IOSH Working Safely Course Syllabus

Part one: Introducing working safely

  • Why it is important to work safely
  • Who is responsible for safety and health in the workplace
  • An organisation’s responsibilities for safety and health
  • Who has responsibility for worker actions

Part two: Defining hazard and risk

  • The six hazard groups:
    • mechanical
    • physical
    • chemical
    • environmental
    • biological
    • organisational
  • Hazards that are not easy to identify
  • What is meant by the terms ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’
  • What is meant by the term ‘risk assessment’
  • What is meant by the terms ‘likelihood’ and ‘consequence’
  • Deciding on what actions to take to control risk
  • What is meant by the term ‘reasonably practicable’

Part three: Identifying common hazards

  • An overview of the following common hazards, including how they can cause harm
    and what can be done about them:
    • aggression and violence
    • asbestos
    • bullying
    • chemicals and harmful substances
    • computer workstations
    • confined spaces
    • drugs and alcohol
    • electricity
    • fire
    • getting in and out
    • heights
    • housekeeping
    • lighting
    • manual handling
    • noise
    • personal hygiene
    • plant and machinery
    • slips and trips
    • stress
    • temperature
    • vehicles and transport
    • welfare facilities

Part four: Improving safety performance

  • What an organisation can do to manage and improve safety and health in the
  • Worker responsibilities for improving safety and health in the workplace
  • How attitude and behaviour can affect safety and health in the workplace
  • What a safe system of work is
  • What a ‘permit to work’ is
  • How safety signs can play an important part in communicating safety and health
  • Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • The safety and health of other people who may come on site, including contractors,
    visitors and members of the public
  • The role of safety committees and worker representatives in safety and health
  • Types of workplace inspections
  • Emergency procedures
  • What is meant by the terms ‘incident’, ‘accident’ and ‘near miss’
  • Reporting incidents, including near misses and accidents
  • First aid provision
  • The role of the safety and health enforcement inspector
  • Health surveillance and monitoring