Two questions you should ask if …

… you are contemplating embarking on a NEBOSH qualification.

There are a number of centres offering NEBOSH qualifications. Here at SQT we offer the:
NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety, and
NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

The two questions we strongly recommend you ask are:
1) What the previous results at the centre have been?
2) What legislation is covered on the course?

We are now taking bookings on the Certificate course starting on 21st March.

Answering both of the above questions for the Certificate course:
1) The exams for the Certificate course consist of two written papers (IG1 and IG2) and one work-place assignment (IG3). The pass rate for our SQT students was 100% for all three exams for the last (Sept 2010) exams, well in excess of NEBOSH averages. The overall NEBOSH pass rate for the three Sept 2010 exams at all NEBOSH centres was 54%, 63% and 100% respectively.
2) The International Certificate course covers International legal frameworks and codes of practice but our SQT course also covers Irish legislation. Other centres run the National Certificate which is based on UK legislation.

I have included a link above for further details on the upcoming March Certificate course. Just as an fyi, a new Diploma course will commence in September 2011.

If you have any queries on the upcoming Certificate course, (or on the Diploma course), please email Eilish Cummins ecummins@sqt.ie or call on 061 339040


Good luck to …

We recognise a number of companies for whom we have provided training in the list of the twenty-one finalists for the Irish Times/IntertradeIreland ‘Innovation of the Year’ Awards. The full list of finalists is here.

The aim of the competition is to recognise and promote the best service, product or operational innovation throughout Ireland, North and South.

Three finalists were shortlisted in each of the seven innovation categories:

  • Application of R&D
  • GreenTech
  • North/South Collaboration
  • Organisational Systems/Process
  • Public Service
  • Best Service
  • Best Product
  • The finalists will now compete for the overall ‘Innovation of the Year’ award and a communications/advertising package from the Irish Times worth €200,000. The category and overall winners will be announced on 2nd March 2011.

    Wishing all participants the very best of luck.

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    HSA new Risk Assessment and Safety Statement Tool for small businesses

    Last week we wrote about the ‘Bright Ideas A Smarter Business Guide to Energy Efficiency’ launched by the ESB and Chambers Ireland. This week we’re writing about the new Risk Assessment and Safety Statement Tool For Small Business, just launched by the Health and Safety Authority, (HSA). This tool helps small business to identify workplace hazards and help to make the workplace safer.

    The guided step-by-step process assists small businesses in generating their own risk assessment and safety statement in consultation with their employees as required under health and safety law. And … there is no cost associated with using this tool.

    Just click on the following link to the HSA website for more information about the Be Smart-The Risk Assessment Tool


    A bright guide!

    A bright idea!

    The ESB and Chambers Ireland have just come out with a new ‘Bright Ideas A Smarter Business Guide to Energy Efficiency’. Here is a copy.

    The guide gives many useful tips as to how to reduce energy consumption. It is well laid out and quickly read. Being more energy efficient makes sound economic and environmental sense and every individual in the organisation has a part to play.

    Many projects completed for both Lean Six Sigma Black and Green Belt programmes have achieved significant cost reductions through improved energy usage in companies.

    I for one will be using the guide to review our own performance in this area. Given we provide many Energy Management training courses, we must walk the walk, not just talk the talk!


    Which Environmental Auditing Course?

    I wrote a piece on which environmental auditing course people should do as it’s a question we frequently get asked here in SQT. Because of updates, I have re-posted this post with modifications.

    We have four Environmental Auditing courses.

    The first is the:
    EMS/Internal Environmental Auditor course

    We then have three IEMA approved auditing training courses:

    IEMA Approved Foundation Course in Environmental Auditing (Ireland)

    IEMA Approved Lead Environmental Auditor Course (Ireland). The title of this course has changed. It was previously known as the IEMA Approved Advanced EMS Auditing Course (Ireland).

    IEMA Approved Internal EMS Auditing (Ireland/Northern Ireland)

    (EMS Environmental Management System)

    The first course, the EMS/Internal Environmental Auditor course is a two day course designed for those who want to:

  • Understand the requirements of an Environmental Management System
  • Understand the standard ISO 14001:2004
  • Be competent to conduct an internal environmental audit.
  • This course is very popular and when run in-house, can be tailored to suit company requirements and include an on-site practical audit.

    The next three courses are IEMA accredited. IEMA, The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment is an independent, non-profit making organisation, dedicated to raising standards of professional competence in the environmental auditing and environmental management systems auditing fields and is the largest body of environmental auditors world-wide. More information on IEMA can be found on their website here.

    The IEMA approved Foundation course and Lead Environmental Auditor course are both five day intensive training courses.

    The Foundation course will be of interest to company personnel who are responsible for implementing or maintaining the EMS in their company. It will also be of interest to those who are responsible for the internal environmental auditing function within their company.

    The Lead Environmental Auditor course prepares delegates for the role of environmental auditors/assessors of EMS to standards acceptable to third party certification bodies. Attendees should be familiar with the requirements of ISO 14001/EMAS before attending this course. The course is intended for environmental and quality professionals who have previously attended an IEMA approved course or who have a sound understanding of EMS and who wish to improve their environmental auditing skills and refresh their knowledge of environmental issues and themes.

    In other words if you have a good prior knowledge of EMS and need more training in auditing skills, the Lead Environmental Auditor course is for you. If you need intensive training in EMS, then the Foundation course is more suitable.

    Both five day courses get a lot of material covered. The practical component on both courses is based on a comprehensive case study. With both five day courses, there is continuous assessment of practical work through out the course and a written examination at the end.

    A certificate of competence is awarded to participants who satisfactorily complete the course continuous assessment and examination. Both five day courses meet the training requirements for registration as an Associate Environmental Auditor with IEMA. To register for the next level of Environmental Auditor, you will also need to meet the specified auditing hours required by IEMA.

    Both five day courses cover European/Irish legislation

    Finally we provide the three day IEMA approved Internal EMS Auditing course only as an in-house course. This is similar to the first course covered above, but is IEMA accredited. As well as covering European/Irish legislation, this course also Northern Ireland legislation.

    People who have queries on any of the above can email akelly@sqt.ie.

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