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18 Oct 2020
NEBOSH open book examinations: environmental benefits

Learners did not have to travel to a separate venue to take their exam and NEBOSH did not have to print and post the question papers to exam venues and Examiners. NEBOSH's Green Team have done the maths and the first OBE saved:

  • 330,910 airmiles
    Equivalent to travelling over 13 times around the equator.
  • 150 tonnes of CO2
    It would take over 74,000 trees to absorb this CO2 in one year.
  • 161,680 sheets of paper
    Equal to 19 trees.

Miles travelled are based as near as possible to the centre of each country and assumes all posted examination packs would have gone to the same airport.

Carbon footprint is based on a passenger travelling one way in economy class. As the footprint of freight is usually less than this we have based the footprint saving on the packs being sent out to venues by NEBOSH and being returned by the Learning Partner. The calculation does not take account of the footprint that would have been produced transporting examination packs to approximately 214 venues around the UK. Figures are based on this source https://bulb.co.uk/carbon-tracker/ .

One tree makes around 16 reams of paper.

Read more on https://www.nebosh.org.uk/our-news-and-events/our-news/nebosh-open-book-examinations-environmental-benefits/

17 Sep 2020
NEBOSH Case Studies

When a learner achieves a NEBOSH qualification they gain skills, knowledge and competence. This can be massively beneficial for them personally and for their employer too. NEBOSH has compiled a series of case studies which demonstrate how other learners and employers have benefited after their NEBOSH success.

Read the case studies on https://www.nebosh.org.uk/our-news-and-events/case-studies/

17 Sep 2020
NEBOSH News- A safer way to share your NEBOSH certificate online

If you’re sharing a photo of your certificate online, make sure you cover any sensitive information. Hide your Master Log Certificate Number and the QR code that is included on newer certificates. If you’re sharing a results letter, you should hide your learner number and your address.

This will keep your personal information safe, but it will also help stop others from producing fraudulent certificates. Your Master Log Certificate Number and learner number are unique to you, but could be useful to people trying to recreate a verifiable certificate.

NEBOSH provides clear informaion about the same on the below link:

https://www.nebosh.org.uk/our-news-and-events/our-news/a-safer-way-to-share-your-nebosh-certificate/

14 Aug 2020
We are now ISO 9001:2015 Certified

We are glad to announced that we are now an ISO 9001:2015 Certified company under EIASL Accreditation Services. 

This is as a part of our continual improvement of the training delivery system aimed at providing high quality QHSE training for our learners.

27 Jul 2020
NEBOSH achieves ISO 45001

NEBOSH has achieved ISO 45001 certification, the international health and safety management standard.

Following an audit earlier this year, the certification marks  NEBOSH’s commitment to health and safety and creating a great place of work for our employees. What’s more, the auditors recognised NEBOSH as ‘outstanding’ in five key areas of our health and safety management system:

  • Communication with staff, and participation of employees from across the business
  • Strong leadership from top management
  • An excellent and thorough facilities management system
  • Our online employee health and safety training course
  • Identifying all interested parties (external and internal) who have needs within our health and safety management system.

Dee Arp, NEBOSH Director of Learning and Assessment and project sponsor, said “As a leading organisation in health and safety it was only right that we benchmarked ourselves against the best and achieved ISO 45001 certification. It is testament to our fantastic employees that we have created a workplace that’s healthy and safe for people to come to work every day.

“The COVID-19 crisis presented us with some new challenges but our team has risen to the challenge! So, no matter whether people are working from home or the office we continue to make sure their health and safety is our priority.

In addition to ISO 45001, NEBOSH is also the proud holder of ISO 9001 (Quality Management) and ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) certification.

27 Jul 2020
A better normal must mean tackling workplace violence and harassment

Posted on ILO website on 27 July 2020

Manal Azzi, Senior Specialist, Occupational Safety and Health

Violence and harassment is a persistent and pernicious issue in the world of work.

It transcends national boundaries, socioeconomic conditions, occupational sectors and working arrangements. It can manifest itself between co-workers, managers and subordinates, or between workers and their clients or the public, threatening the safety and health of all those subjected to it.

Violence and harassment takes different and shifting forms, not just physical or sexual. Psychological harassment, in particular, can be insidious and abusive in the most subtle of ways, and the mental toll it takes can lead at times to suicide.

The negative impact on workers’ well-being also affects businesses, contributing to absences from work and increased staff turnover, related to fear, illness and injury. These changes imply significant costs for enterprises, and can also damage productivity and performance.

During the current public health crisis, violence and harassment has appeared to increase. The unprecedented restrictions imposed on people during the pandemic have exacerbated stress levels. In some cases, this has led to violence and harassment being directed against essential personnel, healthcare workers and others on the pandemic frontlines.

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There have been reports of doctors in Wuhan, China, being beaten and threatened in overcrowded hospitals. Essential workers in grocery shops have been subjected to violence and harassment when those stores ran out of supplies. More recently, a security guard in the United States was killed attempting to enforce a policy of wearing face masks in a store.

There has never been a more important time to recognize and address the causes and manifestations of work-related violence and harassment. A new ILO report, Safe and healthy working environments free from violence and harassment, does just that. It examines the scope of violence and harassment in the world of work and looks at existing occupational safety and health frameworks, initiatives and areas of action for preventing and addressing workplace psychosocial risks, including better Occupational Safety and Health management systems and training.

Last year, at the Centenary International Labour Conference, the ILO’s 187 member States adopted the groundbreaking Violence and Harassment Convention (No. 190) and accompanying Recommendation (No. 206). In doing this, they defined a global commitment to eliminating this scourge.

However, such an overarching commitment needs to be backed by grassroots action. Systems, cultures and individuals that perpetuate such harassment or allow it to continue need to be called out and corrected. We all want to build a ‘better normal’, post-COVID. Workplaces free from violence and harassment should be part of that equation.

12 Jul 2020
NEBOSH announces first open book examinations

NEBOSH, one of the world’s leading providers of health, safety and environmental qualifications and courses, has announced a transformation project that will enable all of its learners to carry out their assessments from a safe location of their choosing.

Like organisations around the world, NEBOSH is adapting to the challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has therefore bought forward and expanded plans to offer remote and online assessments for its range of qualifications and courses.

The NEBOSH National and International General Certificates will be the first qualifications to offer remote assessments and, on 6 August 2020, the first open book examination will take place. An open book examination – a method widely used by other awarding bodies and universities – enables learners to take the examination in a safe location of their choosing. The new approach also has the added benefit of enabling people in even more countries around the world to study towards and gain a NEBOSH qualification.

Unlike invigilated paper-based examinations, NEBOSH’s open book examinations will present learners with a real-life scenario followed by a related series of questions that require learners to demonstrate the application of their skills.

David Morgan, NEBOSH Interim Chief Executive, says: “The health of our learners is paramount. We want them to feel safe when they carry out their NEBOSH assessments and the best way to do this is transform the way we do things.

“We have worked closely with our regulator, SQA Accreditation, to maintain the rigour and recognition people have come to expect from NEBOSH over its 40-year history. COVID-19 has certainly presented us with some challenges but the changes we’re making will bring us up to speed with the latest awarding technology so that learners can complete their studies and gain the qualification they have worked hard for.”

Learners who wish to register for an examination can do so via their NEBOSH accredited Learning Partner. Further information, including a selection of guidance and support resources, is available at: www.nebosh.org.uk/obe

22 Jul 2020
Assessing you safely- Introducing NEBOSH open book examinations

NEBOSH, like organisations around the world, is adapting to the challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEBOSH want people to feel safe when organising or attending a NEBOSH assessment. They have therefore brought forward and expanded plans to offer remote and online assessments for a range of qualifications and courses.

The first phase of this project is to introduce open book exams for both the NEBOSH National and International General Certificates – units NG1, IG1, NGC1 and IGC1. This will replace in-person closed book exams and enable learners to sit their NEBOSH assessment in their own home or another safe and suitable location.

NEBOSH is currently adapting our internal processes and infrastructure to deliver the open book exams and anticipate that the first assessments will take place during July. People wishing to register for an assessment will be able to do so through their Learning Partner once these details have been finalised – this will be communicated via your Learning Partner as well as through NEBOSH’s website and social media channels.

NEBOSH is also looking at alternatives for those people ready to sit a GC2 exam. Again, they will communicate the details of this as soon as they can.

More information can accessed on https://www.nebosh.org.uk/our-news-and-events/our-news/introducing-open-book-exams-for-nebosh-general-certificate/

21 Jun 2020
Use of face masks designated KN95

HSE, UK writes;

Introduction

A substantial number of face masks, claiming to be of KN95 standards, provide an inadequate level of protection and are likely to be poor quality products accompanied by fake or fraudulent paperwork. These face masks may also be known as filtering facepiece respirators.

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KN95 is a performance rating under the Chinese standard GB2626:2006, the requirements of which are broadly the same as the European standard BSEN149:2001+A1:2009 for FFP2 facemasks. However, there is no independent certification or assurance of their quality and products manufactured to KN95 rating are declared as compliant by the manufacturer. 

Personal protective equipment (PPE) cannot be sold or supplied as PPE unless it is CE marked. The only exception is for PPE that is organised by the UK Government for use by NHS or other healthcare workers where assessments have been undertaken by HSE as the Market Surveillance Authority. 

Action required

KN95 must not be used as PPE at work as their effectiveness cannot be assured.

Masks that are not CE marked and cannot be shown to be compliant must be removed from supply immediately. If these masks have not been through the necessary safety assessments, their effectiveness in controlling risks to health cannot be assured for anyone buying or using them. They are unlikely to provide the protection expected or required.

If any are CE marked, suppliers must be able to demonstrate how they know the documentation and CE marking is genuine, supported by Notified Body documentation showing compliance with the essential health and safety requirements as required by the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations (EU) 2016/425.

Relevant legal documents

  • Personal Protective Equipment Regulations (EU) 2016/425
  • Personal Protective Equipment (Enforcement) Regulations 2018
18 Jun 2020
The importance of lighting in industrial spaces

SHP Magazine writes;

While plenty of attention is paid to access, hygiene and cleanliness, with companies appreciating the importance of providing safe passage for workers and vehicles, clearing up any spillages promptly, and offering clean facilities, too many firms underestimate the impact their lighting strategy has on health and safety. That’s according to Ken Eddleston, Lighting Product Manager at Chalmit.

18 Jun 2020
Corona virus advise for employers

SHP Magazine writes;

The government has decided that its 5 tests (protecting the NHS, consistent falls in death rates, consistent falls in the infection rates, solving operational problems, and avoiding a second peak) for lifting lockdown restrictions have been met. Non-essential shops were permitted to open from Monday, as long as they comply with coronavirus guidelines, with local authorities and the HSE able to take enforcement action against shops which do not follow the guidelines for keeping people safe.

https://www.shponline.co.uk/asia/coronavirus-advice-for-employers/

09 May 2020
Occupational health and safety

SHP Magazine writes;

Occupational health and safety

Occupational health is a key priority for business.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has, since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, seemed to have been concentrating more of its efforts on managing the safety rather than health aspect of its remit. While there have been some adjustments over time for what is recorded as a workplace fatality, the organisation’s focus has been successful in reducing annual workplace fatalities from around 650 in 1974 to 144 in 2015/16 (or under 100 when adjusted to align with 1974 reporting requirements).

The HSE rightly promotes the important advances that have been made, proudly stating a positive message about the UK’s health and safety record being ‘the envy of much of the world’ and one that continues support innovation and productivity. As the organisation makes clear, its challenge going forward is to now improve even further on this impressive record. A key part of that process will see an increasing focus on occupational health to ensure British employees are given maximum protection to lower the risk of suffering a work-related illnesses, enabling them to do their jobs within the best possible environment. With 1.2 million people in 2014/15 suffering from an illness they believed was caused or made worse by their work, and thousands dying from work-related cancers – now is the time to act.

There is also a legal and moral responsibility on employers to do whatever is reasonably practicable to support this agenda and ensure they are taking all the appropriate measures to prevent work-related ill health.

In addition to compliance with general duties under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, some more specific legal duties are relevant to the common health problems. For example:

  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) and Approved Code of Practice deals with, among other things, substances that cause asthma. This includes an extensive list ranging from chemicals used for industrial processes to everyday items found in a working environment such as the by-products of certain food types, as well as paint additives and office cleaning products. COSHH also covers fumes, dusts, vapours, gases and even nanotechnology.
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations are relevant for many musculo-skeletal disorder (MSD) problems. Identifying work-related health risks may not be straightforward, but there are a number of sources that can be used.

In order to safeguard workers, the cause of occupational health risks must first be known. Once the main risks, which include musculo-skeletal disorders as well as potential complications caused by excessive dust and noise, are determined then action can be taken to risk assess these areas individually in the same way as safety issues.

It is important to determine not only the individuals or groups of individuals which are most likely to be exposed to these risks but also the degree to of this potential exposure and the likely consequences resulting from it. This knowledge will also be useful when recruiting new personnel or during rehabilitation for an employee who has suffered from a work-related health ailment to ensure the working environment does not adversely affect any pre-existing medical condition.

Attendance management or, more specifically, monitoring of sickness absence has increasingly become a major occupational health-related issue with many large employers. Information obtained from more tightly-managed attendance records is often an invaluable resource for a company or organisation’s Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) operation (as well as its Human Resources department) and can be very useful in spotting possible work-related health problems.

Through analysis of these records, a SHE manager can determine if there are certain jobs or parts of the workplace where absence tends to be higher which may indicate the potential of an occupational health risk within an organisation. While some degree of caution needs to be exercised when analysing absence patterns, this can unveil common issues including high levels of back pain or work related upper limb disorder symptoms to be associated with certain types of work.

More detail may be available from medically-certificated absences, which tend to be over seven days, than from self-certificated absence. However, it is important to bear in mind that absence certificates are mainly completed by GPs who have little experience or training in occupational health. Some sensitivity may also be needed about personal information for individuals that is protected by data protection laws.

As with any health and safety problems, the hierarchy of control measures in Schedule 1 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations should be followed. Where possible, removing the hazard is the best option. Reliance on individual protection through personal protective equipment should normally be a last resort.

There are many examples of successful intervention in HSE guidance. Often the process of managing occupational health only requires good communication between managers and workers. There is usually no need to employ specialist assistance or experts although involvement of occupational physicians and specialists can be cost effective in appropriate circumstances.

When expert advice is needed it may not necessarily mean that medical opinion is required. For many musculo-skeletal disorder problems, for example, the views of an ergonomist might be more appropriate or for an asthma problem, the insights of an occupational hygienist are more likely to carry greater weight.

While there are a small number of occupational safety and health advisers in operation, specialist services in this area are not well developed in the UK at present. The HSE is, however, keen to promote the development of better sources of advice and given its increasing focus in the area of occupational health as the new frontier in developing greater health and safety in UK workplaces, I suspect we will see future growth in this market.

21 Jun 2020
Lead Auditor Combo Offers (ISO 9001, ISO 45001 & ISO 14001)

Choose our best combo offer!! NEBOSH IGC & ISO 45001:2018 Lead Auditor (CQI-IRCA approved).

Email us at safetytraining@jdhse.com or call us at 0509511607.

21 Jun 2020
Exciting offers for NEBOSH IGC!!

Register for 'NEBOSH IGC' and get 30% discount in course fee.

Limited period offer. Hurry up!

21 Jun 2020
Join the NEBOSH International Diploma !!

NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety. Admission started for Muscat, Dubai and India.

Enquire now and get 50% discount. Only for first 5 Admission. Limited seats only. Hurry up!!

21 Jun 2020
Record passing rate in JD. 70% passing rate for a unit.

We are happy to announce the result rate of 70% achieved for a unit.

High quality training always pays!

12 Dec 2018
IOSH Managing Safely for AED 900/- Limited period offer!!

Call us on 0507397010 for more details!!

 

12 Dec 2018
Ministry of Manpower approved IOSH Managing Safely training in Muscat & Sohar!

High-quality delivery by expert tutors!

Highest passing percentage in Oman! Ministry of Manpower approved.

21 Jun 2020
ISO 45001:2018 Lead Auditor (CQI-IRCA Approved)

The latest version of Health & Safety Management System lead auditor. Be an international quality auditor now!

21 Jun 2020
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11 Jun 2018
Food Safety & HACCP courses from JD!

Now get 'LEVEL 2 AWARD IN FOOD SAFETY' from us. HABC(UK) approved course.

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21 Jun 2020
ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management System)

CQI-IRCA approved 'ISO 14001:2015 Lead Auditor' course regustrations are open!

Be an international Environmental Management System audtior! 

Excellent training and100% passing rate!