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What are the benefits of the IOSH Managing Safely course?

Amanda Bathory-Griffiths - Last Update: 08 Nov 2019

Contents

Is IOSH Managing Safely relevant in 2020?

Who would benefit from IOSH Managing Safely?

Health and safety skills and qualities which will last your whole career

You're one step closer to a professional title

Are there alternative courses? 

 

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Amanda Bathory-Griffiths

Amanda is TSW's content marketing manager. 

She has a background in personal finance and corporate learning, working for national brands and global agencies.

Once you’ve got an IOSH Managing Safely Course certificate, your skills represent best practice health and safety from IOSH, an internationally recognised Chartered body. But the benefits extend far beyond having a certificate on your wall.

Key points:

  • Be the solution to your employer's COVID-19 health and safety fears
  • IOSH gives you desirable skills employers need, for example, leadership, a careful approach and the confidence to pipe up when you spot a hazard.
  • IOSH is a qualification you can proudly place at the top of your CV and shout about on LinkedIn. It's respected in every industry.

Is Managing Safely relevant in 2020?

Yes. The health and safety needs of the world have completely changed, but IOSH Managing Safely is still the right qualification to tackle the problem.

Now, more than ever, businesses need qualified and trustworthy health and safety staff to help them work safely alongside COVID-19.

Search data revealed by Google Trends suggests that the UK is focusing on interpreting health and safety laws. Between 1st and 13th October 2020 searches for:

  • 'HSE risk assessment' increased by 300%
  • 'Who is responsible for health and safety in the workplace' increased by 180%
  • 'Employer's responsibility for workplace health and safety' increased by 70%
  • 'Health & Safety at work act 1974' increased by 120%

 

The topic 'health and safety at work' piqued right before national lockdown and has become a breakthrough topic again in October 2020 (3,522 searches over the last 12 months, picking up interest in September and October 2020)

 

 

 Google search trend data for 'health and safety at work'

In the first 13 days of October 2020, legislation 'in a nutshell' searches picked up too. For example:

  • Interest in the term 'management of health and safety at work regulations 1999 summary' saw a 150% uptick
  • While 'health and safety at work act summary' increased by 60%

People are clearly looking for support understanding the law, as they either translate it into their workplaces or decide whether it's actually safe to return to the workplace.

IOSH Managing Safely's core modules explore the critical details of the 1974 regs and how to manage and work safely and lawfully.

If you've been made redundant and looking to upskill, or just keen to future-proof your career, the IOSH course is incredibly relevant to employers in 2020. 

A candidate with an IOSH Managing Safely qualification is distinctive. If you go on IOSH course and gain a qualification, you’re equipped to keep up with the ever-changing health and safety landscape - a critical skill every employer is looking for.

IOSH is a self-regulating Chartered body - if it says you’re qualified in health and safety, there’s no doubt.

Who would benefit from IOSH Managing Safely?

Considering the severity of the pandemic, everyone would benefit from level 2 health and safety training, like IOSH Managing Safely. 

The course is open to beginners, in any job role.

Health and safety specific roles will find the content of the course relevant to their day-to-day jobs, but also give them a broader perspective of health and safety, for instance, how it's valuable from a HR and financial perspective. 

Our cohort usually includes:

Programme managers who usually manage safety, health, environment and fire (SHEF) improvement programmes. They also deliver Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP), including Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP), nuclear safety improvement programmes, Trade Unions, business units and support the development of workplace health and safety. Consultants who make sure health and safety is embedded into their business' projects, deliver training, maintain health and safety engagement across the whole business, and responsible for implementing legislation and UK health and safety changes.

Maintenance officers who are responsible for health and safety systems and collect relevant data for senior management reports. They organise fire drills, conduct risk assessments and make sure the business is health and safety compliant in all areas.

Project managers must consider health in safety during any project they're working on. They work closely with relevant staff to make sure that risk assessments, method statements and resources are in place. They're responsible for making sure all documents are compliant with legislation and best practise.

Surveyors who are responsible for assessing buildings. Often, they’re RICS members and follow its required professional standards and guidelines for good health and safety.

Contract managers who are responsible for the health and safety of all the contractors they employ and anyone else that’s affected by their work. They must make sure everyone understands their health and safety role on a job.

Safety officers and advisers are usually responsible for preventing injuries, ill health and loss by supporting risk assessments and all health and safety incentives across the business

HR and support service managers must understand the laws around health, safety and stress at work, as well as what employers are obliged to do to protect their staff.

And many more, both at senior and entry-level. After the course, you’ll confidently make health and safety decisions that benefit your business regardless of what role you have.

Health and safety skills and qualities which will last your whole career

There are lots of good reasons to do the IOSH Managing Safely. It's a moral, fiscal and legal tool for the business, that gives you the confidence to assess risks and keep your workplace safe.

The IOSH Managing Safely certificate gives you leverage in the job market because your skills represent best practice. By signing up to the course, you demonstrate a commitment to comply with changing legislation and health and safety. So, the next time you update your CV, shout about the skills you've gained through IOSH Managing Safely

Demonstrate leadership

The IOSH Managing Safely course gives you independent health and safety initiative. Without being prompted, you’ll identify hazards and know how to follow a precise procedure to get them under control.

You'll confidently tell your team and wider businesses about hazards, risk, incidents and accidents, recommend controls and allocate responsibility to relevant team members.

You’ll refine your communication and feedback skills so that risks are managed swiftly and effectively.

Take initiative

You'll take the lead without being prompted. IOSH Managing Safely trains your eye to see risks as you move around your business, the train shows you how to get them sorted out in an appropriate time frame so that everyone stays safe.

IOSH Managing Safely gives you courage in your convictions and a moral view on health and safety.

Your priority is the well being of everyone at work. At times, you’ll have to intervene if your staff are compromising their safety to get their job done faster, or to meet a deadline.  

Your assessment of hazard and risk represents IOSH best practice and benefits everyone involved, and you'll be confident enough to speak up and put your training into practice.

Have an objective view of health and safety

You put compliance with UK health and safety laws and legislation above everything else. Employers can rely on your judgement and trust that you won't be distracted from those obligations by internal targets or deadlines.

"The IOSH Managing Safely qualification proves that you have exemplary health and safety standards,” explains our Head of Health and Safety, Luke Pitt.

“You’ll show your colleagues and managers how to spot hazards and assess and control risks the right way and when you complete the course, you’ll have an internationally recognised qualification, with a certificate to prove it."

There are various ways to take the IOSH Managing Safely, find out more.

Safeguard your team

Employees are safer when you're around. You limit the risk of accident at work, and subsequently, reduce injury-related sick leave.

The IOSH Managing Safely course shows you how to put people at the heart of your health and safety work.

By keeping them safe from harm, you’ll reduce their chances of getting hurt, but also limit injury-related leave and sick days. That will give you purpose and a cause to work towards, beyond your to-do list

Protect company finances

The training shows you how to reduce the risk of liability by decreasing the chance of accidents, improve efficiency and realistically control hazards with cost-effective means.

You can use Managing Safely as a fiscal management tool.

If your managers are asking you to cut your health and safety budget, or contribute commercially, ask to do the Managing Safely course. With the training you’ll:

  • Reduce the risk of liability
  • Apply processes that improve efficiency
  • Appropriately control hazards based on realistic assessment, so you’re not spending unnecessarily  

Considering risks from a commercial perspective is an impressive attribute and not one that your senior staff can ignore when your annual review rolls around.

Use what you learn to keep a record and try to add a value to it. If you can prove you saved your employer money, it'll lift you up and give you grounds to negotiate pay rises, promotions and awards.

It is a competitive industry, now more so than ever before. Between 1st and 13th October 2020, searches for 'health and safety training online' increased by 110%. 

You're one step closer to a professional title

You're not eligible to hold an official title after a Level 2 health and safety qualification.

But once you’ve gained a level three qualification, you can become a Technical Member of IOSH. You can use ‘Tech IOSH’ at the end of your name, but you must also have a suitable level of experience as well as the accredited qualification. 

If it’s your dream to be a Tech IOSH, you need to do more studying after you IOSH Managing Safely. You’ll be asked to join its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme to prove your knowledge and skills are up to date.

Are there alternative courses?

"IOSH Managing Safely training course isn't the only one, but it's a great place to start" explains our Head of Health and Safety, Luke Pitt. 

"It's an entry-level course, that you could take after completing IOSH Working Safely, or as a complete beginner.

"If you have more experience, or have already taken the IOSH Managing Safely, you could take the NEBOSH General Certificate. It entirely depends on your experience and where you are in your career"

In 2019, IOSH released two more courses for you to consider.

Managing Occupational Health and Wellbeing and Safety

According to IOSH, sickness absence costs the UK Economy £100bn a year. This course helps managers look after employee mental and physical health. This isn't an alternative to IOSH Managing Safely, but depending on the challenges you're facing at work, it could be a valuable extension it.

Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers

IOSH estimates that that 60,000 people die annually on construction sites around the world, costing £2 trillion. This is life-saving training designed to protect at-risk workers and the environment which might be harmed during a project. Again, it's not an alternative to IOSH Managing Safely but an opportunity for health and safety professionals working in construction to further their knowledge.

The real choice at this level is between IOSH Managing Safely and NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.