The IOSH Course Options Explained
IOSH are a chartered body for those professionals engaged in maintaining health and safety in a work environment. They accredit a wide range of courses from IOSH Directing Safely to IOSH Working Safely.
Selecting the correct IOSH course
can be tricky and it is useful to remember that the courses are often focuses around particular positions or job roles.
The courses can be broadly spilt into three levels, the first being courses for those in higher responsibility positions such as Directors or Senior Executives. Here IOSH Directing Safely or IOSH for Senior Executives is the best option. The second level being courses for those in management positions such as IOSH Managing Safely or IOSH Managing Environmental Responsibilities. The third level consists of courses designed for those in positions where health and safety is a consideration, but who are not managing others such as IOSH Working Safely or IOSH Working Safely with Environmental Concerns.
Once you have assessed the correct level of IOSH course
for you, how do you decide on which course to complete?
Let us start with two of the most popular choices for those looking to complete an IOSH course
- IOSH Managing Safely and IOSH Working Safely.
IOSH Managing Safely is usually carried out in a four day course format which goes into detail on the following subjects: assessment and control of risk, responsibility of the manager, environmental protection, hazard identification and avoidance, and how to investigate incidents. The course include and assessment by a multiple choice test consisting of 25 questions. On achievement of a pass an IOSH certificate is awarded.
The IOSH Working Safely is a shorter, one day course that covers similar topics as the IOSH Managing Safely, but from the perspective of a worker rather than a manager. Specifically the course addresses areas such as: reporting accidents, fire and electrical safety, safe working conditions, hazards, risk assessment and working safely with machines and equipment. Candidates are assessed by both practical and written tests and receive a choice of either an IOSH Working Safely Passport or certificate once they have successfully completed the course.
If you are looking for an IOSH course
that is focused around the Construction Design Management Regulations, you may wish to select the IOSH Managing Client / Contractor Relationship (CDM). This is a three day course focused around how to apply the CDM regulations and how legal responsibilities are divided between duty holders.
If your role is more concerned with ensuring that legislation protecting the environment is met, then you could consider (dependent on your role), either the IOSH Managing Environmental Responsibilities or a IOSH Working with Environmental Responsibilities course. These are designed to ensure candidates are aware of how to practically identify and minimise risks to an impacts on the environment.
If you are considering an IOSH course
, it may be helpful to note that they are delivered on both and in-house and open course basis. This means that individual candidates can attend courses run locally at training providers’ venues. It also means that if there is a larger group of candidates from a company or other organisation a training provider can come and deliver the course at their site.