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

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

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

This post is relevant for people studying both the NEBOSH General Certificate 2014 spec and the new 2018 spec.  However if you are taking the new 2018 NEBOSH Certificate syllabus the NG/IG exam does NOT include command words so reference to command words in the blog can be ignored.

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

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

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 05 November 2015 12:34:17 GMT

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: Advice for businesses & organisations

Preparing for your NEBOSH National/International Certificate Exams

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 23 September 2015 14:39:05 BST

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, Advice for learners

Getting Practical – Completing GC3: 2014 Syllabus of NEBOSH Certificate Practical Application Only

Written by Andrew Froude B.Eng (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, OSHCR on 23 September 2014 09:00:20 BST

This post is relevant for people studying the NEBOSH General Certificate 2014 spec and not the new 2018 spec.  If you are a studying the new 2018 NEBOSH General Certificate, this blog post is not relevant to you. For the new 2018 spec of the new NEBOSH General Certificate, visit the NEW Risk Assessment Practical Key Facts Part 1 for guidance.

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, Advice for learners