Which IOSH Course is Right for Me or My Staff?

6 minute read | Dec 18 2018

 Choosing the best IOSH course

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (frequently referred to as IOSH) is the largest health and safety membership body in the world with over 44,000 members offering a wide range of IOSH courses. Every year around 100,000 employees complete an IOSH Certificate, demonstrating that organisations are committed to making work practices safe, healthy and sustainable.

IOSH pride themselves on providing quality courses and certificates, which provide skills that, are both useful and relevant in the workplace. Their courses are accessible to everyone including those with no prior knowledge of health and safety.

It is clear to see that there are numerous benefits to taking an IOSH course, including improving knowledge and progressing your career. But, which qualification is the right one for you or your staff? We have broken down the key information on some of our most popular courses below:

IOSH Working Safely

Who is this course for?

As everybody has a responsibility to work safely,  IOSH Working Safely is targeted at all employees at any level and in any sector. With over 35,000 people taking this course every year, companies all around the world are choosing this awareness training for their workforce. No prior knowledge of health and safety is required.

So what is the course about?

IOSH Working Safely is a short awareness so 4-8 hours online or 1 day in a classroom. The basics of health and safety issues are covered in IOSH Working Safely, equipping staff with a level of awareness across a range of topics. Working Safely prompts learners to look at a number of hazards that could potentially cause harm and identify how these could apply in their own place of work. 

What are the benefits?

Having a workforce that has taken this course means they are aware of their health and safety responsibilities and can work safely and effectively. This in turn can help to improve the overall safety performance of a company as well as promoting a positive image as a responsible and proactive organisation.

IOSH Managing Safely

IOSH Approved courses

This is a very popular course businesses choose for their management staff. It's a 16-32 hour online course or 3 day classroom course. 

Who is this course for?

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for all managers and supervisors, in any department. It doesn’t matter what size and sector the company is, the course will still provide relevant and practical skills that are highly transferable to their job.

So what is the course about?

The aim of IOSH Managing Safely is to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and confidence to manage health and safety effectively within their team. Taking this basic risk management course also ensures that managers have a good understanding of their own responsibilities when it comes to keeping their workforce safe. The assessment is a short answer test plus a workplace health and safety risk assessment assignment.

What are the benefits?

Managers taking the IOSH Managing Safely course means the reputation of companies will benefit within its supply chain from the international recognition of this IOSH Certificate, evidence of a clear commitment to safety. Businesses will also see greater productivity with fewer hours being lost to sickness and accidents. Find out more about the benefits of taking IOSH Managing Safely.

IOSH Safety for Executors and Directors

Who is this course for?

This 1 day course is designed for directors, CEO's and members of the senior management team who have strategic responsibility for health and safety. It can help to prepare and protect heads of companies against issues arising from corporate manslaughter legislation, which can have huge financial repercussions.

So what is the course about?

This IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors helps directors understand the moral, legal and financial case of proactive health and safety leadership for a successful business. It covers the importance of effective management including planning, communicating and performance monitoring and is based on the plan, do, check, act model.

What are the benefits?

Directors that ensure health and safety management is integrated into the company’s effective management structure and leadership will benefit all key areas of the business. The senior managers will understand their legal responsibilities and the potential negative impact of non-compliance such as legal costs. Improved safety performance will enhance a company’s reputation among all stakeholders. Less disruption to productivity and potentially reduced insurance premiums are some of the financial benefits.

Do you know which IOSH course is for you?

If you are interested in the popular IOSH Managing Safely, get your free information pack, however if want to know more about any of the other IOSH courses, click here.

Working outside the UK?

If you work outside the UK find out more about the IOSH Courses

Download Your Free IOSH Managing Safely Info Pack Here

 

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Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR

Andrew is a Chartered Health and Safety Consultant with 23 years experience in the production, processing and training environments. Areas of expertise include production and machinery safety, mobile plant, maintenance, management systems and auditing. Andrew teaches IOSH courses (including Safety for Executives and Directors), NEBOSH Certificate courses and NEBOSH Diploma courses, as well as undertakes consultancy work including health and safety policy reviews, risk assessment guidance, auditing and designing and delivering bespoke training solutions.