Health and safety management is something that affects every business, no matter the size or industry. All workers have a right to work in an environment where risks to their health and safety are kept to a minimum and one of the best ways of ensuring this in a business is to make managers and team leaders aware of their responsibilities.
The IOSH Managing Safely is a basic risk management health and safety qualification, offering management/supervisory staff an understanding of the practical solutions required for a productive and safe workforce.
Ensuring the health and safety of the workforce is an integral part of a manager’s role and allows productivity to be maximised through reducing the disruption caused by accidents and sickness.
As a widely recognised accredited certificate, the IOSH Managing Safely course provides managers with the foundation of knowledge to manage their workforce effectively while also ensuring employees’ health and safety is prioritised.
What Does IOSH Managing Safely Cover?
The course itself is split into two units: a taught module and a work-based assignment, allowing managers to gain the foundation of knowledge and then demonstrate this knowledge in a practical assignment.
The IOSH Managing Safely course covers a total of eight topics which include:
- Introducing Managing Safely – Managers will gain a basic understanding of what is meant by ‘health and safety’ as well as a manager’s responsibilities and accountabilities.
- Investigating Accidents and Incidents – This covers the difference between accidents and near misses, how to respond to an accident and the correct accident investigation process.
- Human Factors – Identifies organisation and individual factors and how to promote a health and safety culture within a business, as well as understanding the human failures and violations which can cause risks and accidents.
- Assessing Risk – This section will demonstrate the correct risk assessment process and sensible risk management.
- Controlling Risk – Here, the legal framework for risk management, required levels of control and Safe Systems of Work (SSW) are covered in detail.
- Understanding Managers' Responsibilities – A crucial part of the course which covers health and safety law, the enforcement of health and safety and the plan, do, check, act methodology.
- Common Hazards – This section will cover the most common hazards in the workplace including electricity, slips, trips and falls, working at height and aggression, bullying and violence as well as many more.
- Measuring Performance – The last section of the course allows managers to gain insight into active and reactive health and safety monitoring and health and safety auditing so they are able to understand where improvement can be made within the company.
Upon completion of the course, managers and supervisors will have a full understanding of their responsibilities for safety in the workplace, so they will be able to recognise common workplace hazards, evaluate and reduce risk, by applying risk control methodology.
Furthermore, knowledge will be gained in understanding the requirements of HSE legislation, how to undertake structured risk assessments, recognise ways to measure and improve health and safety.
There is a multiple choice test and a workplace risk assessment project at the end of the course.
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How Long Does It Take To Complete and How Do I Learn?
The length of time required to complete the IOSH Managing Safely qualification will depend on the type of learning method chosen for the person(s) taking the course.
These are the methods of learning available :
- Online learning - it usually takes anything from 16 – 32 hours of learning which can be done flexibly within six months. Target completion dates for staff can be agreed and additional features such as webinars, class training, progress reports to ensure that everybody completes the course.
- Classroom learning - is a three-day course which would need to be completed at one of 15 classroom locations across England, Scotland and Wales. Alternatively, if you are looking to train your workforce in-company, a qualified tutor can teach staff at your site on agreed dates.
- Company staff training - if you have numerous staff within your company that need to be trained you can choose the best method to suit your objectives and employees.
Can Anyone Take The IOSH Managing Safely Course?
Anyone in a management or supervisory role can take the IOSH Managing Safely course. There are no minimum qualifications or experience required. However, as the content has a strong focus around managing safely and a manager’s responsibilities, we would recommend that only managers and supervisors take this course.