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    Health & Safety Policy – Know it, Believe it, Want it!

    Health & Safety Policy – Know it, Believe it, Want it! My dictionary gives three definitions of ‘policy’. I like two of them – they apply to health and safety. Well, the third one does, too – in a way. It says: ”Policy – a contract of insurance or a document containing this”. I suppose that applies to health and safety, too. There are only two insurances that you have to have by law (know what they are? Later!) but insurances certainly do feature in health and safety. The two definitions I like are: “Policy – a course or principle of action adopted or proposed by a government, party, business, or individual,…

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    Health and Well-being Awareness

    When you’re not singing anymore As a football supporter based in the West Midlands I have to get used to being depressed every Saturday when the results of my team’s best endeavours are announced on ‘Final Score’.  But I am absolutely sure that the depression that descends at the final whistle is not really the depression covered in Element 5 of the NEBOSH Certificate Management of Health and Well-being at Work. My overall well-being is not significantly affected, I am able to keep the trivia of football in perspective and I do not think for a moment that I am suffering from a mental illness. Such illness, sometimes termed a…

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    The NEBOSH Unit D Assignment

    The NEBOSH Diploma Unit D Assignment Personally, I feel that this is one of the most important parts of the diploma assessment. Whereas the exams test knowledge of the theory, Unit D checks that you can put that theory into practice. Unit D is intended as a formative assignment, so should be completed alongside the other units. Therefore, it is essential that you engage with your tutor at an early stage to ensure that your work is heading in the right direction. In my experience, those who contact their tutor several times as their report develops normally do well, whereas those who don’t bother, or leave it close to the…

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    The Diploma Exams

    The NEBOSH Diploma Exams ‘Three hours of mental torture’ – this is how one of my students once described the diploma exams. She was wrong – its actually NINE hours! This post gives some advice to help you avoid feeling the same way and dispels some common myths. Those who may have read my previous posts will not be surprised when I say that preparation is the key. Not only must you revise well (see my third post in this series) but you should know basic things like how many questions you need to answer (believe me, some don’t); you can then start to develop your plan of attack. Settling…

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    The NEBOSH Certificate Practical Assessment

    The NEBOSH Certificate Practical Assessment The final element of the certificate assessment requires the candidate to carry out a workplace inspection and write a short report to management. This is to test that the knowledge gained during the course can be applied in practice. Candidates don’t normally fail this part through want of knowledge; the reason candidates fail is often because they haven’t read the guidance, leading to silly, avoidable errors. RRC has produced comprehensive guidance on how to complete the practical assessment. This is really helpful for distance learners, who do not have the benefit of being able to discuss things with a tutor face-to-face. However, experience has shown…

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    What’s In a Name?

    What’s In a name? “’What’s in a name?’, as the great John Fatpimple said.” Thank you Ronnie Barker – sorry I couldn’t resist it. The old ones are the best. I think I may have written previously about my embarrassment at having to confess to people that I work in health and safety and the fact that when I did other jobs personal introduction were so much easier. It’s the name isn’t it. Health and Safety. With the capitals. or ‘elf and safety as the tabloid press would prefer us to think of it. The very name grates on people. It’s like a red flag to a bull (incidentally cattle…

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    NEBOSH Certificate Exams

    NEBOSH Certificate Exams In the previous post, I focused on general revision techniques and gave tips on revision. This post is about how to tackle the exams themselves. The first thing to realise about the certificate exams is that they test a breath of knowledge across the syllabus without going into too much depth. The material in your course books will therefore be more than enough to enable you to pass well; failures usually arise through poor preparation and poor exam technique. Let’s start with the basics. The exams are both two hours long. You must answer all 11 questions on each paper. Question 1 is worth 20 marks; the…

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    Pig Weighing

    Pig Weighing So the farmer wants to sell his pig at market for the best price. He wants the pig to be as heavy as possible. So he weighs the pig to see how heavy it is. Next day he weighs the pig again. He writes each weight down in a notebook. He creates a database on his iPad (very 21st century farmer this one). He plots a graph of weight against time and toys with line graphs and bar charts to find the jazziest way to present the data. He weighs the pig each and every day to track its progress. Only thing is, if you want a pig…

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    Hawkwind – Thirty Years and Counting

    Hawkwind – Thirty Years and Counting I went to see Hawkwind when I was a teenager. The “Choose Your Masques” tour. Some of you will remember Hawkwind. They were notoriously loud in concert. Lemmy of Motorhead fame used to be their bass player; but that was way before I went to see them. I was half way up the stalls in the Southampton Gaumont. It was so loud that my guts vibrated in harmony with the band. That’s not a pleasant feeling. When we came out after the concert my head felt as if it had been stuffed with cotton wool. I had very loud mosquitoes buzzing in each ear…