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    NEBOSH Additional Support for Exams Explained

    Wondering whether additional support or special considerations are available for NEBOSH Exams? NEBOSH and RRC have a duty to ensure all candidates can take their assessments in a way most appropriate to their personal needs. We do that by making access or Reasonable Adjustments (RA) before an exam. Or alternatively, we ask NEBOSH to grant Special Consideration (SC) to assessment results. For more information, here is the NEBOSH Policy on access arrangements: https://www.nebosh.org.uk/policies-and-procedures/policy-and-procedures-for-access-arrangements-reasonable/ Reasonable Adjustments (RA) If candidates are aware of factors that will affect their performance during exams, RRC can apply for Reasonable Adjustments on their behalf. Any adjustments are agreed before the assessment takes place. Candidates must inform RRC at…

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    NEBOSH Health & Safety Leadership Excellence – What Drives People?

    I found myself in front of a group of senior execs a few weeks ago talking about the influence that they have on the safety culture of their organisations, and consequently the safety-related behaviours of their workers. The course was the new NEBOSH / HSE Health and Safety Leadership Excellence course. This is an ideas-rich one day introduction to the principles of health and safety leadership. It has a heavy emphasis on human factors and is more concerned with leadership styles and the psychology of decision-making than it is with the nuts and bolts of safety management. I blogged about certain aspects of the course a few months ago (see…

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    Tackling The NEBOSH Unit DNI

    The current versions of the NEBOSH National and International Diplomas in Occupational Health and Safety date from 2015 and the Unit DNI written assignment that accompanies both has been in use since February 2017. The Unit DNI (Unit D for National and International) assignment is very different to the old Unit D or ID used under the old syllabuses. Consequently if you followed the old guidance and wrote a Unit D report that might have passed under the old National syllabus you would not achieve a pass under the new system. This is because the content of your report would be completely wrong. The report writing skills that you have…

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    NEBOSH Environmental Certificate Practical Assessment – Passing First Time

    In this post I thought we could look at what you need to do to get a good mark in the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management practical assignment (called in NEBOSH speak EC2). The assignment pass mark is 60% and you complete the assignment on your own and as such there is no set duration, although NEBOSH state it should probably take around 3 hours. There are two parts to the assignment these are completion of a NEBOSH provided review questionnaire followed by a report. 100 marks are available in total. Read the Guidance The first action you MUST complete is having a good look at the guidance available for…

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    A marker’s view of NEBOSH Fire Safety & Risk Management Practical Exam FC2

    To maximise your marks, check this list of Do’s and Don’ts Observation sheets – the sheets are not marked, but must be submitted. Do’s Don’ts 1)      Include where the hazard is located, the nature of the hazard, the risk involved, measures in place to prevent/reduce fire risks and any remedial actions. 1)      Forget to return the Observation sheets with Forms 1, 2 and 3. 2)      Use the sheets to complete Forms. 1, 2 and 3   Form 1, Column A – Range and number of fire hazards (15 marks) Do’s Don’ts 1)      Include 20 different items. 1)      Don’t repeat the same items in different areas. 2)      Make sure you include…

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    Fire Safety & Risk Management Practical Assessment – Passing First Time

    The aim of the fire safety practical application is to assess your ability to complete a fire safety risk assessment of a workplace. You are not under exam conditions so take your time to ensure you get it right. You need to complete the following sheets: Observation sheets. Form 1 – mostly deals with fire prevention. Form 2 – mostly deals with the risk of fire spread and the risk to persons. Form 3 – is the Summary Fire Risk Assessment sheet. The Observation sheets – should contain details of where the fire hazard is located, the nature of the hazard and its risk, measures that are already in place…

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    A Marker’s View of NEBOSH Construction Practical Assessment

    To maximise your marks, check this list of Do’s and Dont’s. Observation sheets – Worth 30 marks. Do’s Don’ts 1)      Observe 25 – 30 hazards and write them down giving some explanation of the hazard. To maximise your marks find 30 hazards. 1)      Don’t make these up, write down the hazards you see. A common mistake is to only give 15 – 20 hazards. Don’t include mention of legal breaches in the observation sheets. 2)      Ensure every hazard has a consequence that is properly explained – explain the consequence usually in terms of an injury or ill health. 2)      For the consequence don’t just say fire risk or electrical risk.…

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    Construction Practical Assessment – Passing First Time

    The Practical assessment involves undertaking a safety inspection of a CONSTRUCTION WORKPLACE. The Practical assessment should be the easiest part of the exam – you are not under exam conditions and can take your time to make sure you get it right first time. There are 2 parts to the assessment: The Observation sheets, and The Report to management. The Observation Sheets are worth 30 marks – this is half of the marks you need to pass. You need to look around your workplace for hazards and note them down. for 25 – 30 hazards and note them down in Column 1. Don’t duplicate the hazards. For each hazard you…

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    The Five Capitals – a Model for Sustainable Development

    In this post I thought I would consider sustainable development and the operation of a model to describe how its components fit together. As many of you will probably be aware the ‘stock’ definition of sustainable development is as follows ‘Sustainable development is development that meets the need of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. This is a definition that was developed by Gro Harlem Brundtland in 1987 in the publication ‘Our Common Future’, and although 1987 is a fair way back, it still holds true today. Essentially this definition looks at ‘needs’ as consisting of three factors that need to be…