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Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE

Lorna is a highly qualified health and safety consultant with over 20 years experience within the field. As a trainer, she delivers tailored in-company training programmes with expertise in construction, renewable energy, banking, and within housing associations and charities. She also provides a wide range of health and safety consultancy services.

Recent Posts

Is your DSE Causing you Musculoskeletal Disorders?

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on 20 October 2020 09:47:00 BST

Laptops, Computers, tablets, phones – we all use them at work, at home and on the move. They have become almost like another vital organ we can’t live without. But, not managing our health when using this DSE (Display Screen Equipment) can leave us with muscular aches and pain in all areas of our body, having a significant effect on the quality of our life.

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Achieving Sustainable Development

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on 14 July 2020 14:55:43 BST

In these days of 'Climate Emergency', many businesses are looking to reduce any negative impacts that they may have on the environment. But how does it work in practice?

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Tags: Advice for businesses & organisations, Environment

Is there funding available for the NEBOSH Diploma?

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on 16 January 2020 14:02:10 GMT

Choosing to take your NEBOSH Diploma is a big decision. Before deciding to take this course many people will want to know, is there funding available for the NEBOSH Diploma? Choosing to study this high level course is a big financial commitment, as NEBOSH Diploma fees can seem dauntingly high.

This blog will explain some of the options available to pay for your course. You may find that studying for your Diploma is more achievable than you think!

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Tags: NEBOSH Diploma

5 Essential Health and Safety KPI’s You Should be Measuring

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on 27 May 2019 10:15:00 BST

Many companies measure health and safety performance, but how do you know that you’re measuring the right information to help your company grow?  Using up resources on metrics that don’t improve your health and safety management system as a whole can actually distract you from the task of ensuring peak performance.

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Overcoming the Challenges of Training your Staff in Health & Safety

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on 13 February 2019 10:20:23 GMT

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

How to Avoid Common Mistakes in the NEBOSH Diploma Unit DNI

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on 22 June 2018 16:59:33 BST

If you are studying the NEBOSH National or International Diploma and you are planning the DNI dissertation, this post will help you prepare for this Unit. As a NEBOSH Diploma trainer, and examiner, I see students who are at all stages of the NEBOSH diploma process, and I mark submissions for the DNI.

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Tags: NEBOSH Diploma, Advice for learners

How to Complete the NEBOSH Unit DNI Assignment

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on 05 January 2018 10:15:19 GMT

Unit DNI is a compulsory module of the NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety consisting of an 8000-word health and safety report. It replaced the previously known Unit D in the 2015 NEBSOH Diploma syllabus update. Whether you’re a National or International learner, this post will help you complete your assignment.

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Tags: NEBOSH courses, NEBOSH Diploma, Advice for learners

Planning and Answering NEBOSH Diploma Exam Questions

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on 14 November 2017 10:00:58 GMT

As a NEBOSH examiner, I see a range of different styles and approaches taken to answering national and international exam papers. One thing that I have noticed over the years is that learners that plan their answers generally do better when it comes to the allocation of marks. With exam season just around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to put my experience to good use and give you a few tips regarding planning and answering diploma questions to help you to get the best out of the exams you may be about to sit.

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Tags: NEBOSH Diploma, Advice for learners

NEBOSH Examiner’s Reports: the do’s & don’ts of a successful certificate exam

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on 21 June 2017 15:02:17 BST

Examiners' reports on Certificate Level qualifications are published twice a year by NEBOSH following the March and September examinations and are free to download for students. This post presents the examiners' most common pointers to remember when taking the NEBOSH exam. Read our guide on what to do and what not to do.

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Tags: NEBOSH General Certificate, Advice for learners

Smooth Transitions - From NEBOSH Diploma Unit D/ID to DNI

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on 08 March 2017 12:50:29 GMT

This post is intended to benefit those currently studying the NEBOSH National or International Diploma in Occupational  Health and Safety, its' purpose being to clarify the situation with the staged transition from the ‘old’ Unit D/ID assignment to the new’ Unit DNI assignment, ‘Application of Health and Safety Management in the Workplace’.

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Tags: NEBOSH courses, NEBOSH Diploma, Advice for learners