27 February 2020 | NEBOSH
In the fast-paced world of business, the focus is often on growing the organisation. Yet protecting the business, its people and its assets should not be forgotten, after all health and safety can offer a huge range of benefits. Hear how Corinna Decodts, IT & Facilities Officer at Cancer Fund for Children, has used the NEBOSH General Certificate to help her take on health and safety responsibilities
In the fast-paced world of business, the focus is often on growing the organisation. Yet protecting the organisation, its people and its assets should not be forgotten, after all health and safety can offer a huge range of benefits.
In fact, managing health and safety risks well, can contribute to continued growth. Amongst its numerous benefits are:
- Keeping employees safe and healthy
- Developing a positive culture
- Increased profitability (fewer incidents means less cost)
- Compliance with legislation and standards
NEBOSH qualifications, and the skills gained through these studies, can help to achieve all of the above benefits.
Corinna Decodts, IT & Facilities Officer at Cancer Fund for Children, has multiple responsibilities, including health and safety management. Hear how the NEBOSH General Certificate to help her take on these responsibilities
Many charitable organisations depend heavily on the multi-tasking capabilities of those who work for them. For some, it is the only way they can be as efficient as possible with their limited resources to ensure as much funding as possible is channelled towards their core purpose.
Cancer Fund for Children is one such charity. Based in Northern Ireland, the organisation provides practical and emotional support to children and young people affected by cancer and their families. Corinna Decodts is not only responsible for the charity's IT infrastructure, but her role also includes facilities management and health and safety.
Corinna has a degree in Business and IT and her first job was as a PA for a company undertaking capital projects, which is where she says she gained 'her love for facilities'.
"I started off in IT at Cancer Fund for Children and then took on the additional role of facilities management in 2012. Then along came health and safety and I have to admit I initially had no idea what was involved and felt out of my depth. I needed a relevant qualification."
Corinna did a little online research and came across the Charities Safety Group (CSG). NEBOSH works with CSG to support individuals from the charitable and voluntary sectors studying for a National General Certificate or National Fire Certificate qualifications.
NEBOSH waives its fees for these individuals and Learning Partner Cosensa provided a free study place. For Corinna, this meant she was able to gain all of the knowledge and practical skills delivered through the NEBOSH Certificate course and her employers didn't have to pay one penny.
"Having a NEBOSH Certificate has allowed me to contribute even more at Cancer Fund for Children. We have a therapeutic short break facility for families and a residential log cabin for young people impacted by cancer and it is vital we maintain high standards of safety for everyone who visits. It's all part of the service we offer. Then there is the fund-raising side of things that brings all kind of challenges in terms of risk management. Bouncy castles, bog-runs, overseas treks, you name it, these are just some of the things we've organised.
"Without the grounding and excellent teaching I experienced during my NEBOSH General Certificate studies I wouldn't have known where to even begin. It's massively important to us as a charity, for all kind of reasons, that we manage health and safety correctly and thanks to my NEBOSH qualification I feel that I'm doing everything right and that everything we do is compliant."
NEBOSH qualifications NEBOSH offers a huge range of qualifications for people at all levels and in all industries. These range from short awareness courses to Diploma and Masters level qualifications for the established safety professional.