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What Is IOSH?

IOSH or the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health to be precise, is a membership organisation and an authority on promoting best practice in safety within the workplace. Set up in 1945, IOSH is the world’s largest chartered health and safety membership organisation with 100, 000 people looking to become IOSH certified every single year.

IOSH is best known for developing multiple training courses in health and safety which, teaches learners how to identify risks and promotes workplace health and safety.  IOSH conducts relevant research and lobbies the government on key issues, making them one of the most knowledgeable leaders in the industry.

More well-known courses from IOSH include the IOSH Managing Safely and IOSH Working Safely courses, both of which take a strong focus on minimising and managing risk in the workplace. Take a look here for more information on IOSH.

What Is IOSH Managing Safely?

IOSH Managing Safely is recognised as IOSH’s flagship course. A basic risk management health and safety qualification, it is tailored to guide management and supervisory staff through the assessment of, and reaction to hazardous situations.

At a headline level, the course is divided into two units – one taught and one practical and it can be completed either as class-based or online. The duration is 3 days for those opting to attend one of 15 training centres throughout the country and just 16 – 32 hours for those looking to complete an online course.

The assessment is made up of a 45-minute multiple-choice/short answer exam plus a practical, workplace assessment project.

Acquiring a Managing Safely certificate empowers managers in any business to better manage their teams, safeguarding their wellbeing and embedding a safe culture in the workplace.

Courses are open to both individuals and companies looking to get a number of staff certified. If you would like to know more about the IOSH Managing Safely course read more here!

Health & Safety Courses For Management

Any good manager or supervisor will know that their position is about much more than just being ‘in charge’. There is a certain responsibility associated with being a manager, one that extends to the health, safety and wellbeing of their staff. That said, it is recommended that management and supervisory staff have a recognised health and safety certificate such as IOSH Managing Safely so they know how to correctly carry out these essential duties of their role.

As mentioned above, the IOSH Managing Safely course is one aimed specifically at management staff, allowing them to better understand the potential risks in their workplace and how to manage these. The NEBOSH General Certificate on the other hand, covers a much broader range of health and safety issues in more depth and is an excellent qualification to develop a career in safety. Take a look here for more information on health and safety courses for management.

Why Take The IOSH Managing Safely Course?

For those in a position of authority the more key question is, why take an IOSH Managing Safely course? Indeed, the benefits are plentiful – ranging from a heightened awareness on how to improve health and safety measures generally to greater leadership traits.

Minimising the threat of accidents and illness will of course reap its own rewards as attendance records improve and workplace injury is reduced. A complete workforce is undoubtedly a more productive one, regardless of size or sector.

As managers put into practice what they learn on IOSH Managing Safely, it will energise staff, and motivate employees to take both personal and collective responsibility.

Crucially, IOSH Managing Safely is internationally recognised. Employees that successfully complete this IOSH certificate demonstrate a company’s commitment to keeping its workforce safe and thus differentiates them from many competitors. Having IOSH Managing Safely certified staff contributes to companies fulfilling their legal responsibilities.

Want to know if you or your staff should get IOSH Managing Safely certified? Take a look at this handy blog!

Ways To Take An IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is nothing if not practical. Indeed, the syllabus is one that can be learned online or in a classroom environment with fellow students. Differing approaches certainly suit those with limited availability and/or a preference for independent learning.

Anyone seeking to gain accreditation from the comfort of their own home and computer (online learning) need to dedicate between 16 - 32 hours for all important study time, this in addition to a further 3 hours for the assessment itself. Remember the assessment is broken up into both a test and practical assignment.

Once registered, learners can access a Learning Management Systems (LMS), and they have six months to complete the content. Material is both engaging and varied – encompassing animation, audio and video to deliver the content.

Those looking to qualify a number of staff can also take the option of Online Plus. A type of learning that allows a number of staff to take the course in a more structured and supported format.

Classroom learning is also available: group teaching is provided in 15 classroom locations across the UK, with all relevant topics covered in 3 days. The tutor uses a wide range of lively activities in groups including case studies, problem solving, discussions to consolidate the learning.  The classroom experience concludes with a short, multiple choice test, while your workplace assessment must be arranged within the subsequent fortnight.

For more information on the ways in which to undertake IOSH Managing Safely, as well as details on our own Online Plus offering take a look here.

Online Learning For The IOSH Managing Safely

The IOSH Managing Safety course can be taken online for both individual learners and businesses looking to train several members of staff. There are a number of reasons you may decide to choose an online learning option, including:

  • Greater flexibility - you can take the course in your own time at your own pace. This is also particularly useful for businesses who can't afford to have multiple members of staff out of the office for several days.
  • Save money - typically the online course is slightly cheaper than the classroom course meaning you will get more for you money! Many providers like Astutis, are also able to offer business discounts for online learning for businesses looking to train several staff.
  • Great support - Just because you have chosen an online learning options doesn't mean you won't have access to people who can help. The online IOSH Managing Safely course will provide you with a remote tutor as well as lots of multimedia content and activities to help you pass the course!

The online course is delivered via a learning management system that can be access from a computer, tablet or even your mobile phone so you really can study anywhere!

Take a look here for more information on the online IOSH Managing Safely course!

How Much Does IOSH Managing Safely Cost?

Investing in health and safety – both figuratively and literally – is well worth the expenditure. That said, finance departments appreciate hard numbers when reserving budgets for the likes of IOSH accreditations.

Visibility on course prices is complicated by the fact that costs vary according to the provider in question. Here at Astutis our online tools and assessment amount to £350 + VAT per person for individuals with discounts offered to businesses looking to qualify a number of staff.

If the classroom experience is more to your liking an outlay of between £400 and £800 is likely; an exact sum is determined by location, time frame and service provider. As highlighted above, this option typically spans three days – necessitating time out of the business for one or more employees. Understandably perhaps, many businesses baulk at such a prospect and instead prefer to train their staff online.

For more details on pricing for the IOSH Managing Safely course, click here.

What To Look For In An IOSH Managing Safely Provider?

Choosing a course provider can be a challenge when you aren’t sure what to expect and can be a big responsibility if you are looking to qualify a number of staff within your company. There are however, several things that make a good IOSH course provider, which you should look out for including:

  • A choice of learning options: always look for a course provider that is able to facilitate your needs and requirements. Often, course providers will give you the option of both online and classroom-based training but make sure you check this before committing to a particular provider.
  • Options for multiple staff: quite often, you will have a number of staff who need to be qualified and any good provider will support you with this. Providers that offer discounts for several people on a course or flexible learning options to suit team members are usually your best option.
  • Quality learning experience: This is arguably the most important quality in a good IOSH course provider. Without a good quality learning experience, it is going to be difficult to pass the course. To ensure your chosen provider offers good value for money and a positive learning experience, ask to see testimonials and case studies. Any good course provider will also supply trials of online courses and samples of course materials to help make up your mind.

If you would like more information on what to look for in an IOSH course provider, take a look at this blog.

How Hard Is IOSH Managing Safely?

Exams are a daunting prospect, no matter how attuned you think you are to the test environment. In the case of the IOSH Managing Safely certificate however, be reassured. Providing enough revision is undertaken, there is no reason why attendees cannot pass with flying colours. In fact pass rates of over 90% prove this.

A level 2 course, Managing Safely is available to all-comers with no required prerequisites. Its content is tailored towards those in management or supervisory roles but rest assured, anybody can gain this particular certification.

The assessment itself is made up of 2 parts: firstly a 45-minute test. The test is made up of 30 multiple choice questions and  a score of 36 and above marks out of 60, is a pass.

Secondly, within two weeks of completing the exam, a practical risk assessment project must also be delivered. To pass the IOSH Managing Safely project, you must achieve 23 marks or above – out of 38.

In truth the pass marks for the 2 assessments of IOSH Managing Safely are relatively low. Encouragingly, thousands achieve more than 90% when seeking accreditation- proof that IOSH Managing Safely is more than attainable. See more on this here!

Does IOSH Managing Safely Expire?

The simple answer to this question is no so your IOSH Managing Safely certificate remains valid. That said, IOSH strongly recommends participating in a refresher course every three years or so. Why? Because health and safety evolves, and so should your knowledge and understanding of it. You can see more on this here.

Changes in legislation are as frequent as news bulletins and it is important to gauge how new laws and updated management systems and new ways of working in safety impacts your business.

As with the original course, a refresher session can be undertaken either online or within a classroom. Around six hours are required for both as you re-familiarise yourself with modules and take on board new material.

As a forward-thinking institution, IOSH continually updates their syllabus to reflect the aforementioned changes in law and practice.

How To Do The IOSH Managing Safely Project?

Those hoping to gain an IOSH Managing Safely certificate are tasked with completing two assessments, the second of which comes in the form of a practical workplace assessment also referred to as the IOSH Managing Safely Project.

The IOSH Managing Safely Project element of the test is typically completed in the manager’s own workplace. Although great care and attention is required in doing the project correctly, the assessment itself should take no more than two hours to finalise and submit. The task is simplified somewhat given students complete a pre-prepared form.

Next candidates must state the four hazards they consider as adequately controlled at the time of the assessment. Clear descriptions are necessary, as you provide context to ‘working at great height’ for instance. Also required is an explanation of who, potentially at least, stands in harm’s way and, crucially, why that might be the case.

Looking ahead, before providing your own risk rating you must highlight any existing measures in place to prevent catastrophe – or something approaching it. The scoring system itself is divided into a Likelihood rating (from 1-5) and a Consequence equivalent (again from 1-5). A final number is reached when multiplying L by C.

Students must also propose additional controls to further reduce the risks associated with their chosen scenario. After such time a second risk rating can be provided – this one is referred to as Residual.  

Simple enough, right? If you want to know more about the practical element of IOSH Safely click here.

Register For Your Free IOSH Managing Safely Info Pack

IOSH Managing Safely is the ideal course for anyone in a line management or supervisory position looking to learn about their health and safety responsibilities. Many companies around the world view IOSH Managing Safely as a minimum requirement in health and safety management. 

The info pack will give you everything you need to know about the IOSH Managing Safely course including:

  • How much the course costs.
  • How the course can be taken by individuals and groups of staff.
  • How long the course will take you to complete.
  • What the course covers.  

Fill out the form to get your free IOSH Managing Safely Info Pack!

The tutor made a course I was dreading really enjoyable and his use of real examples worked really well." 

Event Manager The Jockey Club, IOSH Managing Safely at Warrington

"Very good training. It will definitely make a difference for me in the workplace." 

Safety Manager True Speed