The following important information has been received from Ofqual in relation to qualification assessment:

“We are pleased to confirm today, Friday 22 May, that following consultation, students will be awarded calculated grades in GCSEs, AS and A levels, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and Advanced Extension Award in maths (AEA) this summer, after exams were cancelled in England this summer. The majority of learners taking similar general, vocational or technical qualifications (VTQs) for progress to university or employment will also be issued calculated grades, with adapted assessments in place for many other VTQs.”

Sally Collier, Chief Regulator, Ofqual, said:
“In the unprecedented circumstances we face this summer, these exceptional arrangements are the fairest way of making sure students have the grades they need in time to progress to further study or employment. It is important that students; their parents, carers and teachers; and others who rely on these qualifications, such as universities and employers, have had an opportunity to feedback views. I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to respond.

To help navigate the approach for qualifications this summer, we have launched a new interactive tool. The tool allows learners, and the users of these qualifications, to understand what’s happening with the qualifications which matter to them……”

Ofqual has developed a summer 2020 qualification explainer tool, this tool shows what is happening with your vocational, technical and other general qualifications that were scheduled to be taken in summer 2020.

Most exams and assessments this summer have been cancelled due to COVID-19. Ofqual has been working with Awarding Organisations to ensure that as many learners as possible are able to receive a grade this summer and progress with their plans to either continue their education or go into the workplace.

This tool cover qualifications regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA Regulation (in England, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively). Results for learners taking these qualifications in Scotland will be generated in the same way.

The information about each qualification given in this tool has been provided by the awarding organisation. If you believe it to be incorrect please contact the relevant awarding organisation.

To access the tool click here

Amendment to Assessments

ABBE is in the process of producing detailed guidance on the amendments to assessments for each qualification. We will upload these to the Centres part of our website.

E-Proctoring

In light of the disruption caused by Covid-19 to the sitting of examinations, ABBE is researching the possibility of implementing an on demand, online, electronically proctored examination system.

This system allows learners the flexibility of taking their exam in any suitable environment (e.g. at home or in the office), only requiring an internet connection, a webcam and software. The system ensures the security and validity of the examination.

We will update you further on this as soon as we have further news.

If you are interested in being involved with this development, please contact abbeenquiries@bcu.ac.uk

The Health and Safety Executive issue guideline for the construction industry.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have issued an update for employers and employees in the construction industry, including guidance on working safely during the coronavirus outbreak.

Social distancing

HSE has guidelines on how businesses must maintain social distancing and protect workers.

The guidance explains what employers must do in order to protect workers and keep their businesses open.

The construction industry has come together to show how it has been interpreting and applying government guidance in responding to Covid-19 by providing practical examples of how it is safeguarding its workforce while operating sites.

Many of the examples have been built on the Construction Leadership Council’s ‘Site Operating Procedures (v4 – published 19 May) – Protecting Your Workforce During Coronavirus (Covid-19)’ guidance and its hierarchy of controls, which can be downloaded.

The Site Operating Procedures have been updated to incorporate a number of minimal but important technical changes as a result of the recently published government guidance to help employers keep their workplaces operating safely covering eight workplace settings including construction sites, other people’s homes, vehicles and in offices.

Driver access to toilet and washing facilities: a letter from Department for Transport and HSE

HSE has jointly published an open letter with the Department for Transport, to remind businesses of their obligations to provide suitable toilet and hand washing facilities for drivers visiting their premises.

Businesses which make or receive deliveries must ensure that drivers have easy and safe access to toilets and hand washing facilities. This is especially important to help tackle the spread of coronavirus.

Legionella risks during the coronavirus outbreak

As work resumes in buildings that have been closed or had reduced occupancy during the coronavirus outbreak, water system stagnation may have occurred due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires ’ disease.

Employers, the self-employed and people in control of premises, such as landlords, have a duty to protect people by identifying and controlling risks associated with legionella.

You should review your risk assessment and manage the legionella risks when you:

If the water system is still used regularly, maintain the appropriate measures to prevent legionella growth.

For more information from the HSE please click here

ABBE Legionella Qualifications

ABBE offers two Legionella qualifications which are:

Please see their details below

ABBE Level 2 Award in Awareness of Legionella: 601/8183/7

Qualification Purpose

Instances of illness and death due to outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease, caused by legionella bacteria, have appeared on the news and in the press, which has raised public awareness to the risks of legionella bacteria.

A duty of care on employers has been imposed by UK legislation since the mid 1970’s. Employers in the residential built environment such as those in control of premises, including landlords, are required to understand the health risks associated with legionella.

Duties under the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 (HSWA) extend to risks from legionella bacteria, which may arise from work activities. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) provide a broad framework for controlling health and safety at work and more specifically, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) provide a framework of duties designed to assess, prevent or control the risk from bacteria like legionella and take suitable precautions.

The aims of this qualification are to ensure that those who successfully achieve the qualification can demonstrate the necessary knowledge and understanding of the hazard caused by, and the risks to, personal health and safety from the legionella bacteria.

Who could take this Qualification?

All employers, or persons in control of premises, who are responsible for health and safety and need to take the correct precautions to reduce the risks of exposure to legionella bacteria.

ABBE Level 3 Award in Legionella Risk Assessment for Simple Domestic Style Water Systems: 601/8276/3

Qualification Purpose

Over the past few years, instances of illness and death due to outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease, caused by Legionella bacteria, have appeared on the news and in the press. While this may have raised public awareness of the risks of Legionella, a duty of care on employers has been imposed by UK legislation since the mid-seventies. Employers in the residential built environment such as those in control of premises, including landlords, are required to understand the health risks associated with legionella. Duties under the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 (HSWA) extend to risks from legionella bacteria, which may arise from work activities.

Organisations are required to assess the risks posed by systems and equipment containing and/or using water to enable, ‘….appropriate control measures to be put in place to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public who could be affected by work activities.’ The person appointed to carry out the risk assessment may be the duty holder/Responsible Person, or an employee of the duty holder/Responsible Person, but in many cases it is an external contractor. In each case, they should be able to demonstrate that they have specialist knowledge of Legionella bacteria, relevant water treatment and the water system(s) to be assessed, and are competent to carry out any necessary surveys, measurements and sampling.

The guidance to the Approved Code of Practice L8 regulations (ACoP L8) says that the Legionnaires Risk Assessment should be reviewed at least every 2 years.

Who could take this Qualification?

This qualification is a professional qualification for those who wish to pursue a career as a Legionella Risk Assessor. Once qualified, Domestic Legionella Risk Assessors will be able to carry out Legionella Risk Assessment activities on simple hot and cold water systems typical of those domestic in style and spa pools.

The qualification is available both to experienced practitioners and also to those who have little or no previous background knowledge or experience of working in the field of water quality control. The qualification is equally suitable for new entrants to the sector seeking to begin a career in legionella risk assessment.

Learners do not need any prior qualifications, knowledge or experience before starting the qualification. This qualification can be taken as preparation for employment as well as professional development for those interested in specialising in this area.

Customer Contacts

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