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Safety Competence

Competence is a word that crops up in many industries and at many levels, but what constitutes competence? Is it a person’s qualifications, experience, integrity, knowledge? Perhaps it’s all of those things and others besides. A dictionary definition may not mention any of those words at all, instead it’s likely to say ‘The ability to do something successfully or efficiently’.

In essence, there may not be a single definition of competence, and although a safety practitioner will have the necessary qualifications, they are unlikely to have the depth of knowledge about a particular activity or piece of equipment being assessed. I would suggest qualities such as skills, knowledge and experience are to be found already within your workforce, and any wise safety professional will utilise those qualities whenever possible.

Having said that, most organisations will not necessarily have a full-time safety professional on their payroll to provide the qualifications, which could mean those reserves of workforce expertise could be going to waste. So why not make a small investment and enroll one or more of your section managers on the IOSH Managing Safely course.

This course is one of the entry-level health and safety qualifications produced by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health and therefore requires no prior knowledge or experience by attending delegates. The qualification is accepted within the health and safety industry as giving the certificate holder a sufficient level of competence to be recognised as a safety practitioner.

The course is spread over three days and includes seven modules that cover elements such as risk assessing, workplace hazards, incident investigation, safety legislation and safety monitoring. The course is intended to be an interactive experience, and group discussions among delegates are highly encouraged. At the end of the three days delegates will have to complete a brief written assessment and a practical workplace project, but by then they will have gained a wide range of health and safety skills that can be put into practice the moment they arrive back in the workplace; there’s no need to wait for the results or pass certificates to be issued.

Courses are usually held in local conference venues in Yorkshire but for corporate group bookings of six or more delegates there is scope for venues further afield. All training materials are provided as are refreshments throughout the day and a cold buffet-style lunch. And all this for just £500 per person.

Why not explore our IOSH Managing Safely page within the Training tab at the top of this page, (or even some of the other courses we can provide), then simply click on the booking icon, complete the short form and submit – we will take things from there.

Remember, health and safety is a legal requirement within all organisations but it doesn’t mean you have to employ a full-time safety manager to satisfy your legislative obligations.

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