Oh blimey – have three years really passed that quickly? I bet that’s what you were thinking when you were informed that it was time to sit your IOSH Managing Safely Refresher Course. 

Fortunately for you, the majority of leg work has been done with the completion of your full IOSH Managing Safely course. 

There’s just the small obstacle of a one-day course (6 hours study time) with a short test at the end. If you’re a glass half full kind of person, look at it as a day out of the office!

This article will outline when the refresher should be done, by whom and why it should be completed, and how much it costs. We’ll also take a look at the key parts included in the course content and how the exam works to make sure you pass with flying colours and get your refresher certificate! 

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When should the refresher be done?


The IOSH Managing Safely Refresher course must be completed three years after completing your initial 3-day Managing Safely IOSH course. Once you’ve completed and passed your first refresher course – you’ll have to update your refresher every three years too. 


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By whom and why?


The IOSH Managing Safely Refresher course is suitable for managers or anyone in a management role that have already completed and passed the full IOSH Managing Safely course. 

In order to be eligible for the course, all employees will be required to provide a copy of their IOSH Managing Safely certificate number when booking the refresher course. 

Once you pass your course, you’ll receive an IOSH accredited certificate.

With Health and Safety legislation constantly changing, it’s crucial for managers to be up to speed and well educated to reduce the risk of accidents happening in the workplace. 

Here are a few more benefits that the IOSH Managing Safely Refresher has for the business and the individual:

  • Greater productivity with fewer disruptions
  • Less people off work as a result of injuries.
  • Organisation-wide appreciation and knowledge of important safety measures for the business.
  • An opportunity for team-bonding with an internationally accredited certificate at the end of it.
  • Improved risk assessment and safety awareness measures.
  • Enhanced health and safety reputation with key stakeholders.   


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How much does it cost?


The IOSH Managing Safely refresher course starts from £195 with Grow Training website. 


What’s included you ask?

  • Test fees and an IOSH approved certificate. 
  • Extensive course content.
  • Tutor fees.

At Grow Training, we offer a number of refresher training courses in both Edinburgh and at our Glasgow facility throughout the year. 

If you’d prefer to carry out the IOSH Managing Safely refresher course in the comfort of your own office space, please get in touch. By filling out a quick form detailing some information about the company, we’ll get back to you asap about the potential possibility of an In-House training course. 

At Grow Training, we guarantee that your booked IOSH Managing Safely refresher course will go ahead. Unlike other providers, we will carry out the training course regardless of the number of spaces that have been filled. 


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What will the Refresher Course be like? 

For starters, you’ll be glad to hear that the refresher course has condensed all the study content into 1 day rather than 3.

The IOSH Managing Safely Refresher Course is based on the Plan, Do, Check and Act health & safety management system. To give managers a practical approach to learning, and to ensure managers fully understand their roles and responsibilities, the course is split into six different modules:

  • Module 1: Thinking Back – on why managing safely is important in the workplace and the key reasons for this. 
  • Module 2: Leadership – The importance of leadership and how it shapes a positive safety culture.  
  • Module 3: Plan – What requirements should be included when planning a safety and health policy.  
  • Module 4: Do – Risk profiling through a risk assessment exercise followed by sharing your findings and the health & safety plan.
  • Module 5: Check – Measuring if the health and safety plan being used is working and how effective it is. 
  • Module 6: Act – The importance of reviewing performance and continual improvement.

If you look at the refresher course as an accredited boost of what you already know, it is a welcome replenishment of updated health and safety issues. 

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What Does the Exam Look like now?

And breathe. If you thought the assessment was as gruelling as your first IOSH Managing Safely course you’ll be pleased to hear that you only have to sit one short exam.

To pass the exam, you’ve got to get at least 20 marks out of a possible 32. In percentage terms, you’re looking at a pass rate of 62.5%. 

The exam questions aren’t designed to trick you or throw you off, instead, they’re there to genuinely test your knowledge of health and safety in the workplace.

You will be given 30 minutes to answer the 21 questions in a variety of formats including true/false, multiple-choice, open questions and short answers. The questions are worth anything between 1 – 5 marks. 

At Grow Training we offer face-to-face classroom courses of the IOSH Managing Safely Refresher course as we feel our customers get much more out of the process with one of our accredited tutors answering all your questions in person.

If you opt for a classroom course you’ll complete a hard copy of the test and receive your results and accredited certificate (hopefully, we believe in you!) from IOSH within 8 to 10 weeks. On the other hand, if you decide to complete your course via e-learning you will get your results instantly, but your score will need  checked by IOSH. If all goes to plan, you should have your approved score and certificate within 6 weeks of completing the e-course. 

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What’s Next?

It’s been an absolute pleasure and we look forward to seeing you again in 3 years…

All jokes aside, the IOSH Managing Safely Refresher course is fundamental to the safety and well-being of your workforce and we try to make the day as interesting as possible for you. 

There’s no doubt you’ll have the coolest party trick in the office – the ability to implement health and safety plans and policies. Let alone being able to share your wisdom on the importance of leadership and how it shapes a positive safety culture.

If you’re looking to book your IOSH Managing Safely Refresher Course at one of our Scottish facilities, or you’re interested in one of our accredited tutors providing an in-house course, or you simply want to ask a few questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  
If you’re still on the fence about renewing you course, why not take a look at some of the benefits that come from successfully completing an IOSH course