IOSH Working Safely



To provide learners with an understanding of how their
actions in the workplace contribute to safety and health


To ensure that learners clearly understand their safety
and health responsibilities.



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 workplace 

  • 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 information 

  • 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


1 day


Part A: Knowledge and comprehension
This consists of 20 questions in a variety of formats.

Part B: Practical application of learning
This consists of four hazard-spotting questions plus four questions
about harm caused by hazards and the best ways to control it.


Upon passing the candidate will be awarded an IOSH certificate in Working Safely.