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    ISO 45001

    “Plan; Do; Check; Act; Check it out; What; what; what; What’s it all about?” (With apologies to the Beasty Boys)   In mid-March the new occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) ISO45001 was launched by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This replaces OHSAS 18001 to become the globally recognised OHSMS standard. ISO45001 adopts a management approach based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) management cycle, mirroring the approach taken by the HSE in their guidance HSG65. In brief this management cycle can be summarised as: Plan:  determine and assess OH&S risks and opportunities, establish OH&S objectives and processes necessary to deliver results in accordance with the OH&S policy; Do:  implement…

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    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #12

    This element, as previously unpacks the whole area of checking that the controls you put in place are working adequately.  If you’ve ever read the UK COSHH Regulations you’ll know that it does frame what it means by “adequate control”. Not only in terms of the principles of good practice and the hierarchy of control, but in terms of not exceeding any applicable workplace exposure limit (WEL).  So, element B4 is mostly about WEL. First up in this section again you learn all about the concept of WELs, how they are formulated and where they can be found.  You might initially worry that lead appears to have disappeared, but the…

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    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #4

    Last week we noted the proposed changes in Unit A, elements 2 & 3.   Much of element is much the same as it was (previously element A3).  There is a greater emphasis on business terminology now, with explicit reference to performance management, key performance indicators and leading/lagging indicators.  Though quite a bit of this has been a feature of such standards as BS 18004 (one of the neat supporting guides to OHSAS 18001) for many years. A new development in A4.3 is something borrowed from the health and well-being qualification – that is how sickness absence data can be used to feed back into occupational health policies (and the targets…

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    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #3

    In terms of the project, we have now got to the stage where we have very nearly completed a full review of the proposed syllabus changes.  We’ve produced mapping documents for Units A and C which show not only what has changed and moved but where it has come from and, where the new content is likely to be sourced.  We’re working on this for unit B too (where the changes are more complex). We have restructured our unit A/IA PowerPoint slides and sent these to one of our writers.  Today he’s starting to review and add/amend content to create a draft of what the new materials would look like.…

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    The Importance Of Planning

    The Importance Of Planning “Planning and implementing” are the subjects of Element 4 of the NEBOSH General Certificate and they form steps one (Plan) and two (Do) of the PDCA cycle (steps three and four being Check and Act). But I often get asked exactly what plan and do actually mean. Managing health and safety is generally described as a ‘systematic’ operation, and this is why eyes often begin to glaze over; surely we’ve already done the planning bit by putting together a policy statement and all the supporting bumph. You reckon? What we should have in place is a plan that lets us identify the health and safety requirements,…