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Just in case you are having a bad day - you know, "Why should I bother when nobody else is?" etc (I think we all get them!), have a look at this summary (NOT a full list) of H&S events in one month across the UK (mid July to Mid August 2013). If this is what happens despite us all applying the much derided 'elf & safety' provisions, how much worse would it be if it were a free-for-all?

I know there must be people out there who are naturally gifted at presenting to an audience, people who ooze confidence and effortlessly show their subject matter expertise; but, I for one get nervous before each and every presentation I give and I'm not as naturally gifted as others.

I've learned over the years to bring those nerves down by making sure I'm as prepared as possible, regardless of the subject, audience size and type of people staring back with interest (hopefully!).

I've written this article to share my own experiences and how I manage my own nerves. I don't claim to be the world's best presenter, but I hope these tips help you in some way to improve your presentation skills.

Common sense is a term used by tabloids, politicians and lazy managers to mean that you don't need to explain the risks associated with something because it's common sense and therefor everyone already understands if something should be done, how something should be done, precautions that should be taken.

For example most people would consider it common sense not to inhale poisonous fumes in the knowledge that it could give them cancer and other adverse health effects.... but people still smoke tobacco which they take from packets which state in large type "Smoking Kills", so that particular sense is not common to them.

A quick reminder of the Six Pack Regulations for your NEBOSH General Certificate...

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regs 1999 (MHSWR)
Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regs 1992 (WHSWR)
Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (DSE Regs)
Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPE Regs)
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (MHOR)
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

For your interest, the HSE has published a timeline of HSE regulations starting from the 1800s. Check the dates though, some of these regulations have been revoked or revised.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/timeline/index.htm

Check this out for a potted guide to the NGC1 Management Paper - LINK.

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