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    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #28

    Element C9 surrounds construction work and again, you’ll be glad to know that this also has changed little.  It turns out that construction work does not generally contain any specific hazards that haven’t already been covered elsewhere.  To some then, it may always seem an odd feature of qualifications like this that give it a special place in the syllabus.  But, context is everything.  The thing that makes construction sites so special is the constantly changing nature.   A hole opens up in the ground where there wasn’t one yesterday.  The bricks you were laying at ground level last week are today being laid one storey up.  And that’s not all,…

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    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #27

    As I write this, RRC is just about to release their sample trainer packs.  These comprise samples of PowerPoints, textbooks, lesson plans and activities from selected elements.  You get a whole element in each case.  There are six in total – one element from each taught unit of each diploma qualification (national and international). The E-learning examples are not far behind. Now we come to element C8.  This takes a foray into the world of electricity.  Not much has changed in terms of content here – it still covers the hazards of electricity, electrical systems (installation, use), safe working in high voltage systems and, finally portable electrical equipment.  Of course…

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    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #26

    Like C5 and C6, C7 is also about machinery and equipment.  But this time mobile, lifting and access equipment. When I was working for a large chemical company in a former life, I remember being amazed at the very high reach (compared to a standard fork lift truck) of the narrow aisle reach trucks we used.  The warehouse for our raw materials and finished products was “stack ‘em high”. So the racks were packed with pallets of chemicals that looked like a menacing post-apocalyptic scene.  The standard fork lift trucks we also used had all manner of attachments, cages and what not that meant they could be adapted to lift…

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    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #25

    In Unit C/IC, element 6 is notable more for what has moved or been removed rather than additions. I’ve mentioned some of these already in our trek through the diploma. The failure modes (stress, fatigue etc) that used to be here have moved and been consolidated with the wizened and deflated pressure systems section in C5.  The same is true of the information and warnings section – moved to C5.  The systems failures and reliability has moved to A7 (national) or IA5 (International). There are now little or no calculations in Unit C.  That said, the reliability questions that were in the Unit C exam (and now in Unit A) are…

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    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #24

    Moving on to element C5.  This element is almost identical to what was there before (workplace equipment in general), apart from some notable exceptions.  A few bits have been moved in from C6.  But, in addition you’ll notice that the detail on non-destructive testing techniques has been reduced to a simple discussion of the advantages and disadvantages.  No longer will you have to consider the principles of operation and their application.  All of the previously listed specific techniques too have gone. The non-destructive techniques that have previously been considered essential in this part of the syllabus have included: dye penetrant, acoustic emission testing, ultrasonic, X-radiography, Gamma-radiography, eddy current and magnetic…

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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…