The Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) currently accredit a range of courses. These courses are concerned with both general and specialised areas of health and safety including: construction, CDM and environmental management. There are also different levels of IOSH Course available, matching the level of responsibility employees have within a company. These include working safely, managing safely and directing safely.
A good initial starting place for those considering an IOSH Course is the working safely option. It is a general occupational health and safety course, with no prerequisites. The working safely course, covers five modules of safe practices including: hazards, risk, awareness, improving safety and the environment. It is assessed by a short 10 question, a multiple choice test and a hazard perception exercise.
In addition to the generalised working safely course, IOSH also offer a specialised environmental version. The IOSH Working with Environmental Responsibilities course differs significantly from the general working safely course as it focuses on environmental legislation, the impact of business on the environment and how to implement, evaluate and control an environmental management system.
Managers and those in a senior position of responsibility wishing to complete an IOSH Course, can choose from the IOSH Managing Safely, Directing Safely or IOSH Safety for Senior Executives. The IOSH Managing safely course usually lasts for four days. It covers: manager’s responsibilities, assessing and controlling risk, identifying potential hazards, how to correctly investigate accidents, how to assess health and safety performance and protecting the environment. It is usually assessed by a multiple choice question paper.
In addition to the general IOSH Managing Safely course, there are a number of managerial level courses designed for more specialised fields. These include IOSH Managing Safely for Construction, IOSH Managing Safely for Construction Design Management, IOSH Managing Environmental Responsibilities and IOSH Managing Safely for Facilities Management. All these course run over four days, except for the CDM course which runs for 3 days.
A key advantage of taking either a working level or managerial level IOSH Course is that once you have achieved the full qualification, you can maintain this, by completing a refresher course. Not having to sit the full course again will allow you to keep your qualification current whilst saving you time and money. However you must complete the refresher within three years of completing the full course to qualify.
The Directing Safely is a single day IOSH Course, designed for those in a senior role. It covers legislation, management of health and safety, causes of accidents, legal requirements and associate penalties, and the finical aspects of occupational health and safety. The IOSH Safety for Senior Executives course is also a single day course, similar in content to the directing safely course. If in doubt as which one will suit you better, contact on online service provider, who can gather information from a number of trainers so you can make an informed decision.
A recent development in the delivery of IOSH Course, means that some are now available in an e-learning format, as well the traditional face to face method. When making this decision, carefully consider which way would suit your learning style best