Astutis Health, Safety & Environmental Blog

Chris Pollington CMIOSH

Chris is a Health and Safety consultant who has been working in the industry since 1995. His background includes production management and construction safety, with particular experience in CDM.

Recent Posts

What Next after your NEBOSH Diploma

Written by Chris Pollington CMIOSH on 30 December 2019 10:00:00 GMT

Chris Pollington CMIOSH MIIRSM Tutor and Consultant at Astutis shares his professional background

If you have finished your NEBOSH Diploma, it is time to consider the next steps in your career. I will be looking at the journey to becoming a well-respected health and safety professional and sharing my own personal experience. Everyone's journey will be different but there are key milestones such as Chartered IOSH membership that are worth working towards so you can be at the top of your profession.

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Tags: NEBOSH Diploma

National vs International: Which NEBOSH General Certificate is Right for You?

Written by Chris Pollington CMIOSH on 11 July 2019 11:23:39 BST

Did you know there's 195 countries in the world? Each one has different beliefs, cultures and values. And different employment structures and jobs which all come with their own risks.

But for a world that's so different, we ultimately all have the same goal - to keep our colleagues safe, healthy and happy. 

So how do we do that? 

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Tags: NEBOSH General Certificate

How to Carry Out an Accident Investigation

Written by Chris Pollington CMIOSH on 08 July 2019 12:00:00 BST

Accident investigation and analysis of work-related accidents and incidents form the foundation of a good safety culture. It is an essential part of the management of health and safety. Learning lessons from experience is vital in making the workplace safer and avoiding further pain, suffering and grief.
If it is a serious life changing or a fatal accident the ripple effect is huge. It extends to the immediate family and friends, to fellow workers and beyond. I will offer some guidance on the key steps to take when carrying out an investigation of an incident or accident

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Tags: Advice for businesses & organisations, Advice for learners

What is IOSH Managing Safely Refresher?

Written by Chris Pollington CMIOSH on 10 June 2019 10:15:00 BST

Maybe you have heard people talking about a refresher of IOSH Managing Safely but you would like some more clarification from this blog. IOSH Managing Safely Refresher is for managers and supervisors who need to keep up-to-date on their safety responsibilities. An important note for this IOSH Refresher course is that it is only for people who have already completed and passed the full 3 day IOSH Managing Safely course online or class-based.

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Tags: IOSH Courses, IOSH Managing Safely

How Much Does IOSH Managing Safely Refresher Cost?

Written by Chris Pollington CMIOSH on 23 May 2019 13:00:00 BST

If you have already invested the time and money in your team leaders completing the IOSH Managing Safely course, you want to keep them up-to-date with their health and safety responsibilities, don’t you? Of course. So, your next question is, how much is it going to cost then?

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Tags: IOSH Courses, IOSH Managing Safely

Why Take IOSH Managing Safely Refresher?

Written by Chris Pollington CMIOSH on 14 May 2019 10:45:19 BST

If you or your staff have already taken an IOSH accredited Managing Safely course in the past few years, this Refresher course will definitely be suitable for you. Having already committed three days /30 hours to learning how to manage your health and safety responsibilities in the full IOSH Managing Safely course, do your actions demonstrate good safety management practice in your job?

If you are not 100% confident of how to implement your safety responsibilities as a manager or feel, you could do with a reminder, then read on.

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Tags: IOSH Courses, IOSH Managing Safely

How to Use Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Safely

Written by Chris Pollington CMIOSH on 07 May 2019 10:28:38 BST

Can you imagine life without modern technology, such as computers, smart phones and tablets? I can, it does not seem that long ago when I was in work and the telephone was in a fixed place and we used hand written documents and calculators. How things have changed in the past 25 years!

Modern equipment has allowed us all to work faster and become more productive in our working lives. But, there is a problem, our bodies can be damaged by being stuck in one position for long periods, our hands are not evolved to move very rapidly repeatedly, and our eyes become strained through staring at a screen for long periods.

We now have a greater awareness of the problems that using display screen equipment (DSE) incorrectly can cause and I will go through them, the responsibilities of employers and how to minimise the risk.

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Tags: Advice for businesses & organisations

How to Improve The Management and Leadership of Health and Safety

Written by Chris Pollington CMIOSH on 21 January 2019 08:43:04 GMT

All organisations and businesses have a duty to implement health and safety procedures regardless of industry or size.

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Tags: NEBOSH courses, NEBOSH General Certificate

Top Tips On Improving Health & Safety Culture

Written by Chris Pollington CMIOSH on 14 December 2018 14:00:15 GMT

In our post on managing health and safety, we discussed just how much workplace injury and illness costs businesses in the UK.

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Tags: NEBOSH General Certificate, Advice for businesses & organisations, IOSH Courses, IOSH Managing Safely

A Career Starts in the Forces & Transfers to Safety

Written by Chris Pollington CMIOSH on 24 July 2018 17:23:24 BST

Read about the experiences of a health and safety professional whose career began with the Armed Forces. 

Having been persuaded by my father at the age of 17 that the Parachute Regiment could wait and obtaining a trade was initially a wiser approach, I embarked on a career in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME). It turned out my father understood a little more about life than I did and his advice was sound for a young man unsure of where to direct his energy.

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Tags: NEBOSH courses, NEBOSH General Certificate