The launch of Ann Gravells latest book

Philip Morris, EQC Teacher Trainer and Chris Bowles, EQC Director of L&D recently attended the launch of Ann Gravells latest book at her Publishers SAGE in London, at which as well as talking about the book, Ann spoke of her journey to becoming a teacher and an author. From humble beginnings of council house in Scunthorpe, Ann enjoyed Primary school but didn’t like Secondary and thus didn’t do well, leaving with few qualifications, a late developer by her own admission. It was when she went to college to study to be an Hotel Receptionist, because she liked meeting people!) and typist that she learnt lessons that would shape he career to come. You just know that Ann is the cream...

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How safe are we 2017?

It’s that time of year again when the HSE publish their statistics or work-related deaths, injuries and ill health (2016/7). Time to see if collectively we are going in the right direction and think what more do we as companies and individuals need to do. As a wise man once said, “if you don’t measure it, you don’t manage it!” so just before we have a more detailed look, let’s have a go at a cut down version of one of the quizzes we use on our H&S courses.   Have a go at our Quiz [su_table] 31.2 million 14.9 billion 70,116 609,000 137 500,000 [/su_table] Place the number given above that you think is correct statistic for the relevant...

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Health & Safety at Majestic Wine

Health & Safety - Majestic

We have recently finished doing some training for a new client, Majestic Wine, the national wines and drinks retailer. Our first course was a Level 3 Heath and Safety for supervisors (QCF) and Level 2 Risk Assessment course (QCF) at their distribution depo in Hemel Hempstead. This was followed by a day of training for their Project and Facilities Management teams consisting of an update on Construction (Design & Management) Regulation (CDM2015) combined with an Asbestos Awareness course. These were customised courses to meet their specific needs. Both were well received by their staff. We are due to deliver a Level 3 Legionella Control for Responsible Persons (RQF) course and next year a Level 4 Health and Safety in workplace...

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Awaited changes to Manual Handling;

Has this lightened the load? Well, maybe for small businesses in terms of risk assessment but not for most employees. Many of us were looking forward to significant and possibly more radical changes, which might have helped to address the issue of Manual Handling in modern businesses and for those coming into industry with a history of back problems from an early age, and those who through poor practices over many years are already suffering MSDs. It doesn’t matter if you are in an office or a foundry; Manual Handling is part of all our working lives. In fact, the risk is probably greater in low hazard environments like offices or retail, than high hazard such as construction or heavier...

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How safe are we?

As a wise man once said “if you don’t measure it, you don’t manage it!” The HSE have recently published the latest Accident Statistics for 2014/2015, just before we have a more detailed look, let’s have a go at a cut down version of one of the quizzes we use on our H&S courses.   Have a go at our Quiz [su_table] 27.3 million 14.3 billion 76,000 152,000 142 500,000 [/su_table] Place the number given above that you think is correct statistic for the relevant question below: [su_table] Question: Answer Number of workers killed at work reported under RIDDOR Number of injuries reported under RIDDOR Number of over seven day injuries reported under RIDDOR Number of new cases of illness...

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We went to the pub to save a life!

As venues go for a training course, a pub doesn’t normally come to mind! But The George Payne in Hove has just recently had an AED installed on the wall outside following a recent cardiac arrest of a local. The unit was provided by Sussexheartchairty.org. We trained the pubs friendly staff in emergency resuscitation and use of the AED. We hope this will be the first of many courses in pubs. They say a Pub is the heart of a community. So every pub should have an AED! (PS. I can personally recommend the food and hospitality of this friendly local pub)

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We manage to be safe

A senior manager once said “We manage to be safe” but what did he mean? It could be taken in one of two ways. Let’s explore each using the dictionary definitions to help: MANAGE: verb: Be in charge/control of (a company or undertaking); administer; run.     "Their elder son managed the farm"  synonyms:          be in charge of, run, direct, control, lead, govern, supervise, administer, organise, conduct, guide, be at the helm of. Succeed in surviving or in attaining one's aims, especially against heavy odds; cope.     "Catherine managed on five hours' sleep a night" synonyms:          get along, make do, survive, deal with the situation, scrape by, muddle through, fend for oneself, make ends meet, weather the storm. So this could...

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Different folks, Different strokes. – The benifits of eLearning

When one is looking to learn or for training for your staff, there are lots of factors to consider from the cost in both money and time, to the learning style of the learners. The cheapest option may not always be best for you, the learner or the business. While Face to Face training is considered the “gold” standard for training, it does come at a cost and can sometimes lack the flexibility of other methods, such as eLearning and Blended learning. Advantages & disadvantages of eLearning: While there are many advantages/benefits of eLearning as a form of training: Cost benefits; although initial cost of authoring and hosting are quite high (bourn by Provider), if the numbers doing the eLearning...

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