Astutis Health, Safety & Environmental Blog

Health & Safety Courses For Management

Written by Kate James on Aug 15 2018

 

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What is IOSH Managing Safely?

Written by Kate James on Aug 15 2018

Health and safety management is something that affects every business, no matter the size or industry. All workers have a right to work in an environment where risks to their health and safety are kept to a minimum and one of the best ways of ensuring this in a business is to make managers and team leaders aware of their responsibilities.

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A Career Starts in the Forces & Transfers to Safety

Written by Chris Flynn GradIOSH on Jul 24 2018

Having been persuaded by my father at the age of 17 that the Parachute Regiment could wait and obtaining a trade was initially a wiser approach, I embarked on a career in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). It turned out my father understood a little more about life than I did and his advice was sound for a young man unsure of where to direct his energy.

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Why take a NEBOSH Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety?

Written by Kate James on Jun 30 2018

Are you wondering if devoting time and money (yours or your employer’s) to taking a NEBOSH Certificate Health and Safety qualification is going to be worthwhile? Read on if you want some answers to this question. Find out how the NEBOSH Certificate can start to make some positive changes to your working life – now and for the future.

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Ways to take a NEBOSH General Certificate Qualification

Written by Kate James on Jun 30 2018

If you have decided the NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is the best qualification for you to develop professionally, the method you choose to study is the next important decision. Typically the learning options available to study the NEBOSH Certificate are online (also known as e-learning) and as a class-based course. Your circumstances such as availability and budget, preferred approach to learning and motivation will determine your choice of method. Read the features of the methods available and decide which is best for you. Our introduction to the NEBOSH General Certificate also covers these points.

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How Much Does the NEBOSH General Certificate Cost?

Written by Rosie Thomas on Jun 28 2018

The number one question people want to know about the NEBOSH General Certificate is, of course, how much does it cost? The answer is – it depends.

The price of the course will be different for each course provider and is largely determined by your chosen learning method and location. Whatever learning method you choose, you’ll also need to consider additional costs such travel, extra support, exams and VAT.

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Studying for the NEBOSH General Certificate

Written by Rosie Thomas on Jun 28 2018

When someone says the word 'studying', what do you think of? For some, it immediately conjures up thoughts of late-night study sessions and re-reading notes until something sticks. For others, they think of stuffy classrooms with lots of homework. Luckily, the concept of learning has evolved over the years and there's now over 70 types of learning models to suit all types of learners. This means that nowadays, studying is more often an enjoyable and positive experience. 

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What is the NEBOSH General Certificate?

Written by Rosie Thomas on Jun 28 2018

The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (NGC) is a foundation level (level-3) and the most popular health and safety qualification in the UK. It will introduce you to the principles of risk management how to incorporate them into day-to-day decisions.

In this post we talk about exactly what the NEBOSH General Certificate is about, its learning outcomes and why it's so popular amongst employers. Our introduction to The NEBOSH General Certificate is also a great resource to check out!

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What to Expect from the NEBOSH General Certificate Exams

Written by Rosie Thomas on Jun 28 2018

To achieve your NEBOSH General Certificate qualification, you need to pass 3 assessments - 2 x written exams and 1 workplace assignment. Don't worry - you'll get lots of exam preparation and support throughout your course, and in this post we've gone through everything you need to know about the NEBOSH General Certificate exams so you know just what to expect.  For more general information on the NGC take a look here.

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How to Avoid Common Mistakes in the NEBOSH Diploma Unit DNI

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on Jun 22 2018

If you are studying the NEBOSH National or International Diploma and you are planning the DNI dissertation, this post will help you prepare for this Unit. As a NEBOSH Diploma trainer, and examiner, I see students who are at all stages of the NEBOSH diploma process, and I mark submissions for the DNI.

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Examining the Safety Audit Process

Having worked in safety for over 25 years, I have witnessed that safety professionals are increasingly taking on a broader range of duties. Supporting activities including health, environment, training, security, and even quality.

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Corporate Manslaughter Act and its Impact on Organisations

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (The Act) has now been in place since 2007 but what impact has it made in terms of the conviction and punishment of organisations?

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Journey from Armed Forces to Health and Safety 

Written by Chris Flynn GradIOSH on Feb 22 2018

Meet Chris Flynn who after a successful 12 years in the UK Armed Forces, made the decision to reinvent himself and embark on a career more suited to his changing lifestyle. Using his Enhanced Learning Credited to undertake NEBOSH training, he began his journey to become a qualified health and safety practitioner, working in the UK, Australia, US and Dubai. 

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Where Will Your NEBOSH Course Take You?

Written by Rosie Thomas on Feb 01 2018

Joining a professional body is rightly important to many people considering taking a NEBOSH qualification. Not only do they support CPD and provide a range of resources and networking opportunities, they are also closely linked with career development. NEBOSH works closely with professional membership bodies around the world to ensure that their qualifications meet their membership requirements.

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Which NEBOSH Course is Right For You?

Written by Rosie Thomas on Feb 01 2018

So, you’re considering doing a NEBOSH qualification, but which one is right for you? To help you answer that question, we’ve dug down into the different levels of NEBOSH qualifications and what each one has to offer.

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Tags: NEBOSH courses, NEBOSH General Certificate, NEBOSH National Diploma

Why Should You Take a NEBOSH Qualification?

Written by Rosie Thomas on Feb 01 2018

nebosh-transparentreduced.pngChoosing to embark on a new course can be quite daunting, especially if, like most people, you haven’t studied a formal qualification since school or university. Naturally, you want to make sure that the time and money you commit is going to be worth your while.

In this post, we’ll talk you through the pros and cons of NEBOSH qualifications to help you make a well-rounded decision as to whether that next course is right for you.

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NEBOSH Course Entry Requirements

Written by Kate James on Feb 01 2018

If you are ready to take a health and safety course but you’re wondering what qualifications are required for the NEBOSH courses, this post will provide you with the entry requirements. As a note of reassurance, NEBOSH qualifications attract around 50,000 people globally, from all industry sectors, every year. Therefore NEBOSH qualifications are developed for everybody to be able to study, pass them and use the knowledge in their job to meet their health and safety responsibilities. 

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Who is NEBOSH for?

Written by Rosie Thomas on Feb 01 2018

NEBOSH qualifications are designed to build the knowledge and skills to save lives, prevent injury and ill-health, and protect our environment for future generations. As accidents and work related ill-health affect all types of workplaces and occupations, they are relevant to a whole range of job roles.

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NEBOSH Exams

Written by Kate James on Feb 01 2018

If you’re embarking on a NEBOSH course, naturally you want to know what is involved in the assessments. What are the exams like? Are there practical assignments or multiple-choice tests? This post will outline what you can typically expect from a NEBOSH exam, how and where you take them and the process for getting the results and a certificate.

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Is there Funding Available for NEBOSH Courses?

Written by Kate James on Feb 01 2018

Embarking on any training course can be expensive especially if you are paying for it yourself so it’s not something to be taken lightly. NEBOSH is no different in that respect, but there is some financial help available for adult learners in the UK provided you meet the criteria of each scheme. 

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How Much Does a NEBOSH Course Cost?

Written by Kate James on Feb 01 2018

If you’re thinking about taking a NEBOSH course to develop your health and safety knowledge and get qualified, naturally one of the first questions you’ll have is - how much is it going to cost? Taking any qualification requires an investment in time and money. You want to be reassured that your decision to take a NEBOSH course is the right one before committing. Here, we will answer some of the most common questions on NEBOSH course prices.

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Studying a NEBOSH Course

Written by Kate James on Feb 01 2018

Are you planning to study a NEBOSH qualification? If the prospect of dedicating time and brainpower effectively is keeping you awake at night, read on for valuable and reassuring study techniques for studying for your NEBOSH qualification.

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What is NEBOSH?

Written by Rosie Thomas on Feb 01 2018

NEBOSH (The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) is the leading examining body for the UK health and safety industry. Their globally-recognised qualifications are designed to teach learners the skills and knowledge to manage health, safety and environmental issues in all places of work. Around 50,000 people take a NEBOSH qualification each year, all around the world.

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Tags: NEBOSH courses, NEBOSH General Certificate, NEBOSH National Diploma

How to Choose a NEBOSH Course Provider

Written by Kate James on Jan 29 2018

So you’ve decided to do a NEBOSH course and you’re on your journey to becoming a health and safety expert; the next step is to find the right course provider for you. How do you decide whom to do your NEBOSH course with? Choosing the right training provider is fundamental; a good NEBOSH course provider will dramatically influence not only passing your qualification but also being confident to use your health and safety knowledge back in the workplace.

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Ways to Take a NEBOSH Course

Written by Kate James on Jan 29 2018

If you’re thinking about taking a health and safety training course, you will have probably found NEBOSH come up, as the most widely recognised awarding body. NEBOSH is considered the ideal route to developing yourself professionally. There is a wide range of NEBOSH qualifications suitable for all job roles and industry sectors; for example there are NEBOSH Certificate courses suitable for people working in construction, oil and gas or more involved in fire responsibilities. Read the blog on Which NEBOSH Course is Right For You? Once you have decided the right course for you, the next step is to decide how you are going to take it i.e. what learning method? NEBOSH online, distance, or class based.

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CDM 2015: Three Years On

Written by David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS on Jan 22 2018

So, coming to the end of the first three years of CDM 2015, we might ask what has changed?

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A Career in Health and Safety

Have you been thinking about a career in health and safety but aren't quite sure where it will take you? Health and safety consultant Andrew Froude sat down with us to discuss his own journey and offer advice for those just starting out in their health and safety career.

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How to Complete the NEBOSH Unit DNI Assignment

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on Jan 05 2018

Unit DNI is a compulsory module of the NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety consisting of an 8000-word health and safety report. It replaced the previously known Unit D in the 2015 NEBSOH Diploma syllabus update. Whether you’re a National or International learner, this post will help you complete your assignment.

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What to Expect from an Online NEBOSH Course

Written by Astutis Blog on Dec 19 2017

If you have never studied online before, you will probably be wondering what it’s like. How do I learn? What do I do if I’m stuck? How can I get feedback on my progress? These are all valid questions and ones that many online learners have asked at the beginning of their online learning journey.

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Company Benefits of Staff taking the NEBOSH Certificate

Written by Kate James on Dec 15 2017

If you’ve decided to take your NEBOSH Certificate but you need to persuade your employer of its real value and benefits for the company it's worth reading on. Here are 5 tangible benefits for a company to invest time and money in getting a staff member qualified on the NEBOSH Certificate.

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Tags: NEBOSH General Certificate, Training for teams/businesses

Is Health and Safety a Good Career Choice?

Written by Rosie Thomas on Dec 05 2017

When it comes to a new career, it can be a daunting prospect to go into something you’re not entirely familiar with. There are so many new opportunities out there, so it’s important to do your research.

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Is the Environment and Sustainability an Attractive Career?

Written by Rosie Thomas on Nov 28 2017

This blog post was updated in November 2017 to reflect the most recent changes in the industry.

The UK’s membership of the EU has played a major role in environmental protection. In fact, more than 1,100 UK environmental laws were made at EU level, with 80% of our environmental rules stemming from EU directives. It’s still not clear what the effect Brexit will have on the UK’s environment. And yet, despite these uncertainties and a US president sceptical about climate change, environmental and sustainability professionals are expressing high levels of job satisfaction and optimism for the years ahead.

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Accident Prevention: Learning from Past Failures

We all understand that one of the main reasons for investigating accidents is to find out why it happened, in order to prevent it happening again. The impact of an accident can be very damaging to staff morale, disruption of operations and the company reputation with significant associated costs. Learning from failures and implementing changes is an important step for organisations to move forward positively on every level.

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Planning and Answering NEBOSH Diploma Exam Questions

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on Nov 14 2017

As a NEBOSH examiner, I see a range of different styles and approaches taken to answering national and international exam papers. One thing that I have noticed over the years is that learners that plan their answers generally do better when it comes to the allocation of marks. With exam season just around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to put my experience to good use and give you a few tips regarding planning and answering diploma questions to help you to get the best out of the exams you may be about to sit.

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NEBOSH Certificate - Most Commonly Asked Questions

Written by Kate James on Nov 09 2017

Are you considering a well-thought-of course and qualification in health and safety management such as the NEBOSH Certificate? This widely recognised and increasingly demanded qualification by employers will enable you to develop new opportunities for your career as a manager, and in health and safety.

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NEBOSH Fire Certificate: How to Complete Your Fire Risk Assessment

Written by Adam Pearson on Nov 02 2017

Completing the practical element of the NEBOSH Fire Certificate, FC2, can be quite daunting, especially if you’ve never completed a fire risk assessment before.

You’re probably aware by now that there is no one-way to undertake a fire risk assessment; it can differ quite a lot with regards to format, layout and wording. However, this is a NEBOSH assessment and as such it’s important to do it the NEBOSH way by demonstrating the knowledge you’ve attained through the other parts of your studies and your new abilities.

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Choosing a Health & Safety qualification: NEBOSH Certificate vs NVQ vs NCFE IOSH Level 3

Written by Rosie Thomas on Oct 24 2017

Choosing a professional qualification can often be quite daunting. After all, you’re going to be investing both time and money into your course, so it’s important to choose one that’s beneficial to your career, lifestyle and budget.

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How to Improve Your Food Hygiene Rating

Written by Paul Harley CMIOSH on Oct 18 2017

The Food Standard Agency (FSA) has recently announced the mandatory display of food hygiene ratings in England. It follows the successful introduction of legislation in Wales and Northern Ireland that requires companies to clearly display their ratings to consumers, resulting in increased business compliance with hygiene standards and a reduction of ‘poorly compliant’ businesses.

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8 Tips to Reduce Work-Related Stress

Written by Rosie Thomas on Oct 10 2017

Making Workplace well-being is a priority for companies in the current climate. It's important for all businesses to openly talk about mental health issues and what needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

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Choosing the Right Safety Training Provider for Your Staff

Written by Kate James on Oct 05 2017

If you have staff you need to get trained naturally, you want to get “value for money". It’s essential you don’t just go for a tick in the training box and ignore all the benefits of getting effective training. So how can you make sure you find the right trainer for your company and staff needs? Here are some questions and pointers that will hopefully provide ‘food for thought’ the next time you need a health and safety training provider.

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ISO 45001 to Bridge the Leadership Gap

Whatever you read, and whoever you speak to, the importance of Senior Managers and leadership for creating a successful health and safety culture is fundamental. So it begs the question why do we keep on having to say it?

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Workplace Scenario: Risk Assessment

Studying for the NEBOSH General Certificate can be a challenge, but it can prove even harder if you don’t have any practical knowledge of a particular concept covered in the course. This can make it a struggle to understand how that topic can be applied to a real-world situation, or indeed appreciate how important it may be in protecting people at work.

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CDM 2015: The 9 Principles of Prevention

Written by David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS on Sep 12 2017

All designers and contractors involved in the planning and execution of construction work must take into account the general principles of prevention when carrying out their respective duties. As a fundamental requirement of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the principles provide a framework to identify and implement practical and procedural measures to protect the safety and health of workers, and those who may be adversely affected by work activities.

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Guide to Managing Health and Safety in Your Workplace

Written by Rosie Thomas on Sep 04 2017

In support of Small Business Advice Week here in the UK, we’ve put together this quick guide offering tips and guidance on how to better manage health and safety in your workplace.

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7 Key Metrics Every Health and Safety Department Should Track

Written by Tom Lea BScHons, GradIOSH, AIEMA on Aug 25 2017

At the heart of a successful business lies a strong safety culture. And, just like other areas of operations, a successful company makes use of the data available to continuously work to drive up standards in health and safety, employing a range of Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) to track specific objectives.

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Inspections vs. Audits - What's the Difference?

Introduction to inspections & audits

During my work in industry, I was often asked by a client to undertake regular site audits; this seemed like a reasonable request but often was not at all what the client wanted. In most cases the client wanted a workplace inspection to be carried out rather than a site audit. Organisations can incorrectly interchange the terms audits and inspections leading to confusion.

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10 Steps to Conducting an Effective Health and Safety Training Needs Analysis

The lifeblood of any effective training programme lies in correctly identifying who needs to be trained, in what, and for what outcomes. In order that you train the right people, in the right competencies, with the right learning methods, it is important that you undertake an effective needs analysis before implementing any health and safety training programme.

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Are You Fire Safety Compliant?

Written by Adam Pearson on Jul 11 2017

On 14th June 2017, the Grenfell Tower fire disaster tragically took the lives of 80 people and injured more than 70. It's predicted that the actual death count will rise dramatically and a definitive death toll is not expected until at least 2018. We may never truly know the conclusive figure of how many souls were lost in this awful catastrophe.

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Taking the NEBOSH Diploma: Study Tips from a NEBOSH Award Winner

Written by Rosie Thomas on Jun 30 2017

Tim Bates is the winner of the NEBOSH Best Student for Unit B Award 2017. He discusses his journey through the NEBOSH Diploma with us and shares his top studying tips. 

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NEBOSH Examiner’s Reports: the do’s & don’ts of a successful certificate exam

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on Jun 21 2017

Examiners' reports on Certificate Level qualifications are published twice a year by NEBOSH following the March and September examinations and are free to download for students.

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4 Steps to Identifying and Delivering Health & Safety Training

Written by Tom Lea BScHons, GradIOSH, AIEMA on Jun 13 2017

We know that legislation* requires employers to offer the right training for the health and safety of their staff at work. However, as well as achieving legal compliance, there are many further benefits to organisations in providing effective health and safety training - it's not just a box-ticking exercise or time-consuming burden...

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Planning Your Next Career Move

Written by Rosie Thomas on Jun 06 2017

We’re all taught the importance of learning and development from a young age. Teachers and family members encourage us to study, practice skills, take exams and review our progress. If we do well, we set new targets, push boundaries and go further. If we fail, we review where we went wrong and set new goals.

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Tags: Careers, Health & Safety

Implementing a Zero Accident Vision: 4 pillars of success

Written by Kate James on May 23 2017

Zero Accident Vision (ZAV) is a viewpoint stating that no one ought to be injured as the result of an accident in the workplace. More a school of thought than an actual numerical goal, in accident prevention terms, Zero Accident Vision proposes that all accidents can be prevented and offers a basis for learning from accidents and improving processes should they occur.

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Guide to Preparing for Your NEBOSH Exams

Written by Rosie Thomas on May 17 2017

As it's 'Learning at Work Week' across the UK, this quick guide is targeted at everyone preparing for their NEBOSH Certificate or Diploma exams and provides some useful links for guidance on revision and exam day tips.

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NEBOSH Diploma Exam Techniques Part 2

Hopefully from our Part 1 post you have an understanding of 4 key points to remember before and during your NEBOSH exam. Take a look at Part 1 here for a reminder.

In this Part 2 post we’ll take a look at a range of the typical questions you probably ask when preparing for your NEBOSH Diploma:

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NEBOSH Diploma Key Exam Techniques Part 1

You’ve now completed your revision and preparation for your Diploma exams and the day has arrived. You’re obviously very nervous and apprehensive about what kind of questions are on the paper, while at the same time you want to ensure that you demonstrate how much you know and to justify all the hard revision work you have put in.

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Cross-sector Service Delivery in HSE Consultancy and Training: E4D/SOGA, Uganda

Written by Kate James on Apr 25 2017

Case Study

Astutis was commissioned by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to develop and deliver Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) training and coaching to 60 participants at managerial level from 30 organisations across Uganda in order to upgrade their HSE practices and standards as part of the E4D/SOGA (Employment and Skills for Eastern Africa) programme.

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11 Tips on Worker Involvement in Safety & Health (WISH)

Written by Tom Lea BScHons, GradIOSH, AIEMA on Apr 12 2017

Worker involvement in safety and health (WISH) is a two-way process of collaboration whereby both employers and employees work together to spot, solve and own health and safety problems for the improvement of organisational safety and employee health as a whole.

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Unit NCC2: Construction Health and Safety Practical Application Part 2 – The Management Report

Written by David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS on Apr 06 2017

In Part 2 of this guide to the NCC2 practical, I will be looking at the ‘Report to Management’, practical element of the moderation.

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Safety and Wellness Programmes: intrinsically linked

Written by Tom Lea BScHons, GradIOSH, AIEMA on Mar 23 2017

Despite there being a direct correlation between wellness and safety in a business setting, many organisations still perceive these two disciplines as separate functions, managed by different departments with different systems, budgets and KPI’s. However, when properly connected, effective wellness and safety programmes can yield significant results in terms of accident and injury figures, lost productivity and labour and insurance costs. Furthermore, employee engagement levels and product and service quality can feel the positive effects of interlinking such programmes.

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Unit NCC2: Construction Health and Safety Practical Application Part 1– The Safety Inspection

Written by David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS on Mar 15 2017

In this part 1 guide to the NCC2 practical we are looking at the safety inspection of a workplace. I should start this blog with (what I think is) a very important comment:

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Smooth Transitions - From NEBOSH Diploma Unit D/ID to DNI

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on Mar 08 2017

This post is intended to benefit those currently studying the NEBOSH National or International Diploma in Occupational  Health and Safety, its' purpose being to clarify the situation with the staged transition from the ‘old’ Unit D/ID assignment to the new’ Unit DNI assignment, ‘Application of Health and Safety Management in the Workplace’.

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NEBOSH International Health & Safety Qualifications Transcending Borders

Written by Astutis Blog on Feb 28 2017

According to ILO (International Labour Organisation) estimates, in the region of 2.3 million workers each year die from an occupational injury or illnesses, (this equates to over 6,300 workers dying each day across the world) despite a rising global recognition of the importance of good health and safety practices in the workplace.

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High Reliability Organisations (HRO's) and Health & Safety: achieving enviable records

Written by Tom Lea BScHons, GradIOSH, AIEMA on Feb 21 2017

‘High Reliability Organisations’ (HRO's) are organisations that have succeeded in avoiding catastrophes in an environment where normal accidents can be expected due to risk factors and complexity. HRO’s and learning organisations push decision-making down as far as possible and rely on expertise in the field rather than on rules and punishment.

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Compliance Learning Isn’t Just a Box Ticking Exercise

Written by Helen Hodges on Feb 07 2017

We all appreciate that there's some training that your staff just have to do, so that you can tick the 'compliance' box that says they have been trained in a particular topic. Hopefully your staff will actually learn something new or pick up practical tips to improve their working practices … but this is not always the case.

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Delivering OHS Solutions In-house: Jotun

Written by Astutis Blog on Jan 31 2017

Company Profile

Established in Sandefjord, Norway in 1926, the Jotun Group is a matrix organisation divided into seven regions responsible for the sale of Decorative Paints and Performance Coatings (Marine, Protective and Powder Coatings) and now has hubs in Malaysia, Dubai and China. The company has 37 production facilities in 21 countries, 63 companies in 45 countries and is represented in over 100 countries around the world.

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Online NEBOSH International Diploma Learning Experience

Written by Rosie Thomas on Jan 23 2017

Read Senior Health and Safety Executive,  Dalia Raoof's online learning experience of the NEBOSH International Diploma while working for a company in the Electricity and Water industry based in the UAE. She outlines how she needed to add to her knowledge and skills to develop professionally.

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Final rule updating walking-working surfaces standards and establishing personal fall protection systems requirements – what does this mean in practice?

Written by Tom Lea BScHons, GradIOSH, AIEMA on Jan 10 2017

OSHA general industry standards on walking-working surfaces to prevent and reduce workplace slips, trips, and falls, as well as other injuries and fatalities associated with walking-working surface hazards, become effective next week.

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OHS - A Year in Review, 2016

Written by Oliver Newman on Jan 05 2017

Legal compliance and good planning are the cornerstones of any good Occupational Health and Safety policy, so it's a good time of year for those involved in the Health and Safety arena, to reflect on the past year and any significant changes therein.

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NEBOSH Diploma Study Guide

Written by Rosie Thomas on Dec 21 2016

As the age old saying goes...'proper planning and preparation prevents poor performance ' - try saying that five times! So, we've come up with a few tips which will help you plan your NEBOSH Diploma study and make the most of your course.

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Wellbeing: the Astutis Guide to Health and Wellbeing this Christmas

Written by Rhys Hart on Dec 08 2016

As we’ve been putting the ‘health’ back into health and safety in the Astutis offices in recent months, we thought we’d take a look at wellbeing in the run up to Christmas 2016 and offer a few tips to make 'light-work' of this festive season…

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Components of an Effective OHS Accountability System: part 2

Last week we introduced Accountability Systems and why they are important to the modern organisation and specifically, the health and safety function. This post delves a little deeper into building a successful Occupational Safety and Health accountability system in simple to apply steps...

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Developing a Successful Accountability Structure in OHS: part 1

As part of our series of posts exploring Behaviour Based Safety (BBS), this post looks at the importance of developing accountability structures in health and safety.

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Do Online Discussion Forums Help Your Learning?

Written by Daniel Kerr MA PGCE on Nov 22 2016

It’s not Just about Passing an Exam

I know that you want to focus on getting through your NEBOSH course and passing the exam. But it's worth stopping to think about why you are doing this course. Is it enough for you to get the  NEBOSH qualification that will help you get that longed for promotion?

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Due Diligence Defence: 5 steps to ensuring your workplace has safety covered

This post looks at issues surrounding Due Diligence Defence and why managers and company directors should be concerned with their duty of care under health and safety in their workplace.

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Behavioural Change and Performance Plateaus in Health and Safety: 3 steps to breaking through

When to use Behavioural Interventions

Programmes designed to improve health and safety related behaviour typically involve some form of workplace observation of unsafe acts or conditions, with a procedure for follow-up action and reporting system. The follow-up action can be targeted at the individual, team or organisation, depending on the features of the specific programme.

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An Interview with...Lee Boden CMIOSH

Written by Rosie Thomas on Oct 04 2016

 

In our newest blog series "An Interview with..", we are going to be chatting to our very own consultants to gain insight into career development, training, qualifications and key health and safety issues. Our first is with Chartered Consultant Lee Boden.

Having switched to Health & Safety later on in his career, Lee has completed a suite of NEBOSH qualifications and is now a highly successful Health & Safety Practitioner and Consultant, receiving consistently high pass rates and excellent feedback from delegates from all walks of life.

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Tags: Careers

The NEBOSH International Certificate -Ideal Career Route

Written by Rosie Thomas on Oct 03 2016

Eni Ojeaga, from Nigeria shares her experience of how she started
her career in health & safety with the NEBOSH International Certificate, her experience of learning online and the positive impact of successfully completing it has had on her career. Read her IGC experience.

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Tags: Careers, nebosh international certificate

Health and Safety – More than Rules and Compliance

 Are we considering the human element of health and safety, or have we become preoccupied with rules?

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NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Update 2016

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on Sep 06 2016

Here at Astutis, our team of Learning Developers has been busy updating our NEBOSH Diploma course materials to reflect the latest syllabus update (November 2015).

NEBOSH reviews and updates its Diploma syllabus every 5 years. Following extensive research, the changes to the course content reflects the knowledge and understanding required by health and safety practitioners in the modern workplace. Taken from the latest guidance released by NEBOSH, we’re going to break down exactly what these changes mean for you as a current or future student.

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Tags: NEBOSH National Diploma

70-20-10: Learning for Work

Written by Helen Hodges on Aug 17 2016

How do You Learn for Work?

If you are asked if you have undertaken any staff development or training for your job, what do you think about?

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NEBOSH Certificate Command Words -Why Are They So Important?

Many students studying NEBOSH Certificate qualifications get confused with the NEBOSH
“Command Words” in Certificate exam questions.

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Tags: NEBOSH General Certificate, Exams

Online Learning - What's Stopping You?

Written by Helen Hodges on Jul 19 2016

Many of you may have heard the drums beating about online learning, virtual or distance learning and how more people are participating in online training courses.

You might be wondering whether it could work for you, but you are worried about whether you or your employees have the expertise to make use of the technology, especially if you are sat on your own with no-one on hand to guide you.

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Heat in the Workplace: Assessing the Risk

While the weather here in the UK might have taken a slight turn for the worse, we have - if only on the calendar - officially marked the start of British summertime and in month alone, it might be timely to revisit temperature in the workplace and examine how this can affect staff health and productivity – remembering the old boy scout motto it’s best to ‘be prepared'….!

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Is your PC Causing you Musculoskeletal Disorders?

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on May 10 2016

Laptops, PCs tablets etc. – we all use them at work, at home and on the move; they have become almost like another vital organ we can’t live without. The impact of not managing our health when using DSE can have a significant effect on the quality of our life resulting in living with muscular aches and pain affecting all areas of our body.

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A Review of CDM 2015 – One Year On

Written by David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS on Apr 27 2016

In a keynote address to the recently formed ‘CDM Forum’, which has been widely publicised in the industry, a former Chief Executive of the HSE stressed the importance of the ‘Industry Taking Responsibility’ in matters of design and management. Using his first-hand experience of the catastrophic effects of the 2011 earthquake aftershock on the city of Christchurch, Geoffrey Podger cited two main reasons why 115 people died in the Canterbury TV building. Firstly, the building was designed incorrectly, and secondly, the contractor who built it was not competent to do so. Clearly, these are significant causative factors, and although, thankfully, events such as large earthquakes are not the norm in this country, those points are exactly the sort of issues which the CDM Regulations 2015 are supposed to prevent.

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Airside Driving – Vehicle Safety at Work

Written by Chris Flynn GradIOSH on Apr 07 2016

In this blog we are going to look at the specialist area of Airside Driving and best practice. Safety compliance in airside driving is essential in avoiding dangerous and costly accidents.

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NEBOSH Certificate Exam Day Guidance - Part 2

Following on from NGC/IGC exam day guidance part 1 covering the first 2 bullets points below, let us now look at the nitty-gritty of the NEBOSH exam questions and your answers to make sure you are fully prepared for exam day and not overcome by nerves. We will look at points 3 and 4 in this blog.

  1. What are the arrangements on exam day? Covered in Part 1
  2. What will the exam paper look like? Covered in Part 1
  3. The command words – how do I ensure my answer is in line with these?
  4. How do I ensure I answer the questions fully and not go off on a tangent?
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NEBOSH Certificate Exam Day Guidance Part 1

Now the hard work of preparing for the exams is over. That day has finally arrived – exam day. It can be a worrying and stressful time and you need to ensure that you do yourself justice after all the hard work you’ve put in to revising.

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Are you Prepared for the New Sentencing Guidelines?

The new sentencing guidelines can be considered the biggest change in health and safety law for 40 years. The overall objective is to provide a comprehensive guide for judges and practitioners delivering consistency. In turn this will result in bigger fines for larger organisations and potentially increased imprisonment thresholds being imposed on all levels of culpable staff. In this blog I will concentrate on the impact of these new guidelines on individuals, which includes company directors, senior officers and health and safety professionals.

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The Qualities Offered by Online learning

Written by Daniel Kerr MA PGCE on Nov 18 2015

Can Online Learning be a Worthwhile Choice?

Increasingly popular, online learning offers a flexible alternative to attending a classroom course. The question that many potential learners and companies funding training ask, is just how good can the learning experience offered by these online courses be? Surely, to get the best result and to develop a good understanding of how to apply your new knowledge, you need to spend time in the classroom with other learners and an experienced tutor, don’t you?

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Advice for Extreme Winter Weather

Written by David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS on Nov 17 2015

Are you ready to manage the adverse weather conditions in the UK? Is your organisation prepared? At this stage most people would say, “isn’t dealing with cold weather just common sense?” and as the author of this work I would have a tendency to agree with you. However, I would also ask, “Where do I get my common sense from?” Your common sense is developed from childhood by your parents/responsible adults in your life and is developed through interactions with others and I hope we can all agree that our version of ‘common sense’ changes over the years due to our experiences; in fact we are all the sum of our experiences.

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The UK’s Safety Performance – a look at the HSE’s reported accident figures for 2014/15

This post provides a review of the injury and fatality statistics and their impact for the period 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015 and the trend analyses drilling down to the sectors and how the UK compares to the rest of Europe.

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Ready for ISO 14001:2015?

Written by Astutis Blog on Oct 13 2015

ISO 14001 is the most widely accepted environmental management system in the world. The revision to ISO 14001 has been long awaited.

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Tags: Environment

Preparing for your NEBOSH National/International Certificate Exams

Preparing yourself for the NEBOSH National / International General Certificate exams is an important part of the whole learning experience, and is something you should think about as you go through the course.

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Tags: NEBOSH General Certificate, Exams, nebosh international certificate

Avoid Common Pitfalls in NEBOSH Certificate Practical GC3

Written by Tom Lea BScHons, GradIOSH, AIEMA on Jul 28 2015

I’ve decided to write this guide on recognising and avoiding common downfalls having marked a large number of NEBOSH Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety GC3 Practicals and realising a number of learners fall at the same hurdles. The information is not a standalone guide to completing the GC3 practical, but more of a combination of tips and tricks to be used in conjunction with the guidance provided by your course provider.

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Planning for your Future in Health and Safety and the Environment

Written by Oliver Newman on Apr 28 2015

We spend a huge part of our adult lives working, so we should pay serious attention to how we can build careers that both stimulate and satisfy us.

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Responsibilities of the Principal Designer under CDM 2015

Written by David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS on Apr 14 2015

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 came in to effect on 6 April 2015 with the key aim of encouraging safer working practice in order to prevent injury, ill-health and fatalities to those working in construction and also to reduce bureaucracy.

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The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

Written by Astutis Blog on Feb 11 2015

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, or ESOS, is the latest European Union scheme aimed at increasing energy efficiency to mitigate climate change and simultaneously boost business profits. Estimates by the Carbon Trust indicate that many organisations can reduce their annual energy costs by 20% through energy efficiency measures and improved energy management.

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CDM 2015 Roles and Responsibilities of Duty Holders

Written by David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS on Jan 23 2015

In light of the draft Construction (Design & Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015 having been published to replace CDM 2007 enforced 6 April 2015, here is an outline of all duty holders involved in a construction project and their duties.

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Temperature in the Workplace

Written by David Bryan BSc, CMIOSH, CMAPS on Dec 02 2014

Temperature within the workplace can be very subjective.  One person’s ideal temperature can make another person too hot or cold.

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The Importance of Fire Extinguisher Training for Employees

Written by Adam Pearson on Nov 25 2014

Guest Post - Total Fire Services

Having fire extinguishers in a building will not improve its fire safety unless occupants are sufficiently trained to use them.  Therefore, it is imperative that employees undergo appropriate fire extinguisher training specifically designed for the building they are in.

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Stress in the Workplace - how are you managing?

Written by Rosie Thomas on Nov 11 2014

 

Stress is a difficult issue for employers to manage - in part due to the fact that different people exhibit signs of stress in different ways.
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NEBOSH Unit D - (4) tying up your report with a sensible conclusion

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on Nov 04 2014

This post is relevant for all students who started their NEBOSH National/International Diploma before September 2017 and have to complete the Unit D or ID assignment. The last resubmission date for this Unit (2010 specification only) in 29 August 2018. This Unit has been replaced by Unit DNI 2015 specification for all new and current NEBOSH National and International Diploma learners.

In this, my last in a series of 4 blog posts covering the NEBOSH Diploma and International Diplomas' Workplace Assignment, I will be looking at the report's conclusion and how to neatly tie the loop in the final stages by addressing succinctly the various aspects introduced in the earlier stages - not forgetting your executive summary of course, which, although the very first thing your examiner will read, should always be addressed at the very end of your assignment.

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NEBOSH Unit D Workplace Assignment - (3) how to approach the main body of your report

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on Oct 21 2014

This post is relevant for all students who started their NEBOSH National/International Diploma before September 2017 and have to complete the Unit D or ID assignment. The last resubmission date for this Unit (2010 specification only) in 29 August 2018. This Unit has been replaced by Unit DNI 2015 specification for all new and current NEBOSH National and International Diploma learners.

Making up nearly half of your report (and worth up to 48 marks), the main body of the NEBOSH Diploma/International Diploma Workplace Assignment is where candidates will largely pass or fail and as such needs to be approached with due diligence. The main body of your report will lead on nicely to your advice or recommendations going forward and should offer the reader a sound 'platform' on which to base your assumptions - here you are 'setting the scene' on which to draw your conclusions.

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Introducing Unit D - (2) addressing the first part of your NEBOSH Diploma workplace assignment

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on Oct 07 2014

This post is relevant for all students who started their NEBOSH National/International Diploma before September 2017 and have to complete the Unit D or ID assignment. The last resubmission date for this Unit (2010 specification only) in 29 August 2018. This Unit has been replaced by Unit DNI 2015 specification for all new and current NEBOSH National and International Diploma learners.

In the first blog of 4 on completing your NEBOSH Diploma Unit D (2010 specification) assignment, entitled 'The Dreaded D - tackling your NEBOSH workplace assignment, I took an 'overview' look at the NEBOSH Diploma/International Diploma unit D practical element and offered advice on approaching it to achieve successful results. In my next series of posts, I would like to breakdown the various sections and offer a more in-depth look at what you can be doing to secure a pass in this practical element that scares many people - when it really shouldn't!

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Getting Practical – Completing GC3: The NEBOSH Certificate Practical Application

Completing the practical element of the NEBOSH Certificate and International Certificate courses (now referred to as 'GC3'), at first glance, can seem quite a difficult and daunting task – particularly for those who don’t regularly write management reports in their line of work, or where it’s been some years since doing any form of studying. Without it’s successful completion however, the NEBOSH Certificate/International Certificate qualification cannot be awarded.

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The Business 'Triangle' - financing the uninsured loss of a workplace accident

Written by Tom Lea BScHons, GradIOSH, AIEMA on Aug 20 2014

All accidents have financial costs associated with them, broken down into two main categories

  • Insured and
  • Uninsured
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Workplace Accidents - worst case scenario and drivers to health and safety 

I’m pretty sure if you are taking the time to read a health and safety blog you are quite familiar with the 3 main drivers that lead to companies aiming to achieve sustainable health and safety performance: moral, legal and financial.

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The Dreaded ‘D’ – (1) tackling your NEBOSH workplace assignment

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on Jul 01 2014

This post is relevant for all students who started their NEBOSH National/International Diploma before September 2017 and have to complete the Unit D or ID assignment. The last resubmission date for this Unit (2010 specification only) in 29 August 2018. This Unit has been replaced by Unit DNI 2015 specification for all new and current NEBOSH National and International Diploma learners.

The Unit D or ID of the NEBOSH Diploma course is an assignment where you, the learner, carry out a detailed review of the health and safety performance of a workplace or organisation and produce a justified action plan to improve performance. The assignment requires that the learner applies the knowledge and understanding gained from their studies of unit A, B and C (national) or IA, IB an IC (international) in a practical environment and to carry out critical analysis and evaluation of information gathered during the review and is typically the last unit to be addressed by the learner.

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Exams, Revision, Tomatoes, Flashcards and Voices

Written by Helen Hodges on Jun 03 2014

Exams are in the air at the moment ... especially if you know someone sitting GCSE's, A' levels or even the NEBOSH National Diploma. But how do we prepare for exams? 'Revision' is the word that springs to mind ... the stuff that you do once you have completed the course. This may seem obvious if you are a classroom learner ... but definite study (learning) and revision periods are probably less obvious when you are a distance learner or an online learner.

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Health, Safety & Environmental Careers Yield Positive Results

Written by Oliver Newman on May 06 2014

Do you sometimes wonder where you are going with your health, safety and environmental career?

If your answer is yes, read the following facts extracted from recent research by *IEMA, *NEBOSH and *Health and Safety at Work publication to reassure you and shape the direction in which you are heading.

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Tags: Careers, Health & Safety, Environment