British Safety Council promotes safe workplace culture

Catering equipment dealers which insist they spend their lives jumping through health and safety hoops might wish to know that the British Safety Council (BSC) has just launched a raft of new health, safety and environmental qualifications.

From September, the BSC said it was introducing 11 new qualifications that have all been accredited by the qualifications regulator Ofqual in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

The various Level 1 and 2 qualifications provide existing workers, those new to the workplace or seeking employment, and young people preparing to enter the workplace for the first time with essential knowledge and understanding of health and safety.

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Additionally, new accredited Level 2 and 3 qualifications will be launched in food safety and supervision of food safety in the catering, manufacturing and retail industries.

Alex Botha, chief executive of the British Safety Council, said: “Health, safety and environmental qualifications allow existing workers and those entering the workplace for the first time to improve their knowledge and skills, which in turn helps make workplaces safer and healthier for everyone and helps businesses to act in a more sustainable fashion.

“Employees who gain formal qualifications feel valued, supported and engaged with their organisation, and completion of accredited qualifications also helps to develop a professional culture at work.”

Both said that delivering the qualifications was very straightforward as once an organisation has applied for centre and qualification approval, they purchase the assessments and manage their candidates online.

Centres deliver the learning using the high quality teaching and student materials provided, and the qualifications are assessed though a multiple-choice examination that can be either taken online or on paper.

Online examination results are available immediately and the results of paper-based examinations are issued within two working days. Certificates follow by post within two working days.

“Prices for the assessments start at just £6.95 per candidate, depending on the number of assessments purchased and the examination method chosen,” said Botha.

The 11 new qualifications are:

– Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace

– Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment

– Level 1 Award in Environmental Sustainability

– Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace

– Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in Health and Social Care

– Level 2 Award in Principles of Risk Assessment

– Level 2 Award in Principles of COSHH

– Level 2 Award in Principles of Fire Safety

– Level 2 Award in Principles of Manual Handling

– Level 2 Award in Contact Dermatitis Prevention

– Level 2 Award in Environmental Sustainability

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