British Safety Council pledges greater support to health and safety professionals with total training offering

Posted: Thursday 4th September 2008

With the addition of NEBOSH qualifications to their already established range of courses, the British Safety Council decided to commission an in-depth study of opinions. The aim was to fully understand what health and safety professionals really want from a training provider and attempt to tackle the crucial question - “What more can we do to encourage and inspire health and safety professionals by improving the quality of our health and safety training?”

It was clear that there is a lot of training choice available, but opinion showed that courses that are the most relevant and applicable to the risks encountered by the health and safety professional in their particular workplaces are the most popular.

Importantly the survey also showed that professionals prefer more practical content in their courses, and would greatly benefit from continuing support and post-course follow up care.

Continuing care is an area that the BSC has been proactively addressing through its training course provision as it considers it essential to provide ongoing support to those who have taken training. Having also just become an accredited centre for the provision of the NEBOSH National General Certificate, the BSC is offering support to all its candidates with a personalised mentoring programme. This means that candidates will get support and guidance from the moment a course is booked, through to taking the examinations and, importantly, the transition back into the workplace.

Mandy Disney, a leading training provider for a number of organisations including the BSC, explained: ‘Health and safety professionals regularly have to deal with difficult situations in the workplace, not to mention the issues such as changing people’s working practices and behaviours. We provide training but then they are left to get on with it on their own. By ensuring that we don’t just say goodbye at the door, we can help with the practical day to day issues that employees might come across. This will help give a confidence boost and support when they are dealing with tricky issues or just want a second opinion.’

Changing ingrained habits and practices is a challenge in itself, especially when this involves trying to get those in senior positions in the organisation to provide leadership and encourage others by their example. This is a huge hurdle in trying to get an organisation to behave and think differently and to take health and safety seriously.

BSC Chief Executive Brian Nimick said: “The support now offered by the BSC will be crucial in helping health and safety professionals to break down some of the barriers that they face and facilitate changes in working practices. It is essential that safety training is not compromised in these financially frugal times. By giving people the choice of both NEBOSH and BSC qualifications, we hope that health and safety training continues to be an integral part of business activity. The best training means saved lives, reduced accidents, a healthier workforce and a better bottom line for business.”

The BSC is the only health and safety training organisation to offer a fully comprehensive suite of accredited qualifications to meet the needs of health and safety professionals across all levels, sectors and disciplines.. In offering both the NEBOSH National General Certificate (NGC) and the British Safety Council Level 3 Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health (CertOSH), candidates can get unbiased advice and guidance in their choice of qualifications.

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