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You may or may not have heard about the Learning Occupational Health by Experiencing Risks (LOcHER) Project which was originally a concept from Dr Bob Rajan, vice Chair of Safety Groups UK (SGUK) and HM Principal Inspector of Health and Safety with the HSE. It has historically been focused within colleges and further education.

I believe this is the future of learning in a creative and unique way, making it so much more memorable and allows for a much better understanding of the risks we face at work.

I really urge you, please check it out and see if you can help bring the concept more and more into the world of work. Even if you just help raise awareness of the projects being produced by sharing them, talking about them, getting in touch with those involved etc.

Safety Groups UK - LOcHER
Case studies - http://www.safetygroupsuk.org.uk/campaigns/locher/how-do-i-implement-the-locher-project/#casestudies
Youtube videos of other projects - https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=LOcHER+Project


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Prior to the Interview


1. They want to see you
You have been contacted for interview because there was something in your (truthful) CV pertaining to the position on offer. Know your own CV and take a copy along with you to follow the interviewer when they refer to different areas within.

2. Plan your route
Do a dummy run to the interview venue, timing how long it will take to arrive and allowing a bit extra time for composure.

3. Do your homework on the organisation
Study their website. Take some of the areas the company is “proud” of and use them to ask questions when the interviewer says the inevitable “and have you any questions”.

In the latter quarter of 2015 the UK health and safety executive released their annual health and safety statistics as a PDF document.  The annual report had some interesting take aways but it wasn't necessarily easy to digest. Bryan & Armstrong have taken the annual report and turned it into a infographic which makes absorbing the key points much easier as it does sharing the information across social media.


The free to enter prize draws were run from 2006 through to 2012 and were a 'leg up' from HSfB and our fantastic prize draw contributors to anyone wishing either to enter, or further their career in the field of health and safety.

My personal motives, and the motives of HSfB as a whole, are quite simply a passion to keep workers free from accident, injury or ill-health whilst at work.

One of the greatest challenges for me starting out in health and safety was funding for the courses I wanted to go on. HSfB and all the fantastic prize contributions from organisations and other kind individuals has now put me in the fortunate position to help others get started, or to move onward and upwards.

The first free draw, launched on 5 November 2006, was a 'one off' draw where all entrants were placed 'in the hat' and winners were drawn by an impartial member of a renowned health, safety and environmental establishment (NEBOSH). The total value of the prizes given away for that prize draw was a fantastic £7,260!

The draw of 2006/2007 led to a certain amount of recognition for innovation and subsequently won two awards - HSfB Awards.

The third prize draw, launched on 3 November 2008, was the start of a long-term prize draw where each month at least one winner would benefit from the great prizes we had on offer. The aim to keep the prize draw running for as long as possible and to help people progress their health, safety and environmental careers, in turn keeping people safe and healthy at work whilst protecting the environment.

HSfB Wins Lord Cullen Trophy for Safety Innovation 

John Johnston, Health, Safety and Radiation Advisor at FMC Technologies, Dunfermline, Chairperson of the RoSPA Awards Excellence Forum in Scotland (previously the Scottish Higher Performers Forum) and a member of the Safety Group Fife, has had his commitment and passion for Health and Safety recognised after being awarded the Lord Cullen Trophy for Safety Performance. The award was presented by Lord Cullen, president of the Scottish Chamber of Safety (S.C.O.S), at a ceremony held in Dunblane, by the S.C.O.S on Wednesday 4th April 2007.   The trophy was awarded to John for an initiative which will see health and safety professionals from across the UK benefit from free health and safety training and learning materials.

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