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An Introduction To The IOSH Managing Safely Course

What is IOSH Managing Safely?

IOSH Managing Safely is recognised as IOSH’s flagship course. A basic risk management health and safety qualification, it is tailored to guide management and supervisory staff through the assessment of, and reaction to hazardous situations.

At a headline level, the course is divided into two units – one taught and one practical and it can be completed either as class-based or online. The duration is 3 days for those opting to attend one of 15 training centres throughout the country and just 16 – 32 hours for those looking to complete an online course.

The assessment is made up of a 45-minute multiple-choice/short answer exam plus a practical, workplace assessment project.

Acquiring a Managing Safely certificate empowers managers in any business to better manage their teams, safeguarding their wellbeing and embedding a safe culture in the workplace.

Courses are open to both individuals and companies looking to get a number of staff certified. If you would like to know more about the IOSH Managing Safely course read more here!

Health & safety courses for management

Any good manager or supervisor will know that their position is about much more than just being ‘in charge’. There is a certain responsibility associated with being a manager, one that extends to the health, safety and wellbeing of their staff. That said, it is recommended that management and supervisory staff have a recognised health and safety certificate such as IOSH Managing Safely so they know how to correctly carry out these essential duties of their role.

As mentioned above, the IOSH Managing Safely course is one aimed specifically at management staff, allowing them to better understand the potential risks in their workplace and how to manage these. The NEBOSH General Certificate on the other hand, covers a much broader range of health and safety issues in more depth and is an excellent qualification to develop a career in safety. Take a look here for more information on health and safety courses for management.

Why take the IOSH Managing Safely course?

For those in a position of authority an important question is, why take an IOSH Managing Safely course? Indeed, the benefits are plentiful – ranging from a heightened awareness on how to improve health and safety measures generally to greater leadership traits.

Minimising the threat of accidents and illness will of course reap its own rewards as attendance records improve and workplace injury is reduced. A complete workforce is undoubtedly a more productive one, regardless of size or sector.

As managers put into practice what they learn on IOSH Managing Safely, it will energise staff, and motivate employees to take both personal and collective responsibility.

Crucially, IOSH Managing Safely is internationally recognised. Employees that successfully complete this IOSH certificate demonstrate a company’s commitment to keeping its workforce safe and thus differentiates them from many competitors. Having IOSH Managing Safely certified staff contributes to companies fulfilling their legal responsibilities.

Want to know if you or your staff should get IOSH Managing Safely certified? Take a look at this handy blog!

Ways to take an IOSH Managing Safely course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is a very practical course. Indeed, the syllabus is one that can be learned online or in a classroom environment with fellow students. Differing approaches certainly suit those with limited availability and/or a preference for independent learning.

Anyone seeking to gain accreditation from the comfort of their own home and computer (online learning) need to dedicate between 16 - 32 hours for all important study time, this in addition to a further 3 hours for the assessment itself. Remember the assessment is broken up into both a test and practical assignment.

Once registered, learners can access a Learning Management Systems (LMS), and they have six months to complete the content. Material is both engaging and varied – encompassing animation, audio and video to deliver the content.

Companies looking to train a number of staff can also take the option of Online Plus. A type of learning that allows a number of staff to take the course in a more structured and supported format with an agreed completion date.

Classroom learning is also available: group teaching is provided in 15 classroom locations across the UK, with all relevant topics covered in 3 days. if you have 5 or more staff members in your company, training them at your premises is also another option. In class-based learning, the tutor uses a wide range of lively activities in groups including case studies, problem solving, discussions to consolidate the learning.  The classroom experience concludes with a short, multiple choice test, while your workplace assessment must be arranged within the subsequent fortnight.

For more information on the ways in which to undertake IOSH Managing Safely, as well as details on our own Online Plus offering take a look here.

Online learning for the IOSH Managing Safely

The IOSH Managing Safety course can be taken online for both individual learners and businesses looking to train several members of staff. There are a number of reasons you may decide to choose an online learning option, including:

  • Greater flexibility - you can take the course in your own time at your own pace. This is also particularly useful for businesses who can't afford to have multiple members of staff out of the office for several days.
  • Save money - typically the online course is slightly cheaper than the classroom course meaning you will get more for you money! Many providers like Astutis, are also able to offer business discounts for online learning for businesses looking to train several staff.
  • Great support - Just because you have chosen an online learning options doesn't mean you won't have access to people who can help. The online IOSH Managing Safely course will provide you with a remote tutor as well as lots of multimedia content, activities to help you pass the course and reporting for managers!

The online course is delivered via a learning management system that can be access from a computer, tablet or even your mobile phone so you really can study anywhere!

Take a look here for more information on the online IOSH Managing Safely course!

How much does IOSH Managing Safely cost?

Investing in health and safety – both figuratively and literally – is well worth the expenditure. That said, finance departments appreciate hard numbers when reserving budgets for the likes of IOSH accreditations.

Visibility on course prices is complicated by the fact that costs vary according to the provider in question. Here at Astutis our online tools and assessment amount to £350 + VAT per person for individuals with discounts offered to businesses looking to qualify a number of staff.

If the classroom experience is more to your liking an outlay of between £400 and £800 is likely; an exact sum is determined by location, time frame and service provider. As highlighted above, this option typically spans three days – necessitating time out of the business for one or more employees. Understandably perhaps, many businesses baulk at such a prospect and instead prefer to train their staff online.

For more details on pricing for the IOSH Managing Safely course, click here.

Is there funding available for the IOSH Managing Safely?

Depending on the sector and company your work for and your location and will decide if you are eligible for funding. 

Companies that value the importance of a well trained and knowledgeable workforce will fund an IOSH Managing Safely course. If you need evidence to persuade managers on the corporate benefits of upskilling staff with the practical knowledge and skills this course offers, use the benefits highlighted in this post as part of your business case.  

Those who have been in the armed forces will also often have access to funding through Enhanced Learning Credits which can actually fund up to 80% of the total course! 

If neither of these options apply to you, you can apply for funding with ReAct funding in Wales which provides training grants for people who live in Wales who have recently been made redundant. 

For more information on help to fund your IOSH Managing Safely course take a look here.

What to look for in an IOSH Managing Safely provider?

Choosing a course provider can be a challenge when you aren’t sure what to expect and can be a big responsibility if you are looking to qualify a number of staff within your company. There are however, several things that make a good IOSH course provider, which you should look out for including:

  • A choice of learning options: always look for a course provider that is able to facilitate your needs and requirements. Often, course providers will give you the option of both online and classroom-based training but make sure you check this before committing to a particular provider.
  • Options for multiple staff: quite often, you will have a number of staff who need to be qualified and any good provider will support you with this. Providers that offer discounts for several people on a course or flexible learning options to suit team members are usually your best option.
  • Quality learning experience: This is arguably the most important quality in a good IOSH course provider. Without a good quality learning experience, it is going to be difficult to pass the course. To ensure your chosen provider offers good value for money and a positive learning experience, ask to see testimonials and case studies. Any good course provider will also supply trials of online courses and samples of course materials to help make up your mind.

If you would like more information on what to look for in an IOSH Managing Safely course provider, take a look at this blog.

How hard is IOSH Managing Safely?

Exams are a daunting prospect, no matter how attuned you think you are to the test environment. In the case of the IOSH Managing Safely certificate however, be reassured. Providing enough revision is undertaken, there is no reason why attendees cannot get a good pass. In fact 99% of  Astutis' learners pass IOSH Managing Safely, prove this.

A level 2 course, Managing Safely is available to all-comers with no required prerequisites. Its content is tailored towards those in management or supervisory roles but rest assured, anybody can gain this particular certification.

The assessment itself is made up of 2 parts: firstly a 45-minute test. The test is made up of 30 short answer questions and  a score of 36 and above marks out of 60, is a pass.

Secondly, within two weeks of completing the exam, a practical risk assessment project must also be delivered. To pass the IOSH Managing Safely project, you must achieve 23 marks or above – out of 38.

In truth the pass marks for the 2 assessments of IOSH Managing Safely are relatively low. Encouragingly, thousands achieve more than 90% when seeking accreditation- proof that IOSH Managing Safely is more than attainable. See more on this here!

Studying for the IOSH Managing Safely

Putting in the study time for any course is important and gives you a much better chance of passing the course in question. The IOSH Managing Safely is no different and on average requires 16 - 32 hours of study time which can be done online or in classroom.

Make the most of the course material supplied by your provider and ask your tutor to supply you with things such as past exam questions so you can practice answering questions similar to those that will be in your assessments. Even better, do this under the same time exam conditions you will have during the real assessment!

Does IOSH Managing Safely expire?

The simple answer to this question is no so your IOSH Managing Safely certificate remains valid. That said, IOSH strongly recommends participating in a refresher course every three years or so. Why? Because health and safety evolves, and so should your knowledge and understanding of it. You can see more on this here.

Changes in legislation, ways of working are as frequent as news bulletins and it is important to gauge how new laws and updated management systems impacts your business.

As with the original course, a refresher session can be undertaken either online or within a classroom. Around six hours are required for both as you re-familiarise yourself with modules and take on board new material.

As a forward-thinking institution, IOSH continually updates their syllabus to reflect the aforementioned changes in law and practice.

IOSH Managing Safely course entry requirements

The IOSH Managing safely is open to everyone and does not require any prior qualifications or prerequisites. While the course is aimed at those in managerial and supervisory positions, experience in these fields is not necessarily required to take the course.

The IOSH Managing Safely is a great foundation level course providing those in managerial positions with the knowledge they need to ensure their teams are working as safely as possible. This means applicants require no knowledge of health and safety prior to taking the course.

The only thing we recommend any applicant to have is a good understanding of the English language so they are able to pass the assessment at the end of the course.

How to do the IOSH Managing Safely project and assessment?

Those hoping to gain an IOSH Managing Safely certificate are tasked with completing two assessments, the second of which comes in the form of a practical workplace assessment also referred to as the IOSH Managing Safely Project.

The IOSH Managing Safely Project element of the test is typically completed in the manager’s own workplace. Although great care and attention is required in doing the project correctly, the assessment itself should take no more than two hours to finalise and submit using a standardised IOSH form.

Next candidates must state the four hazards they consider as adequately controlled at the time of the assessment. Clear descriptions are necessary, as you provide context to ‘working at great height’ for instance. Also required is an explanation of who, potentially at least, stands in harm’s way and, crucially, why that might be the case.

Looking ahead, before providing your own risk rating you must highlight any existing measures in place to prevent catastrophe – or something approaching it. The scoring system itself is divided into a Likelihood rating (from 1-5) and a Consequence equivalent (again from 1-5). A final number is reached when multiplying L by C.

Students must also propose additional controls to further reduce the risks associated with their chosen scenario. After such time a second risk rating can be provided – this one is referred to as Residual.  

If you want to know more about this practical element of IOSH Managing Safely click here to check out our guide to completing project assignment.

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