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IOSH Working Safely

IOSH Working Safely® is a crucial short course designed for employees across all industry sectors who require a foundational understanding of health and safety principles. Recognised globally, this course is aimed at establishing a culture of safety within workplaces, emphasising the importance of individual and collective well-being.

As an international safety certificate grounded on best practices, the IOSH Working Safely course provides a comprehensive awareness of general workplace hazards. This course focuses not only on identifying potential risks but also on understanding why health and safety protocols are pivotal to the wellbeing of individual workers and their colleagues. By instilling this understanding, the course aims to promote a proactive approach to health and safety among employees.

Learning Methods



1 day or 4-8 hours online

Entry Requirements

No entry requirements

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IOSH Working Safely Explained

For those looking to venture into the realm of health and safety, the IOSH Working Safely course is an excellent first step. This course introduces participants to core health and safety topics relevant to any workplace, providing a solid foundation on which they can build further skills and knowledge. It's a perfect blend of essential safety theories and practical approaches, designed to equip participants with the ability to contribute to a safe and healthy work environment.

Understanding the need for flexibility in learning, the IOSH Working Safely course is also offered online. The IOSH Working Safely online course offers the same comprehensive training as the in-person course, but with the added benefit of being able to learn at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home. This makes the course accessible to a wider audience, allowing more individuals to benefit from this valuable training.

On completion of the course, participants receive the IOSH Working Safely certificate. This certification serves as an affirmation of the participant's understanding of key health and safety principles and their ability to apply them in the workplace. It's a valuable addition to any professional's portfolio, demonstrating a commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy work environment.

Whether you're an individual looking to enhance your knowledge of workplace safety or an employer aiming to provide work safe training for your employees, the IOSH Working Safely course, including the online option, offers a comprehensive introduction to health and safety principles. Start your journey towards a safer workplace today with IOSH Working Safely.
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  • Module 1

    Introducing Working Safely

  • Module 2

    Defining Hazard and Risk

  • Module 3

    Identifying Common Hazards

  • Module 4

    Improving Safety Performance


  • Short multiple choice test and hazard-spotting exercise

Course Length

  • Online: approx 4-8 hours (6 months access provided)

    On-site: 1 day

Learning Methods

  • Online

    Instant access with interactive study support 

  • On-Site

    Professional HSE training delivered at your premises

There are no entry requirements, but we recommend that all learners be literate in English.
Module 1
Introducing Working Safely This unit will integrate learners on to the course by introducing the core principles of working safely.
Module 2
Defining Hazard and Risk This module will focus on the understanding different hazards and risks It introduces learners to the most common risks in the workplace and how to group and define them.
Module 3
Identifying Common Hazards This unit provides learners with the knowledge required to identify all workplace risks to help protect workplace safety. Unit M3 introduces learners to the philosophies to find and label any potential hazard in their workplace. 
Module 4
Improving Safety Performance This unit covers a comprehensive area in how to improve safety in your workplace.

IOSH Working Safely Syllabus Guide

IOSH Working Safely Fact Sheet

There is a two-part assessment, consisting of a short 20-minute multiple choice section, and 10-minute hazard spotting exercise.

On successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an IOSH Certificate.

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There are no entry requirements to study the IOSH Working Safely course, meaning anyone, at any level, in any sector can take the course.
The IOSH Working Safely course is available for individuals as a Online learning course. Astutis' Online Learning Campus courses, maximise learners' control and flexibility.

The IOSH Working Safely Online course take between four to eight hours to complete and it can be started at any time. Alternatively, we also offer an In-Company delivery method, for organisations looking to train their staff at their premises.
The main difference between the IOSH Working Safely and the IOSH Managing Safely courses is that, the IOSH Working Safely applies more to general staff, whilst IOSH Managing Safely applies to supervisory and managerial staff.

This is reflected in the course content too, as IOSH Working Safely focuses on basic safety performance and hazard identification. Meanwhile, the IOSH Managing Safely course casts a forensic lens over the overall management of Health and Safety.

For the rudown of our IOSH courses and which course is best suited to you, click here.
The IOSH Working Safely comes with engrossing and comprehensive learning materials that will chart the learner journey from inception to conclusion. Learners will also have assessment fees included in the course and will receive their IOSH Working Safely certificate once successfully completing the course.
You should receive the results and, provided you have passed, your IOSH Certificate up to 6-10 weeks after completing the course. 
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IOSH Working Safely for your Workforce

Develop your people for a better organisation.

By applying the knowledge and skills gained from the IOSH Working Safely qualification, you will be able to contribute to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.

Our training has been tried and tested by 100,000 health and safety professionals. We offer a range of learning options, including virtual classroom, online and on-site classroom courses delivered at premises of your choice on a day of your choice.

Benefits Of Staff Training At Your Organisation

Cost and time saving benefits for larger number of staff.
Your own dedicated account manager to organise all aspects of your training.
Relevant training for your staff can be tailored to company requests.
Choice and convenience of training delivery options to suit your staff.

Whats The Best Way For My Staff To Learn?

Dependent on staff availability, location, budget and your company needs, choose from the options:

Online - Our interactive and multimedia rich courses for staff to fit in around their commitments

Classroom - Expert tutor-led delivery, hosted in a professional training environment across 6-sites within the UK. Alternatively classroom training can be delivered on-site at your premises for multiple learners.

Virtual - The Virtual Learning Academy is the most modern approach to delivering live-online training without the need to travel

Workplace Training

Helping You To Train Your Staff

Independent and practical consultancy support provided by our Chartered Health and Safety, and Environmental practitioners.

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