Safety


As a health and safety tutor I have to introduce myself to rooms full of students all the time. I always start by telling them that I used to work as a production supervisor in an industrial bakery near Sheffield making tea cakes, white baps and hot cross buns for […]

“Hey! Let’s be careful out there”


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 ...


Earlier this year (2016) NEBOSH and BCSP (Board of Certified Safety Professionals) signed a memorandum of understanding recognising each other’s qualifications and allowing exemptions for those NEBOSH Diploma holders wanting to obtain the CSP (Certified Safety Practitioner) qualification and vice versa. What this means in practice is slightly more complicated whan […]

Dr T’s Advice to CSP qualified students taking advantage of ...



These days, a lot of people drive for work (some are even driven by work….).  Some people always have done – like delivery drivers, sales representatives, repairmen, community nurses, traffic police and enforcement officers.  But even if you aren’t one of these people, you probably do a little bit of […]

Road Traffic Safety (RTS) Management Systems


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


Top Gun – what a film! Yes, I know it was a bit corny, but it was also enjoyable, with some memorable moments. If you don’t believe me, watch it again (or for the first time, for that matter). What was that line – something like ‘I have the need, […]

The need for speed



“Resistance is futile” is the catchy battle cry of the Borg Collective – an alien cyborg race bent on galactic domination. While they have some redeeming qualities (the Borg Queen is strangely attractive) they do have an attitude to resistance that is not shared by their invaded planetary systems.­­­­­­­ Friction […]

Pain and Pleasure


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 ...


Buying a ‘Stairway to Heaven’ – or another ‘Tragedy’? I’ve never been a fan of the idea of environmental “offsetting”. The concept is most frequently applied to greenhouse gas emissions – with which NEBOSH Environmental Certificate students who have studied Element 1 will be familiar – where an organisation (or […]

Buying a ‘Stairway to Heaven’ – or another ‘Tragedy’?