Health & Safety


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


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



Over the last year we have seen numerous devastating fires across the Middle East, from December’s hospital fire in Saudi Arabia and the July hotel fire in Dubai to the re-occurring fires in ‘labour camps’, with the latest one being reported as recently as September, in Jidhafs, Bahrain. So, what […]

Poor Fire Safety is Having a Devastating Effect Across the ...


Outside of health and safety, I have an interest in old buildings and their conservation. A couple of years ago, on a field visit as part of a course I was doing, I went on a tour of the stained glass conservation workshops at Salisbury Cathedral. Here they repair and […]

Lead Workshop


I recently came across this on an H&S checklist issued to volunteers at an event and it started me thinking about the phase ‘common sense’, its origins, definition, uses and, of course, its application to health and safety. A search of the HSE website (www.hse.gov.uk) revealed ‘Common Sense Common Safety’ […]

H&S is Common Sense Self-Protection



A rather dry necessity routed in process and procedures?  Something usually put in place because it is required by supply chain partners and clients? Or to get ahead in a procurement process? Or, is ISO 14001 an important piece of the sustainable development jigsaw – addressing environmental sustainability issues, engaging […]

Tacking Issues of Sustainable Development with ISO 14001


NEBOSH diploma questions are written to ensure that candidates don’t just have knowledge of a wide range of safety topics, but that they can also demonstrate that they can apply that knowledge. This means that they’ll often face questions about particular scenarios which they haven’t personally come across before. Students […]

RF from Radio Towers


We often wonder why we have such poor occupational health and safety standards in the Middle East compared to other areas of the world. But if you look around you, you’ll find the answer. Safety is no different to other facets of living in the Middle East – we suffer […]

Changing a Culture: Shifting Attitudes to Health and Safety in ...