RRC Training Health and Safety Podcasts
Summary: Each month RRC Training's experts discuss issues relating to whatever's current and being talked about (or not being talked about) in the world of health and safety. The series will be continually updated and is created primarily for the health and safety professional but anyone with an interest in health, safety and environmental issues will learn a thing or two from these podcasts. Health and safety is a serious matter but we don't treat it as such in these podcasts. Some pretty strange people join in the discussions. But that's what you expect when you try to talk sense about health and safety these days.
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RRC's Director of Training David Towlson is joined by Hazel Harvey, the Professional Affairs Director of the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety. They discuss the whys and wherefores of Continuing Professional Development and help dispel many of the common misconceptions and myths about CPD. They also consider the idea that development forms an important part of any professional's working life. Like many other professional fields, health and safety is fast-changing; new skills, knowledge and processes need to be developed and shared by its practitioners.
David Towlson and Toby Moore discuss the importance of international bodies in setting health and safety standards. They are joined by Dee Arp of NEBOSH who explains the international versions of both the popular NEBOSH General Certificate, and the NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health.
David Towlson tries to persuade us that children's stories have a particular place in training. He is joined by Dee Arp of NEBOSH and together they attempt to convince the sceptical Toby Moore of the value of a closer understanding of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and exactly how it can help in exams.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations came into effect in April 2006 but there was a two year transitional period to apply the regulations to the music and entertainment sectors. This podcast is a glimpse into the world of entertainment and the ways in which it is affected by the regulations. David Towlson is joined by Pinky Blue to discuss how she and her band Kafka's Five need to take the Control of Noise at Work Regulations into account.
David Towlson is joined by Dr Ivan Vince, a health, safety and environmental consultant, who talks about some of his recent projects. These include suspected chlorine poisoning at a local health club; hazards to the ecosystem from missile testing for the Ministry of Defence; the polluting effects of cremations for the Anglo-Hindu-Sikh society; and explosive investigations for the Buncefield inquiry. He discusses the whys and wherefores of each case and the outcomes.
Can anyone deliver NEBOSH training and how do you know it's going to be any good? Matt Powell-Howard and Dee Arp from NEBOSH join David Towlson of RRC and discuss what NEBOSH is looking for in training providers wishing to deliver NEBOSH courses.
This episode looks at how to improve your training and enhance student learning. David Towlson is joined by educationalist Judith Morrissey who believes that the path to teaching excellence is self-reflection, talking loudly and a firm hand. Although this could work, we also explore more liberal approaches...
Tackling exams can be an unpleasant business. Even worse is the revision beforehand. Avoidance is always an option but here the team, together with Dee Arp of NEBOSH, give tips to students on getting through the process relatively unscathed...
Recorded in support of the HSE campaign on Gas Safety. David Towlson, Toby Moore and John Caruthers discuss explosions, carbon monoxide, the law, precautions and, strangely, the Queen's corgis
Find out how to avoid stress, define clear responsibilities, maintain continuous two-way communication and offer relevant support. Mr John Caruthers has asked David Towlson to discuss how stress affects his workplace and staff, and what help health and safety professionals can provide to organisations who want to tackle work-related stress. The podcast references the HSE's "stress management standards", which define the characteristics of an organisation that manages workplace stress effectively.
Some think the NEBOSH exams are unattainable and riddled with unfairness and inconsistencies. The truth is quite different. In this podcast Dee Arp, Standards Manager at NEBOSH and David Towlson dispel these and some other myths surrounding the NEBOSH Diploma. Meanwhile, John Caruthers, our resident devil's advocate, tries to gain the Diploma using only his wit, charm and... a credit card...
For this episode we move out of the studio and put some heavyweight truckers through their paces. We look at falls from vehicles and associated slips and trips in support of the HSE Falls From Vehicles Campaign. Now that's a load off our minds...
The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act came into effect in April. This new legislation reflects the fact that what is called 'culpable homicide' in Scotland is called 'manslaughter' in the rest of the UK. The new Act clarifies the legal situation and the obligations of businesses and the specific people involved. David Towlson explores the implications of relevant parts of the law for health and safety professionals.
Businesses are often unaware of the real impacts of environmental change and the common grounds between the environment and health and safety. David Towlson and a particularly sceptical John Carruthers explore the scientific views of global warming and the four areas of the environment affected.
It's the holiday season and so we present a light-hearted glimpse at an important area of the hazards of party catering - slips. David Towlson and John Carruthers look at the chaos and problems caused by the office party including the slip-ups that often occur. They also consider some sensible solutions.