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

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

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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Tags: Exams, NEBOSH General Certificate

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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Tags: NEBOSH General Certificate, Exams

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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Tags: Health & Safety

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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Tags: Health & Safety

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

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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Tags: NEBOSH General Certificate, Exams

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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Tags: Health & Safety