IOSH Managing Occupational Health & Wellbeing


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IOSH managing health and wellbeing

IOSH Managing Occupational Health & Wellbeing


For many years organisations big and small have recognised the impact of negative employee health and wellbeing. For most it’s the biggest cause of employee absence. The 2016/17 figures stated by the HSE show that 1.3 million UK workers suffered from a work-related ill health issue, whilst over 70,000 workers suffered a RIDDOR reportable accident. These figures demonstrate the everyday experiences of most employers across a variety of industry sectors. A large number of organisations have developed relatively effective methods of controlling safety risks but are still left wanting when it comes to managing the health and wellbeing of their workforce. The skills developed by safety professionals are not necessarily transferable to the challenges posed by occupational health and wellbeing issues, leaving many organisations vulnerable and at risk.

Who is this course for? 

It’s time to recognise the need for a different approach to upskilling managers, H&S advisors and HR professionals. This will enable organisations to both recognise the causes and manage the cases of ill health and support the positive wellbeing of its employees. Which in turn is likely to result in a more engaged, healthier, happier and ultimately more productive workforce.

No previous health and safety qualifications are required to attend this course.

Managing Occupational Health & Wellbeing covers:

A healthy company

Delegates learn about health management and why it makes good business sense to manage occupational health and wellbeing in the workplace. They also learn what a ‘health needs assessment’ is and the key considerations that should be taken into account when carrying one out.

Health risk assessment

Introduces the five health hazard categories and looks at the causes of work-related health hazards in each category and their impact. Through an interactive exercise, delegates carry out their own health risk assessment and put together an action plan to monitor health risks.

Fitness for work

Examines the different types of non work- related conditions and how they can affect fitness for work. It discusses the importance of managing the fluctuations in people’s health status and the benefits of getting people back to work.


Delegates learn what a ‘wellbeing strategy’ includes and how the introduction and promotion of a wellbeing programme can influence and add value to an organisation.

Course overview

Course outcomes

This course gives delegates the skills and knowledge they need to keep their teams healthy at work. Successful delegates are awarded with an IOSH Managing Occupational Health and Wellbeing certificate.

Employer benefits

  • Improved, organisation-wide awareness of health and wellbeing issues
  • A healthier and more productive workplace
  • Delegates able to conduct a workplace health risk assessment
  • Delegates able to develop a health needs action plan
  • Better management of employee health conditions
  • Improved understanding of employee wellbeing
  • Delegates able to develop and support employee wellbeing programmes
  • Improved effectiveness of managers and supervisors enabling them to proactively approach occupational health and wellbeing issues
  • Enhanced reputation amongst supply chain
  • Better understanding of organisations occupational health provision
  • Globally recognised and respected certificated training

Ouch trainers

The Ouch trainers are highly qualified health and safety professionals with extensive experience of occupational health and wellbeing issues. All trainers are qualified mental health first aid instructors.

Course delivery

This is a 1-day course which can be delivered either at the clients premises or individuals can attend our open courses in Dorset and Manchester. For in-house training the course can be contextualised to meet the needs of the client.

For more information about this course or to complete a booking contact the Ouch team for details.

Other training in our health and wellbeing portfolio:

  • Managing work-related stress (1 day)
  • Resilience workshops (1/2 day)
  • Building a resilient workplace (1 day)
  • Change management (1 day)
  • Introduction to mindfulness (1/2 day)
  • Mindful leadership (1/2 day)