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Which IOSH Course Will Enhance My Organisation?

This blog outlines every IOSH course, pinpointing their benefits for staff upskilling and how each course can improve health and safety standards in your organisation. 

March 2023


Understanding how different health, safety and environmental training courses affect and drive change is vital to choosing the right course for your workforce. 

Different courses have different learning outcomes and thus have distinct impacts on organisational health and safety standards. 

Astutis offer a wide range of IOSH health and safety courses, and in this blog, we will help you pick the right IOSH course for your organisation. 

We will do this by dividing each course into its seniority level. Put more precisely, some IOSH courses are designed to educate managerial staff, while others aim to enhance entry-level workforce staff. 

This blog will isolate which courses are best for your staff, providing you with the learning outcomes of each, so you know how your workforce will benefit. 

Let's get started!

Entry Level IOSH Courses

IOSH Working Safely

IOSH's marquee entry-level course, IOSH Working Safely, provides staff with a foundational understanding of core workplace health and safety principles. 

There are no entry requirements, meaning staff of any level of experience can begin their health and safety journey easily and comfortably. 

IOSH Working Safely Course Syllabus:

  1. Introducing Working Safely
  2. Defining Hazard and Risk
  3. Identifying Common Hazards
  4. Improving Safety Performance

Staff will:

  •  Understand why health and safety are vitally important, potentially leading to positive attitude changes. 
  •  Begin to understand health and safety responsibilities in the workplace and have enhanced confidence as a result. 
  •  Have foresight on workplace hazards and risks, with a foundational understanding of identifying them. 
  •  Begin comprehending how health, safety and wellbeing systems are managed in the workplace.

Managerial Level IOSH Courses

IOSH Managing Safely 

Arguably IOSH's most renowned offering, the IOSH Managing Safely course, offers organisations piece of mind by enhancing the understanding and mindset of managerial and supervisory staff. 

The course, over eight modules (including an Astutis exclusive Human Factors module), introduces staff to effective yet safe management strategies. 

IOSH Managing Safely Syllabus:

  1. Introducing Managing Safely
  2. Assessing Risk
  3. Controlling Risks
  4. Understanding Responsibilities
  5. Common Hazards
  6. Investigating accidents and incidents
  7. Measuring Performance
  8. Bonus ASTUTIS EXCLUSIVE Module: Human Factors

Your staff will;

  • Begin to understand how to effectively assess risks in the workplace
  • Understand the six main risk/hazard categories and how to grade workplace risks. 
  • Staff will be introduced to managerial responsibility regarding health and safety. 
  • Know how to investigate workplace incidents and accidents and how to report them. 



IOSH Managing Safely Refresher

The IOSH Managing Safely Refresher course is recommended to be taken three years after completing the IOSH Managing Safely course. 

Fundamentally, the course is engineered to remind staff of the core principles of the original course. The course holds the most benefit for staff who have previously completed the Managing Safely course. 

IOSH Managing Safely Refresher Syllabus:

  1. Thinking Back 
  2. Leadership 
  3. Plan 
  4. Do 
  5. Check 
  6. Act 

Your staff will;

  • Be refreshed on the understanding gained from the IOSH Managing Safely course. 
  • Become familiar with any legislative updates or changes. 
  • Have confidence in their knowledge after solidifying it with this refresher course. 

IOSH Leading Safely

The IOSH Leading Safely course separates itself from the IOSH Managing Safely by embedding the ideology the core leadership traits to establish and embed a safe, collaborative working environment among colleagues.

It calls upon the characteristics of successful, inspiring leaders and how they created an effective working environment whilst considering health, safety and environmental implications.  

IOSH Leading Safely Syllabus:

  1. Leadership Characteristics
  2. The Wider Picture
  3. Understanding Current Performance
  4. Building Capability
  5. Action Planning

Your staff will;

  • Have authority and confidence in establishing a safe working environment for their colleagues. 
  • Be able to critically evaluate organisational performance and know how to pursue improvement.
  • Understand how to overcome workplace obstacles, such as risks or hazards, to protect themselves and their peers.
  • Know how to implement action plans to invoke a proactive workplace health and safety approach. 

IOSH Managing Safely in Aviation 

Cited as one of the most comprehensive aviation certifications in health and safety, the IOSH Managing Safely in Aviation course provides extensive knowledge from the flagship IOSH Managing Safely course but tailored for the air. 

The course covers how accidents and incidents can occur whilst analysing and offering guidance on root causes. It ensures your organisation complies with CAP642 and UK HSE legislative requirements and provides a clear understanding of the interface between HSE and CAA requirements.

IOSH Managing Safely in Aviation Syllabus

  1. Introducing Managing Safely in Aviation 
  2. Investigating Accidents and Incidents 
  3. Human factors 
  4. Assessing Risk 
  5. Controlling Risk 
  6. Understanding Managers Responsibilities 
  7. Common hazards 
  8. Measuring performance 

Your staff will;

  • Have an improved understanding of unfamiliar situations requiring enhanced health and safety knowledge. 
  • Have the confidence to manage health and safety within the aviation industry and protect themselves and their peers. 

IOSH SHE for Construction Site Managers

Aimed at ensuring construction sites continue to improve in safety, the IOSH SHE for Construction Site Managers is the flagship IOSH construction health and safety training course. 

As the name suggests, the course is aimed at construction site managers to instil the mindset required to establish a safe working environment and manage risks. 

The construction site is one of the most dangerous working environments, and the IOSH SHE for Construction Site Managers course directly responds to the threat. With more and more attention being paid to unsafe working practices in the construction industry, organisations are proactively combatting health and safety disasters by enrolling their staff in this course. 

Staff will;

  • Know how to administer core health and safety fundamentals in construction sites. 
  • Adopt the best practice concerning the environment. 
  • Have enhanced when working at height.

IOSH Behavioural Science for Leadership

A unique training experience powered by years of research into psychology and the behavioural science field, the IOSH Behavioural Science for Leadership in Safety course pinpoints the traits and behaviours required to lead with compassion and effectiveness - all with an eye on health and safety. 

The course is aimed at managerial staff or supervisors responsible for line managing staff. Staff will be gifted the attitudes and the understanding they need to positively influence their peers.

Participants will also learn practical tools and techniques for identifying, analysing and influencing workplace behaviour- to improve workplace health and safety. 

IOSH Behavioural Science for Leadership in Safety Syllabus

  1. What is Leadership in Safety 
  2. Avoiding Failure and Creating Excellence 
  3. Different Behavioural Change Models
  4. Self-Determination Theory 
  5. ABC Analysis 
  6. Goal Setting 

Staff will;

  • Understand how their behaviour influences their peers.
  • Know if they need to change their behaviour for the betterment of your organisation. 
  •  Grasp the different strategies that can change attitudes and behaviours. 

IOSH Managing Occupational Health and Wellbeing

The IOSH Managing Occupational Health and Wellbeing course incorporates employee wellbeing into health and safety like never before. The course identifies a wellbeing strategy that can radically improve employee wellbeing in the workplace, improving safety and employee satisfaction. 

The course also introduces the five health hazard categories, investigating the causes of work-related health hazards in each category and the impact of each.

IOSH Managing Occupational Health and Wellbeing Syllabus

  1. A Healthy Company 
  2. Fitness for Work 
  3. Health Risk Assessment 
  4. Wellbeing 

Staff will;

  • Understand the importance of employee wellbeing to workplace health and safety. 
  • Have a grasp on how invisible injuries can negatively affect staff and their performance in the workplace. 
  • Possess a more comprehensive understanding of non-work related injuries and how outside factors affect employees.

Senior Leadership IOSH Courses

IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors

The IOSH Safety for Executive and Directors looks to uncomplicate health and safety responsibilities at the very top of any organisation. The course sets out the highest health and safety standards and asks directors and executives what they are willing to do to enhance their organisation's culture. 

The course outlines health and safety's financial, moral and legal ramifications and how the Plan-Do-Act-Check model (when used correctly at the top) could drastically improve workplace efficiency and accident/incident rates. 

IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors Syllabus 

  1. The Moral, Legal and Financial Case 
  2. Plan 
  3. Do 
  4. Check 
  5. Act 

Staff will;

  • Have foresight on how their attitudes and behaviours influence their co-workers.
  • Know how to establish a successful health and safety system in their workplace. 
  • Understand how to improve health and safety performance. 

IOSH Leading Safely

The IOSH Leading Safely course separates itself from the IOSH Managing Safely by embedding the ideology the core leadership traits to establish and embed a safe, collaborative working environment among colleagues.

It calls upon the characteristics of successful, inspiring leaders and how they created an effective working environment whilst considering health, safety and environmental implications.  

IOSH Leading Safely Syllabus:

  1. Leadership Characteristics
  2. The Wider Picture
  3. Understanding Current Performance
  4. Building Capability
  5. Action Planning

Your staff will;

  • Have authority and confidence in establishing a safe working environment for their colleagues. 
  • Be able to critically evaluate organisational performance and know how to pursue improvement.
  • Understand how to overcome workplace obstacles, such as risks or hazards, to protect themselves and their peers.
  • Know how to implement action plans to invoke a proactive workplace health and safety approach. 


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