IOSH Managing Safely

The IOSH Managing Safely course provides a superb grounding to anyone who works in any industry, who wants to learn the basics of health and safety. This market-leading health and safety course is tried, tested and trusted.

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The number one health and safety course for line managers, in any sector, worldwide.

Designed to provide all managers with the confidence and enthusiasm to apply knowledge to the workplace. It is tried, tested and trusted to improve the safety awareness culture in your organisation, see your productivity increase and enhance your reputation within your supply chain by embedding safety and health across the whole organisation.

The IOSH Managing Safely syllabus contains a balance of theory and practical examples over seven areas. Your focus will largely be on investigation and assessment, safety culture, environmental concerns and measurement.

Throughout the course, you’ll learn how to identify different types of hazard and decide how to control them. You’ll use a risk assessment to communicate the likelihood of accidents, list the potential consequences and apply controls.


This IOSH course is designed for designed for managers and supervisors in any sector, and any organisation worldwide. They’ll get up-to-speed on the practical actions they need to take and gain the knowledge and tools to tackle the safety and health issues they’re responsible for.

Importantly, Managing Safely makes a powerful case for safety and health being an integral part of day-to-day management and business.


There are two assessments at the end of the course.

The first is a multiple-choice exam which asks for one-word answers. It’s a closed book exam that takes around 45 minutes.

The second assessment is a practical risk assessment project that you can take away from the course and work on back at your day job. The project must be completed within two weeks of the end of the course.

If you complete and pass both elements of the assessment, you’ll get an IOSH Managing Safely certificate, which is internationally recognised and awards you a level two health and safety qualification.

Business benefits

  • Greater productivity, fewer hours lost to sickness and accidents
  • Improved organisation-wide safety awareness culture and appreciation of safety measures
  • Active staff involvement to improve the workplace
  • Internationally recognised certification for managers and supervisors
  • Enhanced reputation within the supply chain

Learning outcomes

  • Introducing managing safely
  • Assessing risks
  • Controlling risks
  • Understanding responsibilities
  • Understanding hazards
  • Investigating incidents
  • Measuring Performance


1. Introduction to Managing Safely

In the opening module, you look very broadly at what health and safety is.

You’ll review your responsibilities and accountability for keeping the workplace and the people in it, safe.

You’ll learn about health and safety from a moral, legal and financial perspective. At the end of this module, you’ll know why effectively managing health and safety is critical for business success.


2. Assessing risks

The risk assessment module shows you how to:

  • Distinguish between a hazard, hazardous event and a risk
  • Assign a likelihood value between one and five
  • Assign a consequence value between one and five
  • Understand the risk assessment process
  • Use the risk rating system and calculator

At the end of the module, you’ll see the benefits of carrying out a risk assessment and know how to assess and control risks in the workplace.


3. Controlling risks

In the controlling risks module, you’ll be introduced to ‘reasonably practicable’. It refers to your legal obligation, under the Health and Safety Act 1974, to reduce risks in the workplace so that everyone is safe.

But, it’s not at any cost. You’ll learn how to balance the money and time needed to manage the risk to create a reasonable plan of action.


4. Your legal responsibilities

Lawfully, your business is responsible for keeping you and your colleagues safe.In this module, you’ll learn about the Health and Safety Act 1974 and distinguish between criminal and civil health and safety laws.


5. Identifying hazards

The six hazard categories that are the focus of this module:

  • Mechanical
  • Physical
  • Chemical
  • Environmental
  • Biological
  • Organisational

You’ll tackle common hazards and discuss how they affect the workplace and what you can do to manage them.


6. Investigating accidents and incidents

Initially, you’ll learn how to separate incidents, accidents and near misses.

You’ll also be introduced to HSE’s Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences 1995 regulations (RIDDOR) – it tells you who is responsible for reporting serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and near misses. 

You’ll review the structure of incident investigation and the benefits of scrutinising every incident.

This module also covers the use of accident ratios – the rate of incidents and accidents per employee – and ‘accident triangles’, the theory behind accident prevention,

You’ll know how to define the cause of an incident – whether it’s an immediate, underlying or root cause – and how to report it.


7. Measuring performance

In this module, you’ll be introduced to auditing, defining performance indicators, and gathering evidence:

  • What is good health and safety performance?
  • Which metrics will help you to measure and improve the health standards in your workplace?
  • What’s the difference between ‘proactive’ and ‘reactive’ performance indicators?
  • What’s the difference between an internal and external audit?
  • What evidence can you use during an audit?


Who is IOSH?

IOSH stands for the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health and is a respected institution. It is the largest health and safety membership organisation in the world. The organisation is dedicated and committed to creating a world of work which is safe, healthy and sustainable.


How can I study this course?

We recognise that everyone is different, which is why we offer a choice of study routes. We can deliver the course in your workplace, you can visit one of our training centres, you can complete the course online or via a blended approach of online and virtual live classes.


Is IOSH Managing Safely a Level 3 qualification?

No. It does however act as the perfect precursor to undertaking a Level 3 qualification in occupational safety and health.


Are there any entry requirements?

The IOSH Managing Safely is open to everyone. You don’t need any previous health and safety knowledge or experience as you’ll learn everything you need to know on the course. 

The only thing we recommend is that you have is a good understanding of the English language. This is so you can understand the technical concepts covered and confidently discuss these in your assessment and workplace.


How long does IOSH Managing Safely take to complete?

The classroom course is held over 3 days and the online course is around 25 hours of study.


Why take this course?

If you are planning to work in any sector as a supervisor or manager then this course will provide a broad understanding of your responsibilities. The course provides a managerial overview of essential Health and Safety principles. IOSH (the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) is the world’s largest professional Health & Safety Professional Membership Body

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