NEBOSH Certificate: change your attitude to health & safety

Alun Rees, Safety Manager at King Site Services, trained for the NEBOSH Certificate with Capital People. We’ve asked him a few questions about his experience.

What is your current role?

Up until April 2020, I was working as a rigger. Shortly after, I took over my father’s business, King Site Services, as a director. Since completing the qualification, I’ve taken on a more health and safety-focused role, picking up the risk assessment, toolbox talks, and other responsibilities like that.

What made you decide to study for this qualification?

I thought it would be a good idea to extend my knowledge on the topics to be able to carry out my role more efficiently. Until I took part in the training, I hadn’t realised the importance of the laws and just how many there are.

What were the main challenges in studying this qualification?

I would say running a business, and studying, as I had to take 10 days out. Personally, I would rather be based in a classroom environment but because of COVID-19, we completed the course remotely. Mark Littlejohns was there constantly, recommending we get in contact whenever needed. I achieved a great mark because of his help. Throughout the course, I asked questions, which may have been ridiculous to some, but he always answered in a helpful way. It is important to double-check and seek guidance to gain the most points possible.

What was the best part of the training?

The best part was learning how to undertake a risk assessment properly and Mark is thorough with his explanation. The template has a solid structure, and although I did risk assessments before, Mark’s training has really tightened the process. I now have more understanding of how a good risk assessment should look.

How has this achievement changed your career?

It’s 100% changed my attitude. Before doing the course, I was always interested in safety as I own the business, but I’m really into it now, and I’m thinking about doing the construction course next. I’m inspired to take this as far as possible; I love the challenge of putting these rules in place. I approach the role differently in a cooler manner, helping staff and removing obstacles. Employers often don’t think of health and the long-term effects of actions in the workplace.

How did you find the learning experience with Capital?

Really good – Mark always takes time out to help and gives us work to complete. As soon as we email across, he marks and emails straight back. As a trainer, he was there every time we approached for guidance.

What advice would you give to non-safety persons who are thinking of doing a safety qualification?

They have got to do it. I have two partners, who are often pushed for time. I did the course as it’s so important to know the laws, policies, and procedures. It has also meant that if circumstances changed, I know I have a good chance of getting a safety job elsewhere because I have upskilled.

Why Capital People?

Capital People Consultants have been awarded the NEBOSH Gold Learning Partner status, as a testament to the high quality of our training programme. Our expert trainers combine their coaching work with advisory and consultancy services, allowing delegates to benefit from current and practical experience. As a result, our exam pass rates far exceed national averages.

If you’re just getting started in health and safety, or are looking to progress your career and develop more in-depth knowledge and skills, please contact us to find out how we can help you.