If you are considering taking an IOSH Managing Safely course, here are five reasons why it would be beneficial for you to achieve this qualification.
1. Understand Your Responsibility for Safety
The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for anyone who is responsible for the safety of other members of staff, such as a line manager or supervisor. When you are in a position of responsibility where you oversee others, you have a duty to keep them safe.
This course will introduce you to key health and safety management principles and will draw on your own experience and knowledge, so that you have the skills to help reduce hazards in the working environment and tackle existing issues within your company.
This course will address your legal responsibility and legislation in place designed to protect the safety of employees and members of the public, leaving you with a better understanding.
2. Proactively Identify and Avoid Hazards
Within the IOSH Managing Safely course, you will learn to identify hazards and help avoid accidents by honing your attention to detail and ability to carry out thorough risk assessments and management on site. The course will take you through common hazards and human factors that can cause accidents, so you know what to look out for and instil in your team the importance of avoiding these common and avoidable accidents.
As part of your end assessment and evaluation, you will complete a hazard spotting exercise to review your ability to spot and identify hazards.
3. Understand How To Investigate Accidents
By the end of the IOSH Managing Safely course, you should be able to confidently investigate any accidents that occur on site and review how and why they happened. Additionally, you will look on what actions can be taken to avoid the same accident happening again – be that further safety elements, health and safety education or equipment training.
You will leave the course with a checklist and tools that you can use in your workplace to aid you in your investigations, how to pre-empt potential hazards and the questions to ask.
4. Create A Safer Workspace
With this training, you will have the ability to help shape the health and safety policy in your workplace and suggest and implement new working practises to increase the productivity of the workforce and reduce sick days among staff.
You will be able to take inspiration from the three day course and interactions with your fellow course members on elements that could be implemented within your own workplace which is great for both the business and your career development.
5. Measure Your Own Performance
As well as giving an opportunity for career development, this course will allow you to measure your own performance and how you are meeting the requirements of your role in promoting health and safety and motivating staff.
The course covers a wealth of information such as; the costs and losses that occur from accidents and hazards; management models to encourage care and attention; human factors in accidents; understanding accident causation; where investment needs to be made and creating a safe environment for people to work.
You do not need any prior health and safety knowledge to take this course, just a willingness to learn.
What are the most common accidents on construction sites?
According to HSE, the most common cause of non-fatal accident on a construction site is slips, trips and falls on the same level at 26%, followed by injures from lifting or carrying at 19%, falls from height at 19% and being struck by a moving or falling objects at 12%.
The most common cause of fatal accidents on a construction site is falling from height at 47%, followed by being trapped by something collapsing or overturning at 16%, being struck by a moving or falling object at 12% and being struck by a moving vehicle at 10%.
What are the most common work-related illnesses in construction?
Unsurprisingly, the most common form of work-related illness in the construction industry is from musculoskeletal disorders. This can be caused by repetitive strain, lifting heavy objects, poor posture and a number of other factors. By training people to observe safe lifting practises and prioritise their health to seek help for issues early on, hopefully we can reduce the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders within the construction industry, which currently accounts for 57% of work related illness.
Something that is becoming increasingly apparent and noted is that stress, depression and anxiety is second biggest cause of work related illness accounting for 26%. Just as we appreciate the importance of physical health in the construction industry, we all have a responsibility to prioritise mental health as well, such as becoming a Mental Health First Aider.
How common are accidents?
We can often think that we will never see or be involved in a workplace accident, but it can happen all too easily. In the construction industry, there are 81,000 workers suffering from work related ill health. A report from the HSE in 2020 shows there were 61,000 non-fatal injuries and 40 fatal injuries.
To avoid yourself or your team becoming another statistic, it is important to recognise the importance of health and safety. You will leave the IOSH Managing Safely course with the knowledge and confidence to lead your team into working safely and productively.