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IOSH Managing Safely Syllabus

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IOSH logo IOSH Managing Safely is a leading health and safety awareness certificate for Managers, Supervisors and Team Leaders. 

It helps learners understand their health and safety responsibilities and recognise how they can influence, control and monitor risk to improve health and safety in their workplace. 

The course is consists of 7 modules and is assessed with a short test and risk assessment project. 

IOSH Managing Safely learning outcomes

IOSH Managing Safely has 8 learning outcomes. By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the key reasons to manage safety and health in the workplace.
  2. Define the key terms relating to safety and health.
  3. Identify how the law can have an impact on safety and health in the workplace.
  4. Describe how to assess, reduce and control risk in the workplace.
  5. Identify workplace hazards and risks, their impact and how to manage them.
  6. Identify how to evaluate and respond to an incident.
  7. List the benefits and characteristics of an effective health and safety management system.
  8. Describe the principles that underpin good safety and health performance.

IOSH Managing Safely course syllabus

Module 1: Introducing Managing Safely

  • The three key moral, legal and financial reasons for managing safely
  • Manager responsibility and accountability for safety and health in the workplace

Module 2: Assessing Risk

  • Definitions of the terms ‘hazard’, ‘hazardous event’ and ‘risk’
  • Definition of the term ‘risk assessment’
  • Definition of the terms ‘likelihood’ and ‘consequence’
  • Risk assessment process and risk rating systems
  • The benefits of carrying out risk assessment

Module 3: Controlling Risk

  • Definition of the term ‘reasonably practicable’
  • How to evaluate risk using a risk matrix and how to control those risks
  • How to reduce risk by applying the ‘hierarchy of risk control’
  • How implementing risk controls can impact the likelihood of an incident, consequence of an incident or both factors
  • Definition of the term ‘residual risk’

Module 4: Understanding Managers Responsibilities

  • An overview of what the law requires an organisation to do to protect the safety and health of workers and other persons under its control
  • Definition of the term ‘reasonably foreseeable’
  • The three knowledge tests to help determine ‘reasonably foreseeable’ risks: common, industry and expert knowledge
  • The difference between criminal law and civil law in relation to safety and health
  • The possible outcomes of not working within the law
  • Where to find help and guidance for working within the law
  • The key parts, and the elements of each part, of a health and safety management system
  • The key benefits of introducing a health and safety management system
  • Why leadership is an essential part of a health and safety management system

Module 5: Understanding Hazards

  • The six main hazard categories and how hazards can fall into more than one group:
  • Common hazards in the workplace, their effects, and how to manage them:  Hazards covered are:
    • aggression and violence
    • asbestos
    • bullying
    • chemicals
    • computer workstations
    • confined spaces
    • drugs and alcohol
    • electricity
    • fire
    • getting in and out
    • heights
    • housekeeping
    • lighting
    • manual handling
    • noise
    • plant and machinery
    • radiation
    • slips and trips
    • stress
    • temperature
    • vehicles and transport
    • vibration
    • any other relevant hazards

Module 6: Investigating Accidents

  • Definition of the terms ‘incident’, ‘accident’ and ‘near miss’
  • Reasons to investigate incidents
  • The benefits of incident investigation
  • Definition of the terms ‘immediate’, ‘underlying’ and ‘root’ causes in relation to incidents
  • The actions to be taken following an incident
  • Incident reporting
  • The stages of a structured approach to incident investigation

Module 7: Measuring Performance

  • The three essential principles for good safety and health performance
  • What types of information performance indicators can give to help improve safety and health in the workplace
  • The characteristics of good key performance indicators
  • The differences between ‘proactive’ and ‘reactive’ performance indicators
  • What is meant by ‘auditing’
  • The two types of auditing: internal and external
  • Types of evidence used in an audit

IOSH Managing Safely course assessment

Learners must pass two course assessments:

  • An online knowledge and comprehension test taken at the end of the course. Learners will have 45 minutes to answer 30 questions in a variety of formats, including multiple choice, true/false and open questions.
  • A practical application of learning submitted within 2 weeks of finishing the course. Learners must carry out a risk assessment to identify hazards within their workplace and describe the actions needed to control them. 

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