• Health & Safety

    Pure as The Driven Snow – The Risks from Flour

    In my mid-twenties I worked as a production supervisor in a bakery near Sheffield. The production line I was responsible for produced tea cakes, white baps and hot cross buns for Marks and Spencer (other retailers of perfectly fine ‘morning goods’ are available). We made a lot of hot cross buns. And by a lot I mean we produced all of the hot cross buns for every M&S store in the UK. The bakery products were all made using white flour. I like flour because I like the things that you can make with it. I like bread, I like cakes and I really like biscuits (except custard creams but…

  • NEBOSH & Assessments

    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #12

    This element, as previously unpacks the whole area of checking that the controls you put in place are working adequately.  If you’ve ever read the UK COSHH Regulations you’ll know that it does frame what it means by “adequate control”. Not only in terms of the principles of good practice and the hierarchy of control, but in terms of not exceeding any applicable workplace exposure limit (WEL).  So, element B4 is mostly about WEL. First up in this section again you learn all about the concept of WELs, how they are formulated and where they can be found.  You might initially worry that lead appears to have disappeared, but the…

  • NEBOSH & Assessments

    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #11

    B3 is all about control. Newly in here is a note on “Meaning of prevention and control (COSHH Regulation 7)”. The principles of good practice were always in there but they have been made explicit – each principle being written out in full.  These are followed by a duplication of the hierarchy of control that was already covered in element B2.  This might very well be a mistake.  But as I said last week – this (and discussion of the examples in element B2) would make more sense here anyway.  No control discussion is complete without the special extra duties for especially insidious chemicals (carcinogens etc) where no “safe” level…

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    NEBOSH & Assessments

    System Addict

    What is risk and why do we assess it – subjects that sit at the very heart of the NEBOSH General Certificate, and the health and safety sphere in general. Risk is the likelihood (the ‘chance’, the ‘probability’) that harm will occur – TOGETHER with the consequences (the ‘severity’ or ‘outcome’) of it if it does. But you knew that, right? Risk assessment is done so we don’t break the law, isn’t it? No! Risk assessment is done to keep directors and business-owners out of jail! Well, I guess they are one and the same thing, and these are the main objectives of some. . .