• Health & Safety

    New Year’s Resolution; Less Harry Potter, More Gordon Gekko

    It has become something of a tradition in our household to do a Harry Potter marathon (of sorts) over Christmas. i.e watch all eight films over eight consecutive evenings over the festive period. My daughters grew up with Harry. My youngest’s impression of Moaning Myrtle is exceptional (apparently my own “Expecto Patronum!” is quite good too). Spoiler alert Harry kills Voldemort at the end. Good conquers evil. Morality wins the day. The books and the films are so satisfying because the right and proper outcome is achieved. If only it was as simple in the world of occupational health and safety. Most of you will be familiar with the moral…

  • Environmental

    Five New Year’s Resolutions for Environmental Practitioners

    It that time of the year unfortunately, the festive season is over, winter is in full swing, at least if you are in the northern hemisphere and finances are generally low (at least until February!). However now is the time to set some environmental new year’s resolutions. In this post I’ve come up with a few ideas for environmental professionals. Some will be relevant to you, some not but at least it is a starting point, why not write your own list, but hopefully this will give you some ideas. Pick one impact that your organisation has on the environment, even something small and reduce this impact and tell people…

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    Environmental

    It’s That Festive Time of The Year, Environmental Practitioners Let’s Be Positive!

    It’s the time of the year when we all start to feel a bit happier than usual, holidays are on their way and as such we can all recharge our batteries and spend some time with our friends and family. I think it’s easy when you are involved in environmental management to be miserable. In some ways I wonder if I am in the business of gloom and doom, after all the process of training people about environmental management generally starts off with a long trawl through how humanity is destroying the environment. From climate change, to waste production to plastic pollution etc we seem to be having a significant…

  • Health & Safety

    A Festive Quiz

    Over the last year I have written a few blogs for RRC’s website. Most of these have been aimed squarely at students studying towards a NEBOSH health and safety qualification; though much of the advice in them is relevant to any course of study with a formal exam at the end. If you want a quick reminder of topics covered they have included: Revising and preparing for the exam (You make your own luck) Examination technique (Just read the instructions) Handwriting tips (Doctor’s handwriting) Studying as a distance learner (Studying as a distance learner – I know; not very creative – I was going to go with “The loneliness of…

  • Health & Safety

    Hints and Tips to Gain a Good Mark for NEBOSH Environmental Diploma Project

    In this post I thought that we could look at some good practices with regards to the NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management project (known as NDEM2). For this assessment NEBOSH require you to review and critic an organisations environmental management system (EMS). The assignment is required to be approximately 8000 words and must be submitted to NEBOSH electronically. The pass mark is 50%. The Guide Although what NEBOSH requires sounds relatively straight forward to interpret, in practice there is a very specific format with regards to issues that are required to be covered. Therefore, one of the first things you MUST do is to download and thoroughly read the NDEM2 assignment…

  • NEBOSH & Assessments

    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…

  • Health & Safety

    Multi-sport European Championships

    RRC tutor Carl Latimer will be representing Great Britain on 27th October at the Multi sport European Championships on the island of Ibiza.  Carl will be competing in the Age Group Middle Distance Triathlon, racing against competitors who have qualified from all over Europe. Middle distance triathlon (also known as “half iron man distance”) is a gruelling event by anyone’s standards – a 1900m open water swim, 56 mile bike and a half marathon, however at this level Carl will be up against the best in his age group so the pressure will be on. In order to qualify to represent his country and pull on the coveted GB Tri suit…

  • NEBOSH & Assessments

    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…

  • NEBOSH & Assessments

    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…