Igc Nebosh Essay

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NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health
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Element 1: Foundations in Health & Safety.
Element 1: Foundations in Health & Safety.
Overall aims:
On completion of this Element, candidates will be able to:
1.1 - Outline the scope and
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Whether it is mad cow disease, ge-netically-modified organisms, new chemicals or drinking water, we are accustomed to being told that our worries are groundless. And in truth, that is what most of us want to believe.
Yet history has shown that humans are not all that good at assessing risks. Time after time, the hazards of new technologies and products have been poorly understood at first, underestimated when the knowledge started to become available, and responded to too late. Tobacco, asbestos, vinyl chloride, many pesticides, even technologies such as the automobile or the computer - all were initially proclaimed "safe" and all were strongly defended even after information on their risks became impossible to ignore.
In some of the disasters recounted below, a risk assessment had actually been done, but the wrong conclusions were reached. In other cases, there is no evidence that a risk assessment or any other attempt to judge the danger was made. However, they stand as examples of the gen-eral insufficiency of information before the fact and the fallibility of humans in understanding and utilising even that information which is available.
The Quebec Bridge.
In Canada, it is a tradition for many engineers to wear an iron ring. The iron ring was intended to be a symbol of the engineers' pride in their profession, as well as a reminder of their fallibility and the consequences of their failures. The first iron rings were

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