• 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…

  • Diploma,  News

    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…

  • Diploma,  News

    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…