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  • NEBOSH Open Book Exam (OBE) - What they are, how they work and what you need to do

    NEBOSH or IOSH Classroom or E-Learning

    The new NEBOSH open book exams (OBE) came into force in July 2020, with the first of its kind taking place on 6th August 2020.

    Due to Covid-19, students were unable to visit classrooms for either their studies or examinations. In turn, NEBOSH created the OBE to replace traditional classroom-based exams, allowing students to participate from anywhere in the world.

    The open book exam format only applies to the following NEBOSH courses:

    Fancy answering some sample questions? We have created an interactive e-learning platform, specifically for the NEBOSH open book exam that contains a mock interview.

    Go to interactive e-learning

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  • NVQ Level 5 or NVQ Level 6, which one should you choose?

    NEBOSH or IOSH Classroom or E-Learning

    If you’re a health and safety professional ready to take your career to the next level, there’s a wide range of qualifications to consider. For instance, we have some of the industry’s most knowledgeable tutors teaching IOSH and NEBOSH courses across the UK.

    But we also offer other ways to progress your career in health and safety, one of which is by taking an NVQ Diploma. These courses provide a practical, work-based, exam-free approach to gaining those all-important qualifications.

    Let’s take a more in-depth look at what an NVQ Diploma in health and safety could do for your career.

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  • Track and Trace App – Have you downloaded it?

    The NHS Track and Trace app is now available and has already had millions of downloads. Here’s a summary of what the app does and where you can access it.

    Phoenix is committed to returning to classroom training whilst ensuring the safety of our students and trainers. If you choose to download the Track and Trace app, it can provide you with useful alerts if you’ve unwittingly come into close contact with someone who later tests positive for Covid. It doesn’t do anything to reduce the risk of you getting Covid however, and that’s why we’re working closely with our venues to ensure the highest levels of cleanliness and appropriate social distancing.

    Back to the app and the information - The app gives you some valuable information: the first thing that you see is the risk level for the area you’re in.  It then gives you more information about what this means, detailing the risk level in your local and neighbouring authority area and whether the level of infection is rising.

    The app then has five areas to explore:

    Venue Check in – This allows you to scan in the QR code when you check into a venue

    Check Symptoms – Where you select any symptoms you may have and then you get the corresponding advice on what to do

    Read the latest advice – This takes you to the website where you can get all the up to date advice on how to protect yourself and others; testing, local restrictions etc.

    About this app – tells you about how the app works and the technology behind it and how your data is used

    Enter test results – here you enter a test code, which you will receive from the testing service by e-mail or SMS with your test result.  Although, if you booked the test from the app then the results will appear automatically.

    Then at the bottom there is a button where you can turn off the tracing and you can choose for it to remind you when you want it turning back on 4, 8 or 12 hours.  Or not to remind you at all.

    And, of course, this is voluntary so you can delete the app.

    For more information about the Covid-19 App, visit the NHS website.

  • NEBOSH or IOSH - Which is right for me?

    NEBOSH or IOSH Classroom or E-Learning

    Are you trying to decide between a NEBOSH or IOSH course? Want to find out more about the difference between these qualification providers? Here we will answer some of the most common questions.

    NEBOSH and IOSH provide widely recognised qualifications in health and safety. They both offer a selection of courses, tailored to different industries and job roles. Similarly, they are both members of the OSHCR, a public register of UK-based health and safety advice consultants.

    There are, however, several differences between the two. The main distinction is that NEBOSH is an awarding body, whereas IOSH is a member organisation, as well as an awarding body.

    Let’s look at a few more differences between the two qualification providers.

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  • What jobs can a NEBOSH certificate get you?

    The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety can be the gateway to a variety of not just jobs, but careers. It is widely recognised as an ideal first step towards becoming a health and safety professional, often taken by people who have had health and safety as part of their duties and now wish to it to become their specialist field.
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  • Who is responsible for H&S in workplace?

    If you run or manage any kind of business or organisation you already know it, the health and safety buck stops with the boss.
    Under UK law there's no doubt. It's every employer’s responsibility to protect the health and safety of their employees, and of anyone else who might be affected by the business, including customers, visitors and passers-by.
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  • Health and safety law, what you need to know

    What every employer needs to know about health and safety law

    One of the best known legal maxims is that ignorance of the law is no defence. When it comes to health and safety, "I didn't know we couldn't do that" simply won't cut it in court. And not knowing the law makes you much more likely to end up there.
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  • Why it's important to assess health and safety risks

    In a nutshell there are two compelling reasons why it's important for an employer to assess health and safety risks in the workplace:
    1. Because you want your employees, customers and visitors to be safe and healthy
    2. Because you would be breaking the law if you failed to conduct an assessment.
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