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An IOSH Course Requires Less Time out of the Workplace

A Lack of Time Can Affect Health and Safety Training Decisions

One of the main obstacles in front of those contemplating starting the NEBOSH General Certificate is the fact that it requires two whole weeks out of the workplace in order to attend the taught classes. For a lot of people, no matter how valuable the qualification will be to them in their current or future employment, they simply cannot afford or obtain the time away from the workplace. Some will try and circumvent the issue by having a go at an online course or distance learning option, but these are unsuitable formats for such a detailed and lengthy course, and often result in failed exams and wasted money.

NEBOSH General Certificate or IOSH Course?

Although it cannot really be considered as an alternative to the NEBOSH General Certificate as it is at a lower academic level, an IOSH course provides a good overview of workplace health and safety issues and requires less time away from work. The most lengthy of IOSH courses, the IOSH Managing Safely course, is typically only a three day course when run as an in-house course or as an open course.

Whilst the IOSH Managing Safely is now only three days, the IOSH Directing Safely and IOSH Safety for Senior Executives courses are only one day. For those not in a managerial role, there is the one day IOSH Working Safely course, which highlights the most common risks, hazards and dangers for workers to be aware of in a typical place of work. A requirement for just a single day to be taken out of work can typically be accommodated by most businesses and managers/executives.

For some people though their job role will require a higher level qualification like a NEBOSH General Certificate or NEBOSH Diploma, and consequently an IOSH course will not be suitable for them. For others though, particularly individuals working in low-risk places of work, an IOSH course may be enough to cover their needs. It is always worth checking with a knowledgeable health and safety advisor to determine which course is most suitable for you and your job role (currently or in the future), and indeed which one you will require by law in order to be qualified to the required level according to your responsibilities and industry.

IOSH Courses

For more information on IOSH courses or indeed any aspect of health and safety training such as which level of qualification you require, please feel free to contact one of our knowledgeable health and safety advisers on 0844 800 3295 or send us an online contact form by clicking "Contact" at the top of the page. Alternatively, please click here to view the IOSH courses that we offer and to read the syllabus, along with scheduled dates, prices and availability for each course.

Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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