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Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR

Andrew is a Chartered Health and Safety Consultant with 23 years experience in the production, processing and training environments. Areas of expertise include production and machinery safety, mobile plant, maintenance, management systems and auditing. Andrew teaches IOSH courses (including Safety for Executives and Directors), NEBOSH Certificate courses and NEBOSH Diploma courses, as well as undertakes consultancy work including health and safety policy reviews, risk assessment guidance, auditing and designing and delivering bespoke training solutions.

Recent Posts

NEBOSH Certificate - NEW Risk Assessment Practical Stages 1 & 2- Part 2

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 05 September 2019 11:15:45 BST

If you have read part 1 of the 3-part guide, you will now have an understanding of the key facts and pass marks on the Risk Assessment Practical of the new NEBOSH General Certificate. This part 2 post will look at stages 1 and 2 of the Practical and offers guidance on what you need to include to pass the first 2 stages of the assessment. 

  • Stage 1 covers a description of the organisation and methodology used.
  • Stage 2 cover the risk assessment
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Tags: NEBOSH courses, NEBOSH General Certificate

NEBOSH Certificate - NEW Risk Assessment Practical Stages 3 & 4 Part 3

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 05 September 2019 11:15:22 BST

Here is the final post (part 3) on how to complete stages 3 and 4 of the new NEBOSH Certificate practical. Part 1 covers an overview of the key aspects of the practical including marking schemes and pass marks; part 2 offers guidance on writing stages 1 and 2. This 3-part guide will help you through each stage of this new NEBOSH Certificate Practical so you feel confident to successfully complete it and pass.

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Tags: NEBOSH General Certificate

NEBOSH General Certificate - NEW Risk Assessment Practical Key Facts Part 1

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 04 September 2019 09:11:31 BST

It's great news that you are taking the Risk Assessment Practical of NEBOSH's latest version (2018 spec) of the National and International General Certificate. Why? Because it is a very practical assessment where you can use your knowledge gained from the whole NEBOSH Certificate and put it in to practice.

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Tags: NEBOSH courses, NEBOSH General Certificate

Which IOSH Course is Right for Me or My Staff?

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 18 December 2018 13:55:00 GMT

 

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (frequently referred to as IOSH) is the largest health and safety membership body in the world with over 44,000 members offering a wide range of IOSH courses. Every  year around 100,000 employees complete an IOSH Certificate, demonstrating that organisations are committed to making work practices safe, healthy and sustainable.
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Tags: IOSH Courses, IOSH Managing Safely

Corporate Manslaughter Act and its Impact on Organisations

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 13 March 2018 15:00:17 GMT

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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Tags: Advice for businesses & organisations

A Career in Health and Safety

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 11 January 2018 10:00:13 GMT

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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Tags: Advice for learners, Careers

Accident Prevention: Learning from Past Failures

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 22 November 2017 09:10:58 GMT

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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Tags: Advice for businesses & organisations

Workplace Scenario: Risk Assessment

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 19 September 2017 10:00:42 BST

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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Tags: NEBOSH courses, NEBOSH General Certificate

Inspections vs. Audits - What's the Difference?

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 09 August 2017 13:26:51 BST

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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NEBOSH Diploma Exam Techniques Part 2

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 10 May 2017 14:03:39 BST

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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Tags: NEBOSH Diploma, Advice for learners