Be the best you can be with IOSH Approved Coaching for safety

Coaching for safety

Once the preserve of executives and senior managers, coaching is fast becoming a standard feature of corporate life and the ability to coach is increasingly being seen as an essential management skill.

Leading safety professionals too advocate a coaching approach. They emphasise the importance of collaboration and balancing technical knowledge with complementary communication skills.

Safety people know about the law and the standards that need to be achieved and how others have solved problems. This is the greater knowledge and understanding they bring to a conversation and they are prized for this – only safety people know this stuff.

But supporting managers and others requires more than technical capability alone. Helping colleagues to explore problems and find the best solutions is a collaborative exercise requiring curiosity, skillful questioning and advanced, active listening skills – all attributes of a great coach.

If you believe, as we do, that the role of an OSH practitioner is to support managers and help them to exercise their responsibilities for health and safety – that’s why coaches exist, to be collaborative, supportive and helpful.

Whether safety is only a part of your role or you’re a full-time professional, the case for developing your coaching skills is obvious and compelling.

  • “This was a brilliant experience and I have learned so much. I wasn’t quite sure exactly what to expect but I can honestly say it was the best skills course I have ever done. I am delighted I completed it.”

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    Patrick Byrne
    EHS Officer, Irish Air Corps
  • IOSH Approved Coaching for safety is fantastic, it has really opened my eyes to the idea of coaching and I’m looking forward to applying what I have learnt to my everyday job.

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    Matt Molyneux
    SHEQ Advisor North, Briggs Equipment UK Limited
  • It immediately became apparent that this was an active, high-participation, practical course balanced with the right level of theory. The skills I’ve learned will be of huge benefit to me personally and my team, and not just in relation to safety. Excellent!

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    George Carney
    Airfield Engineering Manager, Gatwick Airport
Health and Safety Training Lancashire