Duncan Latimer, Regional Assessment Manager for Abacus Specialist Bathroom Solutions.
Duncan Latimer, Regional Assessment Manager for Abacus Specialist Bathroom Solutions.

Duncan Latimer, Regional Assessment Manager for Abacus Specialist Bathroom Solutions, has achieved his NEBOSH national general certificate in occupational health and safety ­– strengthening the Abacus duty of care commitment to bathers, families and healthcare professionals.

As a manufacturer of power-assisted, accessible baths for bathers with disabilities, Abacus boasts a fleet of COVID-19-secure assessment and bath demonstration vehicles – one of which is operated by Duncan.

Duncan supports bathers with disabilities, families and occupational therapists in the north of England and Scotland, including working alongside guiding principal contractors and architects with project installations.

Over several years with Abacus his expertise regarding assisted bathing has become renowned, however, Duncan believes there is always room to improve service.

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Duncan explains: “I’ve always wanted to achieve my NEBOSH certificate. Due to the time made available through the pandemic lockdown and furlough, I was able to take advantage of the online university course – turning a negative situation into a positive.

“It was ideal as I could study at home and when I was back at work, I could fit evening studies around my busy schedule.”

Having a new skill set within the Abacus team will enable its working operations to be risk assessed with more clarity and detail, Duncan adds.

He concludes: “I believe it is important to go above and beyond these days, particularly with the increased levels of risk presented by COVID, I felt it was my moral responsibility to gain further health and safety knowledge, backing up our ‘Team Abacus’ ethos.”

In addition to physical demonstrations, Abacus also continues to provide contactless live video assessments and remote CPD training.

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