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IOSH Managing Safely Syllabus

IOSH logoIOSH Managing Safely is a basic risk management certificate in health and safety. It enables those who manage a team to meet their responsibilities for health and safety in the workplace.

The course is split into 2 units - 1 taught module and a work-based assignment which will demonstrate your application of the knowledge you have gained over the course of the previous unit.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Understand your responsibilities for safety in the workplace.
  • Recognise common workplace hazards and implement appropriate control measures.
  • Estimate, evaluate and reduce risk by applying a hierarchy of risk control.
  • Undertake structured risk assessments and accident investigations.
  • Understand the requirements of HSE legislation.
  • Recognise different ways to measure and improve health and safety performance.

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

3. Human factors

  • Organisation 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

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

6. 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

7. 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 

8. Measuring performance

  • Active and reactive monitoring systems 
  • Health and safety auditing

Course Assessment

There is a 45-minute written assessment, consisting of 25 questions in a variety of formats, and a standard project which comprises of a workplace risk assessment. The project must be completed within two weeks of the end of the course.  

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