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

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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Planning Your Next Career Move

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 06 June 2017 12:50:08 BST

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

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

NEBOSH Diploma Key Exam Techniques Part 1

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 04 May 2017 14:07:43 BST

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 Diploma, Advice for learners

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

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 15 November 2016 14:22:16 GMT

 

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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Tags: Advice for businesses & organisations

NEBOSH Certificate Command Words -Why Are They So Important? (Relevant to 2014 Syllabus only )

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 02 August 2016 13:42:52 BST

This post is relevant for people studying the NEBOSH General Certificate 2014 spec and not the new 2018 spec. It offers clear guidance on understanding the 5 command words NEBOSH uses in the N/IGC1 and GC2 exams and how to write successful answers. If you are a studying the new 2018 NEBOSH General Certificate, this blog post is not relevant to you as the new exam does NOT use command words.

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Tags: NEBOSH General Certificate, Advice for learners

Heat in the Workplace: Assessing the Risk

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 21 June 2016 14:25:25 BST

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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NEBOSH Certificate Exam Day Guidance - Part 2

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 16 March 2016 13:44:02 GMT
Please note that NEBOSH has now introduced an open book exam, therefore the exam is no longer applicable. You can find more information about the new open book exam here:

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? Relevant only to people who have taken the NEBOSH Certificate 2014 spec
  4. How do I ensure I answer the questions fully and not go off on a tangent?
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Tags: NEBOSH General Certificate, Advice for learners

NEBOSH Certificate Exam Day Guidance Part 1

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 09 March 2016 13:58:48 GMT

Please note that NEBOSH has now introduced an open book exam, therefore the exam is no longer applicable. You can find more information about the new open book exam here:

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, Advice for learners

Are you Prepared for the New Sentencing Guidelines?

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 23 February 2016 13:35:12 GMT

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: Advice for businesses & organisations