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Home > News > November 2003 > 17-Nov-2003

Michael Buerk speaks out at WOLCE on health and safety

BBC news presenter Michael Buerk (right) makes a special appearance at this year's World of Learning Conference and Exhibition (WOLCE), at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, on 18th November - principally to raise awareness, among visitors to this event, of the vital issue of ensuring that the working environment is both healthy and safe.

Michael Buerk

Mr Buerk, who hosts 'Health & Safety - Safety at Work', an online learning resource produced by BBC Worldwide Learning, will be speaking at WOLCE about the importance of maintaining a healthy and safe workplace. He will stress not only organisations' moral and legal duties relating to health and safety for their employees but also that accidents cost British firms up to ten per cent of their profits annually.

BBC Worldwide Learning's 'Health & Safety - Safety at Work', which is available on CD-ROM as well as online, is approved by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and those who successfully complete the interactive exercises within the programme can be assessed for IOSH's 'Safety at Work' certificate.

In eight modules - covering fire, office safety, display screen equipment, lifting and carrying, hazardous substances, driving, other risks and security - the programme provides users with key information and techniques to ensure that workplace life continues safely.

"From employers' point of view, this resource offers a convenient and - at some £30 per user - affordable solution to maintaining health and safety standards in their organisation," commented BBC Worldwide's Director of Adult Learning, Jonathan Drake. "Users have all the advantages of online learning - its accessibility, flexibility and availability - combined with the BBC's high production values, illustrated by the inclusion of dramatic footage from BBC television in the programme."

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