British Safety Council

International Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health

Why study with the British Safety Council

Created specifically for full-time managers and practitioners with specific responsibility for health and safety culture, this qualification leads to membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health at graduate level (Grad IOSH), an important step towards chartered status. International Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health is vital because employers have an ethical and legal obligation to keep their people healthy and safe. Good health and safety is good for business.
The vast majority of occupational accidents and incidents of ill-health can be avoided with good health and safety management. This depends on clearly communicated expert advice from appropriately qualified practitioners. This internationally-recognised, professional qualification helps managers and practitioners with specific responsibility for health and safety to develop a business case for investment in health and safety.
The qualification meets the requirement for graduate membership of the Institution (Grad IOSH). Following the successful completion of a period of initial professional development, a graduate member may apply for chartered status (CMIOSH). Holders of the International Diploma may also apply for full membership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).

Qualification Structure
The International Diploma comprises three mandatory units, each separately assessed.
Unit 1 Principles of Health and Safety Management
Unit 2 Safeguarding People’s Health in the Workplace
Unit 3 Promoting a Positive Health and Safety Culture in the Workplace

Entry Requirements: It is recommended that candidates entered for the International Diploma have: either a Certificate-level qualification in occupational safety and health; or an alternative appropriate qualification in a related sector; or appropriate experience in a health and safety role; and a level of literacy and numeracy adequate to cope with their assessments. This recommendation is intended to ensure that all candidates who enter for the International Diploma can undertake the assessments with a reasonable expectation of success.

Scheme of Assessment for the International Diploma is via two written examinations and two workplace-based assignments. The written examinations test knowledge, understanding and the application of learning. The assignments provide an opportunity for candidates to apply their knowledge and understanding in their workplaces for the benefit of both themselves and their organizations.

Assessments may be completed in any order.
Unit 1:  Unit 1 is assessed by a 3-hour written examination in two parts. Part A comprises one compulsory, stimulus-based question worth 40 marks.
Candidates are presented with stimulus material relating to a fictitious workplace and are asked a series of questions centered on risk management. Part B comprises eight compulsory short-answer questions each worth 10 marks (total 80 marks). In order to pass this unit, candidates must achieve the pass mark and score at least 40% in each of sections A and B.
Unit 2:   Unit 2 is assessed by a 2½-hour written examination and an assignment based on an occupational health hazard in the candidate’s workplace. The examination comprises ten compulsory short-answer questions each worth 10 marks (100 marks). The examination and assignment are weighted equally, i.e. they both carry a weighting of 50% for the unit.
Unit 3:   Unit 3 is assessed by an assignment involving an assessment of the health and safety culture in the candidate’s workplace, preparation of a strategy for improving that culture and a business case to support the strategy.
Assignments:   Candidates may choose when they complete and submit their assignments. A result will be issued within six weeks of submission.
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