Health and safety NVQ gets revamp

National Vocational Qualifications in health and safety practice and regulation
has been revamped by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Employment
National Training Organisation.

new qualification – level 5 – has been accredited for health and safety
regulation and replaces the previous level 4 qualification. It will be used by
regulators within HSE and possibly by local authority health and safety

new level 5 has been accredited for senior health and safety practitioners, to
supplement revised level 4 and level 3 qualifications for practitioners. The
standards and qualifications for radiation protection have also been revised.

Wilson, HSE field operations directorate training manager, said: "The new
standards clearly set out best practice. They will help managers and employees
incorporate health and safety into the rest of their work effectively and they
will lead to better all round competence among health and safety regulators and

By Quentin Reade

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