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Do you specialise in health & Safety Training Courses? We want to hear from you!

Each month on Health & Safety Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the security market – and in March we’ll be focussing on Training Courses.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help health & safety buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Training Course solutions and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Charlotte Povey on c.povey@forumevents.co.uk.

Our Features List in full:-

MarTraining Courses
AprIncident Reporting
MayContractor Management
JunSite Safety
JulLone Worker Safety & Equipment
AugFire Safety Management
SepRisk Management/Assessments
OctStress Management
NovOccupational Health & Wellbeing Services
DecHealth & Safety Software

What does Health and Safety look like in a digital world?

By Bcarm

“Tech is the new muscle” is a common turn of phrase often used to discuss what lessons we can take from covid and certainly digitisation is a way to upgrade your health and safety organisation.

As a Health and Safety professional, any risk management system, unless in the simplest, lowest risk organisation is complicated.

  • There are many activities
  • These may involve many people
  • It has to operate in a dynamic environment
  • There needs to be a robust audit trail
  • There may be conflicting pressures in the business.

Anything that creates difficulty in the process creates operational and engagement barriers that can undermine the management of risk in the business.

Anything that makes the process easier, more convenient, with less operational friction will see better levels of risk management and this is where a digital health and safety management system can deliver both cost benefits and improved engagement by the business.

Digitisation can make a difference as the “muscle” that enables people. In our recent webinar “Risk Assessment in a Digital World”, 70% of attendees said it would “significantly enhance” their process.

In helping clients make the necessary transitions to leverage the benefit of “digital”, we are helping them tackle a wide range of issues from document migration, training and also process evolution and we’re keen to learn more to help take the unknown out of the process.

Take part in our 4-question survey – and you could receive Health and Safety training for up to 250 employees*

We’re undertaking an industry-wide survey for Health and Safety professionals to help us better understand their concerns and priorities of managing H&S in a digital world.

All Health and Safety professionals taking part in the survey will be entered into a free prize draw to win a year’s licence to our E-Learning package for up to 250 employees!* 

For more info and to take part in the survey click here: https://survey.hsforms.com/1aDusl0ovS_euxzDSvzHK2w2u2zn

*See T&Cs in link

IOSH/NEBOSH eLearning as good as face-to-face training

If you want your health and safety training to have a positive impact on behaviour, then it “has to be delivered face-to-face”. To reduce the hassle of getting everyone in the same at the same time, organisations have tried eLearning. They found that, whilst it ticks the box, it lacks the impact a good classroom course can have.

Until now.

Compassa’s awarding-winning use of interactive video technology brings face-to-face training to the eLearning environment. Their IOSH Managing Safely and NEBOSH Incident Investigation courses are delivered by an engaging, entertaining, and charismatic tutor in a series of video tutorials. Within the videos are exercises, activities, and questions the learner must answer. It transforms the passive learning experience into an active experience.

And thanks to all the humour, the courses are really good fun!

But does it work? Does this eLearning approach come anywhere close to having the same impact as a traditional face-to-face course?

Will Taylor, Compassa’s Founder and MD, thinks so. He said, “We collect data from learners before and after the course. We ask them how committed they are to health and safety before the course. And after they have completed it, we ask them the same question. The data consistently shows people feel much more committed: a 42% increase in levels of commitment towards health and safety after completing our video course for IOSH Managing Safely.”

Hugh Pidgeon, Health and Safety Manager for Wilkin Chapman, says his experience supports what the data says. “I feel this eLearning course has delivered greater impact than a classroom course. They’ve had the time to assimilate and take on board all the information. The staff undertaking this course have made my life easier.”

Click here to book a demo of Compassa’s video courses and see how they can win your people over.

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.

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.

Is It Time To Refresh Your Compliance Training Courses?

By Skillsoft

With millions of workers nearing a year away from their employer-controlled office environment, many may still not have fully considered the legal and safety hazards of a home office environment.

To an extent, that’s understandable – after all, home should be among the safest places that we spend our time. The problem is, this can result in considerable risk to employers. As organisations decide on their long term workplace strategy, compliance leaders must adapt their safety and legal programs to support a remote workforce, even if the office environment makes a comeback as part of a ‘hybrid’ approach. 

Some level of adaptation will apply to almost everyone: compliance policies may require review and will possibly need updates, employers need to consider the safety risks of home office environments, and communication and education regarding policy changes and risks across the company will need to be effectively shared. As always, however, the devil is in the detail.

Key issues including home office safety, online harassment and bullying and IT and cybersecurity risks are among the most relevant to remote work. Employers must be confident that their training content and courses offer up-to-date and fully compliant guidance. With organisations across the world making remote working a permanent option – or a replacement for the traditional office entirely – now might be the ideal time for a compliance training refresh.

To learn more about how Skillsoft can help deliver effective compliance training for remote workers, click here.

Driving for work is riddled with risk. Why leave it to chance?

By DriveTech

Driving is something that the vast majority of us do on a regular basis. We drive for a number of reasons: to make life easier, to stay connected, to visit far-flung destinations of interest, and of course, for work. Ultimately, driving has a range of benefits that probably don’t require repetition. It also goes without saying that there are inherent, and often underestimated, risks that come with this particular activity.

The World Health Organisation statistics point to 1.35 million road deaths per year, 1,752 of these deaths taking place on UK roads. Truly driving home the level of risk that comes with driving is the fact that driving for work is the third riskiest profession, more dangerous than construction and only slightly safer than coal-mining. With that in mind, it is shocking that so many companies leave their driver risk management to chance and neglect the opportunity to keep their drivers safe at work.

That’s why DriveTech exists. We’re driven to help keep people safe on the roads, with a variety of behaviour-changing products and services that tangibly impact driver behaviour. Businesses that recognise their real duty of care, that are driven to control costs and have a commitment to driver safety and saving lives, turn to DriveTech as a professional and collaborative supplier of quality risk management solutions. 

With a service portfolio that includes driver and fleet health checks, licence checking (UK only), online assessments and e-learning training modules to full on road coaching, workshops and bespoke driver days for some clients, DriveTech is responsive, adaptable and can normally offer a solution. Being part of the AA – the UK’s leading and largest motoring organisation – makes a substantial difference too to our infrastructure, support systems and processes. 

Don’t leave your employees driver safety to chance. Visit our website to find out more: http://drivetech.co.uk/global-business-fleet-solutions.

Or contact us via email, to get started on your journey to a safer and better fleet: tellmemore@drivetech.co.uk

T: 01256 610907

Do you specialise in Health & Safety Training? We want to hear from you!

Each month on Health & Safety Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the security market – and in March we’ll be focussing on Healthy & Safety Training.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help health & safety buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Healthy & Safety Training and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Charlotte Humphreys on c.humphreys@forumevents.co.uk.

Here’s our full features list:

March – Training Courses

April – Incident Reporting

May – Contractor Management

June – Site Safety

July – Lone Worker Safety & Equipment

August – Fire Safety Management

Small business support: Train staff in Health & Safety and Compliance for just £15 this month

Throughout November, iHASCO (a market-leading provider of workplace training) will be offering their single-use Health & Safety, HR and Business Compliance courses at a heavily discounted rate to support small businesses at a difficult time with their one-off training needs and fulfill any outstanding training requirements, at a fraction of the usual cost. 

The company says that a result of COVID-19, many small businesses have been forced to slash budgets and put staff training on the back-burner. It’s more than understandable as businesses look for cost-saving opportunities in a difficult period, but the stark reality is that there are training topics that simply cannot be neglected at any time.

This limited time offer includes online training from the full course library of over 100 titles. Popular single-use titles include:

  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Food Safety and Hygiene Level 2
  • Working at Height
  • Manual Handling
  • Fire Warden Training

This offer is open to everyone but is particularly beneficial to small businesses or those with individual training requirements, and even those wishing to try out eLearning on a small number of staff.

“Whilst many of our clients are able to take advantage of our course bundle deals, we felt that during these difficult times, we could be doing more to help out sole traders and smaller businesses, and that’s why we’ve discounted our single use courses by 40% throughout November,” said Nathan Pitman, Managing Director at iHASCO.  

“With an iHASCO course, you can rest assured that you’re going to receive a high-quality, engaging course that’s simple to use and cost-effective.”

Each purchase provides access to a single use accredited course with a printable certificate upon completion. The course is accessible for 60 days, so training can be completed when convenient. Courses can be accessed from a variety of devices including laptops, tablets or smartphones – with a 4G or Wi-Fi connection. 

With over 100 courses covering Health & Safety, HR Compliance and Business Compliance, the iHASCO website is a great place to start for those wanting to find out more about the huge range of courses and helpful resources available.

Having already delivered over 6 million training sessions to a variety of businesses and individuals, iHASCO aims to make a genuine difference with each and every one of their engaging and interactive courses. A purchase of any iHASCO course is an investment in the future of your business.

From 1st – 30th November 2020 the discounted single-user iHASCO courses can be purchased from the website and the customer support team can be contacted on 01344 867088 with any queries. 

Investing in mental health awareness training pays

Organisations have the opportunity to make positive cultural change and strengthen their future, whilst supporting employees with their mental health, says iHASCO

In the latest published results of the study, ‘Coronavirus: Mental Health in the Pandemic’, it has been found 64% of people feel that they are not coping with pandemic-related stress well. The temporary hope as lockdown eased has now been replaced with an understanding that the virus is still playing havoc with people’s lives. With further government restrictions introduced to try to prevent the infection rate from spiraling out of control, the uncertainties for individuals and businesses this winter remain high. With financial worries, health concerns and more, the pandemic is certainly contributing to a lack of resilience and poor mental health across the UK.

A ‘Mental Health Crisis’ 

The HSE figures for 2018/19 show that stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 44% of all work-related ill health cases, with 12.8 million working days lost. Now as a result of the pandemic, every business across the country may see a rise in mental health problems in their workforce, with figures even worse than those reported before COVID-19. Therefore, it is vital that employers can create healthy working environments and support employee mental health and wellbeing, not only to meet their legal obligations but to remain productive and to come through the other side of the pandemic in a much better place. It also presents an opportunity to contribute to breaking the negative stigma surrounding mental health, to ensure that as a nation we reach a point where it isn’t brave to open up about your mental health – rather, it’s ‘the norm’. As some organisations lead from the front, it may give others the confidence to follow and realise the positive benefits for all when tackling mental health in the workplace.

Adding to the crisis, it has been suggested in a report by the Centre for Mental Health that in the next two years 500,000 more people will experience mental ill-health conditions in the UK as a result of the pandemic. With a further period of economic downturn as a result of a second spike likely to see even more severe and longer lasting effects on mental health. 

“Now truly is the time for organisations to offer practical mental health and wellbeing support to their employees” explains Lottie Galvin, Mental Health First Aider at iHASCO. “The pandemic has shone a light on how crucial it is to acknowledge and address the emotional and mental struggles people are going through, many of whom were struggling long before COVID turned up on our doorstep.”

A recent report from Deloitte showed that employers can gain a 6:1 return on investment when supporting staff with mental health and wellbeing through organisation-wide culture/awareness raising. This could include initiatives such as tailored web portals, awareness training or personal exercise sessions. With poor mental health having the ability to hit a company’s bottom line hard, it seems like an obvious choice to address company culture if fostering a more caring, supportive attitude to mental health creates a more productive workforce. 

Implementing change

“One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways of offering mental health support is to provide your staff with Mental Health & Wellbeing eLearning” says Galvin, whose employer, iHASCO, has delivered over 115,000 online mental health-related training sessions. “It’s a starting point – our courses offer staff a way to learn and reflect privately on their feelings and behaviour, but they also empower people to find the courage to speak up. This starts to build a company culture where talking openly about our struggles becomes more commonplace and is met with kindness and understanding. Our courses also offer a variety of simple tools, tips and ideas that help learners to manage their own wellbeing and offer support to others on a daily basis. Inclusive and supportive organisations inspire a great deal of engagement, motivation, hard work and long term loyalty from a team of individuals who feel seen, heard and cared for.”

iHASCO’s Online mental health and wellbeing training courses include Mental Health Awareness, Building resilience, Managing Anxiety and Stress Awareness & Management, and offer employees easy access to quality information to support them with their wellbeing. Online awareness training can be used alongside other practices to champion employee mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, such as creating a mental health policy, offering counselling through Employee Assistance Programmes, appointing Mental Health First Aiders, regular one-to-ones with managers or simply by promoting a healthy lifestyle and making staff aware of mental health support lines offered by charitable organisations. 

The Coronavirus lockdown acted as a catalyst for starting conversations on wellbeing as employees up and down the country had their lives drastically changed almost overnight. Whether on furlough or working from home, anxiety levels were and still are at an all time high. Employers quickly had to react to this new situation and support employees, and discussions about how best to support mental health and wellbeing were underway across the nation. In times of uncertainty those equipped to better manage their anxiety levels and be resilient have been far less likely to suffer the effects of mental ill-health. Employers who address the issue of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace will reap the rewards whilst making a positive, cultural change, whilst companies not taking action may be left behind.


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