Top health and safety qualification for RoSPA employee

An account adviser with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has been awarded a distinction from the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH).

Roxanne Woodiwiss, who has worked at RoSPA’s head office in Birmingham for five years, received the accolade for her performance in the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Safety & Health (Level 3). She had to attend one of RoSPA’s scheduled courses running for 10 days and completed two written exams as well as a practical assessment. The course was run by RoSPA’s workplace safety manager Rob Burgon and health and safety consultant Paul Collins.

The NEBOSH National General Certificate is the most widely held health and safety qualification in the UK and covers three important areas: management of health and safety; controlling workplace hazards; and health and safety practical application.

Roxanne, from Birmingham, joined RoSPA as a temporary receptionist before moving to the in-house sales team and then progressing to the role of development officer. She has also undergone the IOSH Managing Safely course, Display Screen Equipment Assessors and Ergonomic Principles training and Management of Occupational Road Risk (MORR) training.

She said: “I’m over the moon and quite shocked with gaining a distinction. I would recommend that other people give the course a go, especially if they are looking at moving into the health and safety arena. The NEBOSH course gave me a really good understanding of the management of health and safety and helped me to be able to talk in more depth with customers when assisting them in managing their health and safety.

“I’m really delighted RoSPA sent me on the course and I was really lucky to have such good support from Rob Burgon and Paul Collins.”

Frances Richardson, RoSPA’s director of operations, said: “We choose to put account advisers, such as Roxanne, on the NEBOSH National General Certificate course because it gives them the skills to advise clients on which training is best for them and their staff to undertake, and helps clients to choose what is right for them. They can talk on equal terms about health and safety and they can enquire about the nature of the client’s safety issues and career paths knowing all the relevant information.

“Roxanne’s excellent performance shows how good RoSPA’s training team is and clients can be confident that they too can achieve high marks when studying with RoSPA. Clients can also be sure that Roxanne will be just as committed to helping them as she was to achieving her high marks.”

To find out more about RoSPA’s NEBOSH accredited courses, visit or call 0121 248 2233.

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