Michael O'Sullivan


In a recent blog (You Make Your Own Luck) I wrote about one key issue for NEBOSH exam success, namely revising for the exams, and made a few points about self-help on what topics to revise and revision techniques. The blog proved very timely for my 15 year old daughter […]

Just Read the Instructions


A marker’s view of NEBOSH GC3 To maximise your marks, check this list of Do’s and Don’ts. Observation sheets – Worth 30 marks. Do’s Don’ts Observe 25 – 30 hazards and write them down giving some explanation of the hazard. To maximise your marks find 30 hazards Don’t make these […]

A Marker’s Perspective


I was sitting in a neighbour’s kitchen recently with a group of folks who were talking about beating the bounds. This is an old tradition that goes back to medieval times where people walk around a parish boundary. The organiser was narrating the route and talking about possible hazards along […]

Bad Daisy!



There is a well-known saying “The harder I practice, the luckier I get”. This saying has been attributed to various golfers in the 1960s but its real origins are lost in the mists of time. The reason why the saying persists is because of the universal truth that it contains. […]

You Make Your Own Luck


Ideas to eliminate plastic waste Plastic waste has been getting very bad press recently. The debate in the UK at least seemed to have been awoken by the screening of the final episode of Blue Planet 2 in which David Attenborough’s eloquent words in addition to some amazing footage highlighted […]

Plastic Fantastic?


In my mid-twenties I worked as a production supervisor in a bakery near Sheffield. The production line I was responsible for produced tea cakes, white baps and hot cross buns for Marks and Spencer (other retailers of perfectly fine ‘morning goods’ are available). We made a lot of hot cross […]

Pure as the Driven Snow



The Practical assessment should be the easiest part of the exam – you are not under exam conditions and can take your time to make sure you get it right first time. There are 2 parts to the assessment: The Observation sheets, and The report to management. The Observation Sheets […]

NEBOSH Practical Assessment – Passing First Time


Firstly I must put this in context. Cheating, or as NEBOSH call it “Malpractice”, in RRC exams is very rare with around 4-5 incidents a year, under 0.2% of those taking exams.  What does however continually surprise us is the efforts and ingenuity the few put into trying to cheat […]

Cheats Never Prosper


Essential Advice for those taking a NEBOSH Practical Assessment Given the time and money involved in doing a NEBOSH Certificate it is a continual source of frustration to all at RRC that so many fail their Practical Assessments simply because they do not read the instructions.  They have the knowledge […]

Why don’t they read the Instructions?