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IOSH Managing Safely

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Managing Safely is for managers and supervisors in any sector, and anyIOSH organisation. It is a programme to provide an understanding of how to deal with safety and health issues in the workplace and give an awareness of everyone’s responsibilities. It is designed to provide managers and supervisors with the knowledge and skills to integrate effective health and safety management and loss control practices into their leadership role. 

Who Should Attend? 

  • Managers and anyone with management and leadership responsibility for staff.
  • Those who need a clear understanding of the key elements of effective health and safety management and associated legislation.
  • Those who wish to obtain a nationally-recognised management qualification in occupational health and safety.

Course Objectives

On successful completion of the course, delegates should be able to:

  • Appreciate why it’s important to manage safely.
  • Describe their health and safety responsibilities as a manager.
  • Define what is meant by ‘risk’.
  • Appreciate the role of risk assessment in managing safely.
  • Describe the risk assessment process.
  • Identify appropriate risk control methods.
  • Outline the legal system as it applies to health and safety.
  • Appreciate the role and importance of a health and safety management system.
  • Recognise common hazards and identify ways to manage them.
  • Appreciate how accidents and incidents happen.
  • Recognise the value of accident and incident investigation.
  • Describe how to carry out an accident investigation.
  • Appreciate the importance of performance measurement.
  • Identify ways to measure health and safety performance.
  • Appreciate the role of auditing.
  • Recognise the impact of industry on the environment.
  • Describe how pollution and waste can be controlled.
  • Outline the main elements of an environmental management system.

Course Content

Module 1 - Managing Safely

  • An introduction to the concepts of effective Safety Management Systems, including the role of risk assessment and loss control.

Module 2 - Health and Safety Responsibilities

  • The key U.K. and E.C. legislation requirements relating to health, safety and welfare including Statute and Common Law, Criminal and Civil Law, Court system, Employment Tribunals, enforcement, individual and corporate responsibilities.

Module 3 - Risk Assessment and Risk Control

  • Types of Hazards and the general principles of risk assessment and risk control within the Safety Management System.

 Module 4 - Common Hazards

  • Common hazards likely to be encountered in the workplace and the accident prevention (risk control) measures required. Hazards covered are: Fire, Electricity, Work Equipment, Movement of People, Vehicles, Poor Housekeeping, Manual Handling, Display Screen Equipment, Noise and Hand Arm Vibration (HAVs), and Chemicals and Substances

 Module 5 - Specific Hazards

  • Specific hazards including Work related Stress, Violence at Work, New and Expectant Mothers, Office Safety, Lone Working, CDM Regulations, Control of Contractors, Biological Hazards, Radiation, Asbestos, Work at Heights, methods of control and associated legislation.

Module 6 - Accident Investigation

  • The outlines of major causes of accidents and incidents in the workplace, including multi-causation theories and the types of accident classification. It also covers accident investigation, reporting and analysis of data and the requirements of Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).

 Module 7 - Active and Reactive Monitoring

  • To identify the general principles, methods and benefits of active and reactive monitoring and the benefits of measuring performance, types of records, methods adopted when monitoring, communicating the findings to improve the safety performance of an organisation.

Module 8 - Health and Safety Management Systems

  • Enabling course members to carry out workplace inspections, conduct a management review of their safety management system and prepare for a safety and health audit, the role of a Safety Representative and a Safety Committee.

 Module 9 - Environmental Management

  • Introducing the key concepts in environmental management, including defining the environment, defining (with examples) air, land and water pollution and how business can act to reduce these effects, and finally the basic elements of a successful Environmental Management System (EMS).

Course Assessment 

This course will be assessed by delegates undertaking an IOSH examination.

To register or for more information contact our Training Team at or call 0141 227 2300.