Board rules

These rules are disclosed to clarify the various responsibilities of all community members here on Health and Safety for Beginners Forums. They shall be adhered to by everyone to ensure that our board runs smoothly and provides a fun and productive experience for all of our community members and visitors.

  1. Introduction

    1. This community forum is here to help provide advice on health, safety, environmental issues and studies for many types of courses. Please try to keep your postings relevant to the question or topic in hand - it is very easy to lose track of what the original post contained. If a post is seen to be losing it's way, the moderator team will help guide it along or it may end up being locked.

      Occasionally topics will become heated debates where people may not agree on certain challenges faced. There is no problem with heated debates as long as it doesn't result in personal insults or remarks which are offensive to any individuals or groups of people. Where a debate is seen to be getting 'out of hand' it may end up being locked and/or edited/deleted by the moderator team. If a locked post is restarted by any member of the forums in a separate post, it will be locked/edited/deleted as necessary to prevent further abuse of these terms and conditions. Ignoring this rule may lead to your account being deleted and your IP address being banned permanently from all HSfB web sites.

      Be Nice

      The majority of visitors to this forum will be mature pleasant and most of all, helpful people who are here to offer constructive advice, and we will aim to keep it like that.

      This forum maintains the belief that there is no stupid question in health and safety; if you do not know then you simply do not know. Please treat all questions with respect. These forums are aimed at beginners and we have all been beginners.

      Above all, have a wee bit of fun while you're here :D #
  2. Keeping the Peace

    1. HSfB operates a three strike policy. Users will be warned a maximum of three times for any and all offences in a three month period. If the need arises for a fourth warning a temporary ban will be put in place of between 1 to 7 days. #
    2. Arguing with team members after having received a warning will lead to an immediate additional warning. Should this exceed three strikes a temporary ban will be put in place as above. #
    3. Users who feel they have been unfairly warned are welcome to contact the board Administrator by using the 'Contact Us' form at the foot of the forums. If they feel you were unfairly warned, the warning may be removed. #
    4. Any attempt to circumvent a temporary ban or other moderator action will lead to a permanent ban of your account(s). Circumvention includes re-registering or using an already registered account under a non-banned username. Other examples include changing IP addresses, using a new email account or other action that can be taken to evade moderator action to hide your identity as the owner of the sanctioned account. #
    5. An exception to the three strike rule applies when users contact team members or forum users personally (via any method) and post insulting, indecent or vulgar material. Such users may be subject to an immediate permanent ban. #
    6. Permanent bans are a last resort and thought is given before implementing them. While HSfB may consider lifting permanent bans from time to time, this is a rare occurrence. #
  3. Abusive and Offensive Posts

    1. All new posts will be checked by at least one of the forum moderator team and will be edited/deleted if any contain offensive, rude, racist, sexist, abusive comments of any sort. Zero tolerance approach.

      If repeated posts occur as suggested, the offending IP addresses will be permanently banned from all HSfB web sites without warning and your IP address and email address may be sent to your internet provider for further action.

      Personal insults or attacks will not be tolerated on this forum. Offenders will be asked to cease this type of behaviour only once. Any repeat of this behaviour will result in a ban from all HSfB web sites.

      If you experience any abusive behaviour from any community member in any form, please inform an Administrator or a member of the Moderator Team. #
  4. Child Safety

    1. With regards to child safety online, this site operates within the guidelines and research of various online Government agencies and charity organisations.

      This means that HSfB commits to ensuring the content provided on this website is free from anything that may upset or offend children and gives some control to parents on what their children view on the internet.

      The internet can sometimes be a very unpleasant place to be, but this site aims to make it safe for all.

      • Rude jokes will be edited or removed with the poster being notified and reminded of these guidelines
      • Rude pictures will not be tolerated - warnings or a ban may be issued by the Moderator team if felt appropriate
      • Swearing will be edited or substituted using the forums built in swear filter

      The swear filter does not always pick up every swear word, especially words people try to bypass the swear filter by adding characters in place of the middle letters of words, i.e. *%$^. If a word looks like a swear word, it will be edited.

      HSfB strives to ensure this site contains NONE of the following:

      Nudity and sexual material
      • No nudity or sexual material

      • No violence

      • No potentially offensive language

      Other topics
      • At the discretion of the Administrators or Moderators

      • Moderated chat suitable for children and teens #
  5. Offensive Links

  6. Defamation

    1. Although there are web sites or organisations not to everyone's expectations or liking, please refrain from posting anything defamatory towards them, their employees, or their products on this community forum. HSfB will not have it's good name associated with any defamatory comments whatsoever. Any such posts will be edited/deleted immediately.

      Please be aware that your personally identifiable IP address is logged for each post you make, and we may be required to pass this information to a court of law where any legal action is taken against any individual making these defamatory remarks.

      This has happened in the past on these forums, you have been warned! #
  7. Avatars

    1. Avatars should be no larger than 150 150 pixels and should not exceed 800 KB in size. #
    2. Avatars must not duplicate Administrators or Moderator avatars.

      You may use an avatar from the forum gallery or link externally to one of your own.

      You may use your Gravatar avatar if you have one.

      You may use your company logo. Make sure you have permission from the organisation to do so.

      You may not use any copyright protected images or company logos that you have not had permission to use. #
  8. Usernames

    1. Usernames are used to uniquely identify you in the community. Usernames must not contain an email address or website address of any kind.

      It is also recommended that you do not use your real name as this is personally identifiable information, this is for your own safety.

      You may use the name of your own business.

      Do not use the name of any organisation without their permission. #
  9. Signature and User Profiles

    1. Profiles with inappropriate content may be modified without prior notification and is at the sole discretion of the owner of HSfB and the moderator team acting on behalf and in the best interests of HSfB.

      Your signature settings can be found in your User Control Panel (UCP). The link to your UCP can be found by clicking your logged-in username at the top of any forum page.

      New users are not permitted to have a signature until their post count reaches 40

      Signatures will only be permitted to have the following after reaching 40 posts:

      - Two links
      - One image - maximum width 468 pixels, maximum height 110 pixels (no links in images)
      - 300 characters #
  10. Advertising Policy

    1. These forums operate a NO free advertising policy.

      This specifically relates to the promotion of commercial businesses and services or any other product/service such as inappropriate chat rooms, discussion forums or message boards at the discretion of the web site administrator - Jack Kane or any of our Moderator team.

      You may publicise your personal websites or business details discretely and appropriately in your signature keeping within the spirit of these forums. If your signature is found to be inappropriate, you will be asked to alter your signature or it will be altered for you.

      You may post a direct link to an outside site given that the information is RELEVANT to a question someone else has posted, or you believe it will be helpful to others. Sneaky advertising will not be tolerated and will be deleted at the discretion of the web site administrator - Jack Kane or any of our Moderator team.

      Registering on the forums for the sole reason of promoting your services or products by posting non-constructive posts in an effort to gain presence, may lead to your account being deleted and your IP address being banned permanently from these forums.

      We generally do not allow advertising of job vacancies on the forums. If you have spotted a job that may be of interest to our members/visitors, please post minimal details in the General Discussion section.

      If you have a business or service that you think will benefit the members of the HSfB forums and you would like to advertise in our dedicated advertising sections, please have a look HERE. #
  11. HSfB Says NO to Spam

    1. As HSfB grows, we will be subjected to increasing volumes of spam attacks. These spam attacks may be from spam organisations who use robots and/or human spammers. In an attempt to combat this, we will use a combination of anti-spam extension to the forums and the skills of our Moderator team.

      If a spammer bot registers with the forums and attempts to spam the forums, a member of the Moderator team will edit the account of the spammer to remove any offending text/links until such times as the account's email and username can be banned and deleted.

      If a human spammer registers with the forums and attempts to spam the forums, the Moderator team has the option of removing the spam and issuing a warning or treating the account as a spammer bot as explained above.

      Occasionally, newly registered legitimate members may be inadvertently banned. In which case, please use the 'Contact Us' form at the foot of the forums to request the ban to be lifted.

      We try our best to eliminate all offensive links in users' profiles, but sometimes they may be on view for a few hours until one of the moderator team can remove them. We can only apologise if you do see something offensive.

      Please do not click on any links in a member's profile if you think it may be spam. If you are not sure of a link, then just don't click it.

      If you ever suspect a link to be spam, please just alert one of our Moderators and we will investigate the link safely for you. If necessary, we will contact the police to report web sites as we have done in the past.

      These rules also apply to private messaging and the use of the forum email system. Abuse of these systems may lead to warnings, removal of the private message and email function from your account or banned.

      The Administrators and Moderators reserve the right to edit or remove any post at any time. What is considered indecent, spam, inappropriate, racist, sexist etc, as described in these rules is at the discretion of the team members and not users. #
  12. Private Message or Forum Email Spamming

    1. Spamming of any kind, either publicly or privately via PM or forum email, is not tolerated and may result in a ban of the account involved.

      Contacting someone through private message or email to offer information or advice is acceptable and is not considered as spamming if the originator requests or agrees to private conversations. #
  13. Moderator Duties

    1. Posts edited by forum moderators will be marked as being edited with the moderator's name included, and a reason may be given for having edited the post. A private message may also be sent informing the originator of the alterations. This is at the discretion of individual moderators.

      If you feel a forum moderator is not conducting themselves in the spirit and intention of these rules, please contact me - Jack Kane so I can investigate and take any action where necessary. #
  14. Privacy Policy

    1. When you register for these forums, you are required to read and accept all of the rules explained on this page.

      The HSfB Privacy Policy gives you information on how we use any personally identifiable information and it is in your best interests to read it before using these discussion forums.

      The current Privacy Policy can be read here - #


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