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Lessons in safety - June 24

05 June 2024

Andy Shenstone provides an update of the latest news from NEBOSH.

NEBOSH launches three-year strategy

NEBOSH, the National Examination Board for Occupational Safety and Health, has announced a new three-year strategy.

Increasing its impact is at the centre of the new strategy, which includes a new social purpose programme to help protect more people from harm in the workplace.   

Titled “Developing Our Potential”, the 2024-2027 strategy will maintain the charity's reputation for high-quality qualifications and assessments, and expand its reach via more countries and sectors. It will also invest in its technical infrastructure, supporting the delivery of innovative learning and assessment, and creating a new online portal for its learners. 

Andy Shenstone, NEBOSH chief executive said, “For over 40 years, NEBOSH has been trusted to deliver exceptional health and safety qualifications, and our pursuit of educational excellence will continue with this new strategy. But we also have enormous potential – and need – to extend our reach and increase our impact; when 2.3 million people a year lose their lives because of a work-related accident or disease, it is clear that there are many workers, communities and industries in need of health and safety education. I am particularly excited by the introduction of our new social purpose programme which aims to reach these people.” 

For further information visit: www.nebosh.org.uk/strategy/ where a copy of the strategy is available to download.   

Highly recommended qualification

A RECENT survey found that 97% of learners would recommend a process safety qualification developed by the Health and Safety Executive and NEBOSH. 

The NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management is designed to improve understanding and reduce health and safety risks in the process industries. It gives delegates a broad understanding of the accepted principles and recognised industrial practices so that they can contribute to the control of process safety hazards.

First launched in 2018, the qualification has been reviewed and refreshed for 2024, with nine in ten existing qualification holders rating it as excellent or good in a feedback survey. 

Nicola Curtis, head of health and safety at Biffa, says of the qualification: “When I moved into waste management, process safety became a bigger part of my role, as I was leading a health and safety team supporting the build and management of Energy for Waste (EfW) plants.

“The NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management definitely enhanced my career. I started to look at safety at my facilities differently and made it my mission to increase everyone else’s knowledge of process safety. It is integral to how my part of Biffa works, so this qualification had a huge impact for me and our operations – it was a win-win for all of us!”

Chris Austin, head of training and events at the Health and Safety Executive, added: “We are delighted to collaborate with NEBOSH on the evolution of the Process Safety Management certificate. We hope that by combining our strengths, the qualification will continue to significantly help improve understanding and further reduce health and safety risks in the process industries.”

The NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management is available to study via NEBOSH’s global network of Learning Partners. For further information visit: www.nebosh.org.uk/psm 

* In a 2023 survey of people who hold the NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management, 613 of 632 respondents would recommend the qualification to others. 612 of 632 respondents also rated the qualification as either ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. 

Andy Shenstone, is chief executive at NEBOSH. For more information, visit www.nebosh.org.uk