IOSH Working Safely
IOSH Working Safely
Working safely is a one-day course for people at any level, in any sector, It provides participants with a basic solid understanding of the essentials of health and safety.
Everyone at work should have an understanding of why they must ‘work safely’. This course offers exactly that, it focuses on why health and safety is important, and how one can make a real difference to the wellbeing of own self and of others through changing of behaviour. It focuses on best practice rather than legislation.
The course is also a 100% match to the Health and Safety Executive’s ‘Passport’ syllabus. It is also recognised as an equivalent to a level 1 award in health and safety in a construction environment. This means that delegates who successfully complete it can apply for a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) once they’ve passed the CITB Health, Safety and Environment Operatives Test.
1- Introducing working safely
It’s not unusual for delegates coming on an introductory course to think that accidents only happen to ‘other people’. This module stresses the realities of the human suffering behind the statistics and emphasises the importance of personal responsibility.
2- Defining hazard and risk
This module puts ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’ into everyday language, and uses familiar examples to show what can happen. Importantly, it makes it clear that even something that is very simple or repeated over and over again can go wrong, with serious consequences. Focusing on the six broad hazard groups, delegates are asked to think about the hazards and risks they come across in their own work. ‘Risk assessment’ is demystified – delegates learn that we all carry out informal assessments day in, day out.
3- Identifying common hazards
All the main issues are covered in this module – entrances and exits, work traffic, fire, chemicals, electricity, physical and verbal abuse, bullying, stress, noise and the working environment, slips, trips and falls, and manual handling. Each area is backed by crystal clear examples and recognizable scenarios, and useful summaries reinforce the key learning points
4- Improving safety performance
This module deals with systems and processes, making sure that any jargon is explained in easily understood terms. The session bridges the gap between
management and workforce, encouraging delegates to play a part in processes that are commonly seen as just down to their manager or supervisor.
Other areas – including contract work, inspections, safe systems and permits, protective equipment, signage, emergency procedures, reporting and health checks – are all focused on from the delegate’s point of view.
5- Protecting our environment
A short but effective introduction to waste and pollution leads into a look at how organisations and individual team members can get involved in reducing environmental impacts. Memorable and thought-provoking facts and figures help drive the points home
End of course assessments:
- A 10 question, multiple-choice assessment paper (15 mins)
- Three hazard spotting exercises (15 mins)