AcornEHS launch new part time and evening courses for 2014 in Swindon and Milton Keynes (NEBOSH / SMSTS / SSSTS)

Our popular courses are now offered to those who need to study and want to develop their careers in Health, Safety and Environment Management. Courses on offer:

  • NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety  Course delivered in evenings between 18:00 to 21:00
  • NEBOSH Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management  Course delivered in evenings between 18:00 to 21:00
  • NEBOSH National Certificate in Environmental Management Course delivered in evenings between 18:00 to 21:00
  • NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Course delivered in evenings between 18:00 to 21:00
  • Construction Skills – Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) Course delivered on Saturdays
  • Construction Skills – Site Managers Safety Training Scheme – Refresher (SMSTS_R) Course delivered on Saturdays
  • Construction Skills – Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) Course delivered on Saturdays
  • Construction Skills – Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme – Refresher (SSSTS_R) 

    Course delivered on Saturdays


Bubble Ban At Parties: Safety Myths Exposed

Bubbles banned from a child’s birthday party and toothpicks removed from a restaurant are among a list of health and safety myths exposed in the last year.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said more than 150 cases had been reported to a panel it set up last year to target “jobsworths” who use safety laws as a ruse to ban legitimate activities.

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Companies fined £450,000 after driver dies in roadworks

Two companies have been ordered to pay a total of £650,000 in fines and costs after a member of the public was killed in a collision in roadworks on the A50 near Uttoxeter.

William Collins, 49, of Weston Coyney, Stoke-on-Trent, was driving along the westbound carriageway at around 4am on 25 November 2007 when he failed to negotiate a bend at a road closure and collided with a stationary flatbed lorry owned by Enterprise (AOL) Ltd.

The father of two died at the scene from multiple injuries.

The A50 was closed at the junction with the A522 while works were carried out to overhead power lines and the central reservation barrier. Enterprise (AOL) Ltd was responsible for the traffic management associated with the works, which were being managed by Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Services Ltd.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the traffic management was unsuitable as it was not clear that the road ahead was closed, and that drivers had to exit the A50 at the junction with the A522.

The investigation also identified that Enterprise (AOL) Ltd failed to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment, and that Balfour Beatty failed to properly assess the risk assessment or that the system being proposed was adequate. In addition, Balfour Beatty also failed to adequately monitor the work of its sub-contractors.

The A50 had been reduced to one lane prior to the works and vehicles were then diverted off the main carriageway and onto the A522, which involved a sharp left hand bend. However, the speed limit had not been reduced so vehicles were still able to travel at up to 70mph.

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Services Ltd, of Ashwood Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire, was today (22 February) fined £225,000 and ordered to pay £100,000 in costs at Liverpool Crown Court after being found guilty of breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 following a two week trial at Stafford Crown Court in October 2012.

Enterprise (AOL) Ltd, of Centurion Way, Leyland, Lancashire, was also found guilty of the same offence, as well as breaching Regulation 3(1)(b) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 for failing to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment. It was fined £225,000 and ordered to pay costs of £100,000.

Both companies have lodged an appeal against conviction.

After the hearing HSE inspector Katharine Walker said:

“Enterprise relied on a generic risk assessment for a lane closure rather than properly assessing the road and implementing a suitable system of traffic management for a full closure.

“As the organisation responsible for what happened on the road, Balfour Beatty should have checked the assessment and identified this failing.

“Instead a man was killed and never made it home – a tragic death that could have been avoided.”

NEBOSH Student News Update Issue 9

The latest newsletter is now ready to download here.

Should you require any further information on our NEBOSH courses please click here.

The (HSE) New Cost Recovery Scheme, ££££

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) new cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), will come into force on today, 1 October.

Under The Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012, those who break health and safety laws are liable for recovery of HSE’s related costs, including, inspection, investigation and taking enforcement action.

The many businesses that comply with their legal obligations will continue to pay nothing.

SMSTS Course Delivered in Milton Keynes Student Feedback

Acorn Environmental Health and Safety (AcornEHS) have just concluded a Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course which ran over 5 weeks beginning on 08/09/2012. The course was delivered at our clients premises in Milton Keynes on Saturdays to facilitate their requirements as well as their sub-contractors.  Following the course the delegates had this to say about the course:

  • Owen Beddoe from Atspeed Distributors Ltd “The best Health and Safety course I’ve been on in a long time really practical – what next” Owen is currently thinking about completing the NEBOSH Certificate in Construction through Acorn EHS.
  • Chris Burton – Construction Lifting Services ” Even though I have worked in construction as a crane supplier, Appointed Person etc. I found the course insightful and learned new skills that I can use within my industry when we next provide cranes for our clients”
  • Kieth Readman – K.R. Fabrication and Installation ” Really practical and useful knowledge gained thanks to Andrew’s relaxed style of teaching and knowledge”

Fire Safety Enforcement

Small and medium sized businesses in particular are urged to visit the Focus on Enforcement website operated by the department of Business at:

Please contact AcornEHS if we can assist you with your Fire Compliance and Fire Risk Asssessments as required by the The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005


Fatal Injury Statistics

The number of workers fataly injured in Britian during the 12 months from April 2012 remains largely unchanged compared to the previous year. The HSE figures show 173 workers were killed, with 49 deaths within the construction sector, 33 deaths within agriculture and 5 deaths from waste and recycling sectors.

Late Availability Offer on Health and Safety Training Courses


Don’t miss out on our September Special Offer. Enjoy a 10% discount on all Acorn EHS courses run during the month of September – see courses marked in red.

Also applies to our NEBOSH courses marked in red.

This discount is subject to the availability of places on the courses. For more information  or to book please call 03334 560 999.

We are Looking Forward to the Business Growth Show

We are looking forward to showcasing our extensive Health and Safety consultancy and training services to local business owners when we exhibit at the forthcoming Business Growth Show on Tuesday, 22 May 2012.

It is taking take at the Menzies Swindon Hotel on Fleming Way, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 1TN in Swindon. from 9am to 3.30pm. The Show offers a range of workshops and networking opportunities. It is free to attend; all you need to do is simply register online beforehand.

If you are around please do come over to our stand and say hi; we would love to meet you.

The Acorn EHS Team