Managing safely (IOSH certificate)

Managing safely (IOSH certificate) – best-practice – overview

This course follows the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s certificated syllabus. It aims
to ensure that safety requirements are appreciated by line managers, and to enable them to review
their own departmental systems for safety, introducing new controls or implementing changes as
appropriate to ensure safety in the workplace.

Full details below or download course outline.

Learning objectives

On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain ‘working safely’
  • Explain the component parts of a recognised safety management system such as HSG65, BS
    8800 or OHSAS 18001
  • Identify the data and techniques required to produce an adequate record of an incident and
    demonstrate the procedure for an accident investigation, recognising the human factors involved
  • Describe statutory requirements for reporting and procedures for checking for non-reporting
  • Describe methods of basic trend and epidemiological analysis for reactive monitoring data
  • Define ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’, and describe the legal requirements for risk assessment
  • Demonstrate a practical understanding of a quantitative risk assessment technique and the data
    required for records
  • Describe workplace precaution hierarchies
  • Prepare and use active monitoring checklists and implement schedules for active monitoring,
    recording results and analysing records
  • Outline the main provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Management
    of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Outline relevant health and safety legislation, codes of practice, guidance notes and information
    sources such as the Health and Safety Executive
Who should attend?

The course is intended primarily for line managers, ie, those required to manage safely and effectively
in compliance with both their organisation’s policy and best practice in health and safety.
Course format

A four-day course involving formal presentations, videos and workshop exercises. An additional one-
day module can be developed to focus on specific client activities or undertakings. The inter-active
nature of the programme requires that it be limited to no more than 16 participants.
Special features – IOSH certification

Understanding of the course material is evaluated by means of a 45-minute written assessment
paper consisting of 20 multi-format questions and a practical assessment. An IOSH Managing Safely
certificate is awarded to all those who attend the course and successfully complete the written and
practical assessments. Note that it is possible to tailor this course to a particular organisation’s
requirements yet still satisfy the requirements of the IOSH syllabus.
Expert trainer

Subash is a Past President and current (2015) vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

A Chartered Fellow of IOSH, Subash has a wealth of experience in risk management, having worked across a range of sectors and disciplines in a truly diverse 25-year career to date.

Having qualified originally as an Occupational Hygienist, Subash started his professional career in local government before moving on to the brewing industry, working for Grand Metropolitan and Courage Brewing as their regional SHE Manager. His next career move led him to Rentokil Initial, where he spent eight years, the last two as a board director within Initial Catering Services.

In 2002, Subash founded a successful risk management and loss control consultancy that provides services to blue chip companies, as well as to a large number of SMEs, around the world.

Subash is an experienced health and safety trainer and public speaker. He contributes regularly to a number of health and safety publications as well as writing the successful ‘common sense guide to…’ series of books published by Routledge. He has been involved in the production of several health and safety documents for trade associations and for the Health and Safety Executive.

Outside the world of work, Subash was a public member of Network Rail (2008-11), is a serving Magistrate and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

An experienced trainer, he has a unique ability to captivate his audiences, as the following comments show:

‘Fantastic trainer who totally engaged and motivated the group.’

‘Subash again performed with knowledge, information and humour.’

‘Very well presented. I think the subject was demonstrated in a manner that meant all attendees were able to absorb and understand all items covered.’

‘I actually quite enjoyed the course!!’

‘A good course, excellent content and very well paced.’

‘Subash was extremely knowledgeable – a H&S encyclopaedia.’

‘A lot more interesting and engaging than expected!’

‘The speaker clearly had a significant breadth and depth of understanding and experience of the subject.

‘Excellent use of case studies and ‘real life’ examples. A real professional.

Managing safely (IOSH certificate) – course outline


Note: Items in italics are in addition to the standard IOSH syllabus.

1 Introduction and overview

  • Course aims and overview
  • Assessment details
  • IOSH certification
  • Introduction to the concept of a safety management system, eg HSG65, either of the systems
    described in BS 8800, or the system described in OHSAS 18001, including the role of risk

2 Reactive monitoring

  • Statutory requirements for reporting
  • Methods of checking for non-reporting
  • Data required for an adequate record of an incident
  • Methods of basic trend and epidemiological analysis of reactive monitoring data
  • The procedure for accident investigations
  • The human factors information required for an adequate investigation
  • Investigation techniques, including interviewing and recording details of the site
  • Techniques of report writing
  • The accident triangle, Hale and Hale model, Domino theory
  • RIDDOR reporting
  • Improving reporting and recording

3 Risk assessment and risk control

  • The legal requirements for risk assessment
  • The meaning of ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’
  • The meaning of ‘reasonably practicable’
  • The data required for an inventory and techniques of inventory preparation
  • Hazard identification techniques
  • The human factors information required for effective hazard identification
  • A basic numerical risk rating technique
  • Types of workplace precaution and workplace precaution hierarchies
  • Criteria to be used in selecting workplace precautions
  • Data required for an adequate record of a risk assessment
  • Risk assessment review procedures


4 Health and safety legislation

  • Source of complete listings of all health and safety legislation
  • The use of Approved and other codes of practice, guidance and other information resources
  • Means of access to sources of advice and guidance, including the HSE
  • The main provisions of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Management of
    Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Civil and criminal law
  • Statute and common law
  • Key legal phrases
  • Enforcement

5 Common hazards

  • The nature of the harms arising from typical hazard sources and the causal mechanisms for
    these harms
  • Fire
  • Electricity
  • Work equipment
  • Movement of people
  • Vehicles
  • Poor housekeeping
  • Manual handling
  • Display screen equipment
  • Noise
  • Chemicals and substances
  • Specific hazard identification and risk assessment techniques as appropriate
  • The most effective workplace precautions for specific risks and how these are implemented
  • Specific monitoring requirements
  • Relevant legislative requirements


6 Active monitoring

  • The purposes and techniques of active monitoring
  • The methods of developing and maintaining checklists and aides-mémoire
  • The methods of developing and maintaining schedules for active monitoring
  • Data required for an adequate record of active monitoring
  • Methods of basic trend and epidemiological analysis of active monitoring data


7 Safety management systems

  • The elements of a safety management system
    • HSG 65 ‘Successful health and safety management’
    • Safety representatives and safety committees
  • The nature, purposes and techniques of management review
    • The requirements for an in-house Health and Safety Policy
    • The role of control in effective safety management
    • Areas of safety management requiring co-operation and arrangements for co-operation
    • The need for, and techniques of, communication on safety matters
    • What is meant by competence in the context of safety?
    • How to identify competence needs
  • • The nature, purposes and techniques of health and safety audit


8 Client-specific issues

  • This module is flexible; it may include specific health and safety topics that are relevant to the