NEBOSH IIRSM: Thoughts from a leading health and safety professional

Nebosh By Rhiannon Davies

Major events like Brexit, the Suez canal blockage, and the coronavirus pandemic have wreaked havoc on the way the world runs over the last few years, and their effects are still being felt now across the globe.

In response to this disruption, NEBOSH teamed up with the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management (IIRSM) to develop an elearning course that aims to help learners develop a robust understanding of how to manage organisational risk by reducing threats and maximising opportunities.

The NEBOSH IIRSM Certificate in Managing Risk elearning course enables learners to develop risk management skills that can be used in an organisation, industry and job role, learning everything at their own pace and at a time that suits them.

Marcus Peters was one of the first learners at ACT to complete the NEBOSH IIRSM Certificate in Managing Risk, and we caught up with him to find out more about what he thought of this brand-new qualification.

A black and white headshot of Marcus Peters

Can you tell us a little about the organisation you work in and your role in it?

I work for a Global Renewables Energy Company with projects and operational sites across four continents. In my role, I lead a team of HSE professionals in multiple countries with the responsibility for Health, Safety and Environmental risk and compliance for offshore energy projects in development and construction through to commission.

What are some of your everyday responsibilities in your role?

I have global responsibility for a team of International HSE professionals supporting projects in Development and construction in multiple countries in APAC and EU as well as the emerging USA market. The team are responsible for providing independent, expert, and professional advice and guidance to the Development Project Teams on all health, safety and Environmental Management risk and control strategies, actively participate in and promoting a high standard of health, safety, and environmental awareness, maintenance of  Project HSE (Health, Safety & Environmental) risk registers and support the production and review and update HSE related documentation required by the allocated offshore development activities for projects

What made you want to take this course? 

I have over 25 years of experience in the energy sector with over 15 years’ experience in offshore wind development construction and operations but wanted to learn more about risk and risk management in the more broader sense rather than the focus on people and assets.

What did you enjoy most about the NEBOSH IIRSM Certificate in Managing Risk?

The course was really useful in a number of ways. From a content perspective it achieved the goal I set out to achieve but more importantly the content was really well written and the ability to work at your own pace through the course material meant I was able to study when travelling in airports and hotels and make use of this time wisely. I really appreciated this flexibility of e-learning.

How does an elearning course compare with traditional classroom courses for you?

I was very sceptical to begin with but rapidly realised that the course material was so well written and easy to understand, coupled with the ability to pause and go back to a module, go back to a previous screen and generally I could control my own pace of learning. I am complete convert and would recommend anyone to try this format of learning.

How do you plan to use what you’ve learned on this course in your job role?

There are a number of points within the learning material that I have already discussed with my team where we can improve our understanding of risk in a broader context and engaged with commercial and insurance risk teams in the business on how we can work closer together as support functions on risk matters.

 


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