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IOSH Supervising Safely

This nationally recognised training course provides supervisors with the knowledge to allow them to understand and comply with their health and safety responsibilities.

This course excellently reinforces why good health and safety practice is essential to performing a supervisory role successfully.

ACT provides this course on an in-house basis, bringing the benefits of our training techniques and experience of our tutors to your premises. Our in-house training is:

  • Cost effective
  • Flexible
  • Completely tailored to your training needs

To learn how this course can meet your organisation’s needs, call us on +44(0)1384447918 or email

Designed for

Supervisors and line managers who are seeking the knowledge and information required to be able to comply with their safety and health responsibilities.

Aims and Objectives

On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Describe why it is important to supervise safely
  • Describe their safety and health responsibilities as a supervisor
  • Explain how good supervision contributes to safety and health
  • List the key benefits of a Health and Safety management system
  • Describe what is meant by risk, hazard and risk controls
  • Explain the importance of risk assessment and describe the part they play, including those for specific groups
  • Identify workplace processes, their associated risks and the appropriate control measures
  • Recognise common hazards, identify unsafe acts and unsafe conditions and state how these can be controlled
  • Describe the procedure for reporting incidents including accidents and near misses
  • Explain the value of accident investigation and how to carry one out
  • Describe how to plan an inspection of the workplace and record details
  • Describe how to assess existing safety and health conditions and procedures and make recommendations for improvement
  • Explain the importance of communicating safety and health issues, including first aid and emergency procedures
  • Explain the different methods to use when communicating safety and health issues to employees, contractors and others who share the workspace, and when to use them
  • Recognise the impact of industry on the environment
  • Describe how pollution and waste can be controlled
  • Outline the main elements of an environmental management system


Module 1 – Supervisors roles and responsibilities

Module 2 - Hazards, risks and control measures

Module 3 – Investigating and inspecting

Module 4 - Communication

Module 5 – Environmental awareness

Course materials

Course materials are ACT’s copyright, they have been approved by special licence from IOSH - this allows ACT not to use the standard IOSH course materials and to use its own instead 


An IOSH ‘Supervising Safely’ certificate is awarded to all those who successfully complete both assessment elements.

Understanding of the course material is evaluated by means of a multiple choice assessment and practical assessment to be carried out at your own workplace.

Classroom based taught courses

The IOSH Supervising Safely classroom course is delivered over two or three days and provides an opportunity to discuss the topics with other students and the tutor and would suit those that enjoy interaction in a classroom environment.  In particular, it has a number of features that may be helpful to those students who have not done formal study and assessments for some time.

ACT strives to involve students actively during training.  This is achieved through a workshop approach.  Depending on needs, this will usually involve syndicate exercises and group discussion.  The objective is always to underpin knowledge in a practical way to enable students to apply their newly acquired understanding to the work place.

Classroom based taught courses, involving face-to-face teaching, can be organised through out in-house services in your premises if you have a number of students who need this qualification. 

Contact us for further information on how this course might meet your needs or to discuss the learning options available.

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