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Health & Safety Training: What Employers Need to Do For Lone Worker Health and Safety

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Health & Safety Training: What Employers Need to do for Lone Worker Health and Safety

Health & Safety qualifications can enhance your health and safety skills and ensure you are in the know about the latest safety innovations that keep lone working staff protected.

Find out why CCOHS qualifications are important and what employers need to put in place to keep lone workers safe.

If you are currently pursuing a career in health and safety, you will know that regular and up-to-date professional development courses are essential for ensuring that you have the skills and knowledge you need to produce the best safety outcomes for your organisation. 

Health and safety professionals must keep abreast of current legislation and best practice in order to fulfil the demands of their role. 

It is also important to keep on top of the latest innovations within a sector where – quite literally – the outcomes can mean the difference between life and death. 

Lone workers can be at an increased risk of harm as in an emergency situation there may not be anyone to raise the alarm. As such, lone worker safety is an area where many organisations and individuals are seeking additional training and support.   

To remain at the forefront of the latest legislative health and safety requirements – and the latest innovations – many health and safety professionals choose to enhance their CV with an IOSH certificate or IOSH Managing Safely course. 

What is IOSH?

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the world’s largest health and safety membership body. With 44,000 members in 99 countries, IOSH is committed to ensuring that global work practices are safe, healthy and sustainable.

As a world renowned name in safety excellence, qualifications from IOSH, such as the IOSH certificate and IOSH Managing Safely course, are highly regarded by employers and can help you to fast track your career in health and safety. 

What is an IOSH certificate?

An IOSH certificate is one of the most popular health and safety qualifications for those looking to boost their health and safety knowledge and practical skills. 

The NCFE IOSH Level 3 Certificate in Safety and Health for Business is a globally recognised qualification that provides an understanding of safety and health in a business context.

By studying for an IOSH certificate you will:

  • Gain technical knowledge and skills
  • Learn effective techniques to apply your health and safety knowledge within your organisation 
  • Study using case studies and real-life scenarios 

This qualification is the ideal step towards becoming eligible for Associate or Technical IOSH membership. Being a member of IOSH gives you access to professional opportunities in health and safety that will support your progress at work and contribute tangibly to business success.

What is the IOSH Managing Safely Course?

According to IOSH, the IOSH Managing Safely course is the number one health and safety course for line managers, in any sector, worldwide. 

It is shorter than the IOSH certificate, taking three days face to face or 8-12 hours online.

The IOSH Managing Safely course: 

  • Is an internationally recognised certification 
  • Provides managers with confidence to apply their knowledge in the workplace
  • Improves your awareness of safety culture
  • Increases your productivity
  • Enhances your reputation in the H&S industry 
  • Helps you to embed health and safety practices within your organisation
  • Is trusted by organisations 
  • Can be studied both online and face to face 

The IOSH Managing Safely course is a great way to upskill in a short period of time and the online option enables you to fit your study around your current commitments. 

How long is an IOSH certificate valid for?

Neither the IOSH Certificate or the IOSH Managing Safely course expire. However, IOSH recommends that you attend a refresher or CPD course at least every 3 years to ensure your knowledge and skills remain up to date.

What can lone workers do to keep safe?

Choosing to enhance your health and safety capabilities through an IOSH certification can help you to tackle today’s most pressing health and safety challenges – including keeping lone workers safe. 

With research from the British Safety Council estimating that as many as 150 lone workers are attacked every day, lone worker health and safety has been steadily moving up the health and safety agenda, both in terms of legislative requirements and innovations to protect them.

There are a lot of lone workers to take care of – figures from the Office for National Statistics show that up to 25% of the UK workforce undertakes some form of lone working.

As well as conducting risk assessments and producing a lone worker safety policy, part of being a responsible health and safety professional is choosing the correct tools and solutions to ensure that staff are kept safe. When it comes to lone worker safety, many organisations are choosing lone worker apps to protect their staff. 

Find out more about your obligations to lone working staff in our Guide to Lone Working


According to a 2019 Berg Insights Report, 20% of all lone worker solutions in Europe, and more than 40% in North America, are now app based. This number is predicted to grow; worker safety devices based on GPS and cellular technology in Europe are expected to reach 1.1 million users at the end of 2022.

The StaySafe app is an innovative British Standard accredited app and cloud based hub that keeps lone working staff located and protected 24/7. Our app helps health and safety managers meet their duty of care to staff whilst being exceptionally easy for staff to use every day. 

Find out more about why hundreds of health and safety professionals are choosing the StaySafe app to protect their staff

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