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Health and Safety is everyone's responsibility 

Delivered in a live and online training environment, this course provides non-health and safety professionals with an essential understanding of why they should and how they can proactively play their role in managing health and safety within their area of work.

The course is delivered in a practical and engaging way, bringing the subject matter to life with real life case studies highlighting the impact of events, short bursts of content delivery, video, discussion as well as group and reflective activities to understand how the theory applies to individuals’ own workplace scenarios.

The ILO estimates that some 2.3 million women and men around the world succumb to work-related accidents or diseases every year; this corresponds to over 6000 deaths every single day. Worldwide, there are around 160 million victims of work-related illnesses annually. International Labour Organization.


  • Emphasises the importance of health and safety to the wider risk management and success of the organisation, to ensure delegates understand the reasons for proactively managing health and safety back in the workplace.
  • Provides an essential understanding of the key processes involved in managing health and safety, that can be applied to any organisation, industry or location.
  • Looks at recent impacts/ developments on/ in health and safety to demonstrate that health and safety is constantly evolving. Issues discussed include the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the growing importance of mental health.   
  • Stresses the importance of culture and leadership behaviours and their essential role in managing risk.
  • Signposts delegates to where to find out further information to support them with taking ownership back in the workplace.
  • Delegates leave with an action plan to take back to the workplace, which can be reviewed with their line manager to ensure the learning is put into practice.
  • Interactive – delegates are encouraged to share experiences and learn from others. Plenty of opportunity is given for delegates to ask questions of the tutor.
  • 12 hours of learning across 4 days – not too onerous on delegates’ time.


To receive your Certificate of Completion for this course, you must:

  • Have your camera on for the duration
  • Attend all four sessions (see dates below)
  • Complete two short assessments to test your understanding:
    • A risk assessment based on a given scenario
    • Multiple-choice quiz


Dates & times

The course is delivered in 4 x 3 hour sessions. On each day, the course starts promptly at 9am and finishes at 12pm. You must attend all four sessions to complete the course. Upcoming dates are:

Nov/ Dec 2022

  • Session 1: 29 November
  • Session 2: 30 November
  • Session 3: 6 December
  • Session 4: 7 December

Feb/ Mar 2023

  • Session 1: 28 February
  • Session 2: 1 March
  • Session 3: 14 March
  • Session 4: 15 March

June 2023

  • Session 1: 6 June
  • Session 2: 7 June
  • Session 3: 13 June
  • Session 4: 14 June



A 10% discount is automatically applied at checkout for bookings received 3 weeks before course start.

IIRSM member *early bird* £250 +VAT
IIRSM member £275 +VAT
Non-member *early bird* £315 +VAT
Non-member £350 +VAT

Bookings are made online with a credit or debit card (see below). If you want to register and pay for a group booking please contact us on Please note, you may also request an invoice for group bookings.

If you are an IIRSM member, please login prior to completing the form below to obtain the discounted member rate.


We offer discounts for five or more bookings from the same organisation. Delegates do not need to register for the same course dates. Please note, this discount cannot be used with any other promotional discounts we may be offering. For more information and to receive the discount, contact us on

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions prior to booking this training course.

System requirements

IIRSM uses GoToTraining to deliver online training courses. Find out more about system requirements here. Full information will also be sent with detailed joining instructions.

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Who should attend

The course is aimed at those with health and safety responsibilities as part of their role. Delegates on the course will receive an essential understanding of why they should and how they can proactively play their role in managing health and safety.

This can include:

  • managers who are responsible for the health and safety of their teams and their area of work
  • those working in disciplines where there is cross-over with health and safety, such as HR, facilities, and compliance.
  • Small business owners with overall responsibility for health and safety in their organisation.
  • other workers who need an essential understanding of health and safety so they can effectively contribute to the management of health and safety in their workplace.
About the course
Course structure

Health and Safety: Why and How 

In this session, the moral, financial, legal and reputational reasons for managing health and safety are considered, as well as the ‘plan, do, check, act’ health and safety management system.

Managing Risk: key considerations 

This session covers some of the key things to take into consideration when managing risk in general, including health and safety specifically. It is broken down into 4 shorter sessions: 

  • Viewing risk as threat and opportunity
  • The importance of culture and leadership behaviours to managing health and safety
  • Why health and safety data is important
  • Changes and developments in health and safety and the need to keep abreast of these

Risk assessment 

In a risk assessment, the risks to the health and safety of employees (and wider stakeholders where appropriate) is considered. This session covers the principles of completing a suitable and sufficient risk assessment, from identifying the hazards through to evaluating the risks, both physical and psychological.  

Risk Treatment & Hierarchy of Risk Reduction 

Risks should be reduced to the lowest reasonably practicable level by taking appropriate preventative measures. In this session, the hierarchy of risk reduction is discussed, as well as how to propose and get agreement for an appropriate action plan.

Hazards in the workplace

A hazard is something with the potential to cause injury and/ or ill health. In this session, five hazards are focused on and discussed. The exact hazards covered will be tailored depending on the audience. Delegates are also given an opportunity to consider their own workplace activities and scenarios and other hazards that may be present.

Investigating incidents 

If things go wrong, it’s important to understand why so corrective and preventative actions can be performed.

Finding out more 

In the final session, delegates are signposted to further sources of information and are consider their action plan for when they are back in the workplace, so they can proactively implement the learning beyond the training. 


Learning Outcomes

Delegates will gain an:

  • Appreciation of why health and safety matters to the organisation, including how it relates to the wider risk management of the organisation, and their role in ensuring good health and safety management.
  • An overview of the key principles and processes involved in managing health and safety, that can be applied to any organisation, industry, or location.
  • Ability to conduct a risk assessment, investigate an incident and set action plans. 
  • Knowledge of the critical role of culture and people and the key leadership behaviours needed to engage with their teams and those mores senior.
  • Appreciation of the evolving nature of health and safety risks.
  • Understanding of sources of reliable and relevant information, to proactively manage health and safety within an area of responsibility.
Activities & assessments

The course is delivered in a practical and engaging way, bringing the subject matter to life with real life case studies highlighting the impact of events, short bursts of content delivery, video, discussion as well as group and reflective activities to understand how the theory applies to individuals’ own workplace scenarios.


You will need to complete two short assessments to test your understanding: 

  • A risk assessment based on a given scenario 
  • Multiple-choice quiz 
Course takeaways
  • Training action plan 
  • Risk assessment template 
  • Further reading 
  • Case studies
Risk Management and Leadership Competence Framework

IIRSM’s training offering has been mapped to the IIRSM Risk Management and Leadership Competence Framework.  

The framework defines the technical and business competences as well as leadership behaviours needed to manage risk in today’s challenging climate. It underpins IIRSM’s membership structure, and can be used by individuals to identify their strengths and developmental areas and plan their CPD accordingly.

This course touches upon the following areas of competence. 


  • Organisational context 
  • The role of risk management 
  • Strategy, objectives, policy and procedures 
  • Stakeholder engagement 
  • Data management 
  • Risk and organisation reporting 

Leadership behaviours 

  • Influencing
  • Emotional intelligence 
  • Collaborative 
  • Communicative 
  • Ethical 
  • Systematic 

Business competences 

  • Compliance and legal responsibility
  • Supplier & partner management

View the full framework here

Meet the trainer

Ruth Waring 

Ruth Waring is a recognised leader in the areas of health and safety and compliance, with specific expertise in the logistics sector. She has 33 years’ experience of working in different transport and compliance roles within retail, automotive and publishing sectors. She ran her own award winning consultancy business for 18 years, bringing knowledge and experience to many different sectors. She now works part-time as Compliance Director for a logistics organisation and in addition has her own consultancy and training clients.

Ruth has been heavily involved in the development of this IIRSM course, and uses much of her own experience, case studies and industry knowledge to bring what may be perceived as a dull topic to life.

IIRSM training experience

Welcoming - it is important to us that you feel relaxed to ensure you enjoy and get the most out of the learning experience.

Expertise - we have passionate trainers who keep up to date with the latest trends.

Engaging - trainers are assessed on quality of delivery and delegate interaction.

Practical - tools and ideas to immediately take back to the workplace.

Networking - great opportunity to meet and learn from delegates with different backgrounds and experiences.