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Free level 1 examinations still on offer

19 January 2009

British Safety Council (BSC) members are reminded that this year they are once again entitled to 100 free examinations leading to the BSC Level 1 Certificate in Health and Safety at Work.

Free level 1 examinations still on offer
Free level 1 examinations still on offer

Accredited by the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator in the National Qualifications Framework, the BSC Level 1 Certificate formalises health and safety induction training as a nationally-recognised qualification.

The BSC is repeating its charitable offer this year to pay for up to 100 employees at each of its member firms to sit the examination leading to the Certificate.

As part of the offer, the BSC provides free learning materials and free examinations, which makes the Level 1 Certificate a great way of rounding off basic health and safety training with a formal qualification.

Last year, over 30,000 employees gained a Level 1 Certificate thanks to the BSC’s offer, and one company that took full advantage was Ward Security Limited in Rochester, Kent. The firm provides a comprehensive range of security services including guarding, dog patrol teams, alarm response and key holding.

Natalie Ridger, associate director compliance at the company, said: “Completing the Level 1 Certificate has helped raise the health and safety awareness of our staff and has also added strength to us as a company because our clients feel more confident knowing our staff have a good knowledge of health and safety.”

Like many companies, Ward Security Limited will be taking advantage of a further 100 free examinations this year. Ridger added: “Our aim now is to get all 295 staff through the examination because I think it is important that everyone has a basic knowledge of health and safety.”

Since the BSC launched its offer of 100 free Level 1 examinations for members in 2007, over 1,000 companies have provided staff with the qualification and these firms will each receive a further 100 exams this year.

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