• Health & Safety

    The Risks in a Lead Workshop

    Outside of health and safety, I have an interest in old buildings and their conservation. A couple of years ago, on a field visit as part of a course I was doing, I went on a tour of the stained glass conservation workshops at Salisbury Cathedral. Here they repair and refabricate stained glass panels for the historic windows in the cathedral and for other churches in the surrounding area. The coloured glass pieces are held together by lead strips, cast, extruded, cut, bent and soldered together by a small team of craftsmen. As I was reasonably familiar with the health effects of lead from a theoretical and control point of…

  • 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…