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IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors provides a complete understanding of the moral, legal and business case for proactive safety, health and risk management, strategic safety and health management, and its integration into holistic business management systems and procedures.

Who is this course for?

The course is intended for senior people with operational or strategic accountability for an organisation

Why choose us?

  • We create a positive learning environment for all our students.
  • We provide high quality tutorial support, excellent materials and a supportive learning journey.
  • Our expert trainers create interactive sessions that are informative and engaging and help support learning by applying knowledge using real world scenarios.
  • Unlimited dedicated study support with additional resources, tutor guidance and forums to talk with tutors and other students
  • Our pass rate is well above the national average, which means you have a greater chance of passing the first time around.
  • For over 60 years, the British Safety Council has been educating millions of workers and making hundreds of thousands of workplaces safer around the world.
  • We are a not-for-profit membership organisation, a trusted brand and a leader in driving health, safety and wellbeing innovation and engagement across our global community.

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IOSH Course Information

What’s the outcome?

Be awarded a Leading Safely certificate from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the world’s largest health and safety membership organisation

This certificate offers a distinct advantage to anyone holding or seeking a leadership position.

Course information

The course covers:

  • Module 1: The moral, legal and financial case
  • Module 2: PLAN – Planning for Health and Safety
  • Module 3: DO – Implementing Health and Safety
  • Module 4: CHECK – Monitoring Health and Safety Performance

Module 5: ACT – Improving Health and Safety Performance

Why Leading Safely

The stand-out features of the session is the ability for delegates to understand their responsibilities, recognise and shape the integration of a strategic vision and health and safety objectives, benchmark their current and future safety and health in line with global models of safety, and to provide confidence in a leadership role.

The course helps to set your organisational strategic objectives for health and safety risk management. It provides an understanding of the moral, legal and business case for proactive risk management and its integration into holistic business management systems:

  • Understand the legal, moral and financial role of operational directors, owners of small businesses and senior executives.
  • Integrate top-level safety management into wider business objectives to help minimise risk, reduce losses and make better use of time and resources.
  • Develop and implement a safety and health policy.
  • Recognise the benefits of good safety and health management systems, the consequences of failing to manage effectively, and how to ensure internal controls are working.
  • Appreciate the positive impact and improvement that an organisation’s leaders can have on its performance through their attitude and support for improving its safety culture.
  • Monitor and review performance for continual improvement in safety and health management.

Rewards for your company will include:

  • Ensures health and safety is considered in strategic planning and decision-making.
  • Health and safety management is driven through all levels of the company.
  • Creates a good health and safety working culture.
  • Reduces accident rates, absences and sick leave.
  • Improves reputation among suppliers, clients and partners.
  • Increased productivity and profits
  • Reduced insurance premiums and legal costs
  • Better business continuity.

IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors will sharpen your skill-set and make you a more effective leader. It will give your organisation the expertise it needs to succeed.

Course requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification, however it is important that learners have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.

Tutor support

Your tutor will provide support in relation to subject content and assessment preparation.  You can also contact our dedicated Study Support Adviser.

Assessment and Results

It involves a personal commitment (action plan)

To complete this course, learners must pass the IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors personal commitment assignment.  This consists of an action plan relating to the learning on the course; you must write up to three actions that you commit to taking in your workplace appropriate to your level of responsibility. Each commitment must state an outcome goal, a performance goal and a process goal that is relevant to their level of responsibility within their organisation.

You will receive your results within 2 weeks and your certificate parchment within 8 weeks of the successful completion of the course.

Qualification level

IOSH Safety for Executives is a short course.

Learning progression: What’s next?

Once completed, our students often continue their studies by completing a NEBOSH National General Certificate or Foundation in IEMA, or sometimes broadening their knowledge with our shorter courses, such as BSC Risk Assessments.

Learner’s Agreement

British Safety Council will:

  • Use suitably qualified and experienced tutors to deliver the tuition
  • Cover all the specification learning outcomes
  • Provide or direct you to the information you need to pass the qualification
  • Provide you with expert advice on revision and examination technique
  • Respond in a timely manner to any queries
  • Be diligent and courteous at all times

You must:

  • Attend all scheduled sessions
  • Contribute to group discussions in a positive manner
  • Endeavour to be active, rather than passive in terms of learning
  • Complete the required number of revision hours
  • Pay particular attention to advice regarding revision and examination technique
  • Bring any learning difficulties to our attention at the earliest opportunity.

Queries and complaints

Should you have any queries, please contact our Education Team ([email protected])

If you are not satisfied with the service provided by your tutor or our Education Team, please contact our Customer Service Team ([email protected]).

Frequently asked questions

Should you have any queries, please contact our Education Team ([email protected])

If you wish to provide feedback regarding the service provided by your tutor or our Education Team, please contact our Customer Service Team ([email protected]).

You can also refer the matter to IOSH ([email protected]).

Study Methods and Booking


Why in-company?

  • Cost-effective method that can be tailored to your organisation
  • Creates a study community with your colleagues
  • Allows you to tailor the training to your organisation
  • The assessment is taken online.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long is the IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors course?

A: day

Q: How long does an IOSH certificate last for?

A: An IOSH certificate is valid for life.

Q: What study materials do I need for my IOSH courses?

A: You do not need to supply your own study materials for your IOSH course. Learners doing the live on line course will be provided with all the necessary information online, while those doing the classroom-based course will be provided with the appropriate physical learning materials

Q: What are the different levels of membership for IOSH certification?

A: There are various ways to gain membership of IOSH. Completing a Diploma-level IOSH course provides membership; you can read more about this on the IOSH membership page. It is also possible to become an Affiliate Member of IOSH without completing a Diploma, through the payment of a fee.