NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General certificate would benefit managers, supervisors and staff who have health and safety responsibilities within their organisation and need a broad understanding of the issues that can arise. The course will assist individuals in carrying out their organisational duties and functions more effectively and help them to protect their organisation.

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Duration: 10 – 14 days depending on location

Prices for this course will include all course materials, study days, revision and exam fees.

This NEBOSH accredited qualification is divided into two units, each of which is assessed separately:

Management of Health and Safety (NG1) - Open book exam
Risk Assessment (GC2) - Practical assessment 

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The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety provides delegates with a broad understanding of key health and safety issues within the workplace. It outlines both the individual and organisational health and safety responsibilities and helps delegates to discharge their duties more effectively.

Certification: On successful completion delegates receive a unit certificate, if both units are passed delegates will receive the full NEBOSH General Certificate qualification.

What you will learn

An understanding of the foundations of Health and Safety policy and organisation
The ability to promote a positive health and safety culture
The know how to investigate and report on accidents and incidents
Have the knowledge to manage and control hazards for workplace activities; i.e. movement of people and vehicles, mechanical and manual handling, electrical, fire and demolition etc.
To monitor, review and audit



Element 1: Why we should manage workplace health and safety

Moral and financial reasons for promoting good standards of health and safety

How the law works and the consequences of non-compliance

Health and Safety duties of employers and workers in HSWA 1974 and MHSWR 1999

Contractor selection, monitoring and management 

Element 2: How health and safety management systems work and what they look like

Overview of the elements of a health and safety management system including benefits of having a certified/formal system

Effectiveness of health and safety management systems - general policy, organisation, arrangements 

Element 3: Managing risk – understanding people and processes

Concept of health and safety culture and how it influences performance

How health and safety culture at work can be improved

Human factors which can positively or negatively influence behaviour at work and how it can influence health and safety

Principles and practice of risk assessment process

Typical workplace changes, their effect on health and safety impacts and how to minimise

Implementing safe systems of work for general activities 

Roles, function and operation of permit-to-work systems 

Typical emergency procedures and deciding on the level of first aid required

Element 4: Health and safety monitoring and measuring

Active and reactive monitoring of management systems 

Investigating, recording and reporting incidents

Reviews of health and safety performances 


Element 5: Physical and psychological health

Noise, Vibration, Radiation, Mental ill-health, Violence at work, Substance abuse

Element 6: Musculoskeletal health

Work-related upper limb disorders, Manual handling, Load-handling equipment, Specific agents

Element 7: Chemical and biological agents 

Hazardous substances, Assessment of health risks, Occupational exposure limits, Control measures

Element 8: General workplace issues

Health, welfare and work environment, Working at height, Safe working in confined spaces, Lone working, Slips and trips

Safe movement of people and vehicles in the workplace, Work-related driving

Element 9: Work equipment

General requirements for handheld tools

Hazards and controls for hand held tools

Mechanical and non-mechanical hazards of machinery

Element 10: Fire

Principals, hazards and risks associated with the use of electricity and work

Fire alarms, Fire-fighting, Fire evacuation and Preventing fire and spread

Control measures when working with electrical systems or using electrical equipment in all workplace conditions

Element 11: Electricity

Hazards and risks

Control measures   


Delegates need to have a good understanding of spoken and written English.

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