• Environmental

    IEMA Vs NEBOSH

    Which Environmental Qualification is right for you In this post I thought we could look at IEMA and NEBOSH approaches to environmental management qualifications. By comparing the two approaches at the foundation and advanced levels it might help you choose which is best for you if you want to undertake a formalised environmental management qualification. Foundation Level Firstly, let’s look at the foundation level. These are a good place to start if you have no formal knowledge of environmental management and provide a solid foundation in environmental management. At this level we have the IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management and the NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management (we will call…

  • Health & Safety

    “Hey! Let’s be Careful Out There”

    As a health and safety tutor I have to introduce myself to rooms full of students all the time. I always start by telling them that I used to work as a production supervisor in an industrial bakery near Sheffield making tea cakes, white baps and hot cross buns for Marks and Spencer’s. And then I confess that as a production supervisor I had no particular interest in health and safety. I knew that it was one of my responsibilities, because it said so in my job description, and I did do some health and safety related activities routinely; such as safety inspections. But I was not particularly interested in…

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    NEBOSH & Assessments

    Doctor’s Handwriting

    I have notoriously bad handwriting. Students regularly ask me to decipher my handwriting for them. As a consequence I write on flip charts and white boards as little as possible. I am not alone in this. Some of you have bad handwriting too. In our teched-up age most of us don’t write much or at all. Unfortunately the NEBOSH exams are old-skool in that they require you to write answers by hand over a two or three-hour period of time. NEBOSH Examiners’ Reports regularly make comments about the fact that examiners can’t mark what they can’t read. To be fair, examiners see a lot of bad handwriting and they are…

  • NEBOSH & Assessments

    Cheats Never Prosper

    Firstly I must put this in context. Cheating, or as NEBOSH call it “Malpractice”, in RRC exams is rare with around 4-5 incidents per year, under 0.2% of those taking exams.  What does however, continually, surprise us is the effort and ingenuity the few cheaters put into trying to cheat – and that they think they will get away with it. Very occasionally the more imaginative can fool the exam supervisors but NEBOSH’s own checks and controls will flag up potential “Malpractice” and inevitably the perpetrators get caught. NEBOSH are very strict on those caught cheating, disqualifying them from the exam and then banning them from sitting exams for 3-5…

  • NEBOSH & Assessments

    Why Don’t Candidates Read Instructions Properly?

    Essential Advice for those taking a NEBOSH Practical Assessment Given the time and money involved in doing a NEBOSH Certificate, it is a continual source of frustration to all at RRC that so many fail their Practical Assessments simply because they do not read the instructions.  Candidates possess the knowledge and skills to pass but by not reading what is required they end up failing. What you must do in order to not waste your time and money; Re-Sitting a NEBOSH Practical Assessment  1) Before you do anything read the NEBOSH guidance – not always easy to find on the NEBOSH website, so follow the links below: NEBOSH National &…

  • 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

    Radio Frequency Radiation – NEBOSH Diploma

    NEBOSH Diploma questions are written to ensure that candidates don’t just have knowledge of a wide range of safety topics, but that they can also demonstrate that they can apply that knowledge. This means that they’ll often face questions about particular scenarios which they haven’t personally come across before. Students are not expected to have learnt about every possible situation or scenario that could arise, but are expected to be able to apply their knowledge to novel situations, working from first principles. They have to apply basic health and safety principles in their answer, giving enough specific detail to show that they have understood the issues associated with that particular…

  • News, Updates & Events

    Advice to CSP Qualified Students Taking Advantage of NEBOSH and BCSP Collab

    Earlier this year (2016) NEBOSH and BCSP (Board of Certified Safety Professionals) signed a memorandum of understanding. Recognising each other’s qualifications and allowing exemptions for those NEBOSH Diploma holders wanting to obtain the CSP (Certified Safety Practitioner) qualification. CSP holders waning to attain the NEBOSH Diploma Ordinarily you’d have to take a full course of study from an approved course provider (like RRC) to be able to sit the NEBOSH exams.  But the agreement between NEBOSH and BCSP means that you don’t have to. In practice, whilst there’s some overlap in course coverage between CSP and the NEBOSH’s Health and Safety Diplomas, there’s a lot that’s different.  Added to that…

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    NEBOSH & Assessments

    Finding Info about The Environment Where You Live or Work

    NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management Element 7 In this blog post I take a look at the key sources of information that can be accessed to understand the environment in an area. As you might be aware, it is generally a legal requirement for environmental information collected by public bodies to be made available to the public. Pretty much all of this information can be accessed for free on the internet. First we’ll look at the Environment Agency, who operate a site known as ‘what’s in your backyard’.  Here you can access a broad range of environment related information covering issues such as flooding, nitrate vulnerable zones, landfill sites and…