• NEBOSH & Assessments

    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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    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #7

    In our voyage of unbridled discovery, we continue to element A8.  As with the previous incarnation of the syllabus, this element is basically an extension of the previous element.  The topic of leadership is revisited in the context of human motivation theories. Human motivation theories are like the leadership theories – everyone has their own pet theory and there’s a germ of truth in most of them.  But they never really tell the whole story because of the complexity that is mankind’s psyche. Vroom’s ideas are brought up again. It’s a so-called “expectancy theory” of motivation from the 1960s.  It’s called “expectancy” because people are motivated to behave in a…

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    Health & Safety

    BoSD Vs Negligence

    In the UK, as in many jurisdictions, there exists the Civil Law concept of individuals seeking compensation for injuries caused (at least partly) by others. In terms of health and safety at work, the typical scenario is when an employee is injured due to work activity controlled by the employer. There are several types of legal action for compensation open to the injured employee. They will usually at least pursue an action for Negligence. However, if the injury was in some way connected with a breach of a statutory duty (i.e. imposed by legislation) by the employer, then a second avenue may be possible. This, as you might have guessed, goes…

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    News, Updates & Events

    ACOP’s Update

    In line with the Lofstedt review, HSE are considering chopping or modifying a whole load of approved codes of practice (ACOPs). ACOPs hold a special place in UK Law. In short, they both explain what the law intended to say and also translate complicated legal speak into tangible examples of what it would look like in practice. This is supposed to give confidence to employers that they are doing enough. But, ACoPs can be used in evidence in criminal cases. As a result, they are not flights of fancy into what they might like to see but rather somewhat clipped pronouncements. HSE is striving to be more and more realistic…

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    Health & Safety

    Playing to the Gallery?

    Playing to the Gallery? Is it me, or are the radical reforms to health and safety proving to be all smoke and mirrors? Way back in June 2010, when the coalition was newly formed, David Cameron appointed Lord Young of Graffham to conduct a review of health and safety law and practice. The Young report was published later that year. It was wide-ranging, though whether it was fully comprehensive and evidence-based is a matter of opinion. Lord Young was very clear in focusing his attention on the issue of the compensation culture, stating that fear of litigation (and the associated costs) was a major driver in many risk-averse decisions taken…

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    Health & Safety

    Lofstedt 6 – The EU

    Chapter 6 of the Lofstedt report is all about better engagement with the EU. In view of the UK’s latest brushes with EU leaders over the common currency and financial regulation, this may not work. I know technically the UK has quite a say in the running of the EU. But in reality, its workings rely on co-operation and compromise. Much of UK legislation originates from the EU. This is true of every member state too. That means that there is not that much room for the UK unilaterally modifying it. Yes, there is often some scope (more so with directives), but not much in terms of substance. It is…

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    News, Updates & Events

    Sunbeds Regulation Act 2010

    It may have escaped your notice but the UK has a law about Sunbeds – the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010. I know laying in the Sun is a complete mystery for half the world (the half that actually has Sunny days) but to the other half, it’s perfectly understandable. I will let you guess which half the of the world the UK resides. It turns out that a little bit of sun is quite good for you but too much Sun is harmful (that’s probably why we say ‘too much’). Now we all know that launching yourself at the Sun is probably harmful – I mean, it’s rather hot for…