What will I learn?
The NEBOSH National General Certificate gives a good foundation in health and safety for managers, supervisors and staff with health and safety among their day to day responsibilities. The course covers the following topics:
1. Why we should manage workplace health and safety
2. How health and safety management systems work and what they look like
3. Managing risk – understanding people and processes
4. Health and safety monitoring and measuring
The above are assessed by a written exam
5. Physical and psychological health
6. Musculoskeletal health
7. Chemical and biological agents
8. General workplace issues
9. Work equipment
Elements 5-11 are assessed by a practical assessment which will involve an evaluation of the learner’s workplace
Many organisations choose the NEBOSH National General Certificate as a key part of their supervisors’ or management development programme. By ensuring that line managers have a sound understanding of the principles of risk management, they build an effective safety culture in the company. Smaller companies, operating in lower risk environments, often choose NEBOSH National General Certificate as the appropriate qualification for the manager taking the lead on health and safety issues.
Candidates will need to purchase a copy of A Guide to the NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health New Syllabus available from https://www.rrc.co.uk/publications/study-materials/nebosh-textbooks.aspx
Where will it lead me?
This qualification is widely taken as a first step towards a career in health and safety and is accepted by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in meeting the academic requirements for Technician Membership of IOSH (Tech IOSH). For other people it forms part of an important set of qualifications that will bring them success and advancement in whatever field they choose.
There are no prerequisites for this course although candidates should note that the assessment includes the requirement to write a risk assessment of their workplace. This must cover 10 different hazards from 5 different categories of risk from those listed below:
* Noise; vibration; radiation; mental ill-health; violence at work; substance abuse at work
* Work related upper-limb disorders (ergonomics, workstation design etc); manual handling; load handling equipment
* Hazardous substances
* Health, welfare and work environment; working at height; confined spaces; lone working; slips and trips; movement of people and vehicles in the workplace; work-related driving
* Work equipment and machinery
If you don’t think that you will be able to cover the requisite number of hazards/hazard categories in your own workplace, we should be able to assist in finding another workplace for you to assess. However, please contact us for guidance before making an application.
Candidates will be required to take part in an informal telephone interview with the Business Skills Advisor prior to a place being confirmed on the course.