IOSH course - which option is right for me?
Introducing IOSH courses
The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the world’s largest occupational health and safety organisation. Founded in 1945, with over 44, 000 remembers all over the world, IOSH offer a range of courses dealing with health and safety in the workplace.
Courses can broadly be spilt into two categories. The first option is the more general IOSH course
. These are courses which deal with general occupational health and safety issues relevant to persons at different levels of responsibility. These courses include IOSH Working Safely, IOSH Managing Safely and IOSH Directing Safely.
The second option is the more specialised IOSH course
. Specialised IOSH courses are designed to address some of the more specific issues within certain industries such as construction or particular issues within health and safety such as environmental management.
With such a wide range of courses on offer, make sure you pick the one most suitable for your position and career development. The information below is designed to assist you in this choice.
Do occupational health and safety issues impact your work?
Well, this really is a trick question as all job roles are impacted by occupational health and safety! At the most basic level, the IOSH Working Safely course is a one day introduction to the basics of health and safety in the workplace. Designed for those candidates who do not hold a position of responsibility over others, the aim of this IOSH course
is to prepare candidates to be able to respond to health and safety issues in an effective manner and to work with managers to improve health and safety within their organisation.
Are you a manager in a non specialised work place?
Of course, managers have additional responsibilities in terms of health and safety and they need to safeguard their teams’ well being. The suggested IOSH course
in this case would be the four day IOSH Managing Safely. The aim of this IOSH course is to develop the skill of risk assessing and learn health and safety procedure in order to reduce accidents and promote a healthy safety culture in the workplace.
Are you a manager in a more specialised work place?
Are you are working a particularly specialised place of work such as construction? If so then you may benefit from one of the more focused IOSH courses such as IOSH Managing Client / Contractor Relationship (CDM) or IOSH Managing Environmental Responsibilities. These courses usually provide an in depth coverage of the legislation and responsibilities relevant to that field, in addition to key areas of risk and how to deal with them effectively.
Are you a senior manager or director?
IOSH also provide courses suitable for those candidates that hold a position of responsibility above the managerial level. While usually only one day in length, these IOSH Directing Safely courses are designed to integrate the directors' role into the whole system of health and safety in your company. Therefore as well as covering key legislation that directors need to be aware of, this IOSH course
also guides directors on how to work closing with their managers to promote a healthy safety culture.