Removing committee members

In general, it’s not necessary for volunteers to leave committees unless they’ve served a full term and are not eligible for re-election, but there are some occasions when members, for example, don’t attend meetings; are ineffective and don’t help with the running of the Network; or are disruptive and prevent the committee from functioning.

In such circumstances, it may be beneficial to ask them to step down from the committee and replace them with someone who will play a more active and positive role.

It’s the responsibility of the Chair to ensure that the committee is active and effective. If members are not contributing fully, the Chair should speak with them to ascertain the reason for this and encourage them to be more active or see if they want to step down. The Chair’s role includes resolving problems, where they are not involved themselves.

However, if the Chair can’t resolve the problem, or if the Chair is one of the parties involved in the dispute, the Relationship Manager should be called on to assist. Should no resolution be found, it may be necessary to involve the relevant manager at IOSH.

In cases where the situation has made a simple resolution difficult or impossible, it may be necessary to convene a Dispute Resolution Member Advisory Panel (MAP) to allow for a peer review of the situation. The MAP’s decision will be final.

To assist with the process of resolving disputes please read the guidance on Dispute Resolution.

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