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Eight Principles of Good Practice for the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health

The COSHH Regulations define good control practice in schedule 2a as follows: 

  1. Design and operate processes and activities to minimise emission, release and spread of substances hazardous to health
  2. Take into account all relevant routes of exposure - inhalation, skin absorption and ingestion - when developing control measures
  3. Control exposure by measures that are proportionate to the health risk
  4. Choose the most effective and reliable control options which minimise the escape and spread of substances hazardous to health
  5. Where adequate control of exposure cannot be achieved by other means, provide, in combination with other control measures, suitable personal protective equipment
  6. Check and review regularly all elements of control measures for their continuing effectiveness
  7. Inform and train all employees on the hazards and risks from the substances with which they work and the use of control measures developed to minimise the risks
  8. Ensure that the introduction of control measures does not increase the overall risk to health and safety


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Part 2 relates to EMAS
Part 3 relates to Building Regs
Part 4 contains misc. & general provisions

PRACTICABLE – capable of being carried out or feasible (given current knowledge, finance, information etc.)

REASONABLY PRACTICABLE – must be technically possible, and the risk assessed against the cost. Where cost is disproportionately high, can be deemed not to be reasonably practical.

H&S Inspectorate powers include: Investigation, Advisory, Enforcement (Imp. Not, Pro. Not, Seize/destroy substances/articles, Prosecute)


There is a certain degree of stigma attached to NEBOSH exams, which is certainly not helped by the notoriously low pass rates. It cannot be denied that they are very demanding, but would the qualifications be worth obtaining if assessment were via a simple multiple-choice exam? Whatever the merits of other health & safety qualifications, it cannot be argued that NEBOSH awards are still the number one choice of most prospective employers.

Despite what some say, it is not possible to learn the course material parrot fashion for the final exam. However, with hard work and an understanding of key concepts and basic principles, there is no need for any exam paper to be the cause of nightmares. Everyone studies in their own way, but the following are some general guidelines that just may make the difference between a referral and a pass with flying colours.


Don't rush into the exam room with minutes to spare. Make sure you have had a good nights rest, eaten well and don't have a hangover.



The old scouts motto. Don't turn up with one dodgy biro. It WILL run out before you get your name on the paper.



Don't grab a seat too close to the heaters, halfway through the exam you will wish you had picked somewhere cooler. Similarly seats by the window can be too hot or cause glare in the summer, too cold in the winter and cause distractions. Get a comfortable table with good lighting.

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Accidents Don't Need to Happen

After suffering a back injury at work in 2002, my life changed in an instant and would never be the same.

The accident itself was not a spectacular event by any means, there was no machinery involved, no explosions, no falls from a great height, no blood and guts, just a manual handling task I had done a few times before.  All I had to do was lift a heavy steel beam from the floor up a few inches and onto a wooden pallet.  A dual lift with a colleague.  We both managed the task and carried on with our Friday.  The next day, Saturday, I felt crippled and couldn't get out of bed because of the unbearable pain.  Not so good when my daughter was in her cot crying for food and a nappy change!

It turns out I had slipped two discs causing me to spend the next 2 ½ years virtually housebound living on Incapacity Benefit.

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