Founded in 1945, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has become the largest health and safety membership body in the world. Currently, it has about 48,000 members in over 130 countries. Based in the UK and awarded a Royal Charter in 2002, it offers professional qualifications designed to raise standards of health and safety at work. A decade ago it developed the Occupational Safety & Health Consultants Register (OSHCR) with other health and safety bodies in the UK to raise awareness and promoting the use of certified health and safety consultants in the workplace. It also offers several other resources including guides, a toolkit and training courses including the IOSH Working Safely course.
The Institution produces many guides, including Safe Start-Up guides, which help small business with health and safety. It also has a free Occupational Health Toolkit to help tackle common occupational health problems such as work-related stress, musculoskeletal problems, non-work related conditions including diabetes and heart disease, and issues around returning to work after an illness. The toolkit brings together information, guidance, case studies and training materials. The Institute has also developed free e-learning modules to help support employees and managers on the safety and health risks during Covid-19.
Twice a year the Institute publishes a peer-reviewed journal and also publishes a magazine every month on safety, health and wellbeing in the workplace. IOSH also funds and produces several research reports.
Around 100,000 people a year earn qualifications from IOSH. The Institute offers a range of courses designed for different aspects of occupational health and safety, each delivered by IOSH licensed trainers who must have suitable qualifications and experience before being approved to run them.
The Institution offers two training courses, Working Safely and Managing Safely, specifically designed to help people in all sectors stay healthy and safe in the workplace.
Working Safely is aimed at all employees in all types of organisations and covers the essentials of health and safety in the workplace. It is completed through a one-day course in a classroom or can usually be completed through three hours of study online. This means there is minimum disruption to working days and shifts.
Managing Safely is a three-day course aimed at managers, team leaders, supervisors, and others who are in any way responsible for the safety of others at work. It gives them the knowledge and skills to manage health and safety within their teams.
IOSH Or NEBOSH?
Both IOSH and NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) provide widely recognised qualifications in health and safety, and either type of certification will enable the holder to use their skills to improve health and safety standards across their company.
The crucial difference between the two types of courses is that IOSH courses are aimed at employees and managers who don’t have specific responsibility for health and safety or are working in a lower-risk industry. The NEBOSH courses are aimed at people who are aiming for a career in health and safety management.
IOSH Working Safely
The IOSH Working Safely course shows how everyone can make a difference to their own and others’ wellbeing through everyday actions. It focuses on why health and safety is important and outlines people’s responsibilities for health and safety, workplace hazards and risks, and how to control them.
The course also considers a range of potentially harmful hazards. These include physical, chemical, mechanical, environmental, biological and organisational hazards. It guides attendees through the risk assessment process and how to use a simple scoring system during assessments. The course also considers how health and safety performance can be improved by looking at systems and processes. It considers a wide range of workplace safety issues including protective equipment, signage, inspections, permits and emergency procedures to show how checking performance across these aspects can help to reduce risk. For more details see our IOSH Working Safely page.
Upon successful completion of the course and assessment, students receive a Working Safely certificate. As well as providing additional credentials to the individual, it may also help satisfy job application or promotion requirements. The course is a proven method to increase productivity and the level of performance of workers. Workers aspiring to enhance their professionalism and companies wanting more highly competent team members have benefited from the additional sets of skills learned from this nationally recognised and respected certified training course.
The Working Safely course is training designed and quality controlled by the Chartered Body for health and safety. An IOSH-trained workforce is beneficial to business and helps to create a strong internal health and safety culture with improved health and safety standards. It also enhances the credibility and reputation of the company as it becomes known for promoting worker-friendly and environmentally responsible safety policies.
New Broom Training offers the Working Safely course and has experienced and skilled professionals to advise you on your Health and Safety Training requirements and the courses best suited to meet your needs. Contact us for more information on 01795 500816 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.