Astutis Health, Safety & Environmental Blog

Kate James

Kate is the Marketing Manager at Astutis. Having worked in the health and safety professional services sector for over 14 years she has developed an understanding of the challenges companies and individuals face. Using her experience of working with NEBOSH, IOSH and IEMA and the changes in the marketplace, she shares her knowledge on hse subject areas to provoke thought, debate and offers guidance to people. As a proud NEBOSH Certificate holder, she values and shares the importance of qualifications and the opportunities it offers people in any role.

Recent Posts

How Much Does an IOSH Course Cost?

Written by Kate James on Feb 25 2019

This is always the first question to ask – what is the cost? Usually it is closely followed by – is it worth it? Naturally, you need these key facts up front before you can make any reasonable decision. We’ll have a look at the typical cost you can expect, of the popular IOSH courses and important pointers to consider when choosing the right course for yourself or teams of employees. A course price should never be considered in isolation. It is important to find the training that delivers the best value for money and meets your objectives.

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Tags: IOSH Courses, IOSH Managing Safely

Overcoming the Challenges of Training your Staff in Health & Safety

Written by Kate James on Feb 13 2019

Getting your managers trained in their health and safety responsibilities is fundamental for the success of any business regardless of its size, industry sector and location. Effective training can transform how well a company operates and will bring benefits beyond what is covered in the course. The business benefits of successful training will create a culture promoting safety awareness leading to less disruption to operations, compliance and a happier and motivated workforce.

If you are nodding in full agreement to these principles but wondering exactly how to successfully train your managers and team leaders and overcome the typical challenges of availability, commitment, motivation, to name a few, consider some of the following solutions.

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

Study Tips from a NEBOSH Diploma Award Winner!

Written by Kate James on Nov 01 2018

At the NEBOSH graduation ceremony at Warwick University, I was delighted to share in celebrating the success of Diploma learners with their families. One person who had a lot to celebrate was Debbie Mitchell who won the best candidate award for the NEBOSH Diploma Unit B for 2018. What an achievement it is! To put it into context it means she achieved top marks out of around 450 people who also took Unit B of this coveted health and safety qualification in 2018.

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Tags: NEBOSH courses, NEBOSH Diploma

What is Online IOSH Managing Safely?

Written by Kate James on Oct 15 2018

If you are considering this popular health and safety IOSH Managing Safely course, have you thought about taking it online? By choosing online, you will benefit from a flexible learning experience that you can fit in around your other commitments. Similarly, if you are looking to get staff trained, online IOSH Managing Safely offers a convenient solution for your managers and team leaders. Completing at a time and place to suit, this online accredited risk management certificate will give them an understanding of how to manage health and safety issues.

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Tags: IOSH Courses, IOSH Managing Safely

What to look for in an IOSH Managing Safely Course provider

Written by Kate James on Oct 08 2018

If you are a manager responsible for getting a group of supervisors/managers trained in IOSH Managing Safely, or looking for yourself, we will go through some important success factors to consider, when choosing your course provider. Whatever learning method you choose, a competent course provider that is able to meet your needs is fundamental to ensuring you and your team have a successful experience.

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Does IOSH Managing Safely Expire?

Written by Kate James on Sep 25 2018

If you are thinking about doing the IOSH Managing Safely course or have already completed it and are wondering if there is an expiration date on the qualification, read on to find out more. The simple answer to this question is, no. The IOSH Managing Safely certificate does not have an expiry date, however IOSH do recommend that you take a refresher course every three years to keep your knowledge up to date.

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What is IOSH Managing Safely?

Written by Kate James on Aug 15 2018

Health and safety management is something that affects every business, no matter the size or industry. All workers have a right to work in an environment where risks to their health and safety are kept to a minimum and one of the best ways of ensuring this in a business is to make managers and team leaders aware of their responsibilities.

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

Why take a NEBOSH Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety?

Written by Kate James on Jun 30 2018

Are you wondering if devoting time and money (yours or your employer’s) to taking a NEBOSH Certificate Health and Safety qualification is going to be worthwhile? Read on if you want some answers to this question. Find out how the NEBOSH Certificate can start to make some positive changes to your working life – now and for the future.

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Tags: NEBOSH General Certificate

Ways to take a NEBOSH General Certificate Qualification

Written by Kate James on Jun 30 2018

If you have decided the NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is the best qualification for you to develop professionally, the method you choose to study is the next important decision. Typically the learning options available to study the NEBOSH Certificate are online (also known as e-learning) and as a class-based course. Your circumstances such as availability and budget, preferred approach to learning and motivation will determine your choice of method. Read the features of the methods available and decide which is best for you. Our introduction to the NEBOSH General Certificate also covers these points.

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NEBOSH Course Entry Requirements

Written by Kate James on Feb 01 2018

If you are ready to take a health and safety course but you’re wondering what qualifications are required for the NEBOSH courses, this post will provide you with the entry requirements. As a note of reassurance, NEBOSH qualifications attract around 50,000 people globally, from all industry sectors, every year. Therefore NEBOSH qualifications are developed for everybody to be able to study, pass them and use the knowledge in their job to meet their health and safety responsibilities. 

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Tags: NEBOSH courses