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IOSH Managing Safety Syllabus

IOSH Managing Safely is an essential risk management certificate in health and safety. It empowers the individuals who deal with a group to meet their duties regarding health and safety in the working environment.

The course is split into 2 units - 1 taught module and a work-based task which will exhibit your utilization of the learning you have have gained over the course of the previous unit.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Undertake organized risk assessments and accident investigations.
  • Understand your duties regarding safety in the workplace
  • Estimate, evaluate and reduce risk by applying a hierarchy of risk control
  • Understand the prerequisites of HSE legislation.
  • Recognize diverse approaches to measure and improve health and safety performance
  • Recognize basic working environment hazards and actualize proper control measures

Full course syllabus

1. Introducing Managing Safely

  • Understanding what is meant by “health and safety”
  • The moral, legal and financial reasons to manage health and safety
  • Managers responsibilities and accountability 

2. Investigating Accidents and Incidents

  • The reasons for investigating an accident
  • Responding to an accident
  • The investigation process
  • The difference between accidents and near miss
  • Accident ratios/accident triangles
  • Accident causation theories

3. Human factors

  • Organization factors including safety culture and managers
  • Job factors
  • Individual factors; attitude, personality, abilities, training and development, motivation and perception of risk
  • Human failure
  • Violations
  • Errors

4. Assessing Risk

  • Sensible risk management.
  • The risk assessment process
  • Specific cases for risk assessment

5. Controlling Risk

  • Required levels of control
  • Safety Systems of Work (SSW) and Permits to Work (PTW)
  • Emergency arrangements
  • The legal framework for Risk Management
  • Hierarchies of control

6. Common hazards

  • Access and Egress
  • Aggression, bullying and violence 
  • Asbestos
  • Chemical and substances
  • Confined spaces
  • DSE
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Electricity 
  • Fire 
  • Housekeeping 
  • Lighting
  • Manual handling 
  • Noise 
  • Radiation  
  • Slips, trips and falls 
  • Stress 
  • Vibration 
  • Welfare facilities 
  • Work equipment and machinery  
  • Workplace transport 
  • Workplace temperature  
  • Work at height 

7. Understanding Managers Responsibilities

  • Health and safety law; civil, criminal and levels of legal duties
  • Enforcement of health and safety.
  • Health and safety management systems; plan, do, check, act

8. Measuring performance

  • Active and reactive monitoring systems 
  • Health and safety auditing.

Course Assessment

There is a 45-minute written assessment, comprising of 25 questions in a variety of formats, and a standard project which involves a working environment risk assessment. The task must be finished inside two weeks of the end of the course.


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