• Health & Safety

    The Skin We live in Part II (The Re-exposure)

    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 what it would do (taste funny, among other things. Those of you who have met me now have yet another reason to explain why I am the way I am).

  • Health & Safety

    The Skin We Live in

    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 of the post-docs in the lab (yes, that’s you Paddy!) I put a small drop of liquid on my fingertip and then watched it intently. The drop of liquid disappeared, as if by magic.

  • Environmental

    Civil Sanctions vs Criminal Sanctions for Environmental Offences

    Let’s All be Civil If there is one topic I find causes confusion for students (as well as aspects and impacts, that is – see my earlier post!) it is civil sanctions – as covered in Element 5, Unit 1 of the NEBOSH Environmental Diploma. It does take some time to get your head around them but, believe me, it will be worth it! Civil sanctions are an attempt to improve the legal system by introducing a set of sanctions in criminal law that have their heart in civil law. They have been around in England and Wales since 2010. When an order and a subsequent amendment were introduced to…

  • NEBOSH & Assessments

    Your Pre-NEBOSH Exam Checklist

    You have spent weeks and months studying, late nights getting through course material, hours practising mock questions and answers, a flurry of questions to your fellow students in the forums and clarification from your tutors.  Your exam date is booked and you are already preparing to celebrate a renewed social life, post exam.  You know the course material but wait, you have forgotten the basics of the exam preparation. So here is a step by step check-list to save you lots of unnecessary stress on exam day. The RRC Exams team have years of experience of dealing with a range of issues that arise on Exam Day. Follow this list…

  • News, Updates & Events

    2014 NEBOSH Graduation and Awards Ceremony

    Last week Gary Fallaize (Managing Director RRC International) and David Towlson (Director of Training and Quality) had the pleasure of attending the Nebosh Graduation ceremony for Health and Safety, and Environmental Diploma students.  This was held at the University of Warwick on Monday the 23rd June. Over 200 students were in attendance, and the truly international event was shown by the number of Diploma students who had travelled from countries such as Egypt, India, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, UAE and from throughout the United Kingdom to attend the event, and surrounded by their family and friends.

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    Health & Safety

    Construction Industry Culture

    Culture Club If you are of a similar age to me, I bet the first thing that came into your head on reading that title was Boy George and all those great Culture Club songs.  Actually, I didn’t really like them at the time – I was more into heavier stuff, but it’s funny how you like the songs that were big in your teenage years when you hear them again in later life.  Something to do with reminiscing, I suppose.  So, what’s this got to do with construction health and safety?  Erm, ah yes, culture. There’s a new (relatively speaking, of course) culture club now, which has been formed…

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    NEBOSH & Assessments

    Hints and Tips – NEBOSH Environmental Diploma

    Practical Projects – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly I mark NEBOSH Environmental Diploma projects on a fairly regular basis, so I’d like to offer some hints and tips to help you achieve a good mark, based on my experiences of the sublime and the ridiculous! First and foremost, I would advise you to spend quite a bit of time reading the project guide (officially called ED2 Workplace-Based Project). It is often plainly obvious when students have not done this. There is also useful information on report writing in Element 4 of the notes, including a recommended report structure.

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    News, Updates & Events

    RRC International Supports Health and Safety Week 2014

    RRC International are proud supporters of Health and Safety Week 2014, an initiative that is celebrating the UK’s 85% reduction in fatal accidents since the introduction of the Safety at Work Act in 1974. The UK’s key health and safety bodies have untied to launch H&S Week including; BOHS – British Occupational Hygiene Society BSIF – British Safety Industry Federation NEBOSH – National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health IOSH – Institute of Occupational Safety and Health IIRSM – International Institute of Risk and Safety Management SGUK – Safety Groups UK Businesses have more recently been wising up to the long term benefits of ensuring that health and safety…