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BRITISH SAFETY COUNCIL LAUNCHES STATE OF THE ART LEARNING ZONE

Health and Safety Minister Lord McKenzie urges others to follow

A million pound high-tech training centre at the British Safety Council’s (BSC) headquarters in Hammersmith was officially opened by Lord McKenzie, the Department of Work and Pensions’ Health and Safety Minister. The BSC Learning Zone was built to the latest specifications to offer students an exciting learning experience and provide high quality facilities that will benefit the business community. The BSC’s aim is to make health and safety education accessible to all in order to save lives and reduce work-related sickness and injury.

The British Safety Council (BSC) recently issued a stark warning to businesses that reducing spend on controlling risks to workplace health and safety could endanger lives and cost companies an average of £30,000 per claim along with significant reputational damage.

Brian Nimick, CEO of the BSC, said: “With the UK economy experiencing a downturn and businesses fighting hard to remain competitive, directors and managers will be determined to ensure that health and safety training adds real value to a business rather than just ensuring compliance with the law. Our new Learning Zone aims to do just that, by providing top quality courses in a comfortable setting where students can learn about health and safety and take the knowledge back to work with the aim of reducing death, ill-health and injury.”

Lord McKenzie commented: “The British Safety Council’s aim for the Learning Zone fits perfectly in line with the aim of the recently launched HSE Strategy, namely enabling the community to save lives and reduce work-related sickness and injury. The aim for this facility is one that we would look to others to emulate.

“In his launch of the new Strategy for the Health and Safety Executive, HSE Chief Executive Geoffrey Podger identified clearly that a failure to take simple precautions, to take account of the knowledge we have, has been a significant contributor in the 229 workplace deaths in the 2007/2008 period. All of the courses on offer through The Learning Zone will undoubtedly help address these issues. Directors, senior managers and supervisors will be in a position to apply with confidence the things that they know. They will be encouraged to act responsibly in the light of their experience and appropriate evidence.”

Fitted out to the highest standard to ensure a superb learning environment, the venue comprises four large training rooms, each with the latest technology, which will accommodate up to 60 delegates for training purposes and up to 80 for conferences. The new Learning Zone is crammed with high-tech visual learning aids including the latest design in smart boards, a bank of WiFi connected laptops and access to the highest quality education and training provision in health and safety that will benefit the business community.

On-site chef John Paul Dinneen will serve delegates a mouth-watering choice of freshly prepared ‘brain food’ dishes and juices – healthy, nutritious food proven to stimulate brain activity. John Paul has previously worked in Los Angeles, Sydney, and Paris. Most recently he provided on-location catering for production teams behind the films Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Earlier this year the British Safety Council became a NEBOSH Accredited Course Provider, making the BSC the first health and safety organisation to offer a comprehensive suite of accredited qualifications to meet the needs of the market.

The Learning Zone will provide a practical environment for the BSC to implement these qualifications and to continue with its charitable work to provide free health and safety trainingand qualifications to disadvantaged and younger members of the community.

Email: mail@britsafe.org


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