Passey


Controls, costs and counting beans In a previous contribution on risk assessment I discussed the concept of ‘systematic’ and how it is a good idea to take everything into account, even though it may not be of great risk. The good thing about doing it that way, of course, is […]

Risk Assessment – the safe person or safe place dilemma


What is risk and why do we assess it – subjects that sit at the very heart of the NEBOSH General Certificate, and the health and safety sphere in general. Risk is the likelihood (the ‘chance’, the ‘probability’) that harm will occur – TOGETHER with the consequences (the ‘severity’ or […]

System addict


Roger Passey
It ain’t what you’re asked, it’s the way that you’re asked it When did you last sit an exam? For many of us it was YEARS ago – perhaps at school, or university. How did you get on? What did you think of the questions? Too technical? Too long? Wanted […]

It ain’t what you’re asked, it’s the way that you’re ...



A case of management-ITIS Years ago, there was a TV advert in the UK for a telephone company, in which a morose young lad was telling his gran over the phone that he hadn’t passed any of his exams – “except sociology”. On hearing this, granny exclaims: “You got an […]

A case of management-ITIS


The Importance Of Planning “Planning and implementing” are the subjects of Element 4 of the NEBOSH General Certificate and they form steps one (Plan) and two (Do) of the PDCA cycle (steps three and four being Check and Act). But I often get asked exactly what plan and do actually […]

The Importance Of Planning


Health & Safety Policy – know it, believe it, want it! My dictionary gives three definitions of ‘policy’. I like two of them – they apply to health and safety. Well, the third one does, too – in a way. It says:”Policy – a contract of insurance or a document containing […]

Health & Safety Policy – know it, believe it, want ...