The word 'Asbestos' comes from the ancient Greek meaning 'unquenchable' or 'inextinguishable' and has been in use for well over 4000 years. Its name is given to a number of naturally occurring fibrous silicate minerals which is mined in various locations around the world. It was widely used in fire resistant and insulating materials as well as automotive parts. Due to its incredible characteristics such as strength, incombustibility, and resistance to high temperature heat to name a few, as well as being cheap and readily available, it was regarded as an architects' dream come true.

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"Go out there and catch somebody doing something right, then say thank you!"


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Regardless of where an organisation's health and safety culture sits in space and time, whether it is a mature and positive culture, or one being dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century, nobody can deny that behavioural safety programmes have their place.

I'm fortunate enough to be in a job role where I have the opportunity to positively influence people's behaviours and attitudes just by the power of a conversation. I'm no expert, but I thought I'd share some of my own experiences and tips on having a positive and effective behavioural based conversation. 

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Phishing Emails Disguised as Email from HSfB

Please be aware, it appears spam phishing emails are being sent out which look like they are sent by These emails are asking for people to click a link and are asking for money.

These emails are not from Health and Safety for Beginners. Please do not click any of the links in any such email.  Delete the email immediately and please let us know if you continue to receive these emails.

We will never ask you for money, HSfB is free for all to use.

We are investigating these emails and will do everything we can to put a stop to them.

Many thanks for your understanding.


John Johnston - HSfB Founder




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This presentation highlights the case law NEBOSH Certificate students should be aware of and gives a general understanding of the core principles of health and safety legislation within the UK.

The cases are central to understanding certain legal principles and by being aware of the facts of these cases, you will be able to apply them in your examinations to give full and informed answers. 

This presentation, and many more regarding health and safety law, can be downloaded here - Health and Safety Law Downloads  




Transcript - NEBOSH Certificate Case Law by John Johnston

There is no such thing as a 'stupid' or 'daft' health and safety question!

2. Introduction • This presentation highlights the case law that NEBOSH Certificate students should be aware of • It gives a general understanding of the core principles of health and safety legislation within the UK • The slides also have notes added with further information on the cases • Additional information is provided by

3. Donoghue v. Stevenson (1932) Duty of Care – Neighbour Principle • Negligence • Whether duty owed to person injured • Duty of manufacturer of article to ultimate consumer • Bottle of ginger beer bought from retailer • Bottle containing dead snail • Purchaser poisoned by drinking contents • Liability of manufacturer to consumer

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FLT250x232Over my career I have seen many a debate on the common belief that fork lift trucks (FLTs) and mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) can travel between premises without being taxed, insured, registered, fitted with lights, number plates, reflectors etc.   Some say FLTs can load / unload vehicles outside a premises on the public road, some say they have contacted the police, local councils, FLT trainers who all say it's OK to do so.

I have never been comfortable with the lack of consistency with some of the advice and their mixed messages, so I decided to do a bit of digging on the subject to satisfy myself.   I've written this article to hopefully help clear things up for you too.  

One important point I'd like to get across is that failure to follow these, and other appropriate guidelines, could invalidate company insurance, result in penalty points for the driver of the vehicle and / or result in expensive and damaging police or civil actions.


Here is what I have discovered...


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