IOSH publication on coaching for safety goes live

As red letter days go, today Wednesday 29th March 2017 is red indeed. For it is today that the long awaited IOSH publication ‘Coaching for safety – an introductory guide’ goes live in the Books and Resources section of the IOSH website. Written by yours truly in collaboration with renowned Coach and author Jenny Rogers, the guide aims to provide practitioners with a basic understanding of the soft skill of coaching. Today marks a significant milestone for us. Our Coaching for safety course first came to market in 2013 and we quickly learned two important lessons. Firstly, how little the safety profession in the UK valued soft skills relative to technical knowledge and understanding. And secondly, we learned how widely misunderstood ‘coaching’ is. That the professional body has endorsed the use of coaching skills to enable practitioners to engage with others to improve occupational safety and health outcomes is, understandably, music to our ears. We couldn’t have put it better than Kate Field, Head of Information and Intelligence at IOSH, who says “There is an increasing acceptance within the occupational safety and health profession that a knowledge of the law and compliance standards is not enough. To succeed and be effective, an occupational safety and health professional needs to engage and influence at all levels within a business. The role is increasingly collaborative, supportive, challenging and helpful – the characteristics of a coach. This guide provides a first step on that journey.” Download a copy of ‘Coaching for safety – an introductory guide’...

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In 2016, the number of delegates attending IOSH Approved Coaching for safety classes increased by over 70%. In 2017, by the second week of March, we’d already trained half the total number of delegates that attended in the whole of last year. Delegates from Oil and Gas, Rail, Waste Management, University Education, Aviation, Workplace Services, Water Regulation and Steel Distribution have attended already this year, as have a number of private safety consultants, but what is driving this groundswell in interest and what is it that delegates and organisations value so highly? Certainly, IOSH Blueprint is a factor. IOSH Blueprint is the new competency framework for OSH Practitioners. Developed by IOSH and a cross-sector group of industry experts, it defines ‘what good looks like’ in OSH competence. The Engagement and Influence category of the framework, includes references to questioning, active listening, collaboration, being aware of body language and non-verbal communication. These are just some of the attributes of a good coach and of course they feature strongly on the IOSH Approved Coaching for safety programme. To find out more, download our FREE Coaching for safety taster here. Whether safety is only a part of your role or you’re a full-time safety professional, IOSH Approved Coaching for safety has been designed to provide you with valuable skills. It’s unlike any other course – don’t miss out. When                Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th May 2017 Where              Holiday Inn Express, Loake Close, Grange Park, Northampton NN4 5EZ Price                 £525 + VAT Book today by calling Michael on 01706 217122 or 07921914099 or email...