1. The number of employees at and above which the employer must record their suitable and sufficient risk assessment.
Gold rings (5)
2. The number that you divide C1T1 + C2T2 + C3T3 +… by in order to work out the eight-hour time-weighted average exposure (COSHH and WELs).
Maids a milking (8) (the clue’s in the name – it’s an eight-hour time-weighted average)
3. The number of Principles of Prevention listed in Schedule 1 to the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
Ladies dancing (9)
4. The number of Occupiers Liability Acts running concurrently in England and Wales (Brucie bonus if you can remember the dates).
Turtle doves (2) (‘57 and ‘84)
5. The number of specific diseases in the list of Reportable Diseases in RIDDOR (not including the two generic groups of diseases).
Geese a-laying (6)
6. The minimum personal space requirement (in cubic metres) as set out in the ACoP to the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.
Pipers piping (11)
7. The minimum number of breaches that an inspector would need to see in order to issue an Improvement Notice.
A partridge in a pear tree (1)
8. The section number in HSWA that states the employer’s duty to non-employees.
French hens (3)
9. The F number of the form used to notify HSE of a notifiable construction project.
Lords a-leaping (10)
10. The number of main factors that have to be taken into account during a manual handling risk assessment.
Calling birds (4)
11. The regulation number in MHSWR that requires an employer to appoint competent persons to assist them in complying with H&S law.
Swans a-swimming (7)
12. The number of boxes in the diagram that shows the human failure model at the heart of HSG48 ‘Reducing error and influencing behaviour’ (I know; obscure, but I am really struggling to think up a question for this one).
Drummers drumming (12)
If you got all of the numbers right AND all of the presents right then well done. You are a health and safety maestro and you’ve got a good memory.
Have a fantastic festive season, stay safe, and I’ll see you on the other side.
Now where did I put those ‘bah humbugs’ ?..
Dr Jim Phelpstead BSc, PhD, CMIOSH
RRC Consultant Tutor