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IOSH Managing Safely

IOSH Managing Safely gives managers and supervisors the knowledge and skills they need to manage health and safety within their teams.

Study IOSH Managing Safely

IOSH Managing Safely will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage health and safety within your team. Upon successful completion of the course and assessment, you will be awarded a Managing Safely certificate from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), one of the world’s largest health and safety membership organisation. This certificate offers a distinct advantage to anyone holding or seeking a managerial or supervisory position.

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Who is this course for

Anyone in a management or supervisory role, or beginning their career in health and safety.

Course syllabus

IOSH Managing Safely will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage health and safety within your team.

Learning modules

Module one: Introducing managing safely
  • The three key moral, legal and financial reasons for managing safely
  • Manager responsibility and accountability for safety and health in the workplace


Module two: Assessing risks
  • Definitions of the terms ‘hazard’, ‘hazardous event’ and ‘risk’
  • Definition of the term ‘risk assessment’
  • Definition of the terms ‘likelihood’ and ‘consequence’
  • Risk assessment process and risk rating systems
  • The benefits of carrying out risk assessment


Module three: Controlling risks
  • Definition of the term ‘reasonably practicable’
  • How to evaluate risk using a risk matrix and how to control those risks
  • How to reduce risk by applying the ‘hierarchy of risk control’
  • How implementing risk controls can impact the likelihood of an incident, consequence of an incident or both factors
  • Definition of the term ‘residual risk’
  • Modules two and three should include a practical activity to spot hazards, assess and control risk


Module four: Understanding responsibilities
  • An overview of what the law requires an organisation to do to protect the safety and health of workers and other persons under its control
  • Definition of the term ‘reasonably foreseeable’
  • The three knowledge tests to help determine ‘reasonably foreseeable’ risks: common, industry and expert knowledge
  • The difference between criminal law and civil law in relation to safety and health
  • The possible outcomes of not working within the law
  • Where to find help and guidance for working within the law
  • The key parts, and the elements of each part, of a health and safety management system
  • The key benefits of introducing a health and safety management system
  • Why leadership is an essential part of a health and safety management system


Module five: Understanding hazards
  • The six main hazard categories and how hazards can fall into more than one group
  • Common hazards in the workplace, their effects and symptoms and how to manage them


Module six: Investigating incidents
  • Definition of the terms ‘incident’, ‘accident’ and ‘near miss’
  • Reasons to investigate incidents
  • The benefits of incident investigation
  • Definition of the terms ‘immediate’, ‘underlying’ and ‘root’ causes in relation to incidents
  • The actions to be taken following an incident
  • Incident reporting
  • The stages of a structured approach to incident investigation


Module seven: Measuring performance
  • The three essential principles for good safety and health performance
  • What types of information performance indicators can give to help improve safety and health in the workplace
  • The characteristics of good key performance indicators
  • The differences between ‘proactive’ and ‘reactive’ performance indicators
  • What is meant by ‘auditing’
  • The two types of auditing: internal and external
  • Types of evidence used in an audit

Assessments information

Based on the learning objectives, all learners should be assessed in two ways:

1. Knowledge and comprehension

  • Learners are required to use one of the four standard assessments
  • under examination conditions, which consist of 30 questions in a variety of formats that can be achieved within 45 minutes.
  • Each paper has a maximum of 60 marks


2. Practical application of learning

Learners are required to complete a workplace risk assessment using either the standard IOSH form or their own company form. This is to be completed within two weeks of the end of the course. The project must be marked using the IOSH criteria and has a maximum of 38 marks.


  Knowledge Practical application
Minimum mark required for each section 36/60 23/38
Minimum overall mark required 60

Why study with the British Safety Council

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    We are one of the world’s leading health and safety organisations

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    Our tutors are experts in health and safety and are excellent teachers

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    No 'death by PowerPoint' – learning is student-centred and interactive

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    Study skills and examination technique are embedded throughout

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    Pass rates are consistently above the national average

“There are lots of good reputable training providers but I am more than happy that I chose the British Safety Council for my studies.”
Ian Cunningham, Health and Safety Manager

Learners' support

We aim at making sure all of our delegates attending our training to have the best possible chances to pass with a high score. If you have any questions about our course, please call us +91-22-62745667/68, or email

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