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IOSH Managing Safely

IOSH Managing Safely

Know your health and safety responsibilities

IOSH Managing Safely is a basic risk management health and safety certificate which will offer managers an understanding of the practical actions needed for the health and safety of their teams.

It enables organisations to demonstrate a commitment to health and safety standards which is important for the reputation of any organisation.

IOSH Managing Safely Course Key Facts
Learning MethodsOnline, Virtual, Classroom and In-company
Modules8 Modules on the practical basics of health & safety
AssessmentsShort multiple choice test and practical risk assessment
DurationDependent on learning method

What is IOSH Managing Safely?

IOSH Managing Safely is the Institute of Occupational Safety and Healthy (IOSH's) flagship course. It's a basic health and safety qualification that guides management and supervisory staff through the assessment and reaction to hazardous situations.

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

IOSH Managing Safely is a popular health and safety certificate worldwide and reinforces why health and safety is such an integral part of a management position.

Who is IOSH Managing Safely for? 

The IOSH managing safely training course  is a short, entry-level course. It's perfect for general managers, supervisors and team leaders who need to brush up on their health and safety responsibilities so they can make sure their team is working as safely as possible. 

The course is open to both individuals learners who want to develop their skills, and companies looking to get a group of staff certified. Learn why you or your staff should get IOSH Managing Safely certified by visiting our blog!

IOSH Managing Safely course entry requirements

The IOSH managing safely training course is open to everyone. You don't need any previous health and safety knowledge or experience as you'll learn everything you need to know on the course. 

The only thing we recommend is that you have is a good understanding of the English language. This is so you can understand the technical concepts covered and confidently discuss these in your assessment and workplace.

What's covered in IOSH Managing Safely? 

At a headline level, this health & safety training course is divided into two units – one taught and one practical. 

The taught unit focuses on the essential principles of managing health and safety on a day-to-day basis. It's split into 7 modules covering:

  • Introducing managing safely
  • Understanding your responsibilities
  • Identifying hazards
  • Assessing risks
  • Controlling risks
  • Investigating accidents and incidents
  • Measuring performance

The practical unit allows you to put your new skills into practice by undertaking a basic workplace risk assessment. 

Read the full IOSH Managing Safely syllabus here.

How is IOSH Managing Safely assessed?

The IOSH Managing Safely course has two assessments to test your knowledge and skills:

  • A 45-minute knowledge-based test made up of 30 multiple-choice questions
  • A skill-based, practical risk assessment carried out in your workplace

Does the IOSH Managing Safely certificate expire?

The simple answer to this question is no. Once you've achieved your IOSH Managing Safely certificate it 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. 

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

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. Read more about the Practical Risk Assessment with Astutis's guide here.

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

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 a leading health and safety courses provider as well as an 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 to take the IOSH Managing Safely 

There are many ways to take the IOSH Managing Safely course. The method you choose will depend on your circumstances and how you prefer to learn.

Online eLearning

The IOSH Managing Safely online learning is great due to the flexibility of the course delivery. If you are unable to take time off work and attend a classroom course, the online training method is ideal for you. The only requirements are a stable internet connection and a computer or mobile device. Online tutor support via email or phone is always available. The practical and innovative course material and notes can be downloaded to access on the go.  

Discover our interactive IOSH Managing Safely online course. 

Virtual learning 

The IOSH Managing Safely virtual course, offers an engaging, structured, tutor-led training. During the virtual course, group break-out sessions allow you to interact and engage with fellow health and safety professionals online without the need to travel. You will be supported and guided through your course by an experienced tutor and virtually collaborate with other professionals from anywhere and on any device. 

Find out more about our IOSH Managing Safely virtual learning today.

Classroom learning

The 3-day classroom IOSH Managing Safely course is hosted nationwide at 17 venues across England, Scotland and Wales. If you enjoy a structured, traditional, tutor-led approach to your training and value sharing experiences gained with fellow health and safety individuals then the Astutis’s classroom-based IOSH Managing Safely course is the option for you.

View our traditional IOSH Managing Safely classroom learning course.

(Ex VAT) £350.00


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.

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.

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.

You should receive the results and, provided you have passed, your certificate up to 6 to 8 weeks after the course. 
  • Training and tutor support
  • Examination fees and the IOSH approved certificate
  • Comprehensive course materials
In your workplace, ensure that you put the concepts learned on the course into practice. Sign up to regular e-news, health, safety and environmental bulletins so that you are kept up to date on legislative and topical issues - see the Astutis blog for useful updates. Plan your next course, the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety which is an internationally recognised health and safety certificate.

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