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The Benefits of a Formal Qualification in Health and Safety

A Formal Qualification is Often Required by Law

For those whose job role involves health and safety responsibilities, a formal qualification in health and safety will typically be a legal requirement in most developed countries around the world. This is because these employees need to have a minimum level of knowledge in order to fulfil such an important function. Mistakes by workers in other areas may end up costing money or wasting time, which is obviously not desirable but unlikely to be that damaging in the grand scheme of things. Mistakes when it comes to health and safety however can result in devastating consequences including severe injuries, illness, and in certain instances, death.

Health and Safety Qualifications are Not Just for Managers

Even those employees who are not necessarily responsible for managing the health and safety of others will still benefit tremendously from attaining formal qualifications in health and safety. One of the most popular, a NEBOSH General Certificate course will provide those attending with a significant quantity of information which they can then put to good use in terms of working safely and preventing harm coming to not only themselves, but also their fellow colleagues and everyone else who happens to be around them.

The Personal Benefits of Health and Safety Qualifications

Along with the improvements regarding health and safety in the workplace, those individuals who have achieved a NEBOSH General Certificate or similar formal qualification will also benefit on a personal level. Because of the need for those filling health and safety roles to hold the necessary qualifications, individuals that have already acquired them will be far more desirable to potential employers than those who will need to be trained before they can begin.

Not only will those who already hold health and safety qualifications be more desirable to employers, but it is also highly likely that they will be able to command higher starting salaries because of their current level of health and safety education. This is especially true for qualifications such as the NEBOSH National Diploma, which is one of the most prestigious health and safety qualifications available, but also requires a significant amount of dedication and many hours of both formal learning and self study. As a consequence, anybody who successfully achieves a NEBOSH Diploma will be an extremely appealing candidate for any employer, and will more than likely be able to demand a substantial salary to boot. They do need to take into account however that the comprehensive NEBOSH National Diploma is by no means an easy qualification to achieve.


Recognised and accredited health and safety qualifications can therefore benefit everyone; employers have staff members who satisfy the legal requirements of the particular jurisdiction of operation, the employees themselves are able to attract much higher salaries than if they were unqualified, and most importantly of all, everybody benefits in terms of bringing about a place of work which is not only safe for those within it, but also for everybody in the surrounding area who would also be affected by an incident (e.g. a fire or explosion).

Selected Courses

Please see below for a selection of health and safety courses and qualifications which you may be interested in:

NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety is the flagship NEBOSH qualification, and is the first UK vocational qualification to be developed specifically for health and safety professionals.

The NEBOSH National Diploma provides the core health and safety knowledge (transferable across industry, commerce and the public sector) which, combined with understanding and appropriate application, underpins the competent performance of an occupational health and safety practitioner.

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NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

The NEBOSH General Certificate is one of the most popular and widely-held health and safety qualifications in the UK. It is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who require an understanding of general health and safety issues.

The NEBOSH General Certificate covers the main legal requirements for health and safety in the UK, along with the identification and control of workplace hazards, and the practical application of this knowledge. The general content of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus means it is suitable and relevant for those working in virtually any industry, and is often used as a solid foundation for those going on to further study and specialising in a particular area such as construction site health and safety or fire safety.

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IOSH Managing Safely Course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors of organisations in virtually all industry sectors, in order to give them all they need to know to effectively manage health and safety in the workplace.

Recently updated, the new high impact programme covers key health and safety issues, and includes references to international case studies.

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CITB Site Management SMSTS Course

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is one of the most popular health and safety training courses, and is intended for construction site managers, project managers and senior supervisors, as well as proprietors of smaller companies.

Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS course.

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CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course

This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues.

The course also allows delegates to identify their individual responsibilities for looking after themselves and others, what the employer's duties are and what should be done if they think anyone's health and safety is being put at risk.

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