NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety The Knowledge Academy
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The NEBOSH National General Certificate (NGC) in Occupational Health and Safety is the leading qualification worldwide. Many people take the NEBOSH General Certificate as a first step in a career in health and safety. It provides a valuable overview, and is a sound basis for further professional study.


There is no pre-requisite.

Who should attend?

The NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety is for:

  • People who need a broad knowledge of Health and Safety issues.
  • Suitable for managers, supervisors and operational staff.

What will you learn?

Upon successful completion of the NEBOSH NGC course you will have gained:

  • A thorough appreciation of health, safety and environmental issues in the workplace.
  • Knowledge of the principles of risk management.
  • Ability to develop an effective safety system within your organisation.
  • A range of useful skills to take back to the workplace.
  • Friendships and useful contacts with other like-minded delegates from a cross section of companies.
  • A level six qualification in Scotland, a level three qualification in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, equivalent to an A level.
  • The opportunity to take the NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and your first steps to becoming a health and safety practitioner.

Course Outline

Unit NGC1: Management of Health and Safety

Element 1: Foundations in Health and Safety

  • The scope and nature of occupational health and safety
  • The moral and financial reasons for promoting good standards of health and safety
  • The legal framework for the regulation of health and safety including sources and types of law
  • The scope, duties and offences of employers, managers, employees and others under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • The scope, duties and offences of employers, managers, employees and others under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
  • The legal and organisational health and safety roles and responsibilities of clients and their contractors

Element 2: Health and Safety Management Systems 1 ­- Policy

  • Key elements of a health and safety management system
  • Purpose and importance of setting policy for health and safety
  • Key features and appropriate content of an effective health and safety policy

Element 3: Health and Safety Management Systems 2 ­- Organising

  • Organisational health and safety roles and responsibilities of employers, directors and managers
  • Concept of health and safety culture and its significance in the management of health and safety in an organisation
  • Human factors which influence behaviour at work
  • How health and safety behaviour at work can be improved
  • Emergency procedures and the arrangements for contacting emergency services
  • Requirements for, and effective provision of, first-aid in the workplace

Element 4: Health and Safety Management Systems 3 ­- Planning

  • Importance of planning
  • Principles and practice of risk assessment
  • General principles of control and a basic hierarchy of risk reduction measures
  • Sources of health and safety information
  • Factors that should be considered when developing and implementing a safe system of work for general work activities
  • Role and function of a permit-to-work system

Element 5: Health and Safety Management Systems 4 - Measuring, Audit and Review

  • Active and reactive monitoring
  • Health and safety auditing
  • Investigating incidents
  • Recording and reporting incidents
  • Review of health and safety performance

Unit NGC2: Controlling Workplace Risks

Element 1: Workplace Hazards and Risk Control

  • Health, welfare and work environment requirements
  • Violence at work
  • Substance misuse at work
  • Safe movement of people in the workplace
  • Working at height
  • Excavations

Element 2: Transport Hazards and Risk Control

  • Safe movement of vehicles in the workplace
  • Driving at work

Element 3: Musculoskeletal Hazards and Risk Control

  • Work-related upper limb disorders
  • Manual handling hazards, risks and control measures
  • Manually operated load handling equipment
  • Mechanically operated load handling equipment

Element 4: Work Equipment Hazards and Risk Control

  • General requirements for work equipment
  • Hand-held tools
  • Machinery hazards
  • Control measures for reducing risks from machinery hazards

Element 5: Electrical Safety

  • Risks associated with electricity
  • Control measures

Element 6: Fire Safety

  • Fire initiation, classification and spread
  • Fire risk assessment
  • Fire prevention and prevention of fire spread
  • Fire alarm and fire-fighting equipment
  • Evacuation of a workplace

Element 7: Chemical and Biological Health Hazards and Risk Control

  • Forms of, classification of, and health risks from hazardous substances
  • Assessment of health risks
  • Workplace exposure limits
  • Control measures
  • Specific agents
  • Safe handling and storage of waste

Element 8: Physical and Psychological Health Hazards and Risk Control

  • Noise
  • Vibration
  • Radiation
  • Stress

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