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Award-winning IOSH/NEBOSH training from Compassa

Struggling to release people for IOSH/NEBOSH training? Can’t get everyone together for face-to-face training?

There is a solution: interactive video eLearning. Yes, it’s eLearning. But with the impact of an excellent face-to-face course.

Compassa’s award-winning approach to IOSH/NEBOSH training is the closest thing you can get to 1-to-1 tuition. It’s impactful and leads to measurable improvements in commitment to H&S: GUARANTEED. Your people will be visibly more committed and your health and safety performance will improve.

To ensure our delegates are engaged and switched on, we make the courses relevant, interactive and, most of all: FUN. Our ethos is if we enjoy making our courses, then our delegates will enjoy learning from them.

In 2020, we released the world’s first interactive video course for IOSH Managing Safely. Our before and after surveys shows this course leads to an average increase in commitment to H&S of 42%. Fully approved, IOSH have confirmed our version of IOSH Managing Safely is UNIQUE.

Other courses available include the NEBOSH HSE Introduction to Incident Investigation Award, featuring a 3D model workplace and incident investigator simulator. You will be amazed at our interactive interview technology, where you can take control of a real witness interview. You and your people will LEARN BY DOING instead of being bored by Powerpoint!

Our eLearning courses are so different to traditional courses, they must be seen to be believed. So get in touch to arrange a no obligation demonstration and see how our courses can help you achieve your objectives.

eBook: Common challenges in contractor management

A new guide from Alcumus outlines Common Challenges in Contractor Management (and how to solve them).

For many organisations, contractors are an essential part of the business, their specialised skills play a vital role from strategic projects to day-to-day maintenance.

Contractors are often engaged in physical or high-risk jobs, in unfamiliar surroundings, as a result, recordable safety incident rates are typically three times higher for contractors compared with permanent staff, according to Independent Analyst Group, Verdantix.

Despite this research identified that 47% of organisations expected to increase or significantly increase their use of contractors in the coming two years.

As supply chains become ever more complex and dispersed, supply chain visibility is important to manage contractors and suppliers without compromising safety, sustainability, or ethics and prevent costly disruptions or weaknesses.

The costs of getting it wrong can be significant, both from a moral point of view, and your bottom line. For example, Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions were fined £2.6 million following the death of a subcontractor.

Never has it been more important to have clear considered risk assessments that are specific to your business and activities. This will help to make sure that your business, contractors and suppliers work safely and to best manage and mitigate risk exposures. So, it’s vital that each stage of your supplier chain is assessed for risks and control measures put in place to prevent costly disruptions or weaknesses.

To help to manage the contractors and suppliers you work with more effectively, Alcumus have produced an eBook as a practical resource so you can so you can measure your key risks and give you the confidence that your business and the people you work with are well placed to mitigate risks wherever possible.

The eBook, Common Challenges in Contractor Management (and how to solve them) includes:

  • The importance of risk management 
  • 7 common challenges when managing contractor compliance
  • 5 best practice supply chain tips
  • How you can manage your supply chain effectively and limit risks

To learn more about the impact of these challenges that organisations face, download the eBook here: Common Challenges in Contractor Management.


Fifty years ago, Petzl invented the first battery-powered headlamp, combining all the advantages of lighting that professionals around the world need: lighting where it’s needed, when it’s needed, with hands-free functionality. Convenience is a necessity for a good tool: Petzl headlamps are easy to use and can be carried easily in a tool bag or a pack.

The adjustable elastic headband allows you to wear it on your head or on a helmet with power sources coming from either standard or rechargeable batteries, so you can be sure that you’ll have the light you need, when you need it.

The new DUO RL joins the SWIFT PRO RL to offer the benefits of reactive lighting to professional users.

Designed for technical rescue and worksites, the DUO RL rechargeable headlamp provides 2800-lumen brightness. Using REACTIVE LIGHTING® technology, a sensor analyses the ambient light and automatically adjusts brightness to your needs. Manual operation is minimised and burn time is optimised, so users can remain focused on their activity. The aluminium lamp body provides excellent impact resistance and the DUO RL is also waterproof and ideal for use in wet environments.

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Are offices ready for workers to return?

With the UK expected to move away from home working and return to the office in greater numbers during the Autumn months, National Accident Helpline is warning employers to ensure offices are safe and ready or run the risk of accidents happening in the workplace.

Recent data from National Accident Helpline highlights the importance of caution as people return to work as personal injury helpline saw a 15% increase in enquiries relating to injuries sustained in the workplace during June and July.  Without action there’s a risk that injuries at work may reach pre-COVID levels, which were 115% higher than current trends.

Figures from Transport for London also reveal the first Monday of September saw a 22% increase in tube journeys and a 71% jump in bus passengers in London between 8am and 9am compared to the previous Tuesday. This sharp increase in commuters in the capital precedes expectations that autumn will see workers across the country return to the office in numbers not seen since the start of the pandemic in March last year.

National Accident Helpline also found that 48% of employer liability injury claims made this year were for slips and trips. This is backed up by data from RIDDOR* who found slips and trips are the second most common type of workplace accident in Great Britain, accounting for an estimated 19% of all work injuries.

To ensure that staff can return to the office safely and enjoy the benefits, National Accident Helpline are advising on the key areas that employers should think about. Such as conducting a full risk assessment of office spaces and ensuring any potential hazards are rectified before staff return full time. Other important steps to take are confirming staff know the health and safety rules, re-issuing office protocols and making everyone using the office aware of procedures before they return to desks.

Jonathan White, Legal and Compliance Director at National Accident Helpline, said: “The shift to home working could have made some employers reluctant to invest in office spaces and make necessary upgrades or refurbishments. This in turn may now put employees at risk as they return to the office. From loose or torn carpets to rotting floors there are a number of trip hazards that may have materialised during lockdown. All of these issues should be assessed before staff are welcomed back to the office.

“By following HSE protocols and ensuring that staff are aware of potential hazards when returning to the office employers can ensure that workplaces are safe and suitable for life returning to normal post lockdown.”

For more information please visit: https://www.national-accident-helpline.co.uk/news/post/ensuring-safety-workplace

5 Minutes With… Compassa’s MD Will Taylor

In the latest instalment of our health & safety industry executive interview series we spoke to Compassa Managing Director Will Taylor about his company, the power of interactive video for training, how you can create greater engagement with your teams and the future of eLearning…

Tell us about your company, products, and services

We are Compassa, a health and safety training provider specialising in IOSH, NEBOSH, and bespoke management training. We started out as a face-to-face training provider focusing on IOSH Managing Safely and Incident Investigation courses. In 2019, we had an idea to see if we could set a higher standard for health and safety eLearning using interactive video technology.

In 2020, we launched our first two courses: the world’s first interactive video course for IOSH Managing Safely and our own leadership course: Managing People Effectively.

Earlier this year we released the world’s only video course for the NEBOSH HSE Introduction to Incident Investigation Award. It’s the 1st NEBOSH course to include a 3D virtual workplace and investigation simulator, with interactive witness interviews where you get to choose how to handle the witness and what questions to ask.

What do you mean by “interactive video course”?

An interactive video is a video the learner has to interact with in order to progress. You can’t just sit there and watch it. You’d get distracted, zone out, or get bored. Instead, our video courses have interactive elements within the videos. What this means is the presenter (me!) asks the learner questions and gives them exercises, and the video pauses whilst the learner does the exercise.

What made you decide to launch eLearning courses?

We knew traditional health and safety eLearning is perceived as boring, tedious, dry, and focused on compliance rather than behavioural change. But it has huge advantages in terms of flexibility. We wanted to see if we could make IOSH and NEBOSH eLearning courses that were as impactful as face-to-face training, as well as FUN. So in 2019, we set out to see if we could do that.

And do you think you have achieved that?

Well I never believed that any eLearning course, not even ours, would have a greater impact than a well-delivered classroom course. And yet, some of our customers have said they can see a greater level of commitment to health and safety, a greater proactiveness, in those people who did our video eLearning for IOSH Managing Safely versus those who completed a classroom version.

As an added bonus, nearly everyone who has done our video courses talks about how much fun they are. They’re engaging, entertaining, and highly effective. Not often someone calls a health and safety eLearning course fun and engaging!

What makes your eLearning fun and engaging?

I told the development team to have fun making the courses. If we enjoy making the course, then people might have fun studying it. So they’re full of stunts, jokes, and references to our favourite movies and TV shows. We also included a lot of bloopers which makes the whole thing feel a lot more human. Health and safety is a dry subject and there is no need to make it more serious than it already is.

Why do think your eLearning resulted in greater levels of commitment than a classroom course?

If the eLearning is persuasive, engaging, and impactful, it’s likely to result in positive changes to attitude. Maybe just as much as an excellent classroom course. The big advantage eLearning has is it is delivered over a much longer time period than a classroom course. So the information has longer to sink in. For example, a typical IOSH Managing Safely course is 3 to 4 days long. Many delegates complete the classroom version in one block. Then they return to work and within a day or two they are back to normal and the course is largely forgotten. It is a “flash in the pan”, no matter how well delivered it is.

eLearning is different. People dip in and out for short periods over several weeks. Every day they learn something new, and they apply it. They think about it. It sinks in. Done repeatedly over two months, this leads to much deeper assimilation of the information and desired behaviours. It results in managers being more committed and more proactive.

Unless the eLearning is boring of course. Then it’s of no use at all!

Surely eLearning is not always the best option for every organisation?

No of course not. We always check for the following:

  • Do all the learners have access to IT? Such as screen, speakers, and decent internet connection?
  • Do they get undisturbed free time for at least 15min a day?
  • Is their line-manager supportive of this initiative and will they hold the person to account for completing it?
  • Where are they culturally? For organisations with negative or resistant cultures, a face-to-face approach is probably best.

If the answers to any of the following are negative, they are probably best opting for a face-to-face approach. Which is fine by me, since I absolutely love delivering training!

Where do you see Compassa by 2025?

We’ll continue our course development and by then I expect we will have a much larger portfolio of IOSH and NEBOSH courses, including the General Certificate. I expect we will be the 1st choice for most people who wish to study a NEBOSH General Certificate or any other course via eLearning. It’s merely a question of raising awareness that our courses exist and what we mean by “interactive video eLearning”. It’s a concept which is so new in our industry, it will take time for people to recognise its potential. By then, I also expect our competitors to start copying us and inject a little more personality into their own courses. 

What’s the most exciting thing about your job?

It’s thinking of really creative ways to use our interactive eLearning technology to come up with fun activities and games. It’s spending a chunk of time building those activities and then seeing the end result.

What’s the most challenging thing about your job?

The biggest pushback we get is “classroom training is better than eLearning”. It’s a complete generalisation which is usually true. But our eLearning will give most classroom trainers a run for their money. We need to get past that perception and it will take time and effort.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

An old boss once said of an induction training session I delivered: “That was perfect. Next time, do it differently.” When I asked why, since it was perfect, he said “Otherwise, you will never learn.” From there, I’ve made it a personal mission to push the boundaries. I’ve made a ton of mistakes, but learnt a lot.

Calls to use ‘Industry 4.0’ to improve safety standards

Industry 4.0, and the growing digitalisation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices has the potential to have a significant impact on workplace safety.

That’s the conclusion of research carried out by Dräger Safety UK, which points to recent advances including the use of wireless technology and wearable devices to protect those working in hazardous environments and sensors on safety monitoring equipment to inform important maintenance and servicing schedules.

Its research found that only a third (34%) of managers in the sector believe that their organisations are advanced in accessing and acting on improved availability of safety data which is available through this technology.

And when it comes to development and continual improvement in this area, less than half (48%) of managers in manufacturing believed that their organisation is making progress, compared with two thirds, (66%) of managers in the transport and logistics.

Andrew Bligh, System Services & Training Manager Dräger Safety UK, said: “There is a very real opportunity to improve safety standards in the workplace by using the data generated by technology to inform safety policy. For example, when it comes to gas detection, analysing data produced by the devices, offers valuable insight that will allow for better, more informed decision-making, both in the short and long-term. Some may be unaware of the availability of this data, while others feel it is not significant, but it can have a real impact on the safety of a company’s workforce.”

Beyond Dräger’s research, the subject of Industry 4.0 and its impact on health and safety has been adopted by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, an independent global charity which is working to define what makes effective indicators of safety performance to encourage organisations to use health and safety datasets more successfully.

Dräger’s research showed that many employees are comfortable with increased use of digital technology and connectivity, with 44% of those in manufacturing and industry feeling safer if the latest safety technology is being used, while more than a third (39%) believe that increased availability of safety data can improve safety decisions.

British Safety Council updates Five Star Audit spec for 2021

The British Safety Council’s Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit has been revised and updated to place a greater emphasis on assessing how effectively an organisation manages risks to workers’ health and wellbeing together as well as business resilience and recovery.

The Five Star Occupational Health and Safety Audit provides a quantified outcome with detailed recommendations; it goes beyond the requirements of current health and safety management standards such as ISO 45001 and provides a structured route toward best practice status. Undertaking this audit enables organisations to demonstrate their commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety standards.

David Parr, Technical Advisor at British Safety Council said: “The Five Star Audit is a challenging process – the outcome is detailed findings and recommendations for improvement that organisations, who are truly dedicated to worker health and safety, can implement to demonstrate their commitment toward continual improvement.

“In these unique times, effective management of health, safety and wellbeing has perhaps never been more important. The Five Star Occupational Health & Safety Audit is the most comprehensive, contemporary, quantified audit process available, which allows organisations to evaluate their health and safety performance against the latest legislation, recognised standards and best practice techniques.”

British Safety Council says it believes that no one should be injured or made ill through their work. During times of significant change and uncertainty British Safety Council understands the importance of being flexible and adapting to circumstances to ensure that new risks associated with the changing workplace are addressed.

The updated guidelines can be downloaded from British Safety Council website and include greater emphasis on wellbeing in the workplace to reflect the risks to workers mental health that a transforming work environment can present.

Organisations who achieve a five-star rating following the audit process are eligible to enter the prestigious, internationally recognised, Sword of Honour award recognised as the ‘best of the best’ in health and safety.

Health & safety solutions: 2021 buying trends revealed

Wellbeing Services, Compliance and Behavioural Safety top the list of services the UK’s leading health & safety professionals are sourcing in 2021.

The findings have been revealed by the Occupational Safety & Health Forum and are based on delegate requirements at the event.

Delegates registering to attend were asked which areas they needed to invest in during 2021 and beyond.

A significant 59% are looking to invest in Occupational Health & Wellbeing Services, followed by Compliance (57%) and Stress Management (54.5%).

Just behind are Stress Management (54.5%) and Risk Management/Assessments (50%).

% of delegates at the Occupational Safety & Health Forum sourcing certain products & solutions (Top 10):

Occupational Health & Wellbeing Services 59.1%
Compliance 56.8%
Behavioural Safety 54.5%
Stress Management 54.5%
Risk Management/Assessments 50.0%
Site Safety 47.7%
Wellbeing/Wellness 47.7%
Incident Reporting 45.5%
Contractor Management 40.9%
Fire Safety Management 40.9

To find out more about the Occupational Safety & Health Forum, visit https://oshforum.co.uk.

HSE Software: The Foundation of Improved Health and Safety for Construction Companies

By She Software Ltd

Consider these data points. In 2019, the number of fatalities on U.S. construction sites were 1,066. In Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), there were 40 fatal injuries across 2019 and 2020.

This fatality data probably isn’t all that surprising. Construction is a dangerous and inconsistent business. Worksites are rarely the same place twice. There are strict deadlines, budget constraints, and a skilled labour shortage which constantly plague the construction industry.

Furthermore, a constant ebb and flow of workers and third-party contractors, evolving environmental conditions, and exposure to the elements are not conducive to a safe working environment.

Although many factors contribute to the rise in incidents, one factor could help reduce it: creating and establishing efficiency by replacing manual safety processes with HSE software. Let’s look at ways HSE management software can help your construction business improve its health and safety programs.

Click here to read more.

Learn new skills in 2021 with our Health & Safety courses

Our selection of online courses tailored specifically for the health & safety sector will enable you to both learn new skills and improve existing ones – sign up today!

These are specially-curated online courses designed to help you and your team improve expertise and learn new things.

The Health & Safety online learning bundle provides you with over 50 courses, that cover all areas of both professional and personal development:

  • Asbestos Awareness Certification
  • Basic Fire Safety Awareness Certification
  • Health and Safety for Events Certification
  • Infection Control Certification
  • Lone Working Certification
  • Personal Safety Certification
  • PPE Awareness Certification
  • Preventing Slips and Trips in the Workplace Certification
  • RIDDOR Certification
  • Workplace Hygiene Certification
  • Boost Your Work Efficiency Certification

And many more.

Find out more and purchase your courses online here.

For just £99 (usually £149), you can share the courses with your colleagues over a 12-month period.

Additionally, there are a variety of bundles available on all spectrums;

  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Healthcare
  • Sports & Personal Development
  • Management, Leadership & Business Operations
  • Customer Services
  • Education & Social Care Skills
  • Human Resources
  • Sales & Marketing
  • IT & Personal Development

Book your courses today or contact us to find out more and come out of this stronger and more skilled!

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