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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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    Studying as a Distance Learner

    If you are reading this blog then there is a good chance that you are an RRC student studying by distance/ e-learning through our Learning Centre. Distance learning is very appealing to both students and employers for various reasons such as the flexibility of the study schedule and the lower costs compared to traditional face-to-face teaching. Inevitable there are downsides. Studying by distance learning can be a rather lonely affair, people often struggle to make a start and stay motivated and sometimes course content can involve difficult or unfamiliar ideas that would be much easier to grasp in a room full of like-minded students with a tutor to help. So…

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    IEMA v NEBOSH

    Which Environmental Qualification is right for you In this post I thought we could look at IEMA and NEBOSH approaches to environmental management qualifications. By comparing the two approaches at the foundation and advanced levels it might help you choose which is best for you if you want to undertake a formalised environmental management qualification. Foundation Level Firstly, let’s look at the foundation level. These are a good place to start if you have no formal knowledge of environmental management and provide a solid foundation in environmental management. At this level we have the IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management and the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management (we will call…

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    “Hey! Let’s be Careful Out There”

    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 Marks and Spencer’s. And then I confess that as a production supervisor I had no particular interest in health and safety. I knew that it was one of my responsibilities, because it said so in my job description, and I did do some health and safety related activities routinely; such as safety inspections. But I was not particularly interested in…