The CIEH Intermediate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Level 3

The CIEH Intermediate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Level 3

Is Your Workplace Prepared?

Did you know that according to the HSE (Health & Safety Executive)

  • 1.3 million working people suffered from a work-related illness
  • 144 workers killed at work (2017/18)
  • 609,000 injuries occurred at work according to the Labour Force Survey
  • 70,116 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
  • 31.2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
  • £14.9 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2015/16)

For employers and employees, the cost financially and to your reputation from inadequate H&S training can have devastating effects. That’s why from using protective equipment to dealing with accidents, Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) is indispensable to a healthy and safe working environment.

With a focus on the role of supervision, learners on this course will develop the essential knowledge and understanding to enable them to discharge health and safety responsibilities.

The CIEH Intermediate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is designed for:

  • Managers and supervisors within a workplace
  • Learning and development coaches

Upon successful completion of this qualification candidates will possess a thorough understanding of the different aspects of health and safety in the workplace, an understanding of their roles and responsibilities for the health and safety of others and be able to ensure the safety of your employees.

What’s more, employers can book this course for their employees and rest assured that they fulfilled their legal responsibilities for providing quality Health & Safety training which meets OFSTED and CQC requirements

What's Covered?

Introduction to Health and Safety

  • The role of health and safety in the workplace; be able to state the potential direct and indirect costs of poor standards of workplace health and safety both to individuals and to the employer.
  • Learners will be able to define the terms ‘hazard’, ‘risk’, ‘control measure’, ‘accident’ and ‘near-miss’ as well as explain the roles of occupational, environmental and human factors and how these can be used to structure inspections, investigations and audits.


Learners will be aware of the scope of UK health and safety legislation and associated guidance and be able to:

  • Explain the roles of primary and secondary legislation in health and safety law.
  • Explain the legal status and practical application of Approved Codes of Practice, guidance and other publications in assisting employers to fulfil their health and safety duties.
  • Outline the powers of enforcement officers in respect of health and safety as well as enforcement actions that might be taken, and the penalties that can be imposed, for breaches of health and safety law.

Accidents in the workplace

  • Learners will appreciate the scope of work-related accidents, understand the roles that accident reporting and investigation play in accident prevention; identify the range of common workplace accidents and link these to human, occupational and environmental factors.
  • Describe the legal requirements and organisational needs with respect to reporting and recording of accidents and near misses. Outline the main principles involved in carrying out an incident investigation. Identify safety hazards and select suitable control measures to prevent accidents.

Ill health in the workplace

  • Appreciate the scope of work-related ill health, understand methods for its identification and prevention to describe the characteristics of common work-related ill health conditions and give examples of their causes in terms of work exposure and activities.
  • Describe the legal requirements and organisational needs with respect to the reporting of incidents of work-related ill health. Identify health hazards and select suitable control measures.

Health and safety organisation and management

  • Understand the need for a structured management approach to health and safety. Understand the key factors in implementing health and safety policy; explain the meaning of the term ‘health and safety culture’ and identify the characteristics of a positive health and safety culture in the workplace.
  • Outline the requirements and means for providing health and safety information to employees and state the requirements for employee representation and consultation on health and safety matters with effective communication in the workplace.

The role of supervisors

  • The key role that supervisors play in communicating, implementing and monitoring health and safety policy to describe the role of supervisors and managers in promoting good standards of health and safety and compliance with organisational and legal requirements.
  • Explain the role of PPE in controlling hazards and the supervisor’s role in ensuring its effectiveness; describe procedures for monitoring the effectiveness of control measures and identify methods for motivating staff to work safely and to contribute to the development of a positive health and safety culture.


This course can be delivered as a one-day refresher/awareness course. The certification displaying the course content will demonstrate how National Occupational Standards have been met.

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