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You may or may not have heard about the Learning Occupational Health by Experiencing Risks (LOcHER) Project which was originally a concept from Dr Bob Rajan, vice Chair of Safety Groups UK (SGUK) and HM Principal Inspector of Health and Safety with the HSE. It has historically been focused within colleges and further education.

I believe this is the future of learning in a creative and unique way, making it so much more memorable and allows for a much better understanding of the risks we face at work.

I really urge you, please check it out and see if you can help bring the concept more and more into the world of work. Even if you just help raise awareness of the projects being produced by sharing them, talking about them, getting in touch with those involved etc.

Safety Groups UK - LOcHER
Case studies - http://www.safetygroupsuk.org.uk/campaigns/locher/how-do-i-implement-the-locher-project/#casestudies
Youtube videos of other projects - https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=LOcHER+Project


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Many thanks to Andy Nairn for this NEBOSH Diploma Element A1 revision article.

Nebosh Diploma Element A1

Relevant External Documents

You should read the following sections of regulations and law in association with this element. It's a good idea to read these before you start on the element, then refer to them in the course of studying this element. You can download PDF copies of these via the HSE website, and I suggest using the MHSWR 1999 Approved Code of Practice.

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 – Regulations 3, 4, 5 and 7

Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 – section 2


Many thanks to Andy Nairn for this revision contribution to HSfB for the NEBOSH Diploma Unit A.


  • HAZARD – Something with the potential to cause harm
    • Hazards are often classified as Physical, Chemical or Biological, however there may be more useful classifications which can be applied in varying situations.
  • RISK – Likelihood that a hazard will cause harm and the severity of harm expected
  • DANGER – A unquantified risk
  • SUITABLE AND SUFFICIENT – In relation to the management of health and safety at work regulations 1999 Regulation 3, organisations are expected to carry out a “suitable and sufficient risk assessment”. This term is best defined by the Approved Code of Practice for these regulations, and basically means that all of the significant hazards should be identified, the likelihood of harm being realised is determined and the likely severity of harm that would result identified.
  • The Approved Code of Practice also identifies that where risks are higher, or where processes are complex the depth of the risk assessment should reflect this in its level of detail.
  • For some perceived high risk industries there is a need to use Quantified Risk Assessment to provide sufficient detail of the risks (nuclear industry, other industries where a small error can have catatrophic results, e.g. chemical works, refineries, etc) – Quantified Risk Assessment is studied in detail in element A3.


My current job as a Health, Safety and Radiation Advisor has given me some amazing and interesting opportunities to learn and share best practice, both internally in our heavy engineering manufacturing facilities and by visiting hundreds of our suppliers. I want to share my experiences because I think it would be wrong not to.

I've found that regardless of the industry, the basics of any positive health and safety culture are the same. I've also discovered over the past 11 1/2 years that many businesses aspiring to achieve 45001 accreditation (previously 18001) often think they are a long way off, but in reality they are closer than they think.

My articles will give you practical and meaningful advice with real world examples to help provide assurance that your health and safety management system is effective in reality and doesn't just look good on paper. They will also help identify areas of improvement. By the way, is it 'continuous' or 'continual' improvement? There's been many a debate on that one for sure!

So, whenever I conduct an internal audit or external supplier audit, I go right back to basics. Hazard control and risk assessment…


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 We've added some new health and safety downloads which have been donated by bedds, Steve M, Stuart Would and Francis Omoike.  Thank you all very much!

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