Louise Keys

Health and Safety Trainer/Adviser

I have real passion for health and safety which brings a fresh and engaging approach to my training and advisory sessions.

What led you to work at PETA?

When I was made redundant last year, I began looking for alternatives and I saw this job advertised. I’ve attended training courses with PETA in the past so I knew the organisation before I applied. All my training experiences with PETA had been good and I remembered that one of the trainers, Ben, had a very dynamic teaching style and that memory inspired me. I delivered health and safety training to staff in my previous role so I was familiar with training and it was something I knew I would enjoy exploring further.

What is your role at PETA and what drives you to do what you do?

I’m primarily a trainer delivering all the scheduled health and safety courses that PETA offers, as well as bespoke training as well. I teach a range of IOSH and NEBOSH courses and I’m looking forward to teaching the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management, which will commence in September. I also do a bit of consulting / advising for individual companies, where I will go out to businesses and advise them on the health, safety and environmental needs within their organisation, preparing health and safety management systems and processes for them as needed.

I believe in keeping people safe and that we can do this effectively by taking the right health and safety measures. I truly believe that health and safety training will keep people safe and prevent them from having accidents as it educates and raises awareness of the risks being taken.

What knowledge or experience do you draw upon for your role?

I’ve been a Health and Safety Manager for 12 years and I’m also a Chartered Member of IOSH so I draw upon all the technical and managerial experience that I’ve gained and apply it within this role. I often use examples from my previous roles when teaching to illustrate points. Going from an industry health and safety role into a teaching one is an easy transition as you can simply take your accrued knowledge and apply it in the classroom. It can be adapted for relevance and having that hands-on experience to draw upon will help keep lectures interesting.

How do you approach your role on a day-to-day basis? What skills are required?

To be a good teacher you need to have patience, a passion for your subject and to be well prepared at all times. Health, safety and the environmental legislation changes all the time so you need to keep up to date with the industry to ensure your teaching is current and accurate. It’s not a static subject, so it’s important to continually update your knowledge to ensure you know your subject well.

I spend time updating our suite of courses as and when things change to keep them current and I also put a lot of preparation into planning and delivering bespoke training courses in order to make them relevant for the individual businesses and ensure the content is valuable and useful to them.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

I love travelling - my favourite places include Australia, New Zealand and the USA to name a few. I lived in Europe for a few years; I’m fluent in French and worked for France’s largest telecoms company, which was a great experience. I’m looking forward to travelling again once the COVID restrictions lift and I’m especially keen to visit my daughter who lives in Ireland and whom I haven’t seen since last year!

What are your personal values, and what is important to you?

I want to help people to prevent accidents in the workplace and the main way of doing this is to inform them of how to behave safely at work, to ensure they understand their responsibilities and appreciate the benefits of good health, safety and environmental management.