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Over the last year I have written a few blogs for RRC’s website. Most of these have been aimed squarely at students studying towards a NEBOSH health and safety qualification; though much of the advice in them is relevant to any course of study with a formal exam at the […]

A Festive Quiz


The skin we live in Part II (The Re-exposure) In my last blog I depressed myself (and possibly you, as well) with tales of industrial poisoning on a small and large scale. And I confessed to the strange habit of putting an organic solvent on my skin just to see […]

The skin we live in Part II (The Re-exposure)


The skin we live in Many years ago, in a laboratory far, far away, I used to work as a research scientist. One of the chemicals used in the laboratory was Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO). You could do a neat trick with DMSO, as I discovered. At the suggestion of one […]

The skin we live in



RIDDOR – a missed opportunity? From 1 October 2013 the new Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations came into force. The alleged reason for the change from RIDDOR 1995 (as amended) to RIDDOR 2013 is to simplify the reporting requirements in line with the recommendations of the Young […]

RIDDOR – a missed opportunity?


What’s in a name? “’What’s in a name?’, as the great John Fatpimple said.” Thank you Ronnie Barker – sorry I couldn’t resist it. The old ones are the best. I think I may have written previously about my embarrassment at having to confess to people that I work in […]

What’s in a name?


Pig Weighing So the farmer wants to sell his pig at market for the best price. He wants the pig to be as heavy as possible. So he weighs the pig to see how heavy it is. Next day he weighs the pig again. He writes each weight down in […]

Pig Weighing



Hawkwind – thirty years and counting I went to see Hawkwind when I was a teenager. The “Choose Your Masques” tour. Some of you will remember Hawkwind. They were notoriously loud in concert. Lemmy of Motorhead fame used to be their bass player; but that was way before I went […]

Hawkwind – thirty years and counting


When FIFA announced that Qatar would host the 2022 World Cup there was surprise and concern from many quarters because of the country’s summer temperatures. And now it looks as though many organisations are backing a move from summer to winter for the tournament because of those concerns. Qatar certainly […]

Qatar 2022


Litvinenko – Seven years on We are approaching the seventh anniversary of the poisoning and death of Alexander Litvinenko. He was poisoned on 1st November 2006 dying of acute radiation sickness 22 days later. The radionuclide that he was poisoned with was Polonium 210 which is a radioactive element first […]

Litvinenko – Seven years on