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Five Company Benefits For Training Staff With IOSH Managing Safely

January 2024

Companies from all industries benefit from having staff IOSH Managing Safely trained. The course’s detail and structure equips delegates with the understanding required to implement a healthy and safe workplace meaning a return on investment is quickly achieved.

Better still, the learning process is a flexible one, requiring no time away from the day job. Let’s take a closer look at why the IOSH Managing Safely is a must-have for SMEs and multinationals alike.

1. The Benefits of Risk Assessment

At a headline level the IOSH Managing Safely certification provides a basic understanding of health and safety. It goes without saying that the more team members that have a good understanding of the importance of health and safety, the better for both all workers and the business itself.

Anyone successfully completing an IOSH Managing Safely course will also acquire the skills to assess and control risks. When accidents, or the potential for them, occurs, it serves to have someone available who not only knows how to isolate and reduce potential threats but also avoid them in the first place.

Dealing with danger however, is only half the battle. Understanding how and why potential hazards have come about in the first place is equally important and people completing IOSH Managing Safely will gain this understanding. Understanding how to investigate hazards forms a big part of the IOSH Managing Safely syllabus and provides a huge benefit to businesses and workers alike by learning from past mistakes and ensuring risk is kept to a minimum in the future.

Another key takeaway from the certificate is the development of safety assessment practices through a point scoring system. Suddenly the suitability of workbenches, kitchen apparatus, building sites and more can be put into context as the newly qualified is able to judge how likely an accident or injury could occur. Applying this tactic throughout all offices and sites will contribute to improved levels of safety and reduced downtime. Improved efficiency of course means improved productivity and profitability.

2. Reduced Absence

One of the biggest effects to a business with poor health and safety procedures is the inevitable hit it has on productivity. In the worst cases, where staff are seriously or even minorly injured, there is a period of unavoidable downtime while the member(s) of staff recuperate. This has the potential to cost businesses a significant amount of money in down time and potentially legal costs. In fact, during 2017 workplace injuries cost UK businesses £5.2 billion!

‘Sickness’ also costs businesses money and diminishes output when skilled and irreplaceable employees are absent with illness – sometimes for weeks on end. Taking the necessary steps to minimise such disruption and promote a healthy workplace are crucial, and something delegates will learn a lot about when undertaking the IOSH Managing Safely course. Illness cost UK businesses over £9 billion in 2017; ensure your management staff are IOSH Managing Safely qualified will help prevent your business being one that contributes to this worrying statistic.

3. Confident Staff

Elsewhere, the IOSH Managing Safely course is known to further careers. Taking ownership for health and safety within a particular area of the business will give your staff an opportunity to demonstrate leadership traits. Investing in staff learning in a way that benefits both the business and allows your staff to feel more valued, is a win-win!

On a personal level, those who take the IOSH Managing Safely naturally begin to gain more confidence by implementing what they have learned in the course. Likewise, other staff members begin to feel more confident that they are safe in the workplace as there is a designated person to go to if they have any questions or worries.

4. Collective Responsibility

One of the knock-on effects of training staff with the IOSH Managing Safely is often a sense of comradery, bringing teams closer together as they take collective responsibility for their own health and safety in the workplace. Working towards the common goal of keeping themselves and those around them safe means staff are able to build on their team skills and demonstrate how their actions have a positive effect on other members of staff- important in any business!

5. Online Learning and Value For Money

One of the major concerns for many businesses when looking to train staff is the prospect of key workers spending time away from the office. However, the IOSH Managing Safely course can be taken online within just 16 – 32 hours of study which can be done flexibly to fit around existing responsibilities.

While the course can also be taken in the classroom for a more structured approach, online learning offers a better solution for those businesses looking to qualify a larger number of staff. With Astutis, you will also be given a dedicated account manager who will help your staff pass on time and with flying colours!

Take a look at our blog to discover the array of learning methods available for the IOSH Managing Safely course.

An internationally respected certificate, the IOSH Managing Safely qualification provides a number of benefits to both staff and businesses which far exceeds the monetary investment required. With as many as 100,000 people seeking to become IOSH Managing Safely certified every year, it really is worth getting your staff on the ladder to promoting a healthier and safer workplace!

For more information about the IOSH Managing Safely Exam, please view our Exam Hub.

Visit our blog for additional information about how the IOSH Managing Safely course can benefit your organisation.

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