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    Health & Safety

    Group 1: Carcinogenic to Humans

    I was diagnosed with cancer a little over five years ago. I know – that’s a bit of an opening line to a blog. But it’s true and I am unrepentant. We are afraid of the word despite the fact that one in two people born in the UK will experience some form of cancer over their lifetime (see here). Fortunately for me the type of cancer that I had, combined with early detection, surgery and chemotherapy have led to a very positive prognosis. I was, and am, lucky. But it has changed my perspective on cancer. When I was a young man cancer was a disease that other people…

  • NEBOSH & Assessments

    NEBOSH Diploma Syllabus Revision News #10

    Element B2 moves on to dealing with hazardous substances in the workplace.  In practice this consolidates much of what used to be in elements B1 with relevant extracts from B2 and B4. The routes of entry and body defences are still there in all their blazing glory.  You’ll notice the previous specific references to the respiratory system defences has been deleted but of course still implied by the catchall “defensive responses”. We now have a much reduced list of specific hazardous substances.  Carbon monoxide is new, isocyanates are making a return.  Nitrogen is new but a slightly odd choice as it isn’t intrinsically a harmful substance (it makes up around…