When in need of a qualification for workplace health and safety, there are a variety of courses to choose from. A decision you will often face is whether to choose an accredited or non-accredited equivalent course for your staff. In this blog, we will look at reasons to choose a widely recognised IOSH certification, the course options and compare accredited and non-accredited courses.
Choosing A Widely Recognised Certification
The right course for your staff naturally depends on individual needs, circumstances and what kind of role said staff members are in. Despite this, choosing to go with a widely recognised certification body has significant benefits.
IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) are a world-renowned provider of health and safety courses. IOSH courses are typically aimed at those who are not specifically working in a health and safety role but still require a level of knowledge on the subject, enabling them to manage teams, environments and situations that may occur in the workplace.
IOSH’s experience and reputation within health and safety means your staff will benefit from high quality courses that are well recognised and taken by a significant number of businesses worldwide. This allows you to ensure that your staff's learning is consistent, high quality and compatible with health and safety legislation.
IOSH Course Options
IOSH is best known for two major certifications: IOSH Managing Safely and IOSH Working Safely, both of which are well known, entry level health and safety certificates. Let’s take a look at these in more detail…
IOSH Managing Safely
IOSH Managing Safely is a basic risk management health and safety qualification specifically for those in management or supervisory positions. An internationally recognised certificate, IOSH Managing Safely does not require any previous experience or qualifications within the sector making it ideal as a starting point for staff in any industry. The course covers subjects including:
- Assessing risk
- Common hazards
- Accident investigation
- Measuring performance
The topics covered in IOSH Managing Safely provide managers with an understanding of their responsibilities as leaders within the workplace, arming them with the knowledge they need to ensure workplace hazards are kept to a minimum. In addition to keeping their team healthy and safe while also ensuring your business, is compliant with legislation.
The Managing Safely certificate can be taken both online in 16 – 32 hours or as class-based in 3 days so is an ideal short course for busy staff.
IOSH Working Safely
IOSH Working Safely is again, an international certificate, however this basic awareness course is suitable for all staff in any role and at any level.
The Working Safely qualification provides an awareness of common hazards in the workplace and why health and safety as well as general well-being is crucial for a productive team. Not only will this course make staff more aware of how their own actions may impact others’ health and safety, it also makes them more aware of typical hazards and how risk can be prevented.
The topics covered in the course include, but are not limited to:
- The differences between hazards and risks
- Hazard and risk identification, impact and control
- Why staff must work safely
- How industry affects the environment
IOSH Vs. Non-Accredited Courses
There are of course, similar non-accredited certifications available for your staff. However, the benefits of choosing an IOSH accredited course over a non-accredited alternative are significant.
Quality of the Course
The quality of accredited courses like the IOSH Managing Safely and the IOSH Working safely is almost guaranteed. With a set syllabus and specific number of teaching hours required, you can be reassured that your staff will be covering everything they need to, in order to become properly certified.
Unlike non-accredited equivalents which may not have a set syllabus, you can have faith that your staff will have a consistent knowledge of how to work and manage safely.
Wide Recognition of the Qualification
Non-accredited courses are known as a form of non-formal learning which still have an element of structure and teacher lead learning, however in most cases, will not lead to formal certification. While in many cases this isn’t detrimental, having your staff certified with the biggest health and safety membership organisation in the world will have significant benefits.
IOSH is widely recognised all over the world so having staff trained in IOSH clearly demonstrates your business’ commitment to health and safety, a important brand asset to promote among your stakeholders and customers. It also means you are assured that your staff are equipped to comply with health and safety legislation.
In many cases, accredited courses require staff to take an examination or assessment at the end of the course to ensure they have taken on board and understood the information. This ensures that your staff fully understand and can apply the information they have learned in a nationally recognised learning standard.
Quality of the Provider
Awarding bodies like IOSH have to undertake quality control checks on training providers offering their courses to ensure it is being delivered to an acceptable quality. In choosing an accredited course you can have faith that your staff are receiving up to date, relevant and consistent information no matter which provider you choose.
As you can see, choosing an accredited course over a non-accredited course has substantial benefits, particularly when it comes to health and safety. For more information on the IOSH Managing safely specifically, download your free copy of the IOSH Managing Safely Info Pack.