Georgia’s Journey: 5 Months as a SHEQ Trainee

Welcome back to Georgia’s Journey!

In this series of blogs we are following SHEQ Trainee Georgia’s progress as she works towards becoming a fully-qualified H&S Consultant.

Let’s see what she’s been up to this past month!

What skills would you like to work on in the coming months?

In the coming months I would like to work on my health and safety vocabulary and understanding. At the moment I’m able to recognise and know why certain workplace practices are not safe, however I struggle to back this up with concrete facts and reasoning. The NEBOSH is really helping me with this as I’m learning about regulations and duties of care, which means writing out assessments or reports now is less based on muscle memory and common sense but is on the law and facts.

What’s something new you’ve learned recently?

Recently while studying for my NEBOSH exam, I learned that there are a reported 595,000 cases of work induced stress, anxiety, and depression cases yearly in the UK. This number is ridiculously high and has stuck with me because I think it’s a good example of how even if we are not affected by poor working conditions, we are very likely to have friends and family who are – so we should all be calling out these numbers more and working together to lower the statistics.

What do you feel most confident with in your role at the moment?

I’ve really enjoyed being able to start studying again and preparing for exams, as being a student and taking loads of new information in on a daily basis is definitely what I enjoy most. So, I think I feel most confident knowing that I am improving and growing into the role.

What do you find most interesting in your role at the moment?

The most interesting part of work at the moment is probably learning while studying for my NEBOSH about all the different civil and criminal cases that have happened due to health and safety negligence. In particular, a case that stuck with me is learning about the criminal convictions that occurred after the Hillsborough disaster due to crowd control negligence. Having the law put into more real-life examples has definitely made the learning a lot easier and memorable. Also having studied law at A-Level and various criminology modules at university, it’s fun revisiting that.

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