• 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 #5

    In element A6, the changes are more subtle.  Once again risk management strategies makes an appearance.  These are the usual risk avoidance, reduction, transfer (a type of risk sharing), and retention.  What has now been added is a section on when you might use these strategies, which was sadly lacking previously – yes, the useful bit.  This links in very much with the risk profile mentioned in the previous element.  The decisions a company makes very much depend on its risk appetite – for example, what level of risk it is prepared to live with before it decides on getting in external solutions. Also introduced are “principles and benefits of…

  • NEBOSH & Assessments

    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #2

    Since the revised syllabi were released about 1 week ago, we’ve been busy evaluating the detail of the changes.  We’ve been going through the draft National Diploma Syllabus and comparing it to the current syllabus.  NEBOSH flag up a number of proposed changes already (using their colour coding system) but these don’t identify all changes by any means.  Hence the need to do a thorough analysis to make sure we aren’t missing anything. In the past the national and international syllabi were treated independently, so they have increasingly diverged.  That is set to change.  The updated syllabi show better alignment  between the national and international syllabi, for instance, we noticed…