Choosing an IOSH course, which one should I do?
can broadly be split into two main groups: general and specific. While both endorsed by IOSH, the difference between these two groups is that the general courses address occupational health and safety in a broader environment which could include offices, nursing homes and other businesses.
The specific IIOSH courses
, however are designed to address health and safety concerns within more niche or dangerous fields of work such as construction and the environment.
Training providers can also get their own courses approved by IOSH. They have to go through a rigorous accreditation process.
There are a number of general IOSH courses
available. There are divided up between the different levels of jobs role and vary in length from one to four days.
IOSH working Safely is a one day course that covers: how to improve safety, how to identify hazards, what health and safety issues may occur in a place of work and what responsibilities individuals have.
IOSH Managing Safely is a four day course that covers: an overarching management plan, setting health and safety goals for your company and how to achive these, risk assement, monitoring both reactive and active, health and safety auditing, key legislation for managers and common workplace hazards.
IOSH Directing safely is a another single day course. It covers: health and safety strategy and how this intergrates with your companies’ other stragies, responsabilities of both directors and employees, identifying and minimising hazards, rsk assessment, the consequences of poor health and safety management, how people can effect health and safety and communicating with people for good health and safety.
The more specific courses include IOSH Managing Client / Contractor Relationship (CDM) , IOSH Managing Environmental Responsibilities and IOSH Managing safely in construction. The IOSH Managing Client / Contractor relationships covers: the legal issues for managing health and safety in construction, possible legal claims, how to implement CDM, notification process, duty holder roles, writing health and safety plans, controlling risks in construction and health and safety file keeping systems.
The IOSH Managing Environmental Responsabilities course covers: what effect key environmatal issues have, what impact your organisation has on the environment, how to conduct reviews of your company, ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental auditing systems, legislation and ethical repsonsabilites of your company toward sthe environment, specific environmental issues usch as airm water and nois pollution and how to review your environmental performance.
IOSH Managing Safely in Construction covers: accident prevention, legislation for health and safty in construction, risk assement and how to implement changes, systems for managing health and safety, hazards on construction sites such as electricity, confined spaces, COSHH, demolition, accident investigation, auditing and reviews.
Many of the Managing Safely courses are available as refreshers as well as full courses. This means once you have your full qualification, you can keep it up to date by doing a shorter refresher course which covers the key points and any changes in legislation or regulations that may have occurred since you last course. This can save you time, money and effort.