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How To Do The IOSH Managing Safely Project

How To Do The IOSH Managing Safely Project

06 September 2018


If you are taking the IOSH Managing Safely course and you need to find out more about the assessment, this post will let you know how to complete the second part of the assessment – the project. So once you have read this you will be in a perfect place to know how to successfully complete your risk assessment project in your workplace.

This project needs to be completed in order to gain IOSH Managing Safely certification. By successfully completing the project you will have learnt an essential skill – how to carry out a risk assessment. By the time you start your IOSH Managing Safely project assignment you will have already done the first part of the assessment -the 45-minute written paper consisting of 20 multi-format questions on basic health and safety.

Before you start the IOSH Managing Safely project

Ensure that you are aware of the deadline date for the project to be finished (2 weeks after the date of your written test). Don’t leave it until the last minute! Ensure you read ALL of the guidance given to you by your course provider.

Each Stage of the IOSH Managing Safely Project

The project in simple terms, is the production of a risk assessment covering a task within your own work environment. In order to complete the Risk Assessment, you are to identify 4 HAZARDS that are NOT adequately controlled.

I will now talk you through each stage of the Risk Assessment:

Make sure you fill in ALL of the boxes available on the Risk Assessment Form because they earn you marks and let’s face it every mark counts!

Details – (1 mark)Risk Rating Calculator

Likelihood that hazardous event will occur
 1  very unlikely
 2 unlikely
 3 fairly likely
 4 likely
 5 very likely
  
 Consequence  of  hazardous  event            
1 Insignificant– no injury
  2  Minor –  minor injuries needing first aid 
  3  Moderate –  up to three days’ absence
      4      Major –  more than seven days’ absence
  5  Catastrophic –  death

You then multiply the likelihood by the consequence to get your Risk Rating (R).

Remember: Likelihood x Consequence = Risk

For example, if you think the likelihood is ‘Likely’ (4) and the Consequence is ‘Moderate’ (3).
4 x 3 = 12. Your Risk Rating is 12.

Many students worry here that they have to get the right number. The marker is fully aware that this type of rating system is subjective and there will always be a variety of opinions with the risk rating. Just ensure that you are realistic with your ratings and you will be all right.

Additional Controls (1 Mark)

This requires you to provide additional controls that will reduce the risk.
As discussed in the section ‘Existing Risk Control Measures’ above, ensure you think about various types of controls not just physical ones.

Residual Risk Rating (1 Mark)

This is where you risk rate the hazard with the additional controls you have added.
Follow the same procedure as previously:
Use the IOSH 5 x 5 Risk Rating Calculator.

*Your Residual Risk Rating should be lower than your previous Risk Rating*

Action Monitored by Whom? (1 Mark)

You then multiply the likelihood by the consequence to get your Risk Rating (R).
For example, if you think the likelihood is ‘Likely’ (4) and the Consequence is ‘Moderate’ (3).
4 x 3 = 12. Your Risk Rating is 12.

Additional Controls (1 Mark)

This requires you to provide additional controls that will reduce the risk.
As discussed in the section ‘Existing Risk Control Measures’ above ensure you think about various types of controls not just physical ones.

Residual Risk Rating (1 Mark)

This is where you risk rate the hazard with the additional controls you have added.
Follow the same procedure as previously:

  • Use the IOSH 5 x 5 Risk Rating Calculator.
  • The L stands for Likelihood – how likely is it that someone will be harmed?
  • The C stands for Consequence – what are the consequences if someone is harmed? This is also often referred to as the Severity of harm.
  • You then multiply the likelihood by the consequence to get your Residual Risk Rating (R).
    *Your Residual Risk Rating should be lower than your previous Risk Rating*

Action Monitored by Whom? (1 Mark)

Clearly state using a job role (e.g. Engineering Manager) who is to monitor each additional control.

Action Monitored by When? (1 Mark)

Allocate a time scale for each additional control. For example, 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 2 months. Do not put phrases such as ‘On-going’ or ‘Within a few weeks’. Make sure you follow the IOSH Action Level Table that provides you with guidance based on your Risk Rating:

Risk RatingAction
20-25Stop – stop activity and take immediate action
15-16Urgent action – take immediate action and stop activity if necessary, maintain existing controls rigorously
8-12Action – improve within specified timescale
3-6Monitor – look to improve at next review or if there is a significant change
1-2No action – no further action but ensure controls are maintained and reviewed

Review Date, Signature and Training Provider (1 Mark)

Don’t forget to fill in the bottom of the form outlined below – it will get you a mark!

  • Ensure that you give a realistic review date for your assessment, for example, 12 months.
  • Sign the Assessment – if sending via computer your printed name.
  • Put your Training Provider name in the last box.

Marking

During each stage of the Assessment highlighted above, you will gain a mark. For each hazard identified, you can gain 9 marks (1 for each column). You have to identify FOUR Hazards, therefore 4 x 9 = 36 marks. You will also gain a mark each for completing the top (1 mark) and bottom (1 mark) sections of the forms. This will give you a total of 38 possible marks. You require 23/38 marks to pass. REMEMBER fill in every box.


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