IOSH Directing Safely

Understanding your Health & Safety responsibilities as a business owner

Course Aims & Objectives

The course aims to provide directors/owners of small to medium enterprises with an understanding of the moral, legal and economic cases for proactive Health & Safety management and to give guidance on effectively managing risk.

Course Content

  • Understand the importance of strategic Health & Safety management and its integration into other management systems
  • Identify accident causes and plan for prevention through risk assessment and control strategies
  • Know the consequences of failing to manage Health & Safety effectively
  • Understand the importance of employee selection and the effect of human factors on Health & Safety
  • Understand the importance of consultation and communication with employees on Health & Safety issues
  • Know the importance of performance monitoring for continual improvement of Health & Safety management

The course reflects the principles embodied in:

  • The Health & Safety Executive’s guidance ‘Successful Health & Safety Management’ (HSG65)
  • The Turnbull report (Internal controls: Guidance for Directors on the Combined Code)
  • The government and Health & Safety Commission’s ‘Revitalising Health & Safety’ strategy statement


On-going assessment of understanding throughout the training. At the end of the course there is a written examination and exercise.

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