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A Guide to IOSH Training

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For over 20 years, MRS Training & Rescue has routinely delivered IOSH Working Safely and Managing Safely, alongside other Health & Safety courses, throughout the UK to a wide range of sectors. The instructors who will be delivering IOSH courses are highly qualified trainers who have a wealth of practical and teaching experience.

What does IOSH stand for?

IOSH stands for The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. It is the Chartered body and leading membership organisation for safety and health professionals.

What are the benefits of IOSH training?

For a tutor to be able to deliver IOSH courses they must demonstrate a number of years’ experience in safety management, maintain an up-to-date CPD record and hold at least Technician level membership with IOSH which helps to ensure they remain current with changes to legislation and legal case precedence. This ensures that candidates receive not just the information within the course itself, but also hands-on, common-sense experience in applying legislation and managing safety issues in the workplace.

What will I learn on an IOSH training course? 

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IOSH Managing Safely

The IOSH Managing Safely course is aimed at employees who have some form of supervisory or management duties whereby they are responsible for a work area, process or site where other employees, contractors, visitors, members of the public and even trespassers can be affected by the actions of the company.

It takes a predominantly pro-active approach to dealing with safety issues before harm or loss occurs, but also considers the re-active side of safety management and how we can learn from incidents and implement additional precautions to prevent further losses.

During the course, candidates learn the different stages of risk assessment, but more importantly the methodology behind why we use a structured approach and breaks down each individual step to learn the rationale used to arrive at suitable decisions. They will be asked to produce a very simple risk assessment as part of the course with the purpose of demonstrating that they understand the process fully. The different stages of assessment are broken down fully throughout the 3 days over a number of modules.

Health and safety legislation is discussed extensively throughout the 3 days, covering the Health and Safety at Work Act itself, as well as many regulations under that act. However, the importance is placed on not actually retaining and remembering specific legislation, but rather understanding that the legislation exists, where to find information on safety issues when needed, as well as help with interpreting legislation through approved codes of practice, guidance notes and industry guidance. This gives candidates the tools required to deal with safety issues confidently and autonomously in their own workplace.

There is an end-of-course assessment made up of 30 multi-choice questions. There’s also a work-based risk assessment task to be completed within two weeks of the end of the course. Successful delegates are awarded an IOSH Managing Safely certificate.

IOSH Working Safely

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The IOSH Working Safely course covers 4 modules:

  • Module 1 - Brief introduction to working safely

Introduces reasons to work safely, as well as explaining employer and employee duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

  • Module 2 - Defining hazard and risk

Defines the terms used in risk assessment and the process used to perform formal and dynamic assessment.

  • Module 3 - Identifying common hazards

Covers 22 common workplace hazards and how to deal with them as a worker. This includes COSHH as well as everything from slips and trips to confined spaces and working at height.

  • Module 4 - Improving safety performance

Describes the function and importance of health and safety management systems, Plan, Do, Check and Act, and explains the importance of monitoring safety in the workplace and how to improve on the findings.

A multiple-choice examination and hazard spotting exercise are completed at the end of the course.

How long does it take to get IOSH certification? 

The IOSH Working Safely Course takes 1 day to complete. The IOSH Managing Safely is a 3-day course – and for both courses the IOSH certificates are posted as soon as we receive them (usually within a month).

How long is IOSH certification valid for?

IOSH Working Safely certificates are valid for 3 years whereas the IOSH Managing Safely certificate is valid for life – if continual professional development is maintained.

IOSH Facts & Figures:

  • IOSH has over 47,000 members made up of Health & Safety professionals, students etc.
  • More than 12,000 are Chartered members
  • There are 41 individual branches of IOSH across the UK and other parts of the world, including the Caribbean, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Ireland, Qatar, Oman, Singapore and UAE
  • IOSH has 18 groups for safety and health specialists in different industry sectors, such as construction and rural industries
  • The trainer directory lists 1443 approved training providers
  • IOSH accredits 15,000 training courses across 74 different countries
  • Some 2,000 IOSH training providers have taught training to 179,000 delegates across the globe
  • IOSH also runs a free helpline which helps more than 4,500 people every year
  • IOSH offers three core training programmes, which can be adapted to suit the needs of different organisations:

At MRS Training & Rescue we offer the 1 day IOSH Working Safely and the 3 day IOSH Managing Safely courses. If you would to like to learn more about these or any of our other courses and services, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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