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July 24, 2006

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Managing safely forum dates announced

Work on developing IOSH’s new Managing safely course continues. IOSH has been test-running some of the developed modules from the new course to give trainers and delegates the opportunity to offer feedback on what they liked and disliked about the course. It also gave them an insight into how the rest of the course will be developed.

Work on developing IOSH’s new Managing safely course continues. IOSH has been test-running some of the developed modules from the new course to give trainers and delegates the opportunity to offer feedback on what they liked and disliked about the course. It also gave them an insight into how the rest of the course will be developed.

Tracey Wright, marketing manager at IOSH, said: “As our biggest selling product, we need the new Managing safely course to meet the needs of trainers and delegates alike. It’s no good producing something only to find it doesn’t work in practice.”

Successful learning

Feedback from the tests has been promising. Amicus’s Rob Miguel praised the course for “encouraging more delegate participation. The visual effects enhance the interest factor for delegates.”

Tony Cheesman, from West Anglia Training Association, said that the new Managing safely course continues the development that has taken place on IOSH’s Working safely course, which was revamped at the end of last year: “We’ve received very good feedback from both delegates and tutors on Working safely, and I’m confident the new Managing safely course will continue this successful style of learning.”

Matt Terry from Bovis Lend Lease added: “New Managing safely is a dynamic education package. The animated graphics with up-to-date training methods bring health and safety to life.”

Delegates at the pilot also said: “It was fun and interesting but got serious messages across” and “I could relate to the scenarios and the visuals made it easier to understand how things work.”

Getting your views

By involving trainers and delegates in a two-way process like this, they were able to tell us which terms worked best — such as risk equals likelihood x consequence versus likelihood x severity. Trainers were also able to suggest putting the hierarchy of control at the beginning of one module rather than at the end.

Tracey added: “It’s good to receive positive feedback and we are not complacent, we know there are areas that we can still improve.”

Course provider forums

The new course will be previewed for the first time at the course provider forums in September.

So now would be a good time to come and see the new style animated presentation, trainer notes and delegate workbook for yourself. You’ll also get a chance to try the interactive elements of the course first hand by taking part in the quizzes and playing a board game.

Ken Stewart, chief executive of Young Enterprise East Midlands, said: “Delegates found the new course informative and thought-provoking. A potentially ‘dry’ subject was made interesting by the excellent course materials and informal style of the programme. A well researched case study also made the subject relevant to our line of work.”

But that’s not all the forums have to offer you. One of the country’s top professional speakers, Philip Hesketh, a specialist in the psychology of persuasion, will share his insights into:

– why we do what we do;

– how to be liked by more people and get your own way more often;

– how buying, selling, persuading and influencing actually work;

– the reasons people don’t buy and what to do about it;

– three simple steps to handling objections and negotiations.

The venues

Village Hotel and Leisure Centre, Cardiff

Tuesday 19 September;

Solent Hotel, Fareham, Hampshire

Wednesday 20 September;

Huntingdon Marriott, Cambridgeshire

Thursday 21 September;

Airth Castle Hotel & Spa Resort, Falkirk

Tuesday 26 September;

Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa, Leeds

Thursday 28 and Friday 29 September.

Because of this year’s line-up, places are going fast. For more details or to book your place, priced £80 + VAT per person, please call Lynn Austin on 0116 257 3186.

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