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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

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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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

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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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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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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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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.

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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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NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Update 2016

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on 06 September 2016 08:38:32 BST

Here at Astutis, our team of Learning Developers has been busy updating our NEBOSH Diploma course materials to reflect the latest syllabus update (November 2015).

NEBOSH reviews and updates its Diploma syllabus every 5 years. Following extensive research, the changes to the course content reflects the knowledge and understanding required by health and safety practitioners in the modern workplace. Taken from the latest guidance released by NEBOSH, we’re going to break down exactly what these changes mean for you as a current or future student.

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Is your PC Causing you Musculoskeletal Disorders?

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on 10 May 2016 09:47:38 BST

Laptops, PCs tablets etc. – 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. The impact of not managing our health when using DSE can have a significant effect on the quality of our life resulting in living with muscular aches and pain affecting all areas of our body.

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NEBOSH Unit D - (4) tying up your report with a sensible conclusion

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on 04 November 2014 11:09:39 GMT

This post is relevant for all students who started their NEBOSH National/International Diploma before September 2017 and have to complete the Unit D or ID assignment. The last resubmission date for this Unit (2010 specification only) in 29 August 2018. This Unit has been replaced by Unit DNI 2015 specification for all new and current NEBOSH National and International Diploma learners.

In this, my last in a series of 4 blog posts covering the NEBOSH Diploma and International Diplomas' Workplace Assignment, I will be looking at the report's conclusion and how to neatly tie the loop in the final stages by addressing succinctly the various aspects introduced in the earlier stages - not forgetting your executive summary of course, which, although the very first thing your examiner will read, should always be addressed at the very end of your assignment.

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NEBOSH Unit D Workplace Assignment - (3) how to approach the main body of your report

Written by Lorna Bleyswyck CMIOSH, PGCE on 21 October 2014 12:13:45 BST

This post is relevant for all students who started their NEBOSH National/International Diploma before September 2017 and have to complete the Unit D or ID assignment. The last resubmission date for this Unit (2010 specification only) in 29 August 2018. This Unit has been replaced by Unit DNI 2015 specification for all new and current NEBOSH National and International Diploma learners.

Making up nearly half of your report (and worth up to 48 marks), the main body of the NEBOSH Diploma/International Diploma Workplace Assignment is where candidates will largely pass or fail and as such needs to be approached with due diligence. The main body of your report will lead on nicely to your advice or recommendations going forward and should offer the reader a sound 'platform' on which to base your assumptions - here you are 'setting the scene' on which to draw your conclusions.

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Tags: NEBOSH Diploma, Advice for learners