• News, Updates & Events

    RRC Middle East Newsletter – September 2016

    The September 2016 Edition of the RRC Middle East Newsletter is out! Download it now for the latest news and information from RRC, including: Hasan’s thoughts on Shifting Attitudes to Health and Safety in the Middle East The last few spaces available on Middle East courses this Autumn Our new Fire Safety Consultancy RRC Middle East in action, as well as celebrating recent student success Click here to download the latest RRC Middle East Newsletter.  

  • Health & Safety

    The ART of Assessing Repetitive Tasks

    The HSE’s ART (Assessment of Repetitive Tasks of the upper limb) and MAC (Manual Handling Assessment Charts) are examples of ergonomic assessment tools, which form the basis of Diploma Unit B exam questions. The result is usually a cohort of panicked exam candidates! These tools look complicated at first sight, but like anything we do, the best way to learn what they are all about is to use them. Many of the tools are similar in approach, but this blog concentrates on the ART tool. The ART tool The purpose of the ART tool is to: Help risk assess repetitive tasks involving the upper limbs (arms and hands); and Assess…

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    NEBOSH & Assessments

    Finding Health and Safety Guidance and Trusted Information

    When I was studying for my NEBOSH Diploma and as a consultant, I always wanted to find additional information on various Health and Safety topics. However finding good, relevant, reliable and trusted information is not always easy, especially if you are new to the health and safety world. In this article I’m going to share some of the sources I use. It won’t be an exhaustive list, (there’s always more to discover yourself!), but hopefully you’ll find something useful. If you work in The UK, with the UK or if you intend to do so, your main source of guidance is the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) (1). Even if…

  • News, Updates & Events

    ISO 45001 Update

    ISO 45001 is a safety management system standard that is meant to be a global replacement for similar standards such as the BS OHSAS 18001 and ILO-OSH 2001.  It clearly takes some cues from the ISO 31000, guidelines on risk management.  You may wonder why it’s needed given the popularity of OHSAS 18001. In the fast and furious world that is ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation), protocol is followed. An initial draft is produced and published, which is supposed to stimulate public debate.  It’s called a DIS (Draft International Standard).  And DIS ISO 45001 has been out for a while (since January 2016) and has stimulated debate.  Whilst it was…

  • Health & Safety

    Road Traffic Safety (RTS) Management Systems

    These days, a lot of people drive for work (some are even driven by work).  Some people always have done – like delivery drivers, sales representatives, repairmen, community nurses, traffic police and enforcement officers.  But even if you aren’t one of these people, you probably do a little bit of driving – the odd client visit, usually in your own car (because it’s convenient) but sometimes a fleet vehicle or hire car. Because there’s such a lot of it, companies have sometimes tried to manage it.  You may not know, but someone else has tried to manage it too – or rather to manage the management of it.  In 2012,…

  • NEBOSH & Assessments

    NEBOSH and The Risk of Snake Bites

    NEBOSH are now focusing hard on using more new questions in their exam papers to try to ensure that students learn the syllabus instead of just memorising set answers to frequently asked questions. This is because they want to ensure that students actually understand the topics and are able to analyse and discuss the issues involved. One of the new questions in the recent IDIP Unit B paper was about precautions to prevent being bitten by snakes and the first aid procedures to follow in the event of a snake bite.  Most of the answers submitted showed that despite this being a part of the current syllabus, it is an…

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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…

  • Health & Safety

    Noise, Football and Apps

    There’s been a huge increase in the number of smart phone apps recently (1). In July 2015, Android users had 1.6 million apps to choose between, with users of Apple’s App Store close behind with 1.5 million. All very interesting, but what’s this got to do with noise and football?  Here we go, here we go, here we go. A pilot study by NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) noise researchers in 2014 (2) aimed to assess the functionality and accuracy of smartphone sound measurement apps to determine whether they can be relied on to conduct participatory noise monitoring studies in the workplace. They found that certain noise…

  • NEBOSH & Assessments

    Health and Safety Practitioner Skills

    In February 2001 Christopher Hooper, an independent Health and Safety Consultant, carried out a risk assessment for a client on a wood jig boring machine.  Two years later, an employee of his client injured their hand while operating the machine. And, after investigation, the HSE decided to prosecute Mr Hooper under S.36 of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The case took a while to come to court, but in 2004 the Magistrates’ Court was told that Mr Hooper’s risk assessment fell significantly short of the standards required and, in effect, contributed to the accident as it failed to identify the danger of the machine snatching at pieces…