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Setting standards in health and safety
Raising performance through training and competence development



IOSH publishes a two-tier range of free technical guidance. Our guidance literature is designed to support and inform members and motivate and influence health and safety stakeholders.
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Brief, focused information on health and safety topics, typically operation- or sector-specific.

Strategic corporate guidance on health and safety issues.

> Contents
Introduction 1 What is competence? 2 Setting competence levels in health and safety 3 Training 4 Who needs training and competence? 5 Competence in health and safety 6 Developing and maintaining competence 7 Conclusion More information Further reading 02 03 04 05 06 08 09 10 11 11

Appendices A The National Qualifications Framework for England B How the different qualification levels relate to each other C The NQF levels for NVQs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and SVQs in Scotland D Case study: Competence in health and safety at a nuclear company



> Introduction
We’ve produced this guide on competence and training good practice for employers and health and safety professionals. Our aim is to help raise health and safety performance across all levels and sectors of employment by outlining the competences that staff need, and how these can be developed. The guide looks at the standards of training and levels of competence needed by: • directors, managers and supervisors • health and safety representatives • non-supervisory staff • health and safety professionals • other professionals. This guide is intended as an introductory text to health and safety training and competence, with references to further reading and information sources. It is not a definitive guide to the subject.


1 What is competence?
Competence is about being able to do something effectively and efficiently. It has three main building blocks –...