Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice
The course is suitable for those wishing to demonstrate and develop their skills and knowledge in managing health and safety for the workplace. They should have an autonomous role in their organisation for managing health and safety policy and practice (including cost and budgetary control) and report directly to or be part of the senior management team.
A background in Health and Safety is essential, and they should ideally have achieved a qualification to NEBOSH General Certificate Level. It is most appropriate or those who have already amassed practical experience as safety and health practitioners
The aim of this course is to assist persons to gain formal qualification in Health and Safety through demonstration of their competence in the workplace. The qualification relies on work-based assessment rather than formal teaching and examinations. Learners undertake practical work-related tasks in their workplace, which enable them to prove their competence and thereby demonstrate their skills and knowledge.
IOSH accepts this qualification for learners to apply for membership at Graduate Level (Grad IOSH). Following two years IPD (Initial Professional Development) candidates may apply to IOSH to do an Open Book examination and Peer Interview to gain Chartered Membership level (CMIOSH)
There are 7 mandatory units:
- Health and safety emergency procedures
- Health and safety audits
- A positive health and safety culture in an organisation
- Organisational health and safety policy
- Professional development and ethics in health and safety practice
- Systems monitoring and risk control
- Organisational health and safety strategy
Assessment is a continuous process throughout, with regular contact with an assigned assessor. The learner builds a portfolio of evidence and writes statements reflecting upon their practice, and explaining the evidence they have used. A professional discussion may be used as an additional tool to establish both knowledge and understanding. An e-portfolio is used, enabling regular contact with the assessor via email and a contact diary. This is ideal for those learners who prefer not to take time out from their workplace or are at a distance from the centre.