health and safety

Health & Safety, why do it? Legal, moral or financial. Whatever your reasons it's simply the right thing to do.

SOA Safety is an innovative company that specialises in providing health and safety services and support to organisations across a range of industries.

We help our clients by ensuring compliance is proportionate, cost effective and relevant to the working environment. Providing and maintaining a safe and healthy working environment.

Our consultancy services range from health and safety audits, risk assessments, policy and procedure writing through to providing a fully outsourced health and safety support service, which is customised to your business and organisational requirements.

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What Our Clients Say

I liked putting the fires out.

I enjoyed the awareness the course brings, there are a lot of instances regarding fire that I did not appreciate.

Good environment and excellent food.

Informative and it really makes you think.

Excellent course, very well delivered by Alan.

Well-presented including good mix of practical examples/situations. Good balance/variety of delegates.

I enjoyed the friendly and easy approach Joe had because it made it more watchable and I could take it in.

SOA Safety has been providing fire safety advice and training across NHS Manchester and Salford over the past 3 years. Once we amalgamated we have had SOA safety completing all the Fire Risk assessments for both area within NHS Property Services and over the 3 years we have had approximately 300 Fire Risk assessments completed , fire awareness sessions for over 3000 staff, numerous fire warden training and fire drills at all our premises. We have also utilised SOA Safety for all our Health and Safety inspections across the NHS. Whenever requested SOA Safety has provided immediate advice and assistance when requested.

I have found SOA safety and their staff to be very thorough, professional and friendly in all the services that they have provided and now with NHS Property Services taking over from NHS Manchester and Salford we are very happy to be working alongside them this year to ensure our fire safety is maintained at an excellent standard.

Opportunity to use extinguishers, the most frightening thing is ignorance. Feel confident now.

I’d just like for you to pass on my greatest appreciation firstly to your office manager Eleanor, she has been very helpful from start to finish in assisting me with a payment plan for the course and her communication really has been fantastic. Secondly to Jim Printy, the guy is a legend and a very good teacher. I will be using you again (Hopefully not for GC1-2-or 3 again) and will definitely recommend SOA safety for training.

Paul was brilliant, showing the videos and explained everything then let us use the fire extinguishers which was totally different.

Informative and eye opening

I came today under duress! But the deliver was engaging and informative, not as dull as I anticipated! Has definitely made me more aware :-)

Pauline Jones saw me this morning and wanted to say that she thoroughly enjoyed the course, food was excellent, and Claire was brilliant.

I was surprised because I just expected to hear the same information as last time, however as well as this I learnt quite a bit that I didn't know. Pleasantly surprised :-)

I would just like to say that I was thoroughly impressed with the standard of work done by Jon with the maintenance of our fire extinguishers, mounting them on the wall (which I had never been advised by the company that did the maintenance prior to using yourselves, that this is a legal requirement) and the fire risk assessment. I will happily recommend your company to anyone requiring the services of your company.

The standard of the deliverables was very high, and I was extremely pleased with their engineering and professional approach; it was clear from the material that it had been produced with an expert eye and a full understanding of the product.

Very knowledgeable trainer, excellent course.

It was very informative and interesting.

The course was fun and interesting

The training provided by the SOA team was exemplary in that it hit the mark from scope and content perspectives but moreover was delivered by real experts who clearly not only know the theory but have experience in applying the concepts to complex systems.

We would like to express our appreciation for the hard work and dedication you and your team at SOA have afforded us here at Manchester Community Health. We know the timescales and notice periods for changes have been challenging but your team have always managed to accommodate our needs.

The service from SOA for our extinguisher maintenance at all our 4 sites was conducted in a professional manner and at our convenience. The final report was comprehensive and to the point. The service was excellent value for money and we also took advantage of the Fire Warden course discount vouchers.

Information passed in a logical and interesting manner.

We would like to express our appreciation for the hard work and dedication you and your team at SOA have afforded us here at Manchester Community Health. We know the timescales and notice periods for changes have been challenging but your team have always managed to accommodate our needs.

Very impressed! I have never been to the centre before for training. Training very good and informative

Everything - this was my first health and safety course, so I was very interested.

I would just like to add my thanks to yourself, Jim and the SOA team for running the Nebosh Fire Certificate course, which was extremely well presented, interesting and informative - both the full week and the revision day and also the on-site practical assessment + the excellent quality meals provided!! I would highly recommend anyone interested in any aspect of Health and Safety to take this or any other Nebosh course with SOA.

I took part in the Emergency first aid at Work course on 13th March 2012. It was a fun course with information presented clearly. The trainer was very approachable and guided us through the tasks with plenty of encouragement, advice and good humour. I’d definitely be happy to train with SOA Safety again.

Plenty of participation, practical hands on with a range of extinguishers.

Very good course, Tutor very knowledgeable, class room had a good easy going feel.

An otherwise dry and difficult subject was made interesting, fun and enjoyable. The information presented was up to date, factual and relative . The trainer made us feel comfortable to participate. This is the best training course I have been on.

Tutor had a good delivery and put course delegates at ease. This led to a good learning level within the group. I hope to attend courses here again.

Great course, SOA Safety staff very friendly and easy to communicate with, made course choice very easy, would recommend SOA Safety to anyone else. Jim’s course is just what is required, since I have had not much health and safety experience, the way Jim puts it across is very understandable which you can relate to your own working experience.

Overall very good course, could save lives now

I took part in the HSE 5 Steps to Risk Assessment course on 10th April 2012. I really liked the way the instructor Keith Dacre made the course very interactive.

Alan presented the course in an informative and entertaining way.

Excellent presentation, informative, increased confidence and knowledge.

Brilliant Course, always enjoyed coming here for First Aid Training. Thank You.

The relaxed atmosphere whilst learning.

Paul was an excellent trainer.

It gives me great pleasure to write a testimonial in support of SOA Safety. Here at the Beeches Consulting Centre, we recently had a complete review and overhaul of our Fire Policy. We are a small organisation. SOA Safety was recommended to us by a much larger organisation for which they already provide advice. SOA's work for us was extremely thoroughly and meticulously carried out. They made themselves available at all times to deal with queries. They were patient, efficient and highly professional. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending their services.

It was a refresher for me and I found some good fresh material/instructions. I found it was presented well too keep my interest all the way through.

The delivery of the course, with the right balance of information, visual aids, examples and group work. Great trainer, very helpful and lightened the days with stories and humour.

Jim presented the information that was easily understood and made things relevant to mine and other class participants employment. I felt this helped with my understanding of the information.

The fire training was very good, much better than previous years. The trainer was excellent and very interesting.

The delivery, style, anecdotes all made it so much easier to deal with the intensity of the material needing to be delivered. Jim - excellent mix of serious and fun. Well done I looked forward to every morning.

It was presented interestingly, Tutor was very animated.

Good mix of candidates and chance to see different industries. Good practical examples.

Trying out the extinguishers gave me more confidence.

All aspects workbook, and practical work. It furthered my knowledge.

Putting out fires it has taught me how to use the equipment.

What SOA did with the PowerPoint's was very good and refreshingly new to our business. They really brought the subject to life and it was great how the slides built up the system from first principles to the finished article, bringing in essential engineering and safety detail that demonstrated how and why the design developed as it did into the final product.

The fact that Paul made the education fun so for me this always gels well.

The NEBOSH course was just what I needed. I didn’t have much previous health and safety experience, but the way the trainer delivered the course made it very understandable and relevant to my own working experience.

It was a refresher for me and I found some good fresh material/instructions. I found it was presented well too keep my interest all the way through.

The practical was very useful as it prepared you for real life use if you need it. Real life cases for examples made the information more realistic.

I have enjoyed updating my HandS information. I will be looking into our current Risk Assessment and updating where applicable.

It was very informative and well presented. Really enjoyed it.

Very good course, Tutor very knowledgeable, class room had a good easy going feel

Using extinguishers, Alan's sense of humour.

I have been on more than one all day course and many half day refreshers. The course today was interesting. To the point and I gained knowledge. Very good.

The presentation was engaging throughout whilst being very informative.

All employees who attended the course commented on the high standard of training given, and the presentation was enjoyable. However, the incident command and control were exceptional in that the delegates were able to relate it to their own work situation in a practical manner which they could understand and appreciate.

Informative, Funny, adequate breaks, learned a lot more than usual.

Presented well with humour and seriousness.

Good atmosphere, friendly, informative, excellent lunch.

Did two fire warden courses before with different employers. This was longest, most informative and had practical. Better to simulate, it gave me the confidence in the event of a fire.

I recently attended a Fire Warden training course ran by SOA Safety. It was informative but more importantly it was hands on. Especially with the fire extinguishers and the smoke corridor. This brings the whole issue of fire safety to the fore front of your mind. Trainer, facilities and food all excellent. It was a very well-run course and I will recommend SOA Safety to anyone wanting to train Fire Wardens or Fire Marshalls for their school.

Excellent, best first aid trainer I have ever had.

It is a very difficult topic to make interesting, however I feel Joe achieved this today. Well done + thank you!

Enjoyed the course, well worth taking

We would like to express our appreciation for the hard work and dedication you and your team at SOA Safety have afforded us here at Manchester Community Health. We know the timescales and notice periods for changes have been challenging but your team have always managed to accommodate our needs. The delivery of over 200 courses to NHS staff in excess of 1500 over a 2-month period is extremely impressive. The content and presentation of the training provided has been of a high standard and carried out professionally at all times, confirmed in positive staff feedback.

Instructor made the course fast, clear and fun.

Great central location of venue. Enthusiastic course leader who clearly knows what he is talking about.

Clare the instructor has so much knowledge and was able to fully respond to every question. She was fun and friendly. The course has good scenarios for us to act out. The excellent way Clare delivered the course and the obvious depth of knowledge and love of subject, really made me enjoy the course. Clare made the course fun, as well as us learning important first aid information. Rather than being sat down to read books, Clare got up and demonstrated and corrected us when we were doing it wrong. I feel like I can remember the clear majority without looking at my notes. Clare could not have done anything better in my opinion, she made us feel confident and not as though we were stupid.

Interactive - Group work incorporated and not just lectured at! Trainer - he's funny! Knowledgeable - I learned a lot.

The course has given me a good insight into where H+S fits in to auditing structure will be undertaking an McBrides.

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Testimonials / What Our Clients Say

Using extinguishers, Alan's sense of humour.

The delivery of the course, with the right balance of information, visual aids, examples and group work. Great trainer, very helpful and lightened the days with stories and humour.

Did two fire warden courses before with different employers. This was longest, most informative and had practical. Better to simulate, it gave me the confidence in the event of a fire.

Excellent presentation, informative, increased confidence and knowledge.

Very good course, Tutor very knowledgeable, class room had a good easy going feel

The NEBOSH course was just what I needed. I didn’t have much previous health and safety experience, but the way the trainer delivered the course made it very understandable and relevant to my own working experience.

Jim presented the information that was easily understood and made things relevant to mine and other class participants employment. I felt this helped with my understanding of the information.

Great course, SOA Safety staff very friendly and easy to communicate with, made course choice very easy, would recommend SOA Safety to anyone else. Jim’s course is just what is required, since I have had not much health and safety experience, the way Jim puts it across is very understandable which you can relate to your own working experience.

I would just like to add my thanks to yourself, Jim and the SOA team for running the Nebosh Fire Certificate course, which was extremely well presented, interesting and informative - both the full week and the revision day and also the on-site practical assessment + the excellent quality meals provided!! I would highly recommend anyone interested in any aspect of Health and Safety to take this or any other Nebosh course with SOA.

I would just like to say that I was thoroughly impressed with the standard of work done by Jon with the maintenance of our fire extinguishers, mounting them on the wall (which I had never been advised by the company that did the maintenance prior to using yourselves, that this is a legal requirement) and the fire risk assessment. I will happily recommend your company to anyone requiring the services of your company.

I took part in the HSE 5 Steps to Risk Assessment course on 10th April 2012. I really liked the way the instructor Keith Dacre made the course very interactive.

SOA Safety has been providing fire safety advice and training across NHS Manchester and Salford over the past 3 years. Once we amalgamated we have had SOA safety completing all the Fire Risk assessments for both area within NHS Property Services and over the 3 years we have had approximately 300 Fire Risk assessments completed , fire awareness sessions for over 3000 staff, numerous fire warden training and fire drills at all our premises. We have also utilised SOA Safety for all our Health and Safety inspections across the NHS. Whenever requested SOA Safety has provided immediate advice and assistance when requested.

I have enjoyed updating my HandS information. I will be looking into our current Risk Assessment and updating where applicable.

I took part in the Emergency first aid at Work course on 13th March 2012. It was a fun course with information presented clearly. The trainer was very approachable and guided us through the tasks with plenty of encouragement, advice and good humour. I’d definitely be happy to train with SOA Safety again.

We would like to express our appreciation for the hard work and dedication you and your team at SOA have afforded us here at Manchester Community Health. We know the timescales and notice periods for changes have been challenging but your team have always managed to accommodate our needs.

I’d just like for you to pass on my greatest appreciation firstly to your office manager Eleanor, she has been very helpful from start to finish in assisting me with a payment plan for the course and her communication really has been fantastic. Secondly to Jim Printy, the guy is a legend and a very good teacher. I will be using you again (Hopefully not for GC1-2-or 3 again) and will definitely recommend SOA safety for training.

I have found SOA safety and their staff to be very thorough, professional and friendly in all the services that they have provided and now with NHS Property Services taking over from NHS Manchester and Salford we are very happy to be working alongside them this year to ensure our fire safety is maintained at an excellent standard.

Trying out the extinguishers gave me more confidence.

It is a very difficult topic to make interesting, however I feel Joe achieved this today. Well done + thank you!

An otherwise dry and difficult subject was made interesting, fun and enjoyable. The information presented was up to date, factual and relative . The trainer made us feel comfortable to participate. This is the best training course I have been on.

Everything - this was my first health and safety course, so I was very interested.

I recently attended a Fire Warden training course ran by SOA Safety. It was informative but more importantly it was hands on. Especially with the fire extinguishers and the smoke corridor. This brings the whole issue of fire safety to the fore front of your mind. Trainer, facilities and food all excellent. It was a very well-run course and I will recommend SOA Safety to anyone wanting to train Fire Wardens or Fire Marshalls for their school.

Clare the instructor has so much knowledge and was able to fully respond to every question. She was fun and friendly. The course has good scenarios for us to act out. The excellent way Clare delivered the course and the obvious depth of knowledge and love of subject, really made me enjoy the course. Clare made the course fun, as well as us learning important first aid information. Rather than being sat down to read books, Clare got up and demonstrated and corrected us when we were doing it wrong. I feel like I can remember the clear majority without looking at my notes. Clare could not have done anything better in my opinion, she made us feel confident and not as though we were stupid.

Presented well with humour and seriousness.

What SOA did with the PowerPoint's was very good and refreshingly new to our business. They really brought the subject to life and it was great how the slides built up the system from first principles to the finished article, bringing in essential engineering and safety detail that demonstrated how and why the design developed as it did into the final product.

Information passed in a logical and interesting manner.

Putting out fires it has taught me how to use the equipment.

I was surprised because I just expected to hear the same information as last time, however as well as this I learnt quite a bit that I didn't know. Pleasantly surprised :-)

Informative and eye opening

Tutor had a good delivery and put course delegates at ease. This led to a good learning level within the group. I hope to attend courses here again.

Good mix of candidates and chance to see different industries. Good practical examples.

The fire training was very good, much better than previous years. The trainer was excellent and very interesting.

The training provided by the SOA team was exemplary in that it hit the mark from scope and content perspectives but moreover was delivered by real experts who clearly not only know the theory but have experience in applying the concepts to complex systems.

I enjoyed the friendly and easy approach Joe had because it made it more watchable and I could take it in.

Overall very good course, could save lives now

Plenty of participation, practical hands on with a range of extinguishers.

The fact that Paul made the education fun so for me this always gels well.

It was a refresher for me and I found some good fresh material/instructions. I found it was presented well too keep my interest all the way through.

The practical was very useful as it prepared you for real life use if you need it. Real life cases for examples made the information more realistic.

I came today under duress! But the deliver was engaging and informative, not as dull as I anticipated! Has definitely made me more aware :-)

It was a refresher for me and I found some good fresh material/instructions. I found it was presented well too keep my interest all the way through.

Paul was brilliant, showing the videos and explained everything then let us use the fire extinguishers which was totally different.

All employees who attended the course commented on the high standard of training given, and the presentation was enjoyable. However, the incident command and control were exceptional in that the delegates were able to relate it to their own work situation in a practical manner which they could understand and appreciate.

Good environment and excellent food.

It was very informative and well presented. Really enjoyed it.

All aspects workbook, and practical work. It furthered my knowledge.

Excellent, best first aid trainer I have ever had.

Pauline Jones saw me this morning and wanted to say that she thoroughly enjoyed the course, food was excellent, and Claire was brilliant.

Brilliant Course, always enjoyed coming here for First Aid Training. Thank You.

We would like to express our appreciation for the hard work and dedication you and your team at SOA have afforded us here at Manchester Community Health. We know the timescales and notice periods for changes have been challenging but your team have always managed to accommodate our needs.

The delivery, style, anecdotes all made it so much easier to deal with the intensity of the material needing to be delivered. Jim - excellent mix of serious and fun. Well done I looked forward to every morning.

Very good course, Tutor very knowledgeable, class room had a good easy going feel.

Interactive - Group work incorporated and not just lectured at! Trainer - he's funny! Knowledgeable - I learned a lot.

Great central location of venue. Enthusiastic course leader who clearly knows what he is talking about.

Alan presented the course in an informative and entertaining way.

Very impressed! I have never been to the centre before for training. Training very good and informative

Informative, Funny, adequate breaks, learned a lot more than usual.

The presentation was engaging throughout whilst being very informative.

The standard of the deliverables was very high, and I was extremely pleased with their engineering and professional approach; it was clear from the material that it had been produced with an expert eye and a full understanding of the product.

Instructor made the course fast, clear and fun.

I liked putting the fires out.

Informative and it really makes you think.

Paul was an excellent trainer.

I have been on more than one all day course and many half day refreshers. The course today was interesting. To the point and I gained knowledge. Very good.

We would like to express our appreciation for the hard work and dedication you and your team at SOA Safety have afforded us here at Manchester Community Health. We know the timescales and notice periods for changes have been challenging but your team have always managed to accommodate our needs. The delivery of over 200 courses to NHS staff in excess of 1500 over a 2-month period is extremely impressive. The content and presentation of the training provided has been of a high standard and carried out professionally at all times, confirmed in positive staff feedback.

The course has given me a good insight into where H+S fits in to auditing structure will be undertaking an McBrides.

Opportunity to use extinguishers, the most frightening thing is ignorance. Feel confident now.

The course was fun and interesting

It was presented interestingly, Tutor was very animated.

Very knowledgeable trainer, excellent course.

The service from SOA for our extinguisher maintenance at all our 4 sites was conducted in a professional manner and at our convenience. The final report was comprehensive and to the point. The service was excellent value for money and we also took advantage of the Fire Warden course discount vouchers.

It was very informative and interesting.

Good atmosphere, friendly, informative, excellent lunch.

It gives me great pleasure to write a testimonial in support of SOA Safety. Here at the Beeches Consulting Centre, we recently had a complete review and overhaul of our Fire Policy. We are a small organisation. SOA Safety was recommended to us by a much larger organisation for which they already provide advice. SOA's work for us was extremely thoroughly and meticulously carried out. They made themselves available at all times to deal with queries. They were patient, efficient and highly professional. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending their services.

Excellent course, very well delivered by Alan.

Enjoyed the course, well worth taking

I enjoyed the awareness the course brings, there are a lot of instances regarding fire that I did not appreciate.

Well-presented including good mix of practical examples/situations. Good balance/variety of delegates.

The relaxed atmosphere whilst learning.