HASCAT reaches SME Bedfordshire Business Awards final!

Sue and I are pleased that HASCAT Safety has been successful in reaching the finals of the SME Bedfordshire Business Awards in the Community Business of the Year category.

This is for our voluntary work we do to help support local charity. HASCAT Safety have been supporting Keech Hospice Care for 10 years by providing free health and safety training and help with other safety matters. In addition we help sell their raffle tickets and collect items from family and friends for their shops.

Sue and I find helping very rewarding and encourage businesses, no matter what size, to get involved in a charity near them. Helping charity is not just about raising money, time and skills are also important. So why not ask yourself what skill/ability can you offer to help your local charity?

We will find out if we are successful at the awards dinner on 12th July at the Bedford Corn Exchange but just reaching the final is great.

HASCAT sponsors the 5th annual Business Networking Event

Join us in the largest Business Networking Event in Leighton-Linslade

Join HASCAT Safety for the 5th Annual Spring Networking Event which will take place on Wednesday 26th April at Leighton Buzzard Golf Club from 5.30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

HASCAT Safety is pleased to be a sponsor of this year’s event along with fellow LB Connect members Bee Local Magazine and Graham Hunt & Co.

This is Leighton-Linslade Town Council’s 5th year of hosting one of the largest business events in the Town, working in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council, LB Connect and Federation of Small Business (FSB) who have all helped this event grow from strength to strength, with over 150 local businesses attending last year.

This event is open to all local businesses from new start-ups, small to medium businesses and larger established and blue chip companies within the area. This is a free opportunity offering all local business people a platform to meet likeminded people, networking groups and to find out about the support and resources available to them.

This year promises to deliver even more networking opportunities with the introduction of Blendology, a new networking app that allows you to exchange contacts digitally with just a tap of a badge. There will be a prize for the best networker on the night.

There is also an opportunity to meet business experts who can offer advice on financial, legal, marketing and other general business advice.

  • Promote your business and build connections
  • Find out about local business support
  • Encourage business growth in the town
  • Develop links in the community
  • Share information
  • Build supplier bases
  • Discuss business support opportunities with council representatives and other organisations.

Free canapés and refreshments will be provided with access to a bar service and free parking.

To register your free place at the event or to find out more information visit: www.leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk/your-community/business/ or call 01525 631928

IOSH Managing Safely Refresher added to our course list

HASCAT Safety are pleased to add IOSH Managing Safely to their catalogue of health & safety training courses.

Who is the Managing Safely Refresher for?

Managing Safely refresher is a 1 day course for delegates who have already completed the full Managing Safely course. For delegates to be eligible to take the Refresher course, they must do so within 3 years of completing their full Managing Safely course.

Delegates will get to refresh their knowledge on the key parts of the full Managing Safely course and there’s a much greater emphasis on monitoring, auditing and reviewing, developed through two practical case studies.

Managing Safely Refresher covers:

  • A personal reflection from delegates on what they took away from the full Managing Safely course and a discussion on what each delegate wants to get from the Refresher course.
  • Delegates will refresh their knowledge of the key learning points from the full Managing Safely course.
  • Delegates will learn why leadership and management are important
    • their role in influencing managing safely
    • changes to legislation that affect them
    • how you can work with the Plan, Do, Check and Act model (HSE Managing for Health & Safety HSG65)
    • why effective communication is essential.
  • Putting managing safely into practice. The first practical part of the course delegates will work in pairs or small groups to review and comment on monitoring checklists based on the operations of a real business, to help them understand why monitoring and reporting are important parts of an organisation’s safety and health arrangements.
  • The second part of the practical element, which builds on the first module and focuses on the Plan, Do, Check and Act model – looking specifically at what controls need to be put in place, how to get key players on board, keeping staff up to date with developments, checking progress and identifying any issues, and assessing the overall success of your plan and the lessons learned.
  • Upon completion of an assessment successful delegates are awarded an IOSH Managing Safely certificate.

All e-Learning courses are approved.

Our e-Learning courses have been developed by and owned by VideoTile Learning Ltd and are distributed under licence. VideoTile specialise in producing e-Learning programs and have approval from different bodies for the relevant course.

Below is a list of courses HASCAT Safety offers from VideoTile and the approving bodies.

Course Title Approval Body
Abrasive Wheels IIRSM and CPD
Asbestos Awareness RoSPA and IATP
Asbestos Awareness for Architects and Designers RoSPA and IATP
Assessing Display Screen Equipment RoSPA
Basic Fire Safety Awareness RoSPA and IFE
Basic Fire Safety Awareness for Care Homes RoSPA
Basic Legionella Management RoSPA
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) RoSPA
Display Screen Equipment Awareness RoSPA
Fire Extinguisher RoSPA
Fire Marshal RoSPA
Fire Marshal for Care Homes RoSPA
Level 1 Food Safety – Catering RoSPA and CPD
Level 1 Food Safety – Manufacturing RoSPA and CPD
Level 1 Food Safety – Retail RoSPA and CPD
Level 2 Food Safety – Catering RoSPA and CPD
Level 2 Food Safety – Manufacturing RoSPA and CPD
Level 2 Food Safety – Retail RoSPA and CPD
Manual Handling IIRSM and CPD
Safeguarding Adults CPD
Safeguarding Children CPD
Working at Height RoSPA
Working Safely RoSPA and IIRSM

Please go to our e-Learning page for course details and costs.

IOSH Managing Safely Training

Understanding health and safety not only helps protect your employees and is good for your business.

Apart from good, sensible health and safety advice it is important that your staff play their part in the process. To do this they need the knowledge and tools to tackle the health and safety issues for which they are responsible.

For small business owner, managers and supervisors there is the IOSH Managing Safety awareness course. It’s designed and quality controlled by IOSH the Chartered body for health and safety professionals. This is a 4-day course leading to a nationally recognised and respected certificate for successful delegates.

Why not join us on our next course?

Dates: 29th, 30th March, 5th & 6th March 2017

Location: HASCAT Safety Ltd. training facilities in Leighton Buzzard

Cost per person: £500.00 plus VAT inclusive of IOSH fees, workbook and refreshments/lunches.

The tutor, Bob Chandler, has over 15 years’ experience in delivering IOSH training and is a Chartered Member of IOSH and a Fellow of The International Institute of Risk and Safety management.

Course outline.

Module 1. Introducing managing safely

Some managers may see health and safety as an add-on to their role –even an intrusion. The first module makes it clear that managers are accountable for their teams, and makes a persuasive case for managing safely.

Module 2. Assessing risks

This module defines and simplifies ‘risk’ and ‘risk assessment’. Risk assessments and a simple scoring system are introduced, and delegates carry out a series of assessments to enable them to fully understand.

Module 3. Controlling risks

Here the session tackles reducing risks, concentrating on the best techniques to control key risks, and how to choose the right method.

Module 4. Understanding your responsibilities

This module looks at the demands of the law and how the legal system works, and introduces a health and safety management system.

Module 5. Identifying hazards

All the main issues any operation has to deal with are covered in this module – entrances and exits, vehicles, vibration, fire, chemicals, electricity, physical and verbal abuse, bullying, stress, noise, housekeeping, slips, trips and falls, working at height, computers, asbestos, confined spaces, drugs/alcohol, lighting, plant/machinery, radiation, temperature and manual handling.

Module 6. Investigating accidents and incidents

The session starts with why accidents should be investigated, and goes on to cover why things go wrong, and how to carry out an investigation when they do.

Module 7. Measuring performance

This module explains how checking performance can help to improve health and safety. Delegates learn how to develop basic performance indicators, and get to grips with auditing and proactive and reactive measuring.

Module 8. Protecting our environment

A short but effective introduction to waste and pollution. Leading into how organisations and individuals can get involved in cutting down the impacts on the environment.

Delegates who successfully complete the written and practical assessments at the end of the course are awarded an IOSH certificate in Managing Safely.

Written assessment is “closed book” and consists of a mixture of multiple choice and short written answers – held on the last day of the course.

Practical assessment – Delegates chose an area in their organisation on which to conduct the assessment. They have 2 weeks to complete the practical assessment.

We also offer closed course on your premises so please contact us for more information or a booking form. Use the Get in Touch function on our Contact page.

Why should you provide health & safety training?

There are many reasons why employers should provide health & safety training for their employees. Sometimes employers feel that training is nothing but an unnecessary cost and they will not get any benefit from providing it – so they ignore it! Others only provide training because some of their clients make them. But the reality is that training provides many benefits to a business no matter what size the business.

First of all there is the obvious requirement to meet your legal requirement to keep people safe and meet the requirement to provide “information, instruction and training”. But there are some others:

Accidents and work related ill health

Training helps prevent accidents and work related ill health. No matter how minor the accident there is a cost involved to the employer – the bigger the accident the more cost. Work related health issues are equally costly. Some of the costs can be:

  • Lost time
  • Damage to equipment
  • Damage to materials / building
  • Lower moral of employees leading to more accidents
  • Insurance claims resulting in higher premiums
  • Dealing with the enforcement authorities
  • Legal expenses
  • Fines / imprisonment

Helps when legal issues occur

If the unfortunate happens and things turn into a legal matter it will help the business. If you, as a business owner or manager can prove that you provided proper health and safety training to your employees and took all reasonably practical steps to prevent an accident, it can greatly help in your defence – both in civil and criminal law.

Getting on an approved suppliers list

Instead of resenting having to have training in place for your employees because a client demands it. You should look at it that you can more easily get onto other potential clients approved lists. Thus giving you more business.

Productivity and absence

There have been many examples of how health and safety training helps productivity and reduces absenteeism. Employees who feel safe and valued because their employer has invested in them by providing training work more productively and have less absence.

Reputation

Good health and safety will help you to build a positive reputation with your clients and staff. The resulting good public relations should help to increase sales and generate more leads.

Please see HSE Health and Safety Training – A Brief Guide

HASCAT Safety supports KidsOut Giving Tree

As members of LB Connect Business Networking group we are proud to take part in KidsOut Giving Tree appeal.

What’s it all about? Well that’s best explained by KidsOut themselves!

Christmas is an exciting time for all children, but it can be difficult for those escaping domestic violence. While kids all over the country receive dozens of gifts during the holiday season, children living in refuge may not even expect to have one. Having already left their home, toys and all that is familiar, we at KidsOut believe that these children deserve more and through Giving Tree work to give them a Christmas to remember.

 Take a KidsOut Giving Tree tag with a child’s name, age and appropriate toy; purchase the recommended gift valued between £5-10; and then KidsOut will ensure that your present gets to a local child in refuge.”

Bob is pictured (1st on left) with just some our members and toys that they donated hoping our small acts will help make a child happy this Christmas.

Please see http://www.kidsout.org.uk/how-companies-can-help/giving-tree/ for how you can help this great charity.lb-connect_kids-out-004LB Connect

Come and meet HASCAT Safety

LB Connect business networking group are having an informal networking evening on Thursday 20th October.

Why not come along and meet Sue and I to discuss your health & safety needs?

Plus there will be many more local business people talk to and promote your business.

The evening is designed to help local businesses support each other by meeting other local business people in a warm, friendly and informal environment.

If you’ve never tried networking it’s a great way to find out what it’s like and if your an ‘old hand’ you know the great benefits networking brings.

The evening is open to all businesses in the local area and everyone will be welcome.

Date: 20th October

Time: 18:00 to 20:00

Venue: Heath Inn, 76 Woburn Road, Health & Reach. Leighton Buzzard. LU7 0AR

Bespoke Health & Safety training passes course approval scheme

Just what the client ordered!

One of our national clients engaged HASCAT Safety to produce a bespoke 1 day training course for their service engineers. They gave us the brief of what they wanted in the course, to include a workbook and contain 2 assessments with the requirement that we make the course bespoke to their engineers. And they wanted RoSPA Course Approval for the finished item.

The client has over 400 service engineers carrying out service and repair of capital equipment covering the whole of the UK. The majority are mobile visiting different customers each day and working alone. The other engineers are either based at their national service centre or are embedded on customer sites looking after fleets.

The aim was to make the course informative, enjoyable and the engineers could engage with it as reflected their working environments.

We worked closely with our client on the materials, the syndicate exercises, their documents and the assessment method which we planned to use.

We wrote a lesson plan based on these discussions, built the presentation using their standard presentation format and wrote the assessments. These were then submitted to the client for approval. These were all accepted by the client so we set about writing the workbook to accompany the course. This was also produced in their corporate format.

Once this was all approved by the client we ran several courses in different geographical locations in the UK to get feedback from the engineers. Great feedback was given by the engineers as they could now see how health and safety applied to them with many commenting that they not only found it interesting but also fun!

With the clients consent we then dealt with RoSPA on their behalf to obtain their Training Course Approval.

We are pleased to say that we achieved a 100% score for the whole course.

So if you are thinking of health and safety training for your staff but want it bespoke to your organisation why not give HASCAT Safety a call!

On Saturday 16th April Sue and Bob Chandler and Sandra Forbes attended Kids In Action 20th Birthday party to represent LB Connect Business Networking Group.

Last year Kids In Action was LB Connects nominated charity of the year. In October last year LB Connect presented a cheque for over £4,000 to the charity and part of the birthday celebrations was Kids In Action saying ‘Thank You’ to their supporters.

Bob, as chair of LB Connect, accepted a plaque from Paul Bowen-James expressing Kids In Action’s thanks for LB Connects fund raising.

LB Connect is a business networking group based in Leighton Buzzard helping businesses in the local area grow their business. As a not-for-profit organisation LB Connect donate their ‘profits’ to charity each year. This year the group are supporting KidsOut.

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