NEBOSH Graduation & Awards Ceremony 2023


We were honored to be invited to attend the NEBOSH Graduation & Awards Ceremonies which took place on Monday 11 September 2023 at the University of Warwick as VIP guests, accompanying our learner Lindsay Platt who won the Award for the best candidate in the NEBOSH Health and Safety Management for Construction (UK) qualification.

The H&S Myths of Christmas


The H&S Myths of Christmas

Christmas is a special time of year. Even so, it doesn’t stop health and safety being – wrongly – cited as a reason for preventing pretty harmless activities from going ahead. Not only does this needlessly ruin the festive spirit but it also trivialises the true purpose of health and safety: protecting people from real risks at, or connected with, work.

Sweets at Pantos

Shopping centre Christmas Trees

Seats for tired shoppers

Banning Carol Singers

Banning Snowballs

Bannning coins in Christmas Puddings

Bannning Christmas Decorations

PAT for Christmas Lights

Double Best Candidate Award Winner ~ Kirsty Rodger


Double Best Candidate Award Winner ~ Kirsty Rodger

We were honored to be invited to attend the NEBOSH Graduation & Awards Ceremonies which took place at Symphony Hall in Birmingham on Monday 5 September 2022 as VIP guests, accompanying our learner Kirsty Lee Rodger who had won TWO Best Candidate awards. A phenomenal achievement !

Kirsty Lee Rodger won;

The Richard Booth Award for the Best Candidate in the NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety – Unit B 2019/20, and

The Jim Hammer Award for the Best Candidate in the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Unit C 2021/22.

Dee Arp, Chief Operating Officer at NEBOSH, said the following before the awards were presented to Kirsty:

“Our next award is the Richard Booth Award for the best candidate in the NEBOSH National Diploma Unit B. Unit B is the part of the syllabus dealing with hazardous agents in the workplace.

Our winner is studying the Diploma with Woodward SHE. They already hold a NEBOSH General Certificate and NEBOSH Fire Certificate and tell us that working in health and safety has allowed them to work with fascinating people from all fields and backgrounds.

Not only have they won this award but they have also picked up the 2021-22 award for Unit C. Louise Adamson will present both of these awards to our winner. Please congratulate: Kirsty Rodger.”

Andy Wilkinson-Sharpe, NEBOSH Acting Chief Executive, added: “A NEBOSH qualification is so much more than a certificate. It represents learning, knowledge, confidence, respect, inspiration and much more. Above all, our learners are able to enable business activities to take place in a way that protects the safety and health of their colleagues, and the environment and communities in which they work. An achievement to be proud of.”

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For more information about the NEBOSH Diplomas visit: https://www.woodward-group.co.uk/courses/nebosh-national-diploma-for-occupational-health-and-safety-management-professionals/

NEBOSH Graduation & Awards Ceremony 2022


NEBOSH Graduation & Awards Ceremony 2022

We were honored to be invited to attend the NEBOSH Graduation & Awards Ceremonies which took place at Symphony Hall in Birmingham on Monday 5 September 2022 as VIP guests, accompanying our learner Kirsty Lee Rodger who had won TWO Best Candidate awards.

Normally an annual event, the Graduation was postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID pandemic. This meant that 2022 was a record year – two ceremonies took place instead of one and more than 400 Diplomates and Masters holders, plus their families and friends, were in attendance to celebrate their achievements.

Among those celebrating were the winners of the 2019-20 and 2020-21 NEBOSH Best Candidate Awards, recognising the achievements of the top performing candidates for Certificate and Diploma qualifications in the year.

The raging bull from the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony welcomed us to the event.

Inside the hall we were welcomed by the NEBOSH reception team who were distributing #NEBOSHGrad2022 brochures and helping to direct the Diplomates. The brochure contained lots of useful information for the day, the names of all the Diplomates and Award Winners, and words from the guest speaker Louise Adamson.

Diplomates, families and friends also heard from guest speaker and SHP’s Most Influential Award winner 2018, Louise Adamson. Louise delivered a powerful and moving speech that shared the stories of people who had lost their lives in workplace accidents, urging Diplomates to ‘pick up the pen’ and write the story for a safer, healthier, more sustainable world.

Addressing the audience, Louise said: “You are the ones with the superhero powers, who will help ensure that when our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters, or other halves, head out to work, that it will be another stride along the road to them fulfilling their hopes and dreams. I know that no-one lives forever. But, work, it should be life-changing in a positive way. It should never ever be life-limiting or life-ending. You are key to ensuring families get to live their lives as they should….to the full!”

Our learner Kirsty Lee Rodger won The Richard Booth Award for the Best Candidate in the NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety – Unit B 2019/20 and The Jim Hammer Award for the Best Candidate in the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Unit C 2021/22.

Andy Wilkinson-Sharpe, NEBOSH Acting Chief Executive, added: “A NEBOSH qualification is so much more than a certificate. It represents learning, knowledge, confidence, respect, inspiration and much more. Above all, our learners are able to enable business activities to take place in a way that protects the safety and health of their colleagues, and the environment and communities in which they work. An achievement to be proud of.”

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For more information about the NEBOSH Diplomas visit: https://www.woodward-group.co.uk/courses/nebosh-national-diploma-for-occupational-health-and-safety-management-professionals/

Woodward Alumni Newsletter – Autumn / Winter 2018


Alumni Newsletter

We have now published the Autumn  / Winter 2018 edition of “SafetyNet”, our Woodward Alumni Newsletter.

The newsletter can be downloaded here or by copying the following link into your web-browser:

http://www.woodward-group.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/12.2-Alumni-Newsletter-Autumn-2018.pdf

We hope it will be of interest to you.

Office Move

Please be aware that on Monday 10th December 2018 we moved our HQ from Esk Suite in Carlisle to ENERGUS in Workington.

Our new address is ENERGUS, Blackwood Road, Lillyhall Industrial Estate, Workington, CA14 4JW.

Our new telephone number is (01900) 609175.

Merry Christmas !

May we wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and you much prosperity and success in the New Year.

Please note we are closed for the Christmas Holiday period, opening again on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

 

Safety is more than Statistics !


Safety is more than statistics – never forget the impact a single incident can have on a person, their families and loved ones.

IOSH Course Range Update


 

Everyone has heard of the IOSH Working Safely and IOSH Managing Safely courses, but have you heard about the other excellent IOSH courses that have been launched recently?

There are new IOSH courses available which cover Health and Wellbeing, Fire Safety and even Environmental issues !

We can deliver these course in-house for you – or – you might be able to deliver them yourself as a Woodward Associate Trainer !

More information on our Woodward Associate Trainer Scheme can be found here: https://www.woodward-group.co.uk/associate-trainer-scheme

If you would like any further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Woodward SHE Ltd
Tel: (01228) 592614
Fax: (01228) 593769
E-mail: info@woodwardgroup.co.uk
Website: www.woodwardgroup.co.uk

Tips for Success: Preparing for a NEBOSH Exam


Tips for Success: Preparing for a NEBOSH Exam

David Towlson

David Towlson, NEBOSH Head of Qualifications and Assessment, shares his top tips for NEBOSH exams

Here at NEBOSH, we use several different types of exams, as well as work-based assignments, as part of our qualification assessments. In this article I aim to give you some guidance for tackling written, short-answer exams.

Getting to grips with exams is just as much about mind-set as about the topics you’re being tested on.  One good thing about the Will Smith film “After Earth” was the pep talk about the difference between danger and fear. To summarise, danger is real but fear is the story you tell yourself that can paralyse you from taking action or push you into the wrong course of action. So try to focus on the real challenges of an exam, rather than the fear of getting it wrong.

Exam success is not random. There will inevitably be people that pass, and people that don’t (for all sorts of reasons). If you are well prepared, understand the topic and have practiced answering exam questions you are much more likely to succeed.

These are not the exams you’re looking for

Let’s get a few myths out the way to start with. NEBOSH is not trying to catch you out – our examiners are actively looking to award marks.

We don’t:

  • Use ‘NEBOSH speak’ – instead we use health and safety language and language commonly used in nearly all exams, to help make the questions as clear as we can.
  • Have a quota system – instead we take the view that if you reach the pass standard, then you pass, that’s it.
  • Mark by just looking for key words.
  • Expect you to purely rely on memory – most things people do rely on remembering things to some extent, and that’s a good thing, but ours are not memory tests.

Only human

We do:

  • Use humans – well, qualified health and safety people – to create exam questions and mark your answers against a marking scheme.
  • Look for understanding and application of concepts and not key words, when marking. This can be expressed in a variety of different, equivalent ways.  If your answer amounts to the same point on the marking scheme (though it may not use those exact words), you’ll get the mark – no quibbling.
  • Use flexible and realistic marking schemes – the marking scheme is a guide to the range of reasonable points that could answer the question.  It has many more points on it than the maximum marks available. For example, an 8 mark question might have 12 or more points on the marking scheme. That’s to take account of the different ways you can arrive at the same answers and get the full 8 marks.

What you can do

This means that you:

  • Can use common abbreviations in your answers – like HSWA, HSE, RIDDOR, ILO – our markers will know what you’re talking about.
  • Can answer questions in any order. Answering questions in order seems the right thing to do, but start with the one you feel most confident to answer, rather than getting stuck on a question. This’ll give you a sense of confidence. As long as you label your answers with the relevant question number, that’ll do.  As far as we’re concerned – the question number order doesn’t mean anything.
  • Can use bullet points – these are just formatting (like we’ve used in this guide).  So long as your answer is sufficiently detailed on each bullet point and relevant to the question, you’ll be fine.
  • Shouldn’t get too worried about command words – they are every day, normal words.  Like many words, their exact meaning depends on the context – what is being asked, how many marks available etc.  Yes, they have definitions – but you can easily tie yourself up in knots thinking about it.  So, it’s better to practice questions that use these words – you’ll get a natural feel for what is required and then you can forget about it and answer the question.
  • Shouldn’t get too fixated on any one question – it’s your performance over the whole exam that matters. In answering a question, most people find that they can come up with quite a few points quite quickly and then struggle to come up with a few more.  If it’s starting to take too much time/effort then it’s better to move on to the next question.
  • Don’t generally need to learn regulation numbers – let’s face it, people aren’t going to rely on you for detailed legal advice. It’s the meaning and interpretation of the law in practice that is more important.  With very few exceptions (such as HSWA for UK national candidates) we therefore don’t expect you to learn them either.  What we do expect is that you know what it contains and means.

With preparation and practice, our exams are a way for you to demonstrate that knowledge and practical understanding you have of the syllabus and join the hundreds of thousands of people that hold a NEBOSH qualification.

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Taken from the NEBOSH website here: https://www.nebosh.org.uk/content.asp?cref=1902&ct=2&