This is what happens during an IOSH Approved Coaching for safety course

If you attend an IOSH Approved Coaching for safety course, you will spend two days learning and practicing the skills and techniques that under-pin a collaborative approach. Coaches exist to be collaborative and we believe the very best OSH Practitioners are collaborative too. If you attend an IOSH Approved Coaching for safety course, you will learn that it’s your curiosity that drives collaboration and that most safety people’s natural inclination is to focus their curiosity in a direction that isn’t at all helpful to the coaching exercise. We’ll help you focus your curiosity in a more helpful direction. If you attend an IOSH Approved Coaching for safety course, you will learn what the ‘active’ in active listening really means. You will learn about the three levels of listening and how gestures, expressions and metaphors can be the key to real insights and breakthroughs. If you attend an IOSH Approved Coaching for safety course, you’ll learn simple techniques for being truly solutions-focused. Whilst many OSH Practitioners would like to think they’re solutions-focused, they in fact have habits that take them backwards and deeper in to problems rather than forward towards a solution. If you attend an IOSH Approved Coaching for safety course, you will receive the support of your fellow delegates who will collaborate with you to find a way forward with real-life issues you’ve brought to the programme – there is absolutely no role-play. We designed IOSH Approved Coaching for safety to help you develop these skills. These skills complement any technical knowledge you’ve acquired on NEBOSH or other similar courses and they’re entirely consistent with the Engagement and Influence category of IOSH Blueprint,...

IOSH publication on coaching for safety goes live

As red letter days go, today Wednesday 29th March 2017 is red indeed. For it is today that the long awaited IOSH publication ‘Coaching for safety – an introductory guide’ goes live in the Books and Resources section of the IOSH website. Written by yours truly in collaboration with renowned Coach and author Jenny Rogers, the guide aims to provide practitioners with a basic understanding of the soft skill of coaching. Today marks a significant milestone for us. Our Coaching for safety course first came to market in 2013 and we quickly learned two important lessons. Firstly, how little the safety profession in the UK valued soft skills relative to technical knowledge and understanding. And secondly, we learned how widely misunderstood ‘coaching’ is. That the professional body has endorsed the use of coaching skills to enable practitioners to engage with others to improve occupational safety and health outcomes is, understandably, music to our ears. We couldn’t have put it better than Kate Field, Head of Information and Intelligence at IOSH, who says “There is an increasing acceptance within the occupational safety and health profession that a knowledge of the law and compliance standards is not enough. To succeed and be effective, an occupational safety and health professional needs to engage and influence at all levels within a business. The role is increasingly collaborative, supportive, challenging and helpful – the characteristics of a coach. This guide provides a first step on that journey.” Download a copy of ‘Coaching for safety – an introductory guide’...

Download a FREE Coaching for safety taster

In 2016, the number of delegates attending IOSH Approved Coaching for safety classes increased by over 70%. In 2017, by the second week of March, we’d already trained half the total number of delegates that attended in the whole of last year. Delegates from Oil and Gas, Rail, Waste Management, University Education, Aviation, Workplace Services, Water Regulation and Steel Distribution have attended already this year, as have a number of private safety consultants, but what is driving this groundswell in interest and what is it that delegates and organisations value so highly? Certainly, IOSH Blueprint is a factor. IOSH Blueprint is the new competency framework for OSH Practitioners. Developed by IOSH and a cross-sector group of industry experts, it defines ‘what good looks like’ in OSH competence. The Engagement and Influence category of the framework, includes references to questioning, active listening, collaboration, being aware of body language and non-verbal communication. These are just some of the attributes of a good coach and of course they feature strongly on the IOSH Approved Coaching for safety programme. To find out more, download our FREE Coaching for safety taster here. Whether safety is only a part of your role or you’re a full-time safety professional, IOSH Approved Coaching for safety has been designed to provide you with valuable skills. It’s unlike any other course – don’t miss out. When                Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th May 2017 Where              Holiday Inn Express, Loake Close, Grange Park, Northampton NN4 5EZ Price                 £525 + VAT Book today by calling Michael on 01706 217122 or 07921914099 or email...

“One of the most valuable and engaging courses I have attended.”

We love Coaching for safety courses, they hardly seem like work at all. Last week’s for Ervia in Dublin, presented jointly with Thomas Keane of KSi, was especially rewarding. When the room is full of highly-engaged delegates immersed and collaborating to help each other learn new skills, the instructor’s job is a joy. And when delegates describe the experience as “one of the most valuable and engaging courses I have attended,” it really doesn’t get much better. What is it that engages people so? Coaching is all about collaboration – coaches exit to be collaborative and supportive and to help their colleagues and clients perform better. If you attend IOSH Approved Coaching for safety, you will spend two days learning and practicing the skills and techniques that under-pin a collaborative approach. This will enable you, in turn, to help others be better at what they do. You will learn that curiosity drives collaboration and that where you focus your curiosity is a choice. And you will learn what the ‘active’ in active listening really means and why one delegate remarked, “there’s so much being communicated I had no idea. It could be exhausting.”  The way we see it is that technical knowledge is important of course, but alone it’s not enough. We believe that it’s the ability to collaborate that distinguishes the very best practitioners from the rest. And if you can coach, then you’re able to support your colleagues and clients even when you have little or no technical knowledge to contribute. One of the reasons we love it so much is that we know that by helping you...

IOSH Approved Coaching for safety London

Communication is a key component of IOSH Blueprint, the new competency framework for OSH professionals. And with references to questioning, active listening techniques, body language, collaboration and the importance of effective relationships, a casual observer might think that Coaching for safety was written in response to IOSH Blueprint. It wasn’t. IOSH Approved Coaching for safety has been gradually maturing over several years and steadily developing  an excellent reputation as a must-attend, OSH training programme that is like no other. IOSH Approved Coaching for safety was designed to provide OSH practitioners with skills to complement their technical knowledge and help them develop a collaborative style. Collaboration is essential to improving OSH culture, leading to better solutions to safety problems, better management buy-in and better engagement all round. We believe it’s the nearest thing to a silver bullet there is. How are your communication skills? How collaborative are the members of your team? Coaching for safety is unlike any other course – don’t miss out. When                 Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th February 2017 Where                Holiday Inn Express London – Heathrow T5, London Road, Slough SL3 8QB Price                   £525 + VAT Download a booking form here of call Michael on 01706 217122 or 0792 191...

What is your why?

This is mine; the reason why I do what I do, which has influenced how I do what I do. Shortly after becoming involved in health and safety – and to be honest, before really being sure it was for me – I turned on the television one evening and quite by chance, a Panorama-type documentary was starting. It was about the state of health and safety in the UK and it centred on an accident that happened not far from where I now sit in Lancashire. A worker was dragged into a plastic crumbing machine and killed. The machine, not unlike a large food processor, had an aperture at the top through which waste plastic could be fed, and a giant blade at the bottom rotating at high speed. A factory inspector had been horrified to find that the interlock guard on the lid had been overridden enabling more plastic to be fed into the machine more quickly. The inspector issued a health and safety enforcement notice, prohibiting use of the machine. The bosses ignored the notice and the inevitable happened. George Kenyon was 25 years old when he died and much was made of how little of him there was left for his family to bury. It was exploitation, pure and simple. A staggering lack of consideration for the value of human life. It was 1988 and health and safety was very much in the public consciousness but for altogether different reasons than it is today. In the 1980’s, high-profile accidents involving many fatalities and serious injuries were common – Piper Alpha, The Herald of Free Enterprise,...