Why Take IOSH Managing Safely Refresher?

6 minute read | 14 May 2019 10:45:19 BST

Working on the online course

If you or your staff have already taken an IOSH accredited Managing Safely course in the past few years, this Refresher course will definitely be suitable for you. Having already committed three days /30 hours to learning how to manage your health and safety responsibilities in the full IOSH Managing Safely course, do your actions demonstrate good safety management practice in your job?

If you are not 100% confident of how to implement your safety responsibilities as a manager or feel, you could do with a reminder, then read on.

Who is IOSH Managing Safely Refresher For?

It is for any manager/supervisor or person with line management responsibilities who has already successfully taken the full IOSH Managing Safely course ideally within the last three years. You are not able to take the Refresher course unless you have successfully completed the full IOSH Managing Safely. It is worth noting that you must be able to provide your IOSH Managing Safely certificate number at the point of booking.

It is ideal for managers in your organisation who would benefit from refreshing their knowledge so they are confident that they are working to good practice with their teams.

How can I take IOSH Managing Safely Refresher and how long is it?

Good news – it does not take long! How long the course lasts will depend on the learning method you choose. For class-based learning, it is usually 1 day. If you take it online, it depends on your preferred pace of studying and how much you need to revise. But it can be anything from two to six hours to complete. Online learning is by far the most popular and convenient method.

Learning methods

For companies with a number of managers and individuals who want to take IOSH Managing Safely Refresher, you have a couple of options:

Online learning

IOSH Managing Safely Refresher online offers a flexible study method to suit managers and team leaders who work different shifts or are based at diverse locations. Online learning means you can choose when and where you access the training. You work at your own pace and you can complete the course without any disruption to your working schedule.

Class-based course

Alternatively, you can organise a day’s class-based course at your site where you can train up to 20 people. A good course provider will tailor the training using your company's workplace documents/scenarios where possible to make the learning experience relevant for all the participants. Typically, tailoring would involve using your company’s approach to the risk assessment process, policy, incident investigation procedures.

Very few providers offer a public course scheduled at a centre, so the choice of locations across the UK is very limited.

What is covered in the IOSH Managing Safely Refresher course?

It is a complete refresh of the key areas of the IOSH Managing Safely course based on the “Plan-Do-Check-Act” health and safety management system. The courses focuses on the importance of leadership as an essential part of the health and safety management system.

It is broken down into six modules and includes:

  1. Thinking back about the full IOSH Managing Safely course; why manage safely and a review of key terms used
  2. Leadership – reviews its importance and how to create a culture of safetyIOSH Managing Safely Refresher is based on plan-do-check-act-
  3. Plan – review the health and safety policy and how to deliver it
  4. Do – carry out a risk assessment, communicate the health and safety plan to the workforce
  5. Check – measure the plan and see what is working
  6. Act – looks at the importance of assessing performance, continually learning and improving

Is there an exam?

Breathe a sigh of relief - it is just a short answer/ multiple-choice test at the end of the course. There are 21 questions with each question worth between 1 to 5 marks. To pass, you must score at least 20 marks. You have 30 minutes to complete it online if you take an elearning course. You will know your result instantly but it will need to be verified by IOSH within 6 weeks.

What are the benefits?

Build your confidence by refreshing your knowledge

Keep your or your management team’s working knowledge up-to-date adopting the Plan- Do-Check-Act management model which underpins all management systems. Managers have a responsibility to adopt good practice so everyone is working effectively and aware of safety measures on behalf of the business.

Motivated managers can create a culture of safety

Trained and knowledgeable managers can encourage proactive staff involvement to adopt safety measures. Informed managers are can help embed a robust safety culture among the workforce. In turn, this leads to improved health and safety performance and greater productivity.

By influencing everybody to play their part in working safely as the norm, this will result in less accidents and disruption to work. This may seem an obvious statement but operating to good safety practice consistently, continues to be a challenge for the best of us!

IOSH training demonstrates a continuing commitment to safety

The positive impact of IOSH accredited safety training demonstrates to customers and shareholders a commitment to safety. Companies can refer to this IOSH Refresher training with customers, prospects, and in tenders as evidence that you are continually working to achieve the objective of protecting your workforce and operating safely and effectively.

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Chris Pollington CMIOSH

Chris is a Health and Safety consultant who has been working in the industry since 1995. His background includes production management and construction safety, with particular experience in CDM.