A NEBOSH general certificate gives a good foundation in health and safety to managers, supervisors and team members with health and safety in their daily responsibilities.
Health and safety is of great importance to the company and it is part of our cultural succession plan for MPM. “We want to ensure we cover all areas and not leave any open to issues - health and safety is one of them,” says Ben.
Logistics and HS Leader
We asked John about his training and how it benefits MPM’s succession plan:
How long will it take you to complete the course?
There are different ways of doing it. Mine was over the course of 1 month - Units NGC1 and GC2 are taught units each assessed by a two-hour written examination.NGC1 was one weeks teaching and back at work for 2 weeks with study time in the evening then another week of teaching for GC2, back at work for a week with studying at night, a 2 day block for revision, review and the exams. After that, I was back at work and I did a practical workplace inspection and report (NGC3) which is marked. Results are due 2 ½ months after completion.
Is there anything you have learnt which will be a great benefit to MPM?
I am now more aware of the legal side of things and can use the different sections of the HSWA 1974 to get my points across and I am also more aware of hazards and know where we need to make improvements, whether it could be simply updating a risk assessment or new signage and equipment.
Is there anything you have learnt which will be a great benefit to yourself?
The importance for me and MPM is the learning process I have undergone in health and safety. I have gained much more confidence and I am now able to put what I have learned into practice; when I pass the qualification it will confirm to everyone that the learning process was worth it and we can pass our knowledge onto other team members.
Is there anything you have learnt which will be a great benefit to the team?
I would like to think that we are a safer, healthier team and the benefit of that is being more productive. 27,500,000 working days are lost every year due to ill health and accidents (NEBOSH) which can easily be reduced by investing time and money into earning a nationally recognised qualification in health and safety. The qualification aims to improve the working environment which helps with happiness and culture, encouraging people to come to work and therefore results in a better mental and physical health which means the team’s well-being is better all round. It goes without saying, an accident in the workplace effects the people involved as well as the overall mood of the team.