IOSH Directing Safely
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This IOSH Directing Safely training course is held in Chatham, Kent in the South East near London. Please select the Course Dates Tab above to see current course dates, or select a category link above to see more course and location options. IOSH Directing Safely


Module 1 – Aims and objectives
• Overview and introduction to the programme
• Assessment details
• IOSH certification

Module 2 – Health and safety management – good business sense

• The moral, legal and economic reasons for promoting health and safety in the workplace
• The role of directors in health and safety management
• The basic principles contained in the ‘Revitalising health and safety’ strategy statement
• The Turnbull Report and corporate governance

Module 3 – Health and safety – getting it wrong!

• The meaning of the term ‘accident’
• Immediate and root causes of accidents
• The costs of accidents: direct, indirect, insured and uninsured
• The powers of health and safety inspectors
• The charges of manslaughter and corporate manslaughter
• The roles of Magistrates’ courts and Crown court

Module 4 – Health and safety – getting it right!

• The difference between civil and criminal law
• What is meant by the terms ‘negligence’, ‘contributory negligence’ and ‘vicarious liability’
• What is meant by the terms ‘absolute duty’, ‘so far as is practicable’ and ‘so far as is reasonably practicable’
• The difference between Acts, Regulations, Approved Codes of Practice and Guidance notes
• The principles of safety management systems

Module 5 – Planning for success

• The process of continual improvement with regard to health and safety
• Hazard and risk
• The process of risk assessment and the function of risk control systems
• Understanding the principles governing workplace precautions

Module 6 – People – your most valuable asset

• Factors affecting human behaviour
• The reasons for human error
• The need for careful selection of staff
• The need for good health and safety training
• The role of consultation and communication
• Occupational health issues

Module 7 – How well are you performing?

• The meaning of and recognising improvements in performance
• Relating performance standards to legal requirements
• The drawbacks of accident statistics
• Other sources of statistical information relating to accidents
• What is meant by active and reactive monitoring?

Module 8 – Improving performance

• The key areas for improving performance and identifying key objectives
• The need for an action plan
• The benefits of setting target dates
• Appreciating the need for allocating responsibility
• Performance indicators
• The process of change

Relevant legislation should be discussed within the context of each module.
Note: listings in all modules are not necessarily fully comprehensive. Authors may add any subjects that they think may be relevant to the specific sector.


An IOSH ‘Directing safely for small and medium sized enterprises’ certificate is awarded to all those who attend the course and successfully complete both the written and practical assessments.

Understanding of the course material is evaluated by means of a 15-minute written assessment paper consisting of 10 multi-choice questions and a project designed to test the delegate’s knowledge of acceptable records/documentary evidence required to support an organisation’s defence in litigation

Completion of this course does not certify competence or confer exemption from professional examinations that lead to Corporate membership of IOSH.

The price shown for this course is inclusive of the £20 IOSH certification fee.
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