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?


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