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    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #23

    This brings us to element C4 in Unit C.  The older people amongst you will probably be reminded of the popular plastic explosives that was the favourite of many a 1980’s action movie.   Well, as it turns out this element is on the storage and handling of dangerous substances.  You may also notice a good deal of overlap with other NEBOSH qualifications like the International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas and the Process Safety Award.  That’s because these are high hazard process industry issues – oil and gas and chemical manufacturing being examples of these.  These industries have a history of rare but spectacular accidents.  Partly this is because…

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    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #22

    Element C3  is about general fire risk and precautions.  It has seen very little, if any change from the original syllabus that was put out several years ago. But there are a couple of new things that might interest you.  For UK people, the Approved document B to the building regulations 2010 get a mention.  You’re meant to understand the purpose of this document. Previously, the syllabus had a vague reference to the building regulations. Whilst this does not appear in the international diploma syllabus, nearly every country I’ve ever worked in has some form of building control.  This is where the planning departments of local councils/authorities have a safety…

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    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #21

    Returning to our jaunt through Unit C, we now come to element C2.   This is possibly my favourite subject – fire and explosion.  This is largely unchanged from before, mostly clarifying and expanding on what was there.  It covers the basic properties of flammables/explosives and the familiar mechanisms of vapour cloud explosions and BLEVEs. The way buildings are affected in fires (structurally) and the prevention of explosions.  Of note, is explicit mention of the dust pentagon. It is something that was already effectively included before, in terms of what you need to have in place for a dust explosion to occur. In order to totally humiliate the fire triangle (or…

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    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #20

    The arrival of the final NEBOSH syllabuses for the revised Diplomas (International and National) materialised. The biggest changes are in Unit A.  You may remember the inclusion of a great deal of new stuff in element 1 on practitioner skills in the last revision.  Nearly all of this has been moved from element 1 and is now in element 11 (for National, but IA9 for international).  This element 11 is not examined as part of the Unit A exam paper and, indeed, it doesn’t even need to be taught as part of Unit A either.  Instead, it will be assessed as part of the Unit D work-based assignment.  The Unit…

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    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #19

    NEBOSH are about to publish the final version of their diploma syllabi. It isn’t expected to change greatly from the last version issued for consultation a few months back. Element 1 has hardly changed at all, but you will notice some of significance.  The reference to the workplace regulations (the main legislation covering the hardware requirements of a workplace building for healthy and safe living) moves to the top. Safety signs also moves to the top but gets considerably reduced attention – a mere mention of it. I have concluded that my ability to pay attention to any single exhortation on a sign is inversely proportional to the total number…

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    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #18

    We now reach the final element in Unit B  – B10.  On the face of it, this element, which is about thermal comfort, lighting, welfare and first aid appears to have changed little.  But the deletions and replacements are hard to spot. On thermal comfort, the divisive heat balance equation has been ditched and instead we have a line on the importance of maintaining heat balance in the body – which was essentially what the heat balance equation said.  Nearly all the heat stress indices have been removed too.  The only one that remains is the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT).  That’s because, unless you’re a bit of  specialist, WGBT is…

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    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #17

    This penultimate element in Unit B concerns musculoskeletal risks.  Whilst musculoskeletal risks encompass a wide range of ergonomic considerations. This element focuses most of its attention on manual handling and display screen equipment – which reflects the specific emphasis given by legislation.  Little has changed here but there is now much clearer reference to the range of helpful tools on the manual handling side of things. As you’re probably aware, HSE have developed quite a few helpful tools over the years.  HSE have been keen to stress that these tools are not, in themselves, risk assessments, but contribute towards it. For example, the long-standing suite of manual handling tools includes…

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    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #16

    B8 was previously the stress and violence element. These themes have been subsumed into the wider area of mental health.  It is true to say that long-term stress can indeed lead to mental ill health. Especially the outward signs of depression and anxiety and, in some cases, violent tendencies. So, the first section is now re-titled effects and causes of mental ill health at work. In keeping with the mental ill health, some of the content has now been brought in from the health and well-being certificate, particularly the effects of ill-health on behaviour.  The later sections also adopt themes from the health and well-being certificate, such as the concept…

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    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #15

    B7 is the radiation unit.  It has never been very popular with students.  Truthfully this is a bit of a niche area – the preserve of specialists for the most part.  Of course people do encounter radiation in various forms as part of their work but nothing too extreme. The changes to this element are mostly structural. In part 1 (nature of radiation), apart from adopting the International Diploma layout. We have a new entry mentioning the office for nuclear regulation (the regulator for the nuclear power plants). The section on non-ionising radiation is now clearer.  There’s a greatly expanded section on effects of exposure with mention of these now…