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New virtual-environment risk assessment training launched

In line with their collaboration values, South Eastern Regional College (SERC) has created a specialist training partnership with CITB NI to deliver a brand new virtual environment risk assessment training programme to help businesses understand the basic processes involved in making their workplace legally compliant.


And with figures showing many businesses have never carried out a risk assessment in the workplace, it could be welcome news for business and anyone who has responsibility for health and safety.


The course entitled, 'A Beginners Guide to Risk Assessment' has been devised to combine the theory behind why risk assessments are necessary with practical activities that will enhance understanding of the process using an innovative and novel approach.


The training will be delivered over three hours and is designed to be useful to all sectors of industry from SME's that need to be able to produce risk assessments to win or undertake contracts to large multi-national organisations that have a number of individuals responsible for health and safety issues.


The course will be delivered at CITB NI premises using their virtual environment training facility (VET360) to place course participants in 'virtual' environments to identify potential risks in total safety.


The course will be delivered by SERC head of health and safety John Gault. John explains; "We are delighted to be working with CITB NI on this brand new way of learning. Participants can safely inspect potentially hazardous workplaces to spot hazards, assess risks and suggest solutions in a fun and interactive environment. The course will help participants understand what they need to do to assess and control risks in the workplace and comply with health and safety law. As a result business can improve their health and safety performance and their reputation amongst customers."


Barry Neilson, Chief Executive of CITB NI commented, "We have been using VET360 to enhance the learning experience of participants on a number of our courses with great success. Being able to display 360 degree video footage that puts the observer in the middle of the work environment really makes the learning and awareness raising much more meaningful than traditional classroom-based learning methods. The development of this generic risk assessment course in partnership with SERC is the first in a series of training and awareness raising projects we are planning to develop which will support many sectors of industry".


Alongside the use of the VET360 facility a number of practical staged scenarios have been incorporated into the training. These activities allow the participants to practice undertaking a Risk Assessment using recommended pro forma templates that they can adopt to use in their own business or organisation.


Training is taking place on Friday 28th April followed by sessions on Friday 26th May and Friday 16th June. For more information or to enrol please contact Lorraine Fisher email: Tel: 028 9082 4202