Norwich Union Risk Services receives IOSH accreditation

Article date: 13 November 2001

Norwich Union Risk Services has become the first trainingprovider to achieve accreditation from IOSH (Institution ofOccupational Safety and Health) for their ‘Permit toWork’ course.

The status enables Norwich Union Risk Services trainers to carryout end-of-course assessments for participants, who willsubsequently receive a certificate from IOSH acknowledging theircompletion of the course.

Graham Smith, consultant with Norwich Union Risk Services,explained: “’Permit to Work’ is the backbone forsafe operation of many maintenance activities and it is importantto ensure that those responsible for authorising and acceptingpermits are trained. This is an excellent course to enableparticipants to understand the importance of permit controls, andthe role they play in ensuring a safe workingenvironment.”

He continued: “Our course includes practical elements thatcan be tailored to the client company’s system.”

Diverseylever, a Northampton-based company that providescleaning and hygiene solutions across a wide range of industrysectors, recently used Norwich Union Risk Services to providein-house training at their manufacturing facility in Runcorn.

Steve Dew, safety advisor for the Diverseylever site at Runcorn,commented: “We had two primary purposes for running thecourse - firstly as a refresher day for experienced staff andsecondly as an introductory session for first timers. The courseproved to be highly valuable and relevant to both levels, makingexcellent use of case studies, enabling delegates to apply the‘Permit to Work’ principle back in theworkplace.”

He continued: “Above all, the course dovetailed perfectlywith our site ‘Permit to Work’ training and review ofour ‘Permit to Work’ systems, and with the IOSHaccreditation I felt assured that the training was of the highestpossible standard.”


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Notes to editors:

  • A ‘Permit to Work’ is a form designed to documentsafe systems of work, usually where the potential hazard issignificant and a formal documented system is appropriate tocontrol the work. The aim is to remove both unsafe conditions andhuman error by imposing a formal system, which requires formalaction.
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