Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Andrew Batchelor, I’m SGS & Co’s, Health, Safety and Environmental Compliance Manager for EU, APAC and EME (European Union, Asia Pacific and Europe and Middle East).
SGS and Co is a global entity, with approximately 5,500 staff based across about 70 sites, in all four corners of the world. And we are the world’s largest print design packaging company.
I thought it was about time that our senior staff on the site, such as our supervisors, etc. who have health and safety responsibilities, need training. And I came across Compassa’s IOSH Managing Safety course and thought it would be a really, really good fit for us. And for me, it’s made them an all round supervisor of their teams.
What impact has the course had?
And the impact that the IOSH Managing Safely course has had, is that there are a lot more assertive. They understand basic health and safety requirements for the teams. At the same time, it’s also give them a little bit of the gravitas to be able to carry out decision making, particularly with regards to contractors and making sure that they’re inducted on the site. Previous to that, the contractors used to just come and go freely when they were doing repairs or bringing in new machinery, etc.
The supervisors are actually a lot more involved in making decisions. And they’ve also got more involved in producing method statements. And carrying them out and sending them to me for review, to make sure that they’ve done it correctly.
The IOSH Management Safety course made them think about their actions, but it’s also improved the way that they’re actually managing their teams.
What makes it fun?
I think what makes it fun is it’s not like any other health and safety course I’ve ever done. You know, you can find yourself bored sat at a computer learning. The fact it was interactive, the fact there are funny little clips in there, the fact that Will’s personality and charisma comes across. There are a lot of elements to it which make it a fun course to do.
The main difference I found between the IOSH Compassa course and other eLearning courses is it’s not strictly an eLearning course. It’s an interactive video course. I found that kept me a lot more gripped, kept me a lot more interested, it made me want to see the next video. It just didn’t feel like learning on a computer like most courses do. It keeps your interest levels up, so it makes you want to get back on and complete the course. So we found it really user friendly, easy to use, easy to learn from. And interesting. Which is key because when you’re in the office and you’re doing something like eLearning you can drift off and decide you just don’t want to do it anymore. With this course we’ve all just enjoyed doing it so we’ve carried on and ploughed through.
In your own words, what is an interactive video course?
An interactive video course it’s different because of your questions, your pop ups, everything. You’re answering questions, you’re taking part in little activities, there are some funny bits which come up, questions that are completely irrelevant to health and safety but it makes it a little bit of fun. So me myself, I was interested and watched every second of every video, which you had to because you couldn’t progress without doing it. But that for me is key because you know your staff are truly learning, because they’re having to do stuff within the video that they can’t get past otherwise.
So the staff that I work with that I put on the course as well, they’re very much of the same opinion as me. They found it almost an exciting course to do. Instead of being one that you approach with intrepidation each day, they found the same as me, they found they just wanted to get back on the course and learn more.