted to the Executive Committee elected by the members at the AGM.

4.2 The Association shall be self supporting and shall co-operate in local and national campaigns in the interest of Occupational Health, Safety, Welfare and Environment issues.

5. Officers

The officers of the Association, who shall be elected annually at the AGM, shall be:

Chairman – Vice Chairman – Secretary – Treasurer

6. Executive Committee

6.1 The Executive Committee shall consist of the Officers of the Association and at least four elected members.

6.2 The Executive shall be responsible for the management of the Association, the organisation and arranging of meetings, speakers and visits and for any such other duties as may be decided at the AGM or at an Extraordinary General Meeting.

7. President

7.1 The president’s tenure shall be for two years.

7.2 He/she may be re-elected biennially at the appropriate AGM up to a maximum of three times: equalling a maximum tenure of six years.

7.3 Either party may sever tenure at any time by giving three months notice in writing.(In the case of the presidents resignation, to the associations secretary)

8. Financial Year

The financial year of the Association shall end on the and the AGM shall be held in the October following. The Associations accounts shall be audited by an accredited auditor prior to the AGM

9. Subscriptions

The subscriptions of the Association by member organisations shall be graded or otherwise determined at the AGM or Extraordinary General Meeting of the Association. They will be payable on the 1st September of each year and will be deemed overdue by 31st October of each year.

New members joining after 31st March will be charged 50% of normal membership, valid until the following September.

Fees are:
Personal membership £25.00p
Corporate membership £50.00p (multiple membership fee)

10. Extraordinary General Meetings (EGM)

An Extraordinary General Meeting may be called on receipt, by the secretary, of a request signed by 10% of the subscribing members of the Association or by the chairman.

11. Meetings

The ordinary meetings of the Association shall take place at least six times per year. The AGM may be held on the same day as an ordinary meeting.

12. Constitution

This constitution cannot be altered or varied other than at an AGM or an EGM for which 21 days notice has been given to the members.

Any proposed alterations or changes must be submitted in writing to the secretary at least 28 days before the above.