Astutis Health, Safety & Environmental Blog

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

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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Tags: Health & Safety

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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Tags: Careers, Health & Safety

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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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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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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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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Tags: NEBOSH National Diploma, Exams

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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Tags: NEBOSH National Diploma, Exams

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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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

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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Tags: Health & Safety