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Issue 25

"NEBOSH sets the global benchmark for qualifications in Occupational Safety and Health"

Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen OBE, President of RoSPA

NEBOSH News

NEBOSH Top Candidates

William Taylor National Diploma - Overall (Distinction) Studied with the University of Hull Joy Annelle Gopaul-Hilaire National Diploma Unit A

The Phil Hughes Award

`Hats off!' to graduates

Over 1,200 people celebrated the achievement of NEBOSH Diploma Holders at our 2008 Graduation and Awards Ceremony.

Safety professionals from as far a field as the Kingdom of Bahrain, Belgium, India, Ireland, Oman, Romania, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Arab Emirates were among more than 400 Award Holders presented during the ceremony held at the University of Warwick on 25th June.

Studied with PAL Institute of Health Safety & Environmental Services Ltd (Trinidad) William Taylor National Diploma Unit B (Distinction) Studied with the University of Hull Jennifer Collett National Diploma Unit C (Distinction) Studied with Deeside College Raymond Barrett National Diploma Unit D (Distinction) Studied with South Tyneside College Paul Moore National Diploma Part 2 (Distinction)

The Richard Booth Award

Studied with RRC Hayley Michelle Hebson Specialist Diploma in Environmental Management (Distinction) Studied with Woodward SHE Ltd Keren Cant National General Certificate (Distinction)

The John Locke Award

NEBOSH Top Candidates - from left to right back row first: Hayley Hebson, William Taylor, Lorraine Taylor, Claire Burroughs, Jenny Collett, Joy Gopaul-Hilaire, Maricica Vulcan, Elena Simion, David Morris ­ NEBOSH Chairman, Professor Dame Carol Black, Teresa Budworth ­ NEBOSH Chief Executive, Keren Cant, Ray Barrett We were privileged that Professor Dame Carol Black agreed to be our guest of honour at the Ceremony and personally congratulate those awarded Diploma level qualifications during 2007/08. The ceremony also incorporated awards for the top candidates in each of NEBOSH's qualifications. David Morris, NEBOSH's Chairman said "The event celebrates the high academic standard achieved by our Diplomates and in turn the enormous contribution they all make to raising standards of health and safety at work. Competent safety advice adds value to an organisation; safe guarding its people, assets and reputation. That is something well worth celebrating." He continues "Congratulations must also go to our accredited course providers. We are immensely proud of the quality of teaching and support they provide to nearly 30,000 students every year."

Studied with CHSS Claire Burroughs National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety (Distinction)

The Jim Hammer Award

Studied with Safety Solutions Lorraine Taylor Certificate in Fire Safety & Risk Management (Distinction) Studied with Messam & Rider Amr Hassan Mostafa International General Certificate (Distinction) Studied with CHSS Elena Simion and Maricica Vulcan NEBOSH GEMS Knowledge Test for the Alstom International Environment, Health and Safety Passport

Jackie Vassiliou and family celebrating her success

Student Spot:

NEBOSH Examination Techniques

To do well in any examination you need to

revise effectively but also understand the importance of good examination technique. It is essential that you familiarise yourself with the format and requirements of the examination papers in order to prepare. Revision sessions and practice in answering examination questions will help you develop your ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in a logical and meaningful way. Students from around the world make the same mistakes during examinations, usually as the result of examination nerves or from working too quickly. The following advice is offered to help you do your best on the day of the examination: · Read the question. Many students answer the question they want to see, not the question on the paper. · Pay proper attention to the command word (action verb). If the question asks for an outline, for example, and only a list is given, full marks cannot be achieved. To help emphasise their importance, command words are highlighted in bold type on all question papers. · Good time management is crucial. Make sure your answer reflects the number of marks available. For example a 20 mark question should take twice as long as a 10 mark question. · Opt for short rather than long, complicated sentences ­ these are easier and quicker to write, and easier to mark. · There is no need to rewrite the question at the beginning of an answer. · Standard abbreviations are acceptable for example RIDDOR, COSHH, HSE. · You do not need to quote section numbers of Acts of Parliament or Regulation numbers unless specifically required to by the question. · Where a question is divided into two or more parts you must ensure you answer each part separately as Examiners are unable to cross mark. · Examiners do not hesitate to award marks where they are deserved and do not use negative marking. Finally, think positively! Hard work during study and revision sessions will pay off.

A successful partnership with a global leader

It is widely recognised that employees working in a constantly changing environment and carrying out non-routine activities are more likely to suffer accidents at work. Alstom Power Service have taken an innovative approach to safeguard their Field Service Personnel. Karl-Heinz Scheuber, Director of their Global Field Service Network explained: `'We have more than 4,000 engineers between them working 7 million hours a year, in more than 100 countries around the globe. There will often be a mix of staff of different nationalities on a team and all in a workplace over which we have no direct control''. He continued ``In these circumstances the safety, health and environmental competence of our staff is key in minimising risk. They need to be equipped to recognise and deal with the specific hazards of the Power Industry.'' Many organisations with contractors working on their site require the contracted staff to undertake a `Passport' type training programme to ensure their hazard awareness. Alstom Power services decided to take this approach one stage further. Karl-Heinz continued ``The `off the shelf' passport training courses just weren't specific enough for our people. We needed a course mapped to our specific learning objectives and covering health and environmental aspects; not just safety.'' Alstom approached NEBOSH to assist with the validation of their engineers' learning. Barry Wilkes, NEBOSH's Development Manager said: ``We devised an external examination to test trainee's knowledge of key EHS issues, which we can offer in multiple languages. So far it has been taken in nine countries and eight languages including Polish, Romanian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese and Hungarian as well as English.'' He continued `'We were also able to assist Alstom Power Service with the course development, helping to ensure that the content covered internationally recognised best practice in health, safety and environmental management.'' Karl-Heinz Scheuber confirmed ``We are delighted with our partnership with NEBOSH. They are the globally recognised leader in safety qualifications. Their validation of our training demonstrates to our customers that we meet the highest standards of health, safety and environmental management when working on their premises.''

RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards

NEBOSH again sponsored the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) annual Occupational Health and Safety Awards in 2008. We have been a keen supporter of the awards for a number of years which we believe make a major contribution to raising standards of health and safety. The RoSPA Awards promote good health and safety as an essential part of good business and encourage the sharing of best practice. The 2008 Awards attracted a record number of entries from UK and overseas organisations. Members of NEBOSH staff were honoured to serve on the panel judging the sector winners and the winner of the highest award, the Sir George Earle Trophy.

Lord Brougham & Vaux, RoSPA Vice President presents a Gold Medal award to Mr Garbor Bakos, of Csepel Energia.

National Certificate in Environmental Management (Pilot)

NEBOSH is piloting a new certificate level qualification in Environmental Management and Control. The qualification is aimed at Managers, Supervisors and other personnel who need an understanding of environmental management and control issues. It also provides an excellent foundation for those wishing to proceed to the NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management. The first examinations, consisting of one examination and one practical, are due to be held in October by our 5 pilot centres. Further details will be published on the NEBOSH website or contact our Customer Services team to register your interest.

NEBOSH & BHSEA launch scholarships

NEBOSH in partnership with Birmingham Health, Safety and Environment Association (BHSEA) have agreed a scheme that gives scholarships for some of our qualifications. Small Enterprises (50 employees or less) based in the West Midlands Region are being invited to apply for one free place on the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety. The certificate is the most widely held health and safety qualification in the UK, with over 100,000 people having gained the award since it was launched in 1989. Members of the BHSEA can exclusively apply for a scholarship for the NEBOSH Certificate in Construction Health and Safety. Successful applicants in each case will have their course fees paid for by BHSEA and their examination fee waived by NEBOSH. In addition the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) have agreed to offer each candidate Affiliate membership free for one year. The places will be allocated on an open competition arrangement.

British Safety Council applies to teach NEBOSH courses

NEBOSH is pleased to announce that the British Safety Council (BSC), has applied to become an accredited centre to teach NEBOSH qualifications. Teresa Budworth, NEBOSH's Chief Executive commented: "We welcome BSC's application to run our qualifications. We at NEBOSH strongly believe that we have an obligation to work with other charitable organisations in promoting health and safety, particularly through education and training." She continued "NEBOSH works closely with all of its accredited centres and looks forward to supporting the BSC in the future." Brian Nimick, Chief Executive of the BSC, said: "The decision to offer NEBOSH courses is in keeping with our mission to support a healthier, safer and more sustainable society. With 241 deaths at work last year, it is vital that people working in the health and safety world are trained to the highest standards to be able to reduce deaths and injuries in the workplace."

The scheme was launched as the Safety & Health Expo in May (Left to Right: Ann Gibbs, Ostas, Andy Chappell Secretary of BHSEA, Teresa Budworth, Chief Executive NEBOSH, Bob Cole, Chairman of BHSEA, Steve Burke, British Safety Services and Gareth Lewis, The Key Consultancy Barry Wilkes, Development Manager at NEBOSH commented "As a registered charity, we at NEBOSH strongly believe that we have an obligation to work with other charitable organisations in promoting health and safety, particularly through education and training". He continues we are delighted that several of our course providers including The Key Consultancy Ltd, British Safety Services and Occupational Safety Training & Advisory Services have agreed to support this scheme." BHSEA Secretary, Andy Chappell, added "BHSEA is a Registered Charity, which exists solely to promote improvements in Health and Safety in the Workplace. We see this financial support for the smaller firms as the most practical way of achieving really worthwhile improvements in worker protection and accident reduction, where it is needed most." Ray Hurst, President of IOSH, said: "We are delighted to be able to support this regional training initiative for small enterprises. Statistics from Middlesex University Business School for the HSE estimate that the rate of fatalities in small workplaces is double that of larger workplaces (200 workers or more). It's vital that all organisations, especially smaller businesses, access professional safety and health training. As a corollary to this, membership of IOSH provides access to extensive technical support and opportunities for professional development." For further information on the scheme please visit the news section of NEBOSH's website www.nebosh.org.uk or BHSEA's website www.bhsea.org.uk

NEBOSH launch the updated Diploma in Environmental Management

A revised qualification for those with responsibilities for the management of environmental risk in relation to the damage caused by work activities

The Diploma has been re-accredited by QCA, DCELLS and CCEA at level 6. It is currently the only nonNVQ Environmental Management qualification accredited within the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The first examination against the new syllabus will be held in December 2008. NEBOSH Chief Executive, Teresa Budworth commented; "Since its launch in 1992, around 1500 people have achieved the Environmental Diploma. The revised Diploma reflects changes in both legislative requirements and best practice for those implementing systems to manage environmental risk for their organisation." She continued: "The Diploma has seen significant amendments to the content, including a new element: `Energy use and efficiency'. The syllabus has been divided into two units, each of which is assessed separately." The qualification fulfils the academic requirements for Associate membership of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (AIEMA) and the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (AIIRSM). Russell Foster, IEMA's Chief Executive confirmed: "I welcome this qualification as IEMA Associate Membership will be available to all people completing the NEBOSH Specialist Diploma in Environmental Management from February 2008." Dr Paul Leinster, Director of Operations, Environment Agency said; "The Environment Agency is pleased to support this initiative, as it provides the core knowledge for practical environmental management in industry. He added: "The Environment Agency welcomes all initiatives that extend the understanding of environmental issues and how they can be effectively managed. I therefore welcome and support the NEBOSH National Diploma in Environmental Management.

NEBOSH International Diploma

In 2007/08, we piloted an international version of our Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. We were delighted with the response. More than 100 students enrolled on the four pilot programmes and achieved examination results which equalled or bettered the results of UK based students on the National Diploma. As a result of the positive response to the pilot, we have decided to offer the International Diploma as a permanent part of our portfolio of qualifications. All course providers are now eligible to apply to become accredited to run courses for the International Diploma and enrol students. Further details on this qualification can be found on the NEBOSH website.

NEBOSH is the National

Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health and is the leading health and safety awarding body in the UK. Our qualifications are designed to meet the needs of those with responsibilities for health, safety and the environment. Nearly 30,000 candidates each year take a NEBOSH qualification.

New International Centres

Greater choice of course providers for International students continues with the recent accreditation of two training centres in the Middle East. Glomacs based in Dubai and TWI in Bahrain will be offering the NEBOSH International General Certificate. In June IMCS became the first course provider accredited to offer the International General Certificate permanently based in Cyprus. A little closer to home is SQT/TMS, who are the first accredited NEBOSH International Diploma centre in Ireland. BHB Fire and Specialist Safety Training, BMS (Health & Safety) Ltd, British Safety Services Corporate Risk Systems Limited, Jays Training and Norwich Union Risk Services Ltd all based in the UK have recently chosen to extend their accreditation to the NEBOSH International General Certificate to appeal to their international clients.

Contact us at: NEBOSH, Dominus Way, Meridian Business Park, Leicester, LE19 1QW Tel: + 44 (0) 116 263 4700 Fax: +44 (0) 116 282 4000 Email: [email protected]

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