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March 21, 2016

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NCRQ appoints former HSE chief executive as Chair


Geoffrey Podger

Geoffrey Podger CB, a former chief executive of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), has been announced as the new Chair of National Compliance and Risk Qualifications (NCRQ).

He has previously held four British and international chief executive posts in the public health and regulatory sectors, including for the European Food Safety Agency and most recently as the acting Chief Executive of WorkSafe New Zealand.

Iain Evans, chief executive of NCRQ, said he was delighted to announce Geoffrey’s formal appointment to the board, adding that Geoffrey had already been working with NCRQ for a while.

NCRQ is a relatively new qualification, accredited by IOSH, which offers a ‘no more exams’ approach to learning.

An honorary vice-president of IOSH, honorary fellow of IIRSM and honorary vice-president of CIEH, Geoffrey Podger said: “NCRQ addresses the criticism I often heard when at HSE, that too many of those with occupational safety and health qualifications did not understand the subject in real life.

“NCRQ reflect the reality of health and safety – acquiring a good practical knowledge, and not obsessing about theory.”

Qualifications with NCRQ include:

  • NCRQ Level 6 Certificate in Applied Health and Safety (AIIRSM, TechIOSH)
  • NCRQ Level 6 Certificate in Personal Injury Liability and Absence Reduction
  • NCRQ Level 6 Diploma in Applied Health and Safety (MIIRSM, GradIOSH)

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