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Skyhaze001  
#1 Posted : 02 June 2022 07:49:29(UTC)
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Skyhaze001

I'm reasonably new to health and safety and have recently passed the NEBOSH General Certificate. I eventually want to do the NVQ6 but don't have the time at the moment so am looking at other ways to increase my knowledge in the meantime. I work in a factory producing cardboard packaging and have day to day responsibility for all aspects of H&S, among other things. Do you have any recommendations for books/websites/HSE guidance etc that might be relevant? At the moment I'm thinking something related to ergonomics as it's a very manual process in some areas, and was recomended the [reference removed] factors guidance document so will look at that. Any other topics that you think would be useful or individual resources you've found particularly helpful will be very much appreciated!

peter gotch  
#2 Posted : 02 June 2022 10:39:16(UTC)
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peter gotch

Hi Skyhaze

Not sure why you removed the reference but if you meant HSG48, then YES.

The amount of detail in your posting doesn't indicate how well risks are controlled, but topics that may be important would include machinery guarding, noise, fire and warehousing/logistics.

This is assuming that you are not making the cardboard - if you are then lots of other things come into play.

HSE used to have a Paper and Board "NIG" (National Industry Group) which produced a few useful publications. However, you might have to look in specialist libraries to find them and then recognise that they were published in a different legislative era - but with the principles remaining relevant.

Possibly worth considering signing up for that NVQ earlier as looking at what you have to do in terms of a portfolio would probably help you consider what aspects of the factory to focus on.

If your role is already as extensive as you suggest, then most of your portfolio could probably be simply presenting your day to day work.

Good luck, Peter

Skyhaze001  
#3 Posted : 07 June 2022 14:25:46(UTC)
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Skyhaze001

Hi Peter

Thanks very much for the reply. The reference to HSG48 wasn't removed, I couldn't remember the number as I was typing!

We are generally pretty good with the control of risks in my opinion. There is nothing glaringly obvious that is dangerous, anyway. Obviously there are always things we can do to improve which is why I want to broaden my knowledge as much as I can. 

We make packaging out of the cardboard but not the cardboard itself which judging from your comment is probably a good thing for me.

After posting this I went through the HSE website and made a list of all of the guidance documents/ACOPs etc that looked relevant so will just start reading through them whenever I have a bit of time. I'll also have a look for that NIG, see if there is anything I can find.

I had the same thought with the NVQ, the earlier I can sign up the better. I'm not sure at the moment whether my company will put me through it which is my biggest barrier to doing it - I think I need to have the conversation. The best way to make sure I'm doing everything properly is to do it as evidence for the portfolio with tutor support on hand. 

peter gotch  
#4 Posted : 08 June 2022 11:57:50(UTC)
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peter gotch

Hi Skyhaze

Any sensible employer should be keen to have you attain some qualifications to provide credibility to their making you their "competent person".

Now, they might apply some claw back policy should you leave within X or Y months/years of getting part or all of the qualification, but to be honest that is a policy that is largely one of the past, and not conducive to employee satisfaction and retention. Progressive employers choose to invest and not put artificial barriers in the place of retention as they are often counter-productive.

If faced with such policy you can always factor it into your package demand when looking for another opportunity!

So, have that conversation! - enrolling on the NVQ would be mutually beneficial for you AND your employer. 

P

SNS  
#5 Posted : 22 June 2022 12:11:17(UTC)
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SNS

Also not sure if you are aware of PABIAC, (Paper and Board Industry Advisory Committee).

Useful info:  PABIAC (paper.org.uk)

thanks 2 users thanked SNS for this useful post.
peter gotch on 22/06/2022(UTC), Roundtuit on 22/06/2022(UTC)
Roundtuit  
#6 Posted : 22 June 2022 15:47:30(UTC)
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Roundtuit

I remember the joint guidance publications from PABIAC being repeatedly thumbed when I worked in paper making e.g. safe storage and handling of paper reels

Roundtuit  
#7 Posted : 22 June 2022 15:47:30(UTC)
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Roundtuit

I remember the joint guidance publications from PABIAC being repeatedly thumbed when I worked in paper making e.g. safe storage and handling of paper reels

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