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IOSH Working Safely Syllabus

IOSH Working Safely SyllabusIOSH Working Safely is a basic risk management health and safety certificate, which will provide you with the knowledge of your responsibilities for health and safety in the workplace. The course consists of 5 parts assessed by a multiple choice test and hazard spotting exercise. 

Overall learning outcomes

At the end of the training, you will:

  • Understand your health and safety responsibilities and why it is important to work safely.
  • Understand the difference between hazards and risks.
  • Be able to identify common workplace hazards.
  • Appreciate and improve upon safety performance within the workplace.
  • Hold a CSCS recognised health & safety certification.

Full Course Syllabus

Part 1: Introducing working safely

  • What is meant by “Health and Safety”
  • Accident theory
  • The moral, legal and financial reasons to work safely

Part 2: Defining hazard and risk

  • The 5-step Risk Assessment Process

Part 3: Identifying common hazards

  • How to identify, prevent and control a range of workplace hazards

Part 4: Improving safety performance

  • Health and Safety Management System: ¬Plan - Do - Check - Act
  • The health and safety responsibilities of: individuals, safety representatives, contractors and enforcement officers
  • Systems and Procedures including: emergency procedures, Safe Systems of Work, PPE, Permit-to-Work, safety signs, first aid arrangements and accident reporting

Part 5: Environmental Awareness

  • Business sustainability 
  • Air, water and land pollution
  • Pollution: air, water and land
  • Pollution and waste prevention and control

Course Assessment

The course is assessed by a knowledge and comprehension exam consisting of 6 questions and an application of learning hazard-spotting exercise.