Victoria won the NEBOSH award for Best Student for Unit B in 2015 and completed her NEBOSH Diploma with a distinction.
Victoria works as SHE Advisor for Haltermann Carless, a leading global provider of solutions for high value speciality hydrocarbons. She works at the refinery in Harwich, UK, which employs 100 staff members. The refinery is an upper tier COMAH site which presents additional responsibilities for the SHE function.
In her role, Victoria acts as an independent advisory function for all safety, health and environmental matters for staff on site. This covers a wide range of issues including regulator and stakeholder liason, risk assessments, COSHH assessments, HAZOP studies, producing safety data sheets, emergency planning, audits and ISO14001 / OHSAS18001 management systems to name a few.
Choosing the NEBOSH Diploma
Having completed the NEBOSH General Certificate when she first started working in health and safety, Victoria had always planned to further her studies with the NEBOSH Diploma. The company was keen to enhance the knowledge and skills of their SHE function and recognised that the NEBOSH Diploma is the essential qualification to demonstrate a professional level of competence. Victoria took up the challenge and embarked on the next stage of her professional development with this much demanded qualification.
Qualifications brings changes to the job
Victoria’s study of health and safety legislation, hazardous agents, and the workplace helped her become more confident in her job and increase her understanding of key areas within her role. She now feels better placed to provide reassurance or challenge points of view with colleagues on health and safety areas.
Victoria has been motivated by developing her depth of knowledge, having been exposed to brand new concepts and topic areas. She also valued being reminded of the importance of the day to day tasks that underpin a safe working environment.
The Future Looks Bright
Victoria has joined IOSH as a graduate member and is now working towards chartered membership. She has embarked upon her Initial Professional Development (IPD), a structured assessment procedure to measure knowledge, commitment and experience. She is also considering becoming a NEBOSH examiner.
Victoria is pleased with her achievement in spite of the time challenges, commenting:
“The NEBOSH Diploma has helped me personally as well as professionally having gained recognition in my workplace for achieving this level of qualification.”