Skilled trades pay rates hit £1000+ a week in the Midlands!!

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Self-employed construction workers in the West Midlands have seen their average pay rates break through the £1,000-a-week barrier.

December data from workplace audit and CIS specialist Hudson Contract saw average weekly pay rates in the West Midlands of £1,023 – outstripping London at £930.

Annual data for 2018 saw average weekly earnings for freelance workers up 6.7% to £932 a week.

Hudson Contract Managing Director Ian Anfield said: “Construction companies need to be flexible in order to remain competitive.

“So the fact that skilled trades people such as plasters, joiners, scaffolders and bricklayers are commanding significantly more than this time last year is an excellent indicator of economic growth.

“The West Midlands has been buoyant for some time, and it now looks like the North East has started to play catch up.”

Anfield said freelance workers with similar skills earned 20% more than those on PAYE.

Looking at the year ahead he said: “As always, there is plenty of chatter about skills shortages and Brexit.

“But ultimately, highly skilled freelancers will continue to demand – and achieve – increasing rates of pay.

“In contrast employees are held back by uncertainty of employers and poor increases negotiated by unions under collective agreements.

“Rather than seeing £1,000-a-week tradesmen as a problem, if the CEO of a housebuilder is worth £75m pounds a year, surely freelancers who actually deliver the product are worth at least £50,000 each.

“We look forward to the day when the average weekly rate for freelance brickies, joiners, and plasterers hits £1,000 – they are more than worth it for the benefits they bring.”

Are you looking to get into the Electrical Industry and get paid more?

If you want work in the industry as an electrical labourer then you simply need to attend the One Day  Safety Passport Alliance (SPA) Core H & S Course and obtain a reference from an employer or agency confirming you work in the industry.

 This is a great way for students to make money during their time off!!

ECS Give you the following three options:

  • CCNSG Safety Passport – National Course or Renewal Course
  • IOSH Working Safely – (IOSH Approved Centre Classroom Invigilated Exam ONLY) (this means it cannot be a distance learning or online course – it is a classroom course).
  • Safety Passport Alliance (SPA) Core H & S Course.  This is the course we deliver.  Go to the booking page here.

These qualifications are accepted as a 3-year exemption from the ECS HS&E Assessment. If you have gained one of these qualifications within the last three years, you will not need to sit the ECS assessment separately when you apply for the new style of card, until the next point of renewal.

OR:

Hold a JIB-approved electrical theory qualification and the ECS HS&E Assessment.

  • Safety Passport Alliance (SPA) Core H & S Course London.  This is the course we deliver.

Safety Pass Alliance (S.P.A Core Day)

It is a one day course and we have moved considerably away from delivering this course purely by powerpoint instead opting for more practical exercises to really promote learning.

We deliver this course, every Wednesday here in Ealing, West London for the open course and if you are an employer and have a large number of people to train, we can come to you at a discounted cost.

The safety passport card takes a MAXIUM of 10 working days to arrive (which is quicker than the other options) so this allows you to plan.  In most cases, it arrives well before that time.

The cost of the course is £138.00+vat

Again, The Safety Passport Alliance (SPA) Core H & S Course London, open course is here in West London.

The maximum people we can train at one time is 20.  If you would like Simpleducksto deliver the course at your premises then this is not problem, please call usfor prices as we offer a discounted price for groups.

You can book online at www.simpleducks.com – go to the training page, find a date and book.  All links are below or call on 02089988825.

You can also go to www.coursecheck.com to see further recommendations from previous candidates who have attended our training courses.

Further details are available on our website.  www.simpleducks.com.  I hope this helps.  If this video was a help then please give us a like or share it with someone who might need it.

  • IOSH Working Safely

Positives:

  1. IOSH is a great organisation and the course itself is very good.
  2. IOSH have a good vetting procedure to ensure the trainers delivering their courses are up to date with the latest legislation, laws, best practice and relevant professional work experience etc.
  3. The trainers also have to be registered with IOSH at Tech Level which is really good for routing out all those dodgy back street training companies.

Negatives:

  1. Course providers are given a time period to submit details of their candidates back to IOSH and the time taken can become excessive, particularly when you cannot gain the ECS Card until you’ve uploaded your certificate onto My ECS.  This can take a number of weeks for certificates to arrive
  • CCNSG Safety Passport – National Course or Renewal Course

It is a 2 day course, with lots of participation, however there arnt  many providers in the South offering it.  You will receive (only if you ask for it),a temporary card which can be uploaded onto ECS but it is only valid for around 6 weeks and if your full card has not arrived after this point then you could have some technical issues with the validilityof your ECS card.  But, if you are not in a rush and wanting to work in the Allied Industries then this is probably the best route for you.

  • CCNSG Renewal
  • The CCNSG Renewal Course is designed as a one day refresher course.  It is for those who have already passed the CCNSG National Course.  This has to be taken within three months of the Safety passport expiry date.  If it is not taken within the specified time, then the two day CCNSG National Course will have to be retaken.

Resources:

In this section below we have all the resources needed:

Our home page is, www.simpleducks.com

This is the booking page

Here is the link to My ECS

Go to the support section of our website for the FREE Reference download: Support

The next video to help you with “MY ECS’ is available here on Tuesday 18th September 2018:

Have a look at our recommendations at Course Check choose FIND a DATE and BOOK.

Should you need any further information then either call: 02089988825 or email me at info@simpleducks.com

Watch the video! – New Rules 2018 – How to get your Labourers ECS Card!

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So, you might be an Electricians mate or labourer working on UK Construction Sites and you’ve just found out that you need to do a training course to get the labourers ECS card?

Unfortunately I have to break it to you, that the road ahead isn’t that simple. However, and thankfully, I’ve had the time to analyse options and after you’ve read this post it should help you in making the right decision to choose the type of training and training provider.

A couple of weeks back I had a call from a young chap called Thomas enquiring about the Safety Passport Alliance (SPA) Core H&S Course London, which we deliver here in West London and Nationwide.  But, he only wanted the Core Day and nothing else.  I thought this was unusual.

Becoming a little confused; because most people requiring the Safety Passport Alliance S.P.A Core Day Health and Safety Course then go onto completing Day 2, which is an industry specific qualification such as Safety Passport Alliance SPA Food & Drink Passport  or for working on a Petrol Station then the SPA Petrol Retail – Forecourt Contractors or in a Quarry as a contractor then the SPA Mineral Products course.

Basically, the Safety Passport Alliance Core Day provides the foundation in Safety Awareness whilst Day 2 looks at specific areas and practices within that industry for Contractors or Service Companies.

I asked Thomas why he needed just the SPA Core Day only and he went onto explain, “the requirements for Labourers working in the Electrical Industry had changed from the 1stAugust 2018 and for me to apply for my card I now need a H&S qualification as specified by ECS”.  “I’d missed the deadline and I now urgently need the card to get onto site to make some money over the summer holidays for when I go back to University”.

This was the 1stof many calls I received from guys requiring this training and needing it fast! Since then we’ve had quite a few candidates attend training with us, however and more importantly we’ve had lots of calls from you guys wondering what to do!!  So as a result of this I put together the following video to try and help you guys and girls in the industry.

The changes to Labourer, Manager and Related Disciplines cards have been introduced so that the ECS can continue to meet Construction Skills Certifications Scheme (CSCS) partnerships criteria, following the announcement by the Construction Leadership Council that nationally-recognised qualifications should be in place for all construction-related occupations by 2020.  You can read the rules here by following this link ECS

You will have to provide evidence you are working as an Electrical Labourer with an electrical company and hold either ONE of the following health and safety qualifications (to guide you in the right direction here, you will need a work reference from either a agency you are working for or your employer stating you are an electrical labourer, which needs to be printed on their company letterhead and signed and dated and you will then need to upload this onto your My ECS)

Here is the video on how to upload your details onto MY ECS:

The following three options:

• CCNSG Safety Passport – National Course or Renewal Course

• IOSH Working Safely – (IOSH Approved Centre Classroom Invigilated Exam ONLY) (this means it cannot be a distance learning or online course – it is a classroom course).

• Safety Passport Alliance (SPA) Core H & S Course.  This is the course we deliver.  Go to the booking page here.

These qualifications are accepted as a 3-year exemption from the ECS HS&E Assessment. If you have gained one of these qualifications within the last three years, you will not need to sit the ECS assessment separately when you apply for the new style of card, until the next point of renewal.

OR:

Hold a JIB-approved electrical theory qualification and the ECS HS&E Assessment.


• Safety Passport Alliance (SPA) Core H & S Course London.  This is the course we deliver.

Safety Pass Alliance (S.P.A Core Day)

It is a one day course and we have moved considerably away from delivering this course purely by powerpoint instead opting for more practical exercises to really promote learning.

We deliver this course, every Wednesday here in Ealing, West London for the open course and if you are an employer and have a large number of people to train, we can come to you at a discounted cost.

The safety passport card takes a MAXIUM of 10 working days to arrive (which is quicker than the other options) so this allows you to plan.  In most cases, it arrives well before that time.

The cost of the course is £138+vat

Again, The Safety Passport Alliance (SPA) Core H & S Course London, open course is here in West London.

The maximum people we can train at one time is 20.  If you would like Simpleducksto deliver the course at your premises then this is not problem, please call usfor prices as we offer a discounted price for groups.

You can book online at www.simpleducks.com – go to the training page, find a date and book.  All links are below or call on 02089988825.

You can also go to www.coursecheck.com to see further recommendations from previous candidates who have attended our training courses.

Further details are available on our website.  www.simpleducks.com.  I hope this helps.  If this video was a help then please give us a like or share it with someone who might need it.


  • IOSH Working Safely

Positives:

  1. IOSH is a great organisation and the course itself is very good.
  2. IOSH have a good vetting procedure to ensure the trainers delivering their courses are up to date with the latest legislation, laws, best practice and relevant professional work experience etc.
  3. The trainers also have to be registered with IOSH at Tech Level which is really good for routing out all those dodgy back street training companies.

Negatives:

  1. Course providers are given a time period to submit details of their candidates back to IOSH and the time taken can become excessive, particularly when you cannot gain the ECS Card until you’ve uploaded your certificate onto My ECS.  This can take a number of weeks for certificates to arrive

• CCNSG Safety Passport – National Course or Renewal Course

It is a 2 day course, with lots of participation, however there arnt  many providers in the South offering it.  You will receive (only if you ask for it),a temporary card which can be uploaded onto ECS but it is only valid for around 6 weeks and if your full card has not arrived after this point then you could have some technical issues with the validilityof your ECS card.  But, if you are not in a rush and wanting to work in the Allied Industries then this is probably the best route for you.
·
·CCNSG Renewal
·The CCNSG Renewal Course is designed as a one day refresher course.  It is for those who have already passed the CCNSG National Course.  This has to be taken within three months of the Safety passport expiry date.  If it is not taken within the specified time, then the two day CCNSG National Course will have to be retaken.

Resources:

In this section below we have all the resources needed:

Our home page is, www.simpleducks.com

This is the booking page

Here is the link to My ECS

Go to the support section of our website for the FREE Reference download: Support

The next video to help you with “MY ECS’ is available here on Tuesday 18th September 2018:

Have a look at our recommendations at Course Check choose FIND a DATE and BOOK.

Should you need any further information then either call: 02089988825 or email me at info@simpleducks.com

Regards

Garet

Updated!! How to Get your CSCS Card on the Cheap! Watch the video…

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To get your Green Card you need to do two things.

Pass the CSCS touch screen HS&E Test and pass a 1 Day H&S Awareness Course. See the video below which will talk you through what you need to do.

Starting on the touch screen H&S Test.  There are two types of test centres.  There are those which are run and managed by CITB and they will charge you £19.50 (VAT Exempt) and there are Independent Test Centres who have a licence to run these tests and they are called ITC’s (Independent Test Centres).  Prices range enormously through ITC’s and are usually a lot more expensive than CITB and if they are legitimate centres then they will probably charge you on top of the test fee VAT (today’s current rate for VAT is plus 20%) .

The cheapest way to do the Touch Screen Test therefore is through a CITB Centre but how do you go about booking the test? This is an easy process and the best way to do it is online as this will give you the flexibility to choose a CITB Centre which is close to either your work or your home.  Alternatively you can telephone CSCS to make a booking.

What you need to do………

As we said, booking online is the best way for increased speed on seeing available seats at a Centre of your choice.  However, before you go steaming off to book your test, you need to know you can pass it, right?  There is revision material out there on the market but the question is, which is best?  We’ve found that the CITB Official Test Revision is by far the best, and its the cheapest.  For £5.99 you can download the Test App for iPhone or Smartphone, and start practicing the test and when you start passing with ‘ease’ then thats the time to go and book it.  Below I’ve provided the correct links.

Features of the app include:

  • New word search facility to help you revise key areas of concern.
  • Access to the full suite of revision material and sample case studies.
  • A timed practice test in the same format as the real test.
  • Full progress reports so that you can review your progress and identify gaps in your knowledge.
  • The Operatives and specialist app is available in 14 different languages including Polish, Bulgarian and Portuguese.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD

Apps are available to download on iOS or Android devices. Use the links below to download your copy of the app.

Ops & Specialist app

Ops & Specialist app

Managers & Professionals (MAPS)

Managers & Professionals (MAPS)

Now for Booking the Test

Book by phoning 0344 994 4488. Lines are open between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to midday on Saturdays, but expect to be on hold for sometime!

Booking online is by far the easiest!  Use this link (SIGN UP), and then follow the online instructions.

Simpleducks offer the One Day H&S Awareness Course in Health & Safety in The Construction Environment.

Special Offer Price until the end of 2018 – £125.00+vat for One Day Training

Training runs once a Month on a Saturday at our Centre in West London

To book call:

t: +44(0) 20899 88825

m: +44(0) 79834 95846

This Training Schedules on :

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74983 London 2018-03-31 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
74988 London 2018-04-28 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
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74998 London 2018-06-30 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
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75013 London 2018-09-29 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75018 London 2018-10-27 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75019 London 2018-11-24 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75028 London 2018-12-22 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75033 London 2019-01-26 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75038 London 2019-02-23 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75043 London 2019-03-30 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
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Remember to study your behavioural sections prior to taking the test!  Applicable to everyone!!!

To book this course please click the link below:

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How to get your CSCS Green Card on the cheap!

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To get your Green Card you need to do two things.

Pass the CSCS touch screen HS&E Test and pass a 1 Day H&S Awareness Course. See the video below which will talk you through what you need to do.

Starting on the touch screen H&S Test.  There are two types of test centres.  There are those which are run and managed by CITB and they will charge you £19.50 (VAT Exempt) and there are Independent Test Centres who have a licence to run these tests and they are called ITC’s (Independent Test Centres).  Prices range enormously through ITC’s and are usually a lot more expensive than CITB and if they are legitimate centres then they will probably charge you on top of the test fee VAT (today’s current rate for VAT is plus 20%) .

The cheapest way to do the Touch Screen Test therefore is through a CITB Centre but how do you go about booking the test? This is an easy process and the best way to do it is online as this will give you the flexibility to choose a CITB Centre which is close to either your work or your home.  Alternatively you can telephone CSCS to make a booking.

What you need to do………

As we said, booking online is the best way for increased speed on seeing available seats at a Centre of your choice.  However, before you go steaming off to book your test, you need to know you can pass it, right?  There is revision material out there on the market but the question is, which is best?  We’ve found that the CITB Official Test Revision is by far the best, and its the cheapest.  For £5.99 you can download the Test App for iPhone or Smartphone, and start practicing the test and when you start passing with ‘ease’ then thats the time to go and book it.  Below I’ve provided the correct links.

Features of the app include:

  • New word search facility to help you revise key areas of concern.
  • Access to the full suite of revision material and sample case studies.
  • A timed practice test in the same format as the real test.
  • Full progress reports so that you can review your progress and identify gaps in your knowledge.
  • The Operatives and specialist app is available in 14 different languages including Polish, Bulgarian and Portuguese.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD

Apps are available to download on iOS or Android devices. Use the links below to download your copy of the app.

Ops & Specialist app

Ops & Specialist app

Managers & Professionals (MAPS)

Managers & Professionals (MAPS)

Now for Booking the Test

Book by phoning 0344 994 4488. Lines are open between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to midday on Saturdays, but expect to be on hold for sometime!

Booking online is by far the easiest!  Use this link (SIGN UP), and then follow the online instructions.

Simpleducks offer the One Day H&S Awareness Course in Health & Safety in The Construction Environment.

Special Offer Price until the end of 2018 – £99+vat for One Day Training

Training runs once a Month on a Saturday at our Centre in West London

To book call:

t: +44(0) 20899 88825

m: +44(0) 79834 95846

This Training Schedules on :

NO LOCATION DATE TIME SLOTS
74983 London 2018-03-31 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
74988 London 2018-04-28 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
74993 London 2018-05-26 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
74998 London 2018-06-30 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75003 London 2018-07-28 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75008 London 2018-08-25 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75013 London 2018-09-29 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75018 London 2018-10-27 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75019 London 2018-11-24 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75028 London 2018-12-22 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75033 London 2019-01-26 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75038 London 2019-02-23 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75043 London 2019-03-30 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20
75048 London 2019-04-27 09:30:00-17:30:00 0 / 20

 

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The correct Apps for the HS&E Touch Screen Test

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HS&E test revision apps

On the move and want to revise for your HS&E test?

Test your knowledge with the official CITB revision apps – wherever you are and whatever you are doing for just £5.99.

The apps are available to purchase for both Operatives and specialist & Managers and professionals tests.

Features of the app include:

  • New word search facility to help you revise key areas of concern
  • Access to the full suite of revision material and sample case studies
  • A timed practice test in the same format as the real test
  • Full progress reports so that you can review your progress and identify gaps in your knowledge
  • The Operatives and specialist app is available in 14 different languages including Polish, Bulgarian and Portuguese
How to download

Apps are available to download on iOS or Android devices. Use the links below to download your copy of the app.

Ops & Specialist app

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Ops & Specialist app

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Managers & Professionals (MAPS)

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Follow this link to show you how to apply for the card

2 Day SPA Food and Drink Contractors Safety Passport including Core Day

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To give participants an understanding of general health and safety and the specific hazards associated working in the food and drink manufacturing industry.  The programme focuses on food hygiene, environmental concerns and health and safety and considers the implications for cost, business, job security and risk of injury if these are not properly considered.

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Course aim

To provide information and training relevant to the food and drink industry sector in respect of food hygiene, environmental concerns and health and safety so as to support the continued improvement of such standards throughout the sector.  To understand the implications for cost, business, job security and risk of injury if concerns for hygiene, environment and health and safety are not properly considered.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course delegates will have the knowledge to:

  • Compare injury incident rates across some industry sectors
  • Understand the importance of training, awareness and good personal behaviour in reducing potential for harm
  • Recognise the implications for cost, job security and risk of injury if areas of concern are not addressed and controlled
  • Understand the three main areas of concern as food damage, environmental damage and people damage

DAY 1 – Core  

  • Setting the Scene Accidents
  • Organising for Safety Responsibilities, duties and risk assessment, consultation and enforcement officers.
  • Workplace Safety General workplace safety requirements, behavioural safety, fire safety, working at height, hidden services, asbestos, confined spaces, and display screen equipment.
  • Plant & Machinery Hand held tools, electricity, and power tools.
  • Health Hygiene, hazardous substances, effects of the sun, temperature, occupational diseases, manual handling, vibration, noise and stress.
  • Procedures Safe systems of work, first aid requirements and occupational road accidents.
  • The Environment Pollution and waste, employers and employees responsibilities,


Module 1: Importance of the Food & Drink industry to the UK

Aim

To understand how the food industry impacts on all aspects within the UK and to establish that everyone is part of the chain.

Underpinning knowledge

The economy
The future
Our society
The company

Module 2: Health and Safety in Food & Drink Manufacturing

Aim

To provide an awareness and understanding of the hazards to health and safety particularly relevant to the food and drink sector and the control measures necessary to continually reducing levels of risk.

Underpinning knowledge

  • Slips and trips, and the need for good housekeeping
  • Hazards and protective measures arising from working at height Scaffolds
  • Hazards associated with confined spaces, the legal requirements, and protective measures.
  • The risks and controls arising from works transport, including delivery and despatch vehicles.
  • An awareness of the hazard of electricity and how associated risks can be controlled
  • An understanding of the risks and controls arising from food processing machinery
  • An understanding of the basic principles of hygienic design and the importance of not comprising hygiene or health and safety by carrying out unauthorised modifications
  • An understanding of the potential for damage to health arising from materials and substances encountered in the food and drink sector
  • An awareness of the risk of exposure to temperature extremes (hot and cold), the potential harmful effects, and necessary precautions
  • An understanding of the risks of fire and explosion and identification of particular risk areas particular the presence of laminated partition walling involving metallic clad polystyrene insulation, and the importance of client permission before carrying out hot work in such areas
Module 3: Types of Food Contamination

Aim

To demonstrate different areas and to show how food can be contaminated.

 Underpinning knowledge

  • An overview of where contamination can occur
  • Chemical contamination: raw materials, cleaning materials, maintenance work and human contamination
  • Physical object contamination: Infrastructure, maintenance operations, human sourced, and pest contamination
  • Biological contamination, including the 3 main types of bacteria
  • Allergens

Module 4: Effects of food contamination

Aim

To advise what may happen if you come into contact with contaminated food & drink.

Underpinning Knowledge

To recognise who is at risk of being harmed if food is not protected
To understand what is the likely result once someone has been on contact with contaminated food
Identify the different types of Bacteria risks, including: Campylobacter, Clostridium Perfringens, Salmonella, Staphylococcus Aureus, Botulism, E Coli,
Understand the damage it can have to your brand

Module 5 – Food Safety Controls 

Aim

To understand the different safety controls used to protect people from contaminated food & drink

Underpinning Knowledge

  • Legal Controls – Food Safety Act 1990
  • Enforcement – Environmental health officers, who are they and what they do
  • Critical Control Points (HACCP) – What is it and why is it used, it is a system to ensure total food safety
  • Best practices and personal responsibility – what are our responsibilities as employee, including details on preventing contamination to the workplace

Module 6 – Environmental Issues

Aim

To provide an understanding of environmental hazards and risks and how these affect everyone working in the food and drink sector.

Underpinning Knowledge

To recognise the main types of environmental damage as air pollution, water pollution, land pollution, noise pollution and light pollution and understand the range of damage/nuisance caused by such matters
To recognise the importance of co-operation and co-ordination with site operator when considering potential pollution matters
To recognise and accept the personal responsibility required of everyone if the environment is to be protected for the benefit of everyone.

SPA Safety Passport Courses – Get your UKPIA / SPA Petrol Forecourt card this week

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The Safety Pass Alliance, or the SPA, is the most prominent safety passport awarding body in the UK. The SPA Petrol safety passport is run in conjunction with UKPIA.

Forecourt Health and Safety for contractors working in and around a Petrol Station is a mandatory requirement for contractors going to work on most oil company and supermarket PFS sites. The SPA (Safety Pass Alliance) scheme represents an industry-approved sector-specific course resulting in successful delegates being awarded a Safety Passport Card valid for 3 years.

The initial 2-day course can be shortened if you already hold a recognised Health and Safety certificate/card; in this case you would only be required to attend the Petrol ‘Sector Day’ (day 2 of our courses). For more information and to see if you are eligible for exemption from day-1 give us a call and speak to Garet on 0208 9988825 or 07983495846  – info@simpleducks.com or use this link to see the full list:  Exemptions 

Come and train with our fantastic team at one of our scheduled open courses (cost per delegate £195+vat):

To reserve your places please call us on 0208 99 888 25 or email your requirements to Garet at: info@simpleducks.com or select your course and book online.

Fee includes:

  • 2-days training,
  • SPA course books,
  • Refreshments
  • SPA/UKPIA Safety Passport card.

Follow this link to book online.

You might be interested in us holding a private course for your team where good discounts can be applied. We can run courses in Bath, Swindon, Bristol, Southampton, Portsmouth, Essex, Ipswich, Camdridge, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Peterbrough, Coventry, Birmingham, Gloucester, Wolverhampton, Leicester, Crewe, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds, Hull, York, Middlesbrough, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Carlisle, Edinburgh.

Below is a list of our upcoming SPA Petrol safety courses in London. If none of these dates suit you, don’t hesitate to get in touch via the enquiry form, or call us on 02089988825,

All courses below are in Ealing – London – W5.

Event 72979 (London) – Simpleducks Ltd. (Contact)

06/12/2017 – 07/12/2017

  • Core
  • Food and Drink
EVENT 72980 (LONDON) – SIMPLEDUCKS LTD. (CONTACT)

08/12/2017 – 08/12/2017

  • Core(renewal)
  • Food and Drink(renewal)
EVENT 72981 (LONDON) – SIMPLEDUCKS LTD. (CONTACT)

09/12/2017 – 09/12/2017

  • Core Day Construction
EVENT 72982 (LONDON) – SIMPLEDUCKS LTD. (CONTACT)

11/12/2017 – 11/12/2017

  • Core(renewal)
  • Petrol Retail(renewal)
EVENT 72983 (LONDON) – SIMPLEDUCKS LTD. (CONTACT)

12/12/2017 – 13/12/2017

  • Core
  • Petrol Retail
EVENT 72984 (LONDON) – SIMPLEDUCKS LTD. (CONTACT)

13/12/2017 – 14/12/2017

  • Core
  • Food and Drink
EVENT 72985 (LONDON) – SIMPLEDUCKS LTD. (CONTACT)

15/12/2017 – 15/12/2017

  • Core(renewal)
  • Food and Drink(renewal)
EVENT 72986 (LONDON) – SIMPLEDUCKS LTD. (CONTACT)

16/12/2017 – 16/12/2017

  • Core Day Construction
EVENT 72987 (LONDON) – SIMPLEDUCKS LTD. (CONTACT)

18/12/2017 – 18/12/2017

  • Core(renewal)
  • Petrol Retail(renewal)
EVENT 72988 (LONDON) – SIMPLEDUCKS LTD. (CONTACT)

19/12/2017 – 20/12/2017

  • Core
  • Petrol Retail
EVENT 72989 (LONDON) – SIMPLEDUCKS LTD. (CONTACT)

20/12/2017 – 21/12/2017

  • Core
  • Food and Drink
EVENT 72990 (LONDON) – SIMPLEDUCKS LTD. (CONTACT)

22/12/2017 – 22/12/2017

  • Core(renewal)
  • Food and Drink(renewal)
EVENT 72991 (LONDON) – SIMPLEDUCKS LTD. (CONTACT)

27/12/2017 – 28/12/2017

  • Core
  • Food and Drink
EVENT 72992 (LONDON) – SIMPLEDUCKS LTD. (CONTACT)

29/12/2017 – 29/12/2017

  • Core(renewal)
  • Food and Drink(renewal)
EVENT 72993 (LONDON) – SIMPLEDUCKS LTD. (CONTACT)

30/12/2017 – 30/12/2017

  • Core Day Construction

 

UKPIA / SPA Petrol Safety Passport

 

Russian Truck Gas Explosion – UKPIA / SPA Petrol Retail Safety Passport Course including Core

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The above video is a sample of some of the training material we use whilst delivering this course.

You can find out about course booking details and more information on this course by following UKPIA Petrol Retail Course

This course is designed to provide an understanding of general health & safety including specific hazards associated with working in petrol retailing. It builds on the basic health and safety information of the Core Day programme by concentrating on risks specifically found with working on a Petrol Filling Station and allows delegates to recognise hazards, utilise control measures and safe working practices and maintain a safe working environment.

Overview:

Working on petrol filling stations presents some special issues, not least the safety of the public.
This course provides basic information and areas of responsibility for health, safety and the environment to ensure that workers in the industry and particularly contractors working on forecourts are trained to meet specified standards.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course delegates will:

  • Demonstrate their understanding of the subjects by successfully completing each module assessment paper
  • Appreciate how they personally can influence good standards within health safety & environment
  • Understand the value of risk assessment and have the knowledge to recognise when changes to a generic assessment is required
  • Understand the common hazards associated with working in this sector.

Who Should Attend

The SPA Safety Passport is a requirement for all contractors undertaking work on petrol filling stations.

Course Content

DAY 1 – Core
• Setting the Scene Accidents
• Organising for Safety Responsibilities, duties and risk assessment, consultation and enforcement officers.
• Workplace Safety General workplace safety requirements, behavioural safety, fire safety, working at height, hidden services, asbestos, confined spaces, and display screen equipment.
• Plant & Machinery Hand held tools, electricity, and power tools .
• Health Hygiene, hazardous substances, effects of the sun, temperature, occupational diseases, manual handling, vibration, noise and stress .
• Procedures Safe systems of work, first aid requirements and occupational road accidents.
• The Environment Pollution and waste, employers and employees responsibilities,

Petrol Retail Day.

MODULE 1 – Hazards on a Petrol Filling Station

Module Content

  • Types of hazards
  • Fuel hazards
  • Fuel properties
  • DSEAR
  • Restricted areas on a petrol forecourt
  • Hazardous areas
  • Zone classification
  • Delivery hazards
  • Vapour recovery
  • Customer hazards
  • Other hazards
  • Contractor hazards

MODULE 2: Controlling Work on a Forecourt

Module Content

  • Communication
  • Documentation
  • Safety method statements
  • Clearance certificates
  • Permits to work
  • Task classification
MODULE 3: Safe Working Practises

Module Content

  • Setting up your safe place of work
  • Sales building hazards
  • Confined spaces
  • Excavations
  • Hot work
  • Working at height
    • –  Roof work
    • –  Ladders
    • –  Mobile scaffold towers
    • –  Mobile elevated work platforms
  • Electricity
  • Environmental protection
  1. EXERCISE A mandatory exercise designed to add a practical element to the course. Part one delegates will complete a hazard spotting based exercise on a picture of a petrol station. Part two delegates will complete a risk assessment based on their own work task on that petrol station and, determine control measures to reduce risk.

Certification

Delegates successfully completing the course will receive a SPA Safety Passport photo ID card which is valid for three years.

In order to obtain a Sector Specific Card, candidates must hold the Core Day Accreditation. Simpleducks Ltd offer the Core as a separate course or as a combination of Core and Sector Specific.

Core Day Exemption

Anyone who has previously attended an SPA approved course of health and safety can apply for exemption.
The SPA passport scheme recognises that delegates who have completed and passed the following training courses within the last two years do not need to attend the SPA passport scheme Core Training – Day 1:

CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS), IOSH Managing Safely, IOSH Supervising Safely, IOSH Working Safely, CCNSG Passport to Safety, CIEH Basic Health and Safety/Level 2, FAS Safe Pass, Rentokil Pest Control ‘Health, Safety & Environment Module’, Construction Skills Register (Northern Ireland), NEBOSH Certificate (within the last two years does not apply for NEBOSH).
If you qualify for Core Day Exemption, you need only to attend Petrol Retail.  Please call 0208 99 88825 to book this.  You must provide evidence of exemption (i.e. copy course certificate) prior to attending the course.  If you are unsure whether you’re entitled to an exemption please call 0208 99 88825.

This Course is delivered every Monday (Renewal) & Tuesday & Wednesday (2 day including Core) in London or we can deliver at your premises – call for rates. The cost is £138.00 for the Renewal and £195.00 for the two day course.

For Bookings:

Your seat is reserved for 24 hours until payment is received in full.  Paying online through PayPal is the safest and easiest way to ensure your seat is reserved. Alternatively, you can pay by calling 020 8998 8825 for credit or debit card payments. Please note, all administration costs and the cost of the safety passport card, including lunch and refreshments are included in the price. There are no other additional charges. Visit www.simpleducks/terms for full T&C’s.

Get your Slinger Blue Ticket!

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If you need the CPCS Blue ‘Competent Operator’ Card then you’re at the right place!

A QCF Qualification Level 2 Slinger | Signaller will give you the skills needed to prove your competence and help you advance your career to the next level.

 Making money  CPCS blue card Enhance career

Get more job enquiries and earn extra for being a fully qualified and competent Slinger. Many Employers will now only accept

Blue Card Holders! 

Split the cost of your NVQ over 3 months.

 

Approximately 3 month assessment time – Nationally recognised QCF Level 2 Qualification to turn your Red Card to Blue.

Registration cost is included in the 1st instalment!

 

Enhance your career or workforce and stand out from the crowd with Simpleducks.  All assessments are carried out on your sites by competent, industry qualified assessors and we get the qualification done quickly!

 

 

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Why join us?

    • Fully trained and competent instructors
    • Competitive cost at £575.00 + vat.  Split the cost over 3 months!!
    • Areas include London, South Coast, South West, North West, Manchester, Teesside & Newcastle Upon Tyne.
    • Quick delivery of the NVQ – We want you finished within 3 months MAX!
    • Evidence requirements – Witness Statements, photographs, Lifting Plans and briefing sheets, Toolbox talks, professional discussions and us observing you slinging & lifting.
    • Pain and hassle free by Simpleducks!

How we work!

    • You can call us on 02089988825 to discuss your requirements, urgency and your current work location.  We will want to know that you are working with Cranes and that you will receive support from your Supervisor, Crane Supervisor or Manager whilst we undertake the NVQ with you.  Remember, we work with you on your qualification and don’t just leave you pulling out your hair with a set of questions full of NVQ jargon!  We want you done and dusted!
    • Once we have agreed any specific requirements with you, we will send out via post your registration documents – this is purely to save time (however, we will check over these documents when we are with you).  We will also write to your Supervisor, Crane Supervisor, Appointed Person or Manager requesting some witness testimonies.  Don’t worry on this as we will provide them with a template to complete so its easy!  Just the way we like it!!
    • We will also send you and your line manager a list of evidence that we need to collect.  Again don’t worry.  All we simply need is your site induction record, a couple of lifting plans with the briefing sheets (and your name on it), some tool box talk records, some lifting check sheets and records of thorough examinations to be prepared in advance of our visit to you.
    • By now, we will have arranged a time to come and observe you at work undertaking lifting duties.  We will aim to be with you early morning and depending upon how quickly you wish to get through your qualification will determine how long is spent on site with you observing lift operations.  Again, in advance we will have sent you a list of the types of lifts we need to observe you undertaking.  We will also use this time to sit and go through your knowledge requirements which we will do through written questions or recorded professional discussion.  Its not unknown for the qualification to be totally wrapped up on the day we visit!
    • If there is any outstanding evidence needed then we will let you know and arrange a time to come back and collect this.
    • Quick delivery of the NVQ – We want you finished within 3 months MAX!  Thats correct, we don’t want you hanging around on your NVQ, so we deem this our responsibility to work closely with you to get it completed.
    • Payment can be a one off payment or depending how quickly you plan to get through your qualification we can split the cost over 3 payments or for when a number of units are complete and you are ready to move onto the next.  Either way, we are flexible.
    • Pain and hassle free by Simpleducks!
    • You can call us on 02089988825, or visit www.simpleducks.com

Locations include London, South Coast, South West, North West, Manchester, Teesside & Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Eyesight loss and skull fractures after tree work not properly planned

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A self-employed tree worker has been fined after an employee suffered serious head injuries.

Peterborough Magistrates’ Court has heard that on 10 November 2015, Perry Regan (trading as Toppers Garden Services) climbed a ladder to a height of six metres, and cut branches from a tree with a chainsaw.

One large branch fell from the tree and landed on his employee’s head, severely injuring him. The worker needed to be placed in an induced coma and suffered multiple injuries, including skull fractures and the loss of sight in one eye.

The Health and Safety Executive found that Perry Regan was not competent or qualified to carry out, manage or supervise such work. He was using a chainsaw without being qualified to do so, the work was not properly planned to identify risks, nor was adequate training or instruction given to the operatives.

Perry Regan pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for 18 months. He was ordered to pay costs of £2,000 and a victim surcharge fee of £115.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Paul Unwin commented: “This incident could have been prevented by the provision of appropriate training for both Perry Regan and his employees. Personal protective equipment had not been made available to the workers, and there was a complete lack of any safe system of work.

“This case highlights the need for tree work to be carried out by suitably trained and competent persons, and that it should be planned and organised correctly.”