• Guy sawing wood with chainsaw
    Environmental,  NEBOSH & Assessments

    Environmental Responsibilities

    Digital vs Paper – The jury’s out One of the photographs we looked at during a recent NEBOSH Environmental Awareness at Work pilot course featured a pile of waste electronic circuit boards that had been dumped in the corner of a farmer’s field somewhere in south-east Asia. I’m pretty certain that the origin of this waste was discarded computers that had been collected for recycling in the USA. This prompted a discussion in the class not only about the probity of many recycling schemes but also about the significant quantity of resources that we use in making electronic devices.

  • People in hard hats on construction site
    Certificate,  Construction

    What Is a Permit to Work?

    Permission to speak, sir? That was it, wasn’t it – Corporal Jones’ usual request whenever he felt he had something important to say to Captain Mainwaring. I’m showing my age again with these ancient references – for the benefit of younger readers, I’m referring to the excellent 1970s BBC comedy Dad’s Army. Anyway, the point is that Jones always sought permission to proceed in circumstances where something important needed to be done – important in those World War II days of the Home Guard because there was some risk associated with getting it wrong.

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    Health & Safety

    Safety and Health Expo London 2014

    We are all gearing up here at RRC International to attend the Safety and Health Expo being held in London Excel Centre from the 17-19th June.  This is labelled as the largest Safety Show the UK has seen for 10 years so it really is gathering momentum.  If you haven’t yet registered and you want to, click on the link below for our promotional code.

  • Plastic pollution underwater
    Diploma,  Environmental

    Environmental Impacts

    Which is the fairest of them all? One area that has interested me lately is how impacts on the environment are costed. This topic is more important than you might think, as it is the basis of many environmental laws and taxes. So it relates to all three of the reasons for managing environmental risk, as introduced in Unit 1, Element 1 of the NEBOSH National Diploma in Environmental Management: moral, legal and financial. There are two ways of working out who pays for the costs associated with environmental impacts – and any accountants among you will recognise these terms: internalising the cost, or externalising it. What do these mean?…

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    NEBOSH & Assessments

    Best Candidate Award – NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety 2013/14

    Great news in the RRC International Offices, one of our students Paul Cassell, is the top performing candidate for the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety during 2013/14. A great achievement and also shows the quality of training and support from our trainers in assisting students to reach their exam potential. With an Awards Ceremony held in June in Coventry, the Best Candidate Presentation is the highlight of this prestigious event. For students who have passed their NEBOSH Diploma exams, you can register to attend the NEBOSH diploma graduation 2014 ceremony via the NEBOSH website, but be quick as there are limited places. From everyone here at RRC International…

  • Landfill full of rubbish
    Certificate,  Environmental

    Corporate Social Responsibility

    Power to the People – Take Two Thinking about Corporate Social Responsibility and how the motivation for it is mainly moral, or ethical – as outlined in Element 2, Unit 1 of the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate – I was interested in the recent tongue-lashing the UK government received from the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) over its plans to introduce a 5p charge on single-use plastic bags from 2015. On the face of it this seems a little harsh, given that plastic bags have been highlighted as a conspicuous waste of resources and an insidious source of pollution for many years. The EU Commission estimates that 800,000 tonnes of plastic…

  • Man lifting a brick with hard hat on
    NEBOSH & Assessments

    Manual Handling

    HEAVE!! “Go on, put your back into it” is a fairly common phrase, usually uttered as a form of encouragement when someone is struggling to lift a heavy object. But when you think about it, it’s a very strange thing to say, given that putting your back into it is precisely the wrong thing to do.  It’s the kind of encouragement that could lead to some significant injuries, not least the commonly referred-to ‘slipped disc’. Over the years, I’ve delivered many manual-handling training courses and, almost without fail, there is at least one delegate who has suffered a back injury.  Most have no hesitation in emphasising just how painful and…

  • Close up of a Fire Extinguisher
    NEBOSH & Assessments

    Fire Safety Precautions

    Fire-walk with me ‘We’re surrounded by fire’!  This was the exclamation by a student on a recent course I tutored.  We had just returned from an impromptu ‘walk-about’ of the building where I was delivering elements of the NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management. It all started when we took a break for coffee and cakes and I asked the group of students to make a note of the ‘factors relating to means of escape and methods and systems to give early warning in case of fire’, the idea being that as they walked through the building to where the coffee was , they should observe and…

  • Wind turbines on fields
    Environmental,  NEBOSH & Assessments

    Natural Cycles and Their Delicate Environmental Balance

    Being quite a keen cyclist I want to talk to you about natural cycles – no, not about biking around the countryside but how substances and elements are moved around in nature. If you research how long the planet has been in existence you will come up with a figure of 4 billon years, give or take a few million. Yet, even after all this time, substances on which nature relies to exist have not been consumed. This seems a little odd, when you think about it – 4 billon years is a very long time. But it’s because Earth is essentially a closed-loop system: very little gets in and…