Study the IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is highly-regarded, for providing team leaders, supervisors and managers, the training they need to manage health and safety effectively.

The course is designed by top international occupational health and safety experts, so you can be sure that the curriculum will be aligned with world class standards and up-to-date strategies.

What does the course cover and provide?

  • The course covers the importance of health and safety – and what you need to know in a real-world situation at work.
  • The IOSH Managing Safely course gives detailed step-by-step guidance
  • The IOSH Managing Safely course is highly-regarded, for providing team leaders, supervisors and managers, the training they need to manage health and safety effectively.
  • The course is designed by top international occupational health and safety experts, so you can be sure that the curriculum will be aligned with world class standards and up-to-date strategies.

What does the course cover and provide?

  • The course covers the importance of health and safety – and what you need to know in a real-world situation at work.
  • The IOSH Managing Safely course gives detailed step-by-step guidance without jargon or off-putting legal language
  • Three days of practical training
  • Multiple ways to study: training centre, online or in your workplace
  • A recognised qualification – an IOSH certificate, valid for life

What are the benefits of the course?

On successful completion of the assessment, candidates will be awarded a certificate from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) – a nationally recognised and accredited, industry body.

Essentially, at the end of the course, participants will understand:

  • Why managing safety is important
  • Why it’s essential to investigate accidents and incidents
  • How human failure can contribute to the cause of accidents
  • The principles and criteria of a risk assessment
  • How to recognise and manage common hazards

What else should I consider?

An IOSH Working Safely or Managing Safely certificate is valid for life. However, it is recommended that those holding a Managing Safely certificate should undertake a refresher course within three years of completing their training.

Refresher courses help to brush up on the essential skills and training that you have learnt on the course, ready for use at any moment in the workplace.

By taking the IOSH Managing Safely course with First Class Safety, you will benefit from the wealth of real world experience within our business. We’ve studied for our qualifications and accreditations, so we can claim to be experts in our field – but our feet remain very much on the ground.

To find out more on studying the IOSH Managing Safely course with First Class Safety, then please contact us on:

01788 569774



What is NEBOSH… and why do I need to know what it means?!

What is NEBOSH?

Quite simply, NEBOSH stands for the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health. Importantly, the board doesn’t provide health and safety training courses but instead it provides syllabuses, exams and assignments to Accredited Course Providers,.

Who needs NEBOSH?

Those working in health and safety are often required to hold the appropriate NEBOSH qualification for their job role. For many, career progression is closely linked to enhanced NEBOSH qualifications hence there’s the desire to obtain the qualification.

NEBOSH qualifications are also recognised by professional membership bodies including the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). This means that successful candidates can apply to use letters such as TechIOSH, GradIOSH, CMIOSH, and MIIRSM after their name, in order to show their accreditations.

In order to obtain an IOSH membership level, you must submit both your NEBOSH certificate and your CV to IOSH so that they can check that you have the qualifications and experience necessary for Tech IOSH.

How popular is NEBOSH?

Every year over 30,000 candidates take a course that leads to a NEBOSH qualification. NEBOSH courses are offered in 33 countries around the world – so if this is something that you are considering you’re not alone!

NEBOSH qualifications range from introductory Health and Safety at Work Qualification to the professional safety practitioner level NEBOSH Diploma.

What is the NEBOSH Certificate?

The NEBOSH Certificate is easily the UK’s most popular health and safety qualification. If you’re looking to launch a career in health and safety, the NEBOSH Certificate is ideal as it’s highly regarded, well recognised and requires no formal entry requirements.

The course itself is divided into three units, the first two are assessed by exams and the third one by a practical assessment. Once successfully completed candidates meet the academic requirements for Technical Membership of IOSH (Tech IOSH) and associate membership of the IIRSM.

For those working overseas, the increasingly popular NEBOSH International Certificate replaces UK-based law with international standards and management systems.

Please note that the NEBOSH Certificate is a separate course to the NEBOSH Diploma…

What is the NEBOSH Diploma?

The NEBOSH Diploma is a prestigious and highly respected qualification, ultimately enabling Chartered (CMIOSH) status. Divided into four units (three assessed by exams and one by an assignment), it’s a rigorous and demanding course which never the less grows in popularity as safety professionals continue to recognise the benefits of holding such a qualification. There are alternative routes to CMIOSH status but arguably the diploma remains the most highly regarded and transferable across job role and sector and therefore stands candidates in good stead for the future.

That said, the cost and time out of the workplace represent investments that inevitably not all workplaces will support, in which case the NVQ Level 5 may be worth considering.

To find out more on the NEBOSH courses that First Class Safety can offer you, please visit:

If you’re unsure on which NEBOSH course would suit your requirements, please get in touch with us, where we will be happy to advise you on the most suitable course for you:

Phone: 01788 569774




Health & Safety Law Poster: Make Sure You Are Compliant


From 5th April 2014, it became mandatory to display the new version of the Health and Safety Law within any workplace. This legal obligation extends from multi-million pound corporations to SME businesses that employee only a handful of people. If your business employees anyone, you should check your Health & Safety Law posters are up to date – as soon as possible.

The new style replaces the old style poster and contains up to date information and reflects changes to Health & Safety Law. It is a mandatory requirement to display the poster where it can be seen by all. It’s highly recommended to position the Health & Safety Law Poster in communal areas where employees congregate or in building entrances where there is a high footfall. You should aim to make the poster as clearly visible as possible – as against hiding it out of view. If your business operates from multiple sites then you should consider having several posters to inform all employees.

If posters aren’t an option for you, as an alternative, you can provide employees with printed Health & Safety Law Cards that have the content of the poster. If you choose to provide cards you will need to ensure every employee is given one.


The Health & Safety Law Poster contains basic information on the obligations businesses must take to comply with the law.

The information will allow employees to decide who is responsible for health & safety.

Areas that are covered include:

  • Health & safety responsibility
  • Training and information
  • First aid arrangements

Reporting accidents and insurance for business. It is important to make sure that you purchase a genuine copy of the Health & Safety Law Poster. The poster incorporates a unique hologram and serial number. Health & Safety Law Posters are produced by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Copies should only be purchased from reputable sources.




Health and Safety Law: Automated External Defibrillators (AED)

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As of January 2017, there is currently no legal obligation that an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) unit should be made available within the workplace. Despite the lack of health and safety laws on making AED units available, workplaces and employers should not immediately discard investing in one – they really can save lives.
AED units retail around the £1000 mark, depending on the manufacturer and accessories included. This may sound like a steep figure at first, however it’s worth drawing conclusions on recent court cases in America, that caused fierce debate as to whether retailers and workplaces should have one available at all times.
There are many compelling arguments that AED units should be compulsory within the workplace. These key arguments are outlined below:
1. Your workplace risk assessment should form part of your decision to purchase and you should ask the following questions;
• Do you deal with members of the public?
• Does this increase the number of people on your site?
• Is there great distance to emergency services? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, think carefully about the reasons not to ensure you have a unit in place.
2. The facts about the use of AED units on casualties are irrefutable. For every minute that passes without defibrillation the chance of survival reduces by 14%! This figure is published by the British Heart Foundation.
3. AED units are extremely sophisticated. Simple voice prompts tell the user what to do. The
unit will not shock a casualty unless a shock is required. The risk of incorrectly using a unit is minimal to non-existent.
4. AED units tend to come with long warranties, up to 8 years on some units. They also self- check, meaning if any maintenance is required, it will be indicated by the unit and is straight forward. Usually after the initial purchase the cost of owning an AED unit is minimal.
5. AED units can be used by untrained individuals, not just trained First Aiders. However, training can be provided for non-first aiders to increase the number of people that would have the confidence to pick up a unit in an emergency. Safety First Aid Training are strong advocates of having AED units in the workplace. We provide training as part of our First Aid Courses and specialist Defibrillator Training Courses.
The on-going commitment to having one installed is low. As more instances emerge every week of the successful treatment, it is getting harder to justify a decision not to have one in place.

The Twelve Myths of Christmas

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Christmas is a special time of year for everyone. From the mince pies, to the mulled wine and seemingly endless present wrapping, at First Class Safety, we embrace Christmas and the festivities as much as anyone else!

However, at this celebratory time of year, health and safety is often incorrectly cited as being a bit of a Scrooge towards some of the pretty harmless festive activities… To prove that we’re not so Bah Humbug towards Christmas and the festive spirit, we thought we would provide a brief (and jolly!) myth-bust of some the most commonly circulated media stories, surrounding health and safety.

1) Myth: Workers are banned from putting up Christmas decorations in the office

Reality: Most organisations – including First Class Safety and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), manage to put up their decorations and Christmas trees, without a fuss. We just sensibly provide staff with suitable step ladders to put up decorations – rather than expecting staff to balance on wheelie chairs!

2) Myth: Indoor Christmas lights need a portable appliance test (PAT) every year

Reality: By following a few sensible precautions, such as checks by the user for obvious signs of damage, every workplace can safely switch on their Christmas lights and without carrying out PAT tests every December.

3) Myth: You can’t throw sweets at the pantomime

Reality: Health and Safety rules were blamed when a pantomime stopped throwing out sweets to the audience. The main worry of the production was in fact the cost of compensation if anyone got hurt. Realistically, the chances of a panto causing serious injury – by throwing out sweets, is incredibly low. The Health and Safety Executive has issued no statement or comment on this matter.

4) Myth: Santa must wear a seatbelt in his sleigh

Reality: This myth comes from a decision made by the Halesowen and Rowley Regis Rotary Club and their insurance provider in 2007, that in order for the Rotary Club Santa sleigh to be driven on the road, his sleigh should be fitted with a seatbelt. This agreement did not involve the Health and Safety Executive at any stage.

5) Myth: Second hand toys cannot be donated for Health and Safety reasons

Reality: It takes additional time to check the condition of used toys and there may be valid insurance or compensation issues involved when running a toy donation scheme but there are no health and safety regulations advising or discouraging on this.

6) Myth: Traditional shopping centre Christmas trees need to be scaled back or replaced by artificial alternatives for Health and Safety reasons

Reality: Health and Safety laws exist to prevent people being seriously injured or made unwell at work. The laws are certainly not there to dictate how a Christmas tree should be decorated or whether it should be real or artificial!

7) Myth: Seats have to be removed from shops with high footfall.

Reality: Christmas shopping is often very frantic and shoppers will frequently want to rest their weary feet. Customers are often dismayed when they find all the seats have been removed for health and safety reasons… Shops need to manage crowds safely but it’s a myth to suggest that it’s a requirement to remove seats at busy times. A bit of common sense should ensure seating is located in a sensible place.

8) Myth: Carol singers are a health and safety risk

Reality: When it comes to carol singing, in recent years we’ve heard of insurance companies producing comprehensive health and safety guides for carol singers and parish councils asking groups of singers to apply for permits, in order to prevent upsetting home-owners. Well-intentioned pieces of advice such as ‘don’t sing in the road’ and ‘don’t carry large amounts of cash’ are not health and safety requirements, they are simply common sense.

9) Myth: Children are banned from throwing snowballs by Health and Safety

Reality: Health and Safety laws or rules are simply not used for spending time on trivial risks – such as the outcome of throwing a snowball. Health and Safety laws aim to take a sensible approach to managing and tackling risks that could cause real harm and suffering.

10) Myth: If you clear snow from outside your business or home you are likely to get sued.

Reality: A representative for the Health and Safety Executive stated in 2010: “I would like to make it clear that under health and safety legislation nobody who volunteers to support their community by clearing pavements during icy conditions should feel they are in danger of being sued”. Enough said really!

11) Myth: Health and safety prevents people putting coins in Christmas puddings

Reality: Occupational health and safety law is concerned with what goes on in your workplace, not what you’re eating after a Turkey dinner – it doesn’t prevent coins or any other lucky charms being put in puddings.

12) Myth: Health and Safety ruins Christmas

Reality: We hear of events being cancelled, Santa stopped from parading in his sleigh, and festive displays being banned, all because of Health and Safety… Health and Safety laws exist to provide safeguards against people being seriously injured or made unwell at work, not to hamper fun activities.

On that note, everyone at First Class Safety would like to say Bah Humbug to all the festive killjoys out there and a very happy Christmas to everyone else!

Essential First Aid Training For The Workplace

On a day-to-day basis, there are numerous potential hazards within different workplaces and organisations. Take manufacturing for an example. 2.8 million people are employed in manufacturing in the UK. Of this 2.8 million, there have been 4500 major accidents and almost 20,000 minor workplace injuries, in the last five years alone.

As an employer you are responsible for ensuring health and safety within your organisation. It’s critical that you carry out the correct risk assessments, procedures and can offer effective first aid treatment. If an accident was ever to occur on your premises – are you prepared?

First Class Safety can provide life-saving first aid training to your employees, enabling your workforce to have accredited and prepared first aiders. Elected first aiders and sufficient first aid equipment on site, can ultimately save lives and help to prevent accidents from escalating into major incidents.

At First Class Safety, each of our first aid courses are tailored to suit different working environments and the different types of hazards or accidents that your staff may face.

As an organisation, First Class Safety is ran by people with real world experience. We’ve studied for our qualifications and accreditations, so we can claim to be experts in our field – but our feet remain very much on the ground. Our courses are accredited and approved by both the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register (ITSSAR), ensuring we can offer safe and appropriate training for all types of businesses.

Our fully equipped First Class Safety Centre offers everything required to equip your first aiders with the necessary awareness and skills – from courses for employees who are already qualified to those willing to commence training from scratch. Located just a five minute drive from Junction 1 of the M6, in Rugby, Warwickshire, please feel welcome to come and visit our Safety Centre and see what we can do for you.

Call us on 01788 569 774 or email to arrange a convenient time, for you.