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    Doctor’s Handwriting

    I have notoriously bad handwriting. Students regularly ask me to decipher my handwriting for them. As a consequence I write on flip charts and white boards as little as possible. I am not alone in this. Some of you have bad handwriting too. In our teched-up age most of us don’t write much or at all. Unfortunately the NEBOSH exams are old-skool in that they require you to write answers by hand over a two or three-hour period of time. NEBOSH Examiners’ Reports regularly make comments about the fact that examiners can’t mark what they can’t read. To be fair, examiners see a lot of bad handwriting and they are…

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    Preparing For The NEBOSH Environmental Diploma Exam

    Preparing well for the NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management exam is essential if you want to do well, so in this post we are going to look at things that you can do to increase the chances of success in the exam and improve your confidence. The exam that you must complete is 3 hours in total and you have a choice of 5 questions out of a total of eight. The pass mark for the exam is 45%. Essentially doing the best you can in an exam is about two key factors: Having a good knowledge of the subject, and Being able to apply your knowledge to an exam…

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    Just Read The Instructions

    In a recent blog (You Make Your Own Luck) I wrote about one key issue for NEBOSH exam success, namely revising for the exams, and made a few points about self-help on what topics to revise and revision techniques. The blog proved very timely for my 15 year old daughter who had an unfortunate experience in her school science tests before Easter (let’s just say that the little rascal didn’t cover herself in glory). When the next physics test loomed large my wife, always the prime mover in these things (it can’t be me – I’m too much of a gunboat diplomat), spent a while taking my daughter through the…

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    A Marker’s Perspective

    A marker’s view of NEBOSH GC3 To maximise your marks, check this list of Do’s and Don’ts. Observation sheets – Worth 30 marks. Do’s Don’ts Observe 25 – 30 hazards and write them down giving some explanation of the hazard. To maximise your marks find 30 hazards 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. Ensure every hazard has a consequence that is properly explained – explain the consequence usually in terms of an injury or ill health. For the consequence don’t just say fire risk or…

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    You Make Your Own Luck

    There is a well-known saying “The harder I practice, the luckier I get”. This saying has been attributed to various golfers in the 1960s but its real origins are lost in the mists of time. The reason why the saying persists is because of the universal truth that it contains. If you put the hard work in you are more likely to get the result that you want. And what is true for golf is true for NEBOSH Certificate exams. If you want to do well in the exams then you have to put the hard work in before-hand. You have to revise and prepare. At the risk of repeating…

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    NEBOSH Practical Assessment – Passing First Time

    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. Look for 25 – 30 hazards and note them down in Column 1. For each hazard you must include a CONSEQUENCE, in other words the Unwanted effect. For every hazard you must…

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    Cheats Never Prosper

    Firstly I must put this in context. Cheating, or as NEBOSH call it “Malpractice”, in RRC exams is rare with around 4-5 incidents per year, under 0.2% of those taking exams.  What does however, continually, surprise us is the effort and ingenuity the few cheaters put into trying to cheat – and that they think they will get away with it. Very occasionally the more imaginative can fool the exam supervisors but NEBOSH’s own checks and controls will flag up potential “Malpractice” and inevitably the perpetrators get caught. NEBOSH are very strict on those caught cheating, disqualifying them from the exam and then banning them from sitting exams for 3-5…

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    Why Don’t Candidates Read Instructions Properly?

    Essential Advice for those taking a NEBOSH Practical Assessment Given the time and money involved in doing a NEBOSH Certificate, it is a continual source of frustration to all at RRC that so many fail their Practical Assessments simply because they do not read the instructions.  Candidates possess the knowledge and skills to pass but by not reading what is required they end up failing. What you must do in order to not waste your time and money; Re-Sitting a NEBOSH Practical Assessment  1) Before you do anything read the NEBOSH guidance – not always easy to find on the NEBOSH website, so follow the links below: NEBOSH National &…

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    Radio Frequency Radiation – NEBOSH Diploma

    NEBOSH Diploma questions are written to ensure that candidates don’t just have knowledge of a wide range of safety topics, but that they can also demonstrate that they can apply that knowledge. This means that they’ll often face questions about particular scenarios which they haven’t personally come across before. Students are not expected to have learnt about every possible situation or scenario that could arise, but are expected to be able to apply their knowledge to novel situations, working from first principles. They have to apply basic health and safety principles in their answer, giving enough specific detail to show that they have understood the issues associated with that particular…