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Looking ahead 18/09/2018

As chief executive Teresa Budworth gets closer to her retirement from NEBOSH, HSM managing editor Mark Sennett finds out about her career in the health and safety industry and what her plans are for the future.

How long have you been with NEBOSH?

I started in November 2004 and when I leave at the end of September I will have been there 13 years and 10 months, which as a matter of coincidence it is exactly the same amount of time I was in my previous role. However, that's when I actually became an employee of NEBOSH but my involvement with NEBOSH goes way back before that.

Back in the late 80s I was working for RoSPA as a consultant, so I developed RoSPA's very first NEBOSH national general certificate training programme, I delivered it and was their main tutor. Then I became a NEBOSH examiner from the December 1990 series of Diploma exams.

A few years later I got a contract as a consultant to work on redrafting the diploma syllabus, so that took up a chunk of 1995 and 1996. Then I was a principal examiner for NEBOSH from 97 and a non-executive director from 2003, so I go further back with NEBOSH. Another weird synchronicity is the week I started my career in health and safety, which I started off by doing a BSc at Aston with Professor Richard Booth, who was the head of department, was the same week that Professor Booth set up NEBOSH. This was September 1979.

My previous role was training and consultancy manager with what became Aviva Risk Management Solutions, which was a NEBOSH accredited course provider.

Why is now the time that you have decided to step down?

There are a variety of reasons that now is the time. I have done this for a long time and I want to see what is coming next in my life.

Sir Bill Callaghan and I have been talking about this for a while. Sir Bill has been chair for around 8 years now, and is due to retire as chair of NEBOSH in the next year or so. We thought it logical that Bill should recruit the new chief executive and then they would have the benefit of working with him. The relationship between the chief executive and chair of any organisation is crucial, so it makes sense for the new chief executive to recruit the new chair. The timing of my retirement works well with that.

I am looking forward to enjoying some things outside of my day job as well. I became the chair of the Chief Fire Officers Association at the end of last year, so that is good.  I might consider another non-executive position, but only if it is something that I am really interested in. I am not going to do anything just for the sake of it.

What are you planning to do next?

I made a decision when I was 18 that I was going to go to university rather than going to art school, so the last few years I have been picking up on the art thing as well, so I want to spend more time painting.

I wrote a book a little while ago, and my co-author on that is talking about writing another book together, so all those things take time.

Going back to NEBOSH, how has the business changed from what you inherited?

It is unrecognisable. When I started, I think I was staff member number 27, and there are 115 people here now, so we have grown enormously. We have moved buildings. We were in a different building when I started, then due to growth we came to our current building in 2006 and we are looking to move again when the right place comes up.

One of the really important things about NEBOSH as a place to work is that employees can work around their other responsibilities outside of work, so although we have 115 heads, our full time equivalent is quite a lot less than that. The new building needs to be close to here to accommodate those working shorter hours. If we move 20 minutes down the road then it has a huge impact on the staff, and it is about being able to retain the amazingly great staff that we have, so that is an important factor.

In terms of changes, less than 5% of what we did was outside of the UK, and now it around 70%. And that is not because  the UK market has declined, as it has grown as well. We used to have all of the logistics happening from here, but we don't anymore. I made a decision about seven years ago that we were going to work with a security printer, so that changed the way we worked. Now it is all online registration for exams. It's a data file that goes to a security printer, and they've got the resources to invest in state-of-the-art printing equipment, so they do it more efficiently than we can.

We also have multiple choice exams now, which we didn’t have before. So, the whole way in which we work has become much more efficient, and it needed to be,  to cope with the level of growth.

Do you know how many people take part in your qualifications each year then compared to now?

I think it was around 15,000 people a year when I started. It is now around 55,000 people a year. We had very few qualifications then, and that was one of the things I initially came here to do – to look at the product portfolio and marketing. So, one of the first things I launched was the International General Certificate and that was the springboard for a lot of our international growth, followed by the international diploma. The way in which we develop our qualifications has changed. We are not developing them now for a UK audience we are developing for a UK and international audience.

What do you think is your biggest achievement since being here?

I have been very fortunate in recruiting a great team. With one exception I have recruited the entire senior leadership team, and the one I didn't recruit I wouldn't swap for anything. So, it has been working with that team and getting the product range right and developing the international market.

My proudest moment was when we won the Queen's Award for Enterprise for Outstanding Achievement in International Trade in 2014. Stuart, the director of relationship management, came in specifically to work with me on the international side. We both went to Buckingham Palace and met the Queen and Prince Philip. That was a pretty amazing experience having a conversation with the Queen about health and safety.

How much has the health and safety sector changed in your time here?

Having had a very long career in health and safety, which is coming up for 40 years next year, the main thing I think has changed is that health and safety has evolved to become more of a profession than it was. When I did my degree in health and safety, there were very few graduates actually in a health and safety career and it tended to be something that people did towards the end of their working life. People had usually done something else and then gone into it, and that is still the case, but there are now many younger people going into it as a career and as a first-choice career.

If I look back to the late 70’s and the number of people that were killed in accidents at work, that has declined so dramatically. Part of it is that UK industry has changed, but even accounting for that, the improvements in health and safety standards has been amazing. I think that NEBOSH has really played a part in that by giving people the competence to make their workplaces safer. Respect for the profession has changed.

What is next for NEBOSH. Can you give an update on how the recruitment process is going?

Our chair is working with an external agency to recruit a new chief executive. I am out of that process now, but I was working with our Chair to make sure that the advert was right and the person specification for the recruitment agency was there. There should be an announcement very soon.

It is an exciting stage to come in as a new chief executive. We have a new IT system which will make it so much easier to develop new products and to develop statistics and get data. We review our products every so often, and we are working with our course providers and others to look at the whole way in which we assess. It is a time of a lot of change, so the new chief executive will be delivering the benefits of the changes that I and my team initiated, and the opportunities that the new system presents.

What do you think your replacement's main opportunities will be?

There is a huge opportunity working in collaboration with other people. We have been working with the Health and Safety Executive for the last couple of years, we do the qualification for newly appointed HSE inspectors, and have two joint qualifications that we have launched with them. There are opportunities for new joint ventures. There is still a lot of potential for growth outside of the UK as well.

What is the legacy that you leave behind?

I would hope that I am leaving NEBOSH as the most respected provider of health and safety qualifications anywhere in the world. We are specified by multi-national companies as the qualification that they require for their health and safety staff and they specify us down their supply chains as well. They recognise that we equip people to be really good safety practitioners.

I am proud of what we have achieved here. But the thing that I am most proud of are our students and the people that have achieved our qualifications because they deliver a safer world for their colleagues. I didn't go into health and safety to be a business leader, although that is what I have become, I wanted to make a difference, and that is what is important to me.

Teresa Budworth is chief executive of NEBOSH. For more information, visit www.nebosh.org.uk

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Teresa Budworth to retire from NEBOSH 29/06/2018

TERESA BUDWORTH has announced that she will be retiring as NEBOSH chief executive after 12 years in the role.

During her tenure, Mrs Budworth has overseen the transformation of the charity into a global brand in the field of health, safety and environmental qualifications. She has now confirmed that she will retire in the Autumn and NEBOSH is currently recruiting for her successor. 

Mrs Budworth says she now plans to focus on her non-executive roles, including being chair of the Chief Fire Officers’ Association and to finish her second book on professional skills for the safety practitioner. She said: “When I joined NEBOSH my aim was to modernize and to give NEBOSH the infrastructure for growth, to expand our international reach, and to work with our course provider partners to develop our product range to meet customers’ needs. I believe we have achieved that.

“One of my proudest moments was being congratulated by Her Majesty the Queen when our Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Outstanding Achievement in International Trade was conferred. Since then we’ve continued to work in more and more countries.

“Growing NEBOSH five-fold and achieving that commercial success is important because it helps us to meet our charitable aims, but what’s most important to me, as a career health and safety professional, is that we have enabled more people around the world to achieve safe and healthy working conditions.”

NEBOSH chair Sir Bill Callaghan paid tribute to Mrs Budworth, he said: “Teresa has made a tremendous contribution to NEBOSH, transforming its capability, reputation and its finances.  With her team, Teresa has ensured that NEBOSH has a sound foundation for the next stage of its development.”

British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) chief executive officer Alan Murray also praised Mrs Budworth's achievements, he said: "Everyone at the BSIF would like to thank Teresa for the contribution that she has made in the up-skilling of those involved in keeping people safe at work. Teresa’s contribution has gone well beyond her professional role and she has played a major part in raising both the image and the profile of the crucial discipline of Occupational Safety and Health in the UK. We wish her well for the future."

HSM will be publishing an exit interview with Mrs Budworth in our next issue, where she will reflect on her 13 years as chief executive. 

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NEBOSH and HSE join forces to create health and safety qualification for business leaders 02/05/2018

NEBOSH has partnered with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to develop a new qualification specifically for senior business leaders or those aspiring to this role.

Launched on the 30 April, the NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Health and Safety Leadership Excellence supports leaders who want to make a real difference to health and safety performance and culture within their organisations.

NEBOSH Chief Executive, Teresa Budworth, commented: “This new one-day qualification highlights the clear moral, legal and financial business case for improving health and safety culture. It covers the key competencies and behaviours HSE research indicates are associated with health and safety leadership excellence so that delegates can become better advocates and influencers of health and safety.”

Teresa added: "We are delighted to have worked again with HSE on this new qualification. Our ability to deliver strong, credible professional occupational safety and health qualifications combined with HSE’s industry-leading knowledge and expertise gives real value to our students and their places of work.”

When creating this new qualification NEBOSH and the HSE worked with a range of business leaders, union representatives, health and safety directors, and managers. Here are just some of their thoughts around the need for the NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Health and Safety Leadership Excellence, and the benefits it will bring:  

Ronnie Miles, Managing Director at Bells Food Group: “People at the top need to lead by example. I often hear fellow business leaders say their biggest asset is their people. If that’s the case, prove it! This new NEBOSH HSE course and qualification will only take up one day of your working year, but it can show as a leader how you recognise that protecting people from ill health and injury is one of your core business objectives.” 

Ronnie Miles is managing director of Scotland’s leading manufacturers of pies, cakes and pastry, Bells Food Group. Several years ago, Ronnie began to invest in health and safety training. For him, this was about more than just keeping people safe at the Group. “I realised that to improve financially we needed to do more to retain our staff, train them well, and that in turn this would lead to increased efficiencies. By investing more in health and safety we believed we could send a positive message to everyone.”

Ronnie took the unusual step of taking a NEBOSH Diploma himself to set a good example to staff. “There are incredibly strong moral, legal and financial drivers to improving health and safety. Now I wouldn’t expect all leaders to go quite as far as I did! This new qualification is short and focused and highlights how health and safety can support building better relationships through things like leadership walkabouts and conversations, while at the same time having a positive influence on overall performance.

I’m also impressed, as I believe other business leaders will be pleased to see the regulator HSE working alongside such a strong vocational qualifications body as NEBOSH to develop something that will help those at the top. Levels of culpability for leaders and accompanying fines for health and safety breaches are far more significant than ever before, so it is good to see something new designed to help leaders proactively improve safety culture in their organisations.”

Nigel Clamp, Health and Safety Director, Africa & Eastern Mediterranean Basin Region at HeidelbergCement AG: “Organisations tend to do whatever the leaders of organisations highlight as their top priorities. So, for health and safety to be effective, it has to be led from the top of the organisation as a core value.”

As a Director of Health and Safety, Nigel Clamp has a strong track record working alongside business leaders and board members of high-risk operations. Nigel holds various NEBOSH qualifications including the National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

One of the most important things to understand about health and safety is that you can have a fully legally compliant business with strong processes and procedures, but that business can still kill people purely because it failed to factor in strong leadership and human behaviour,” he said.

Good leaders understand there are now all kinds of drivers for improving safety. It can for example be about your competitors. If your safety performance doesn’t stack up against those you’re competing with, it can have a detrimental impact on business. Putting the moral aspects to one side, the stock market and your business peers understand more than ever now that safety performance can mirror your overall management performance. Good safety is good business and leaders need to know how to have a bigger influence on their managers to ensure they drive the health and safety improvement agenda down through the organisation.”

Nigel added: “This new qualification may well be an excellent new tool for health and safety directors and managers, who want something tangible they can run to the board with. Encouraging leaders to take this qualification can potentially support them in their efforts to improve health and safety culture, behaviour and performance.”

Jassim Darwish, Safety, Security, Health & Environment Manager at GPIC (Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company): “In the same way it is important for me to understand other vital aspects of my organisation, such as marketing, finance and HR, it is also crucial that other leaders have an understanding of health and safety and how they can have a positive influence and support better overall performance.” 

Jassim Darwish is Safety, Security, Health and Environment Manager at GPIC, which contributes almost USD 300m to the Kingdom’s economy every year. The organisation is strongly committed to health and safety excellence and has made NEBOSH one of its key strategic partners.

It is mandatory here for our engineers and supervisors to go through an intensive three-and-a-half-year training programme, an essential element of which is gaining a NEBOSH Certificate,” Jassim told us. “Our strategic partnership with NEBOSH stems from our own leadership at GPIC. Our President, Dr Abdulrahman Jawahery, is a global ambassador for NEBOSH and has greatly influenced our approach here, leading to the achievement of international standards and more recently a RoSPA Gold Award.”

As a result, Jassim was delighted to be invited to contribute to the new NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Health and Safety Leadership Excellence. “I believe most organisations here in the Gulf will be motivated to send their leaders and senior managers on a course leading to this new qualification,” said Jassim. “Inspiring and leading change is a vital aspect of developing a strong safety culture in any organisation and giving our leaders greater confidence and an understanding of how they can bring about such change is a very important part of this new NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Health and Safety Leadership.”

Matthew Powell-Howard, Qualification Development Manager at NEBOSH: “It’s really important to understand this is actually more of a leadership qualification than a health and safety qualification. It is designed specifically for leaders or aspiring leaders in organisations who may or may not be health and safety practitioners. It’s about leadership and performance principles, things which many of those who will go on the course will already be comfortable with, such as transactional analysis and organisational transformation, only this time set around the context of health and safety.”

Matthew Powell-Howard is responsible for developing new qualifications at NEBOSH. He sees the new NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Health and Safety Leadership Excellence as a vital and important part of a qualifications jigsaw that meets the needs of all levels and parts of a modern organisation.

“It’s now an accepted convention that culture belongs to everyone. However, it is essential that leaders drive forward their visions for health and safety. Within that, we focus on five values, centered on HSE’s leadership model. So, it’s about having a shared vision, trust and openness and effective communications for example. All things which HSE research suggests are important in terms of health and safety leadership and developing cultural excellence.”

Matthew added: “From a practical perspective, the qualification is also about how leaders can make health and safety part of getting out there and talking to people, to support more visible leadership and have greater influence and levels of understanding.”

For more information, visit www.nebosh.org.uk/leadershipexcellence.

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The young ones 05/03/2018

NEBOSH (the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) provides advice on how to develop and train young people working in the health and safety sector

Almost all industry sectors from manufacturing and mining through to retail and the public sector employ health and safety personnel. The profession offers interesting, rewarding and varied roles supported by good career development paths, attractive salaries and the ability to work almost anywhere in the world.  

Add to that the fact that a university degree isn’t a requirement and, in this era of rising student debt, it’s no surprise that increasing numbers of young people are choosing to pursue a career in health and safety. In fact, in the last five years, the number of people aged 25 and under studying for health and safety qualifications with NEBOSH has more than doubled.

In a profession that’s typically been dominated by people in their second career – a 2016 ‘State of the Industry’ survey found over 60% of respondents were aged over 45 – it’s important that we maintain this upward trend and attract talented, young people to the profession. 

To help organisations support and encourage young people to join their team, NEBOSH has the following advice:

  • Offer potential young recruits work experience. This will give them an insight into what a full-time health and safety role will involve and get to know your other team members before you, and they, make a longer-term commitment.
  • If there are already young people working elsewhere in your organisation, encourage them to volunteer for the role of health and safety representative or join the company’s health and safety committee. It will help to build up their experience and develop a support network of more experienced colleagues.
  • The average student graduates from university with debts of over £50,000 so the opportunity to ‘learn while you earn’ will be attractive to young people looking for an alternative to full time further education. Supporting someone through a professional qualification like the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety will give them a great grounding in the profession. It’s also the perfect springboard for continuing their development with one of the degree-level NEBOSH Diplomas. 
  • Give young recruits an opportunity to develop their wider business skills too. It’s important that they learn core skills like decision-making, influencing, negotiating and networking which are all vital for a successful health and safety professional.

Case study

One of NEBOSH’s students, Lee Broadbent, is a great example of a young person who is building a successful career in health and safety. 

Lee joined Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council (MBC) at the age of 18, after gaining four A levels. Despite achieving high grades, he chose not to go to university and took up the council’s in-house apprenticeship scheme in health and safety instead.

Initially, Lee shadowed senior members of the Council’s team until he was given more and more responsibilities. At this point it was decided he should gain a suitable qualification; the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety which he completed in July 2016.  

He has since progressed to the position of full-time health and safety advisor, achieved the NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management and is destined for bigger things. Not bad for someone aged just 22! He is already effectively leading a stress management programme for 200 managers at Calderdale MBC and is a regular speaker at industry events, encouraging other young people wanting to enter the profession. 

“As a professional qualification, the NEBOSH Diploma has been hugely important in terms of giving me practical skills to use in the workplace. It also gives you the depth of knowledge required to apply it to a wide range of situations," Lee says. “I tap into the knowledge I learnt all the time. It’s raised my credibility with colleagues and I get involved in discussions with older members of the team which keeps information fresh in all of our minds.”

He concluded: “I hope more employers open their eyes to the benefits of taking on young people. If they support them like I have been supported, they might be pleasantly surprised!”

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NEBOSH and HSE launch new certificate 08/01/2018

The new NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management has been launched.

The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) has teamed up with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to launch the new NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management. 

The qualification is the result of a unique collaboration designed to combine the 'high hazard' expertise of HSE with NEBOSH's ability to deliver strong vocational OSH qualifications. It is designed to equip people with a broad understanding or the accepted principles and practices for the management of process risk. 

Karen Russ, science and commercial director at HSE said: “It is a real pleasure to co-develop this new qualification with NEBOSH. We hope that by combining our strengths, this qualification will help to significantly improve understanding and further reduce health and safety risks in the process industries worldwide.”

The new qualification is ideal for managers, safety representatives and health and safety advisors working within the process industries, both inside and outside the UK. However it is not designed for chemical and process safety engineers experienced in the specification, design and maintenance of process plant. 

In related news NEBOSH have announced that its Environmental Awareness at Work qualification is now available to study in Arabic. This introductory-level, one-day qualification provides understanding of environmental impacts, responsibility, and risk control, and can be tailored to specific industry or company requirements.

Matthew Powell-Howard, NEBOSH qualifications development manager, said: “The rapid economic development of many Arabic speaking countries – such as the UAE – presents a variety of environmental challenges such as air pollution, waste management and high carbon footprints. The Environmental Awareness at Work qualification helps all kinds of organisations to give their employees a greater understanding of environmental issues and how to manage them."

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NEBOSH’S Barry Wilkes appointed as vice president of INSHPO 24/11/2017

Barry Wilkes, NEBOSH director of strategy, has been appointed Vice President of INSHPO (International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations) from 1 January 2018.

INSHPO is the global voice for the occupational safety and health profession and acts as a forum for international collaboration among professional organisations to improve safety and health at work.

Barry’s appointment follows NEBOSH’s signing of the Singapore Accord at the 2017 World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, an initiative spearheaded by INSHPO. The Accord is an agreement by major OHS (Occupational Health and Safety) practitioner organisations and partners around the globe to aspire towards the standards, behaviour and practice outlined in the INSHPO OSH Professionals Capability Framework.

In an appointment voted for by the members of INSHPO, Barry will fulfil a range of positions within the organisation, including that of president.

Barry said: “The Singapore Accord is a landmark achievement for our industry, with INSHPO leading the way in the creation of this evidence-based capability framework; the first of its kind. To be appointed as INSHPO’s vice president is an honour.

“The INSHPO Board – of which I am a member – is made up of OHS representatives from across the world, all of whom possess significant professional expertise. It has been incredibly fulfilling to have worked with them and I am looking forward to our continued collaboration as part of my new role.”

Barry is an experienced health and safety professional with over 25 years’ experience in health, safety and environmental management. He has worked for NEBOSH for more than 12 years and participated in initiatives across the world in addition to his role as NEBOSH Director of Strategy.

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NEBOSH and HSE launch new Process Safety Management Qualification 15/09/2017

NEBOSH and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have joined forces to develop a brand new qualification for the process industries – the NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management.

Designed for high hazard industries where process safety management is critically important. It applies principles and best practice to manage process risks, helping to protect people and valuable assets.

NEBOSH Chief Executive Teresa Budworth, said: “Collaborating with the HSE allowed us to combine our ability to deliver strong, credible vocational occupational safety and health qualifications with HSE’s industry-leading knowledge and expertise.

She continued: “We piloted the qualification which attracted delegates from global organisations operating in oil and gas, chemicals, utilities and manufacturing industries. We are delighted that ninety four per cent of those who took part would recommend the qualification to a colleague and their employer.”

Karen Russ, Science and Commercial Director, HSE concluded: “Working alongside NEBOSH on this qualification has been a pleasure and provides us with another opportunity to meet our mission. By combining our strengths, this qualification will help to significantly improve understanding and further reduce health and safety risks in the process industries worldwide.”

Members of NEBOSH’s team will be at Health & Safety North in Manchester from 10-11 October where delegates can find out more about the Certificate in Process Safety Management as well as NEBOSH’s suite of other qualifications. Find them on Stand N28.
For more information about the qualification, visit www.nebosh.org.uk.

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ISO 45001 – Establishing a global standard 21/08/2017

Teresa Hawkins, director of assessment at NEBOSH (National Examination Board for Occupational Safety and Health) discusses ISO 45001

The arguments for and against globalisation have rarely been as newsworthy as they at the moment, in part thanks to recent political upheavals such as Brexit, which I will not go into here.

But for the businesses and employees that operate in international markets, there is more than economic prosperity to consider. For them – and their customers – there is also the question of how organisations can operate in a way that protects the health of our planet and its people.

Quality (ISO 9001) and environmental (ISO 14001) standards are both examples of international practices that are widely adopted by organisations worldwide. And so it makes sense that preserving the safety and well-being of employees is also managed to a consistent standard, wherever in the world they choose to work.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is developing just that in the form of ISO 45001 – a new standard in Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.

A committee of worldwide industry experts – of which I was privileged to be one – assembled to develop a standard that would cover everything an organisation needs to set up a successful health and safety management system. We have designed it to integrate with other ISO systems and, as such, it is set out in the Plan-Do-Check-Act format which many organisations will already be familiar with.

After several years in development ISO 45001 is now nearing approval; IDS2 (Second Draft International Standard) received an 88% vote of approval earlier this summer. Anticipated timescales for its roll-out will be announced following the next ISO Committee meeting in September.

I would encourage all organisations – large and small – to consider adopting the standard. Nearly 2.3million people die from work-related accidents and diseases every year*. By working to agreed, high OSH standards I believe that practitioners worldwide can make a significant difference to the people within their care, reducing work-related injuries and ill-health and preventing accidents and deaths.


*International Labour Organization

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HSE praises NEBOSH diploma holders 04/08/2017

In a rousing speech Martin Temple CBE, chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) praised the achievements of those who had achieved a NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Health and Safety) Diploma in the past year.

During the last 12 months, nearly 1000 people from across the globe have completed a NEBOSH Diploma level qualification. More than 230 of these successful students travelled from across the world to celebrate at this year’s NEBOSH Graduation and Awards Ceremony, held at the University of Warwick.

Among those honoured were the latest holders of the NEBOSH Diploma in Regulatory Occupational Health and Safety; a qualification developed for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), by NEBOSH, for all new health and safety inspectors.

Speaking to all graduates who attended, Martin Temple said: “This ceremony marks your success in gaining a well-regarded and sought after qualification, not just here in the UK but worldwide. They are qualifications which will enable you to make a difference to the lives of many people who will benefit from safer and healthier working environments.”

NEBOSH qualifications are valued by professionals and highly sought after by employers; in NEBOSH’s latest jobs barometer research 90% of UK job advertisements for safety, health and environmental (SHE) roles specified one of its qualifications. This continued recognition helps to explain why 50,000 people from over 120 countries choose to take a NEBOSH qualification every year.

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NEBOSH launches international diploma in environmental management 17/07/2017

NEBOSH, the health, safety and environmental management awarding body, has launched a new qualification that will support professionals across the globe to develop and implement effective environmental management systems within their organisations.

Offered from this Summer, the International Diploma in Environmental Management will equip students with practical skills and best practice, which can be applied to real-life situations.

Developed in response to demand from international employers, course providers and candidates – more than half of students taking NEBOSH’s UK-centric Diploma in Environmental Management are based outside of the UK – the qualification aims to provide practitioners with skills they can use in other countries across the world. The syllabus covers environmental management principles, multilateral treaties relating to environmental management, and ways to prevent and control pollution. It includes the benefits, limitations and structure of an environmental management system, environmental aspect identification and control, plus the principles and drivers for environmental sustainability. NEBOSH has specifically ensured the qualification has a flexible modular approach, so students can fit it around their work and personal commitments.

Qualified staff will be equipped to help their employers avoid prosecution, litigation and loss of reputation and will be able to help instil environmental ethics and best practice into the workplace. Additionally, any organisation with NEBOSH qualified employees, demonstrates professional-level environmental assurance, which can help them to achieve recognised management standards, such as ISO 14001, and win new business.

Matthew Powell-Howard, Qualification Development Manager at NEBOSH, commented: “Our International Diploma in Environmental Management is a really practical qualification. It was born from speaking to companies, course providers and students about what they need. Whilst we already have our very successful National Diploma in Environmental Management – focussed on UK regulations – we recognise it’s important, in this increasingly globalised environment, to develop a qualification which supports international organisations, and equips their employees with the practical skills and best practice they need, to work anywhere in the world.”

Those who pass the International Diploma in Environmental Management will achieve a globally respected, degree-level qualification with all graduates eligible to use the letters IEnvDipNEBOSH after their name. Successful students will also fulfil the requirements for Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) Practitioner level membership (PIEMA). As the worldwide alliance of environment and sustainability professionals, this IEMA membership will give practitioners access to the practical support they need to deliver on their sustainability goals.

Courses for the International Diploma in Environmental Management will be offered from September 2017. For more information about the qualification and where to study visit www.nebosh.org.uk/qualifications/diploma/default.asp?cref=1752

Training providers wishing to deliver the Diploma can find details of the accreditation process at www.nebosh.org.uk/Course_providers/becoming_a_provider

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