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BSC International Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health (Level 6 Qualification) – UK: Unit 1

June 17 - June 26


Course Overview

The International Diploma is a prestigious degree-level qualification for health and safety professionals wishing to progress their careers. Holders of the International Diploma can apply for graduate membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Grad IOSH), the world’s largest health and safety membership organisation. Many then progress to become chartered members (CMIOSH) following the successful completion of a period of initial professional development. Holders of the International Diploma may also apply for full mem bership of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM).

Despite advancements in health and safety, people continue to be killed and seriously injured at work. In addition to the tragic loss of life and personal suffering, employers found themselves faced with court fines and costs, increased insurance premiums, compensation claims, reduced productivity, damaged reputation and lower staff morale.

The vast majority of occupational accidents and incidents of ill-health can be avoided by good health and safety management. This depends on clearly communicated expert advice from appropriately qualified practitioners. With this in mind, MacBens Multi Resources Ltd. offers the BSC International Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health with direct approval from the British Safety Council (BSC), an internationally-recognised, professional qualification for managers and practitioners with specific responsibility for health and safety in the workplace.

The content of the International Diploma has been carefully designed to ensure that it covers all the aspects of occupational health and safety practice needed by a manager, including risk management, occupational health, promoting a positive health and safety culture and preparing a business case for investment in health and safety.

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.



1.1 Explain why occupational health and safety needs to be managed
2.1 Describe the role and functions of key international occupational safety and health organisations
2.2 Describe the responsibilities placed on employers for the health, safety and welfare of employees and others who may be
affect the employer’s work activities
2.3 Explain how consultation can improve health and safety in the workplace
2.4 Explain how a health and safety policy is developed and used
3.1 Explain the principles and components of a health and safety management system
3.2 Explain the benefits of implementing a health and safety management system
3.3 Explain the role and responsibilities of a health and safety practitioner
3.4 Describe how health and safety performance can be measured and reviewed
4.1 Evaluate the main hazards relating to workplace activities
4.2 Explain the potential consequences of uncontrolled workplace hazards
4.3 Describe the factors that need to be considered when assessing the risks from workplace activities
4.4 Describe the components of a suitable and sufficient risk assessment
4.5 Explain the different uses of generic, specific and dynamic risk assessments
5.1 Describe a general hierarchical approach for managing risk
5.2 Describe suitable control measures for specific workplace hazards
5.3 Describe how to develop and implement a safe system of work
6.1 Evaluate theories of incident loss causation
6.2 Describe the requirements for incident reporting and investigation
6.3 Evaluate the role of human failure in incident causation
6.4 Describe how human failure can be assessed and reduced
7.1 Evaluate the main risks to the environment from workplace activities
7.2 Explain the measures to reduce and manage risks to the environment from workplace activities
7.3 Describe the main elements of an environmental management system


1.1 Explain how occupational health strategies are developed and implemented within an overall health and safety management
1.2 Describe the functions of and relationships between members of an occupational health team
1.3 Explain the internal and external requirements for reporting occupational diseases
2.1 Describe common occupational health hazards
2.2 Explain how the body can be harmed from exposure to hazardous agents in the workplace
2.3 Explain how the body can defend itself from exposure to hazardous agents
2.4 Outline the principles of toxicology and epidemiology
3.1 Describe the responsibilities of employers for managing occupational health risks to vulnerable persons in the workplace
4.1 Describe the factors to be considered when conducting risk assessments for occupational health hazards
4.2 Assess the risk of harm from exposure to occupational health hazards
4.3 Explain how exposure to hazardous agents can be measured and evaluated against established exposure limits or values
5.1 Describe a general hierarchical approach for preventing occupational ill -health
5.2 Describe suitable control measures for specific occupational health hazards
5.3 Describe methods for monitoring and reviewing occupational health control measures
5.4 Describe the requirements for and methods of monitoring the health of employees


1.1 Explain the benefits of a positive health and safety culture for an organisation
1.2 Explain the barriers to achieving a positive health and safety culture in an organisation
1.3 Describe the symptoms of a poor health and safety culture in an organisation
2.1 Explain the methodology used for assessing the health and safety culture of an organisation
2.2 Describe the indicators that can be used to measure the health and safety culture of an organisation
2.3 Describe how to carry out a climate survey in relation to health and safety in the workplace
2.4 Critically analyse data to make judgments about the health and safety culture of an organisation
3.1 Explain the individual, organisational and job factors which influence workers’ behaviour
3.2 Explain the role of an organisation’s communication system in promoting positive behaviour and improving health and safety
3.3 Explain how staff competency can be measured, improved and maintained
4.1 Describe how to develop a strategy for improving the health and safety culture of an organisation
4.2 Explain the factors influencing the development of a strategy for improving health and safety culture
4.3 Explain how risk management principles are used in the development of a strategy for improving the health and safety cu lture
of an organisation
5.1 Construct a business case for investing resources into improving the health and safety culture of an organisation
5.2 Prepare a management report for improving the health and safety culture of an organisation

Scheme of Assessment: 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 organisations. The examinations and assignments test the assessment criteria on units 1-3 of this specification.

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.

Examinations: Examinations are taken at the MacBens Training Centre in Accra, Ghana and/or we can arrange for you to take the examinations at selected British Council offices worldwide. To check the location of your nearest British Council office, please contact the MacBens Multi Resources Team at info@macbensmultiresources.com

Assignments: Candidates may choose when they complete and submit their assignments. A result will be issued within six weeks of submission.

Awarding Units: Candidates who achieve a pass in a unit will receive a result notification as a record of achievement.

Qualification Result Issue: Candidates who pass all three units will be awarded the BSC International Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health and may use the designatory letters IDipOSH after their name. (Ex: Koo Asumasi, IDipOSH).

COURSE FEE (Ex-VAT): GHc.3,500 per delegate per unit (Includes refreshments & lunch, tuition, course materials and administrative fees)

EXAM FEE: (EX-VAT): GHc.3,600 per delegate for all 3 units combined plus British Council fees where applicable (can be paid when delegate is ready to sit for the exams)

Should you require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.


June 17
June 26


MacBens Training Centre, Accra
#5, Suhum Street, Kokomlemle, Accra. Box AN 18177, Accra-North, Ghana Ghana + Google Map
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