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RayRapp  
#1 Posted : 04 March 2018 19:10:56(UTC)
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RayRapp

I will be retiring this week with my last day at work on Friday 9th March. I did consider some sort of role in h&s to keep me interested, indeed I stood last year for an IOSH Counsellor but alas I was unsucsseful. I will renew my IOSH membership for one more year as I will consider maybe a couple of days a week role if its convenient. If not, it's sun, sea and golf! 

I have been an avid user of these forums for the best part of 20 years and now it's time to smell the flowers. I will miss the banter and ocassional bun fighting. That brings me nicely round to the Mods who do a great job keeping everyone in check (including me on a few ocassions) - thank you.

Regards to all and best wishes.

Ray Rapp MA MSc CMIOSH MIIRSM

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KEITH ROWSON  
#2 Posted : 04 March 2018 19:34:31(UTC)
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KEITH ROWSON

Ray, all the best with your retirement. I would like to thank you for your input into the forum and hope you continue if only sporadically, the reason is I find your input is informative, non judgemental and above all sensible. I always look with interest at your contributions. Good luck and hopefully you will remain a forum contributor. Keith
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RayRapp on 05/03/2018(UTC)
Charlie Brown  
#3 Posted : 04 March 2018 20:18:27(UTC)
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Charlie Brown

Welcome to the club Ray. You will soon find you don't have time to work. I too have enjoyed your posts in the short time I have been visiting the forum and hope you continue to enlighten us all. Good luck

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RayRapp on 05/03/2018(UTC)
David Bannister  
#4 Posted : 04 March 2018 22:46:44(UTC)
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David Bannister

Ha Ray Rapp, I will beat you to the resthome by 2 days. My last paid work will be on Wednesday 7 March!

I too will pop in here from time to time but will certaily miss your thoughtful insights here.

Happy and healthy retirement.

David (giving up the letters)

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Hsquared14  
#5 Posted : 05 March 2018 09:44:10(UTC)
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Hsquared14

Ray it would be a shame for the world of H&S to lose your wealth of knowledge there are lots of roles out there for people have knowledge to share and the time to do it.  Whatever you do with your retirement may it be long and happy.

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RayRapp on 05/03/2018(UTC)
RayRapp  
#6 Posted : 05 March 2018 09:58:23(UTC)
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RayRapp

Hi David

It's not a competition!!

Seriously, best wishes on your well earned retirement.

Ray

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David Bannister on 05/03/2018(UTC)
Mick C  
#7 Posted : 05 March 2018 10:32:23(UTC)
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Mick C

Hi Ray,

as a reader more than a writer on this forum, I do always look out for your knowledgable posts and I hope you will still keep commenting on here.

Says a lot about IOSH if they turned you down to be honest!

Good luck in your retirement and enjoy getting the handicap down.

  

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RayRapp on 05/03/2018(UTC)
Kate  
#8 Posted : 05 March 2018 10:40:16(UTC)
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Kate

You've made many well-informed contributions here over the years and I for one voted for you, Ray!  Please continue to contribute as your experience has so much value.

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RayRapp on 05/03/2018(UTC)
SensibleSafety  
#9 Posted : 05 March 2018 11:00:33(UTC)
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SensibleSafety

Happy retirement Ray - all the best

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RayRapp on 05/03/2018(UTC)
Andrew W Walker  
#10 Posted : 05 March 2018 11:21:26(UTC)
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Andrew W Walker

Hi Ray.

Hope you have a long and happy retirement. No doubt its well deserved.

It will be good to see you pop in the forums every now and then...

Andy

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RayRapp on 05/03/2018(UTC)
georgiaredmayne  
#11 Posted : 05 March 2018 11:33:34(UTC)
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georgiaredmayne

All the best for your retirement Ray. The forum will miss your valued input. I for one have enjoyed reading your posts and valued your input over the years - thank you! 

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RayRapp on 05/03/2018(UTC)
hilary  
#12 Posted : 05 March 2018 11:39:15(UTC)
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hilary

Good luck with your retirement Ray, I so wish it was me! 

You will be sorely missed for your  down to earth pragmatic approach while others are in the realms of la la land and I, for one, will miss that sensible input.

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RayRapp on 05/03/2018(UTC)
hilary  
#13 Posted : 05 March 2018 11:45:24(UTC)
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hilary

and, to you David as well, happy retirement.

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David Bannister on 05/03/2018(UTC)
Andrew W Walker  
#14 Posted : 05 March 2018 11:50:29(UTC)
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Andrew W Walker

Originally Posted by: hilary Go to Quoted Post

and, to you David as well, happy retirement.

Well spotted Hilary! That will teach me to read all of the posts in the thread. My sentiments to you too David.

Andy

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David Bannister on 05/03/2018(UTC)
gramsay  
#15 Posted : 05 March 2018 12:06:34(UTC)
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gramsay

Congrats, Ray and David and enjoy the years ahead without hassle.

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RayRapp on 05/03/2018(UTC)
Charlie Brown  
#16 Posted : 05 March 2018 12:19:55(UTC)
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Charlie Brown

Ditto and welcome to the old gits club David, now you and Ray both will have hours of free time to devote to the forum!

Originally Posted by: Andrew W Walker Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: hilary Go to Quoted Post

and, to you David as well, happy retirement.

Well spotted Hilary! That will teach me to read all of the posts in the thread. My sentiments to you too David.

Andy

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David Bannister on 05/03/2018(UTC)
peter gotch  
#17 Posted : 05 March 2018 12:29:13(UTC)
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peter gotch

Ray and David, good luck and enjoy whatever you do going forward.

Regards, Peter

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chris.packham  
#18 Posted : 05 March 2018 12:45:50(UTC)
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chris.packham

Ray - will miss you on the forum! Happy retirement (whatever that is!)

Chris

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RayRapp on 05/03/2018(UTC)
Steve Granger  
#19 Posted : 05 March 2018 12:52:53(UTC)
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Steve Granger

Didn't you hear? Retirement is a thing of the past, sorry to tell you but there is no such thing anymore... enjoy the temporary feeling that you will have plenty of time on your hands, looking forward to seeing you back here soon... Kind regards, Steve

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RayRapp on 05/03/2018(UTC)
Moderator 3  
#20 Posted : 05 March 2018 13:09:26(UTC)
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Moderator 3

How unusually kind Ray, may I say on behalf of us all that it has been a pleasure to (mostly not) moderate you.

But don't despair... there are always volunteering posts in IOSH you can apply for. Even now, our scouts are hunting you down ;).

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RayRapp on 05/03/2018(UTC)
Steve e ashton  
#21 Posted : 05 March 2018 13:32:20(UTC)
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Steve e ashton

All the best for whatever the future brings Ray and David. Not sure if our paths ever crossed, but you both earned great respect from me for your sane, rational, proportionate, knowledgeable and 'expert' contributions to these forums. The profession as a whole is losing a very great deal of hard-earned experience as the conveyor of time carries people into retirement. Thankful that conveyor has been, for you two, sufficiently well guarded to prevent you falling off the sides. Now hope the delivery chute on the other side is similarly protected to give long happy and productive retirements... So long and thanks for all the fish!
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JohnW  
#22 Posted : 05 March 2018 13:38:31(UTC)
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JohnW

Ray, many thanks for all the valuable contributions I have read over the years. Hope you will pop in here occasionally. I ‘retired’ in January but still keep my business open for a few SME’s that regularly ask me for audits and training So now you join the grumpy old gits club. What has made me grumpy at 65 was a) I don’t get full state pension (apparently my employer opted out some NI contributions) b) state pension is ‘taxable’ so my tax code instead of 1100 is now 500 which effectively means my company pension is 100% taxed and has reduced by £200 a month. grump grump All the best Ray JohnW
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RayRapp on 05/03/2018(UTC)
Zyggy  
#23 Posted : 05 March 2018 13:45:30(UTC)
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Zyggy

Ray & David, good luck to you both in whatever you decide to do in the future. Your posts have always added great value to this Forum & your pragmatic insights will be missed. David - I still remember your kindness in giving up your time to help a rookie consultant & your advice was invaluable - thank you so much. Ray - I don't think that we ever met (apologies if we did!), but I have always considered that your comments were worth reading! Enjoy!
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David Bannister on 05/03/2018(UTC), RayRapp on 05/03/2018(UTC)
Yossarian  
#24 Posted : 05 March 2018 13:48:42(UTC)
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Yossarian

I remember joining these forums under a different name when the logo was the old colour scheme and the font was Courier New and you were here, but all things move on.

All the best in your retirement (likewise David) and don't be a stranger just because you are retired - it's always amusing for those of us still fighting the good fight to hear quips from the sidelines. Sometimes it helps us keep our sense of perspective.

Edited by user 05 March 2018 13:50:18(UTC)  | Reason: changed font

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score  
#25 Posted : 05 March 2018 15:35:41(UTC)
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score

Ray & David hope you both have a wealthy, happy & healthy retirement, please dont think of it as the end of your working life just another adventure, all the very best.

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RayRapp on 05/03/2018(UTC)
toe  
#26 Posted : 05 March 2018 22:25:48(UTC)
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toe

All the best to both Ray and David, you guys have been on here of a very long time.

Toe

Edited by user 05 March 2018 22:26:27(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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RayRapp on 07/03/2018(UTC)
SNS  
#27 Posted : 05 March 2018 22:37:48(UTC)
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SNS

Best Wishes to you both for a long and happy retirement. Might see you at Wentworth sometime Ray :)

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RayRapp on 07/03/2018(UTC)
David Bannister  
#28 Posted : 05 March 2018 23:22:27(UTC)
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David Bannister

Thank you to all for your good wishes. Whilst I'm retiring as a H&S Professional I am embarking on a new venture that I cannot share on here without incurring the wrath of the Mods.

We may only know each other via this forum but I feel there are some good friends here. I will be dropping in from time to time and may even put my oar in occasionally.

Messey  
#29 Posted : 05 March 2018 23:50:27(UTC)
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Messey

Many congratulations to the pair of you

It seems to me that when retired, you should have even more time to log on here and guide us (Ahem!) young-uns. Good luck

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WatsonD  
#30 Posted : 06 March 2018 08:54:54(UTC)
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WatsonD

Congratulations to you Ray and David. I too echo the sentiments of others in saying it has been a much richer forum as a result of both your contributions.

I have learnt a lot from both of you.

David  - you can finally finish that glass of whiskey you have been proudly displaying.

Good luck in all your future endeavours!

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RayRapp on 07/03/2018(UTC), David Bannister on 08/03/2018(UTC)
andrewcl  
#31 Posted : 06 March 2018 15:15:03(UTC)
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andrewcl

Ray, I wish I had a (small) fraction of your sense, sanity and knowledge!  But it would be unfair to keep you from the fairways and greens just because you make the UK a safer place to be! ;-)

For what it's worth, I think you've earned it just based on your forum contributions which have been many, varied, informative and fair.  I did vote for you too.

David, Happy retirement, and good luck with the new venture.

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firesafety101  
#32 Posted : 06 March 2018 15:56:37(UTC)
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firesafety101

David and Ray you both have names that stand out on this forum, I always read your posts with interest as you are well worth reading.

I congratulate you for reaching your retirement age and wish you both good health and wealth in the future.

Good luck.

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safetyamateur  
#33 Posted : 07 March 2018 08:26:04(UTC)
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safetyamateur

All the best, Ray & David. Thanks for your contributions.

Edited by user 07 March 2018 08:27:30(UTC)  | Reason: Forgot Dave *embarrassed face*

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chris42  
#34 Posted : 07 March 2018 11:03:03(UTC)
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chris42

I think it is always sad when people leave the discussion forum for any reason, especially those that have helped others by contributing so much.

All the best for the future to you both, drop in and laugh at the rest of us from time to time, as we grumble at the DSE and CDM regs, endlessly debate if it is actually work related regarding RIDDOR, and see who is currently throwing their toys out the pram. (yes I have bickered a little with those that have helped me, but never intended any malice, normally grateful for assistance on specific topics)

Nothing will ever change, except the people.

Are you both sure that complete retirement is actually possible once you have joined the H&S club? Give it a good go anyway.

Regards

Chris

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RayRapp on 08/03/2018(UTC)
Elfin Davy 09  
#35 Posted : 07 March 2018 14:20:50(UTC)
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Elfin Davy 09

...I'm having (another) one of those weeks where I can't wait for retirement !!  :-(

Good luck Ray and David, your contributions and banter will be missed.

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O'Donnell54548  
#36 Posted : 08 March 2018 09:00:28(UTC)
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O'Donnell54548

Here is hoping a long and happy retirement to both Ray and David. It is a sad day for the profession when we lose such valuable members as yourselves.

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JohnW  
#37 Posted : 08 March 2018 18:44:36(UTC)
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JohnW

Originally Posted by: David Bannister Go to Quoted Post
......... My last paid work will be on Wednesday 7 March!I too will pop in here from time to time ....
Best wishes to you too David, always enjoyed your contributions here. Hope to see you and Ray back here for the occasional chat - we might need you to resolve a tricky subject or two! JohnW
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RayRapp on 08/03/2018(UTC)
NickRoarty  
#38 Posted : 08 March 2018 18:47:30(UTC)
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NickRoarty

Gentlemen,

The very best wishes for the future. 

Hopefully I shalln't be too far behind you. 

Enjoy. 

Nick

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RayRapp on 08/03/2018(UTC)
Hsquared14  
#39 Posted : 09 March 2018 09:03:27(UTC)
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Hsquared14

All the best Ray - have a long and happy retirement.

Best wishes

Helen

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RayRapp on 10/03/2018(UTC)
MikeKelly  
#40 Posted : 09 March 2018 11:32:49(UTC)
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MikeKelly

Hi Ray

Welcome to the club

A serious point come to mind. Losing access to all this knowledge

How do we -IOSH even- although I suspect it will be  the 'too-hard box' try and distil, collect, etc etc and make accessible to members this knowledge? In what form? An IOSH library? Info source? Research project, eh?

Anyway, have fun on the golf courses of Spain-pop over the border to France-near Carcassonne if

Best regards

Mike

PS Retired member of Council? Wake the others up!

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RayRapp on 10/03/2018(UTC)
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