Asbestos and the NEBOSH National General Certificate
The health risks posed by asbestos dust are so great and severe that a general qualification like the NEBOSH National General Certificate is not in-depth enough to provide workers and individuals with sufficient knowledge to work with asbestos such as removing it during demolition or renovation work. Rather, the NEBOSH General Certificate provides a general overview of the health and safety risks that are posed by asbestos, with a view of making individuals aware of the danger and the next level/what needs to be done with regards to further and more detailed knowledge and health and safety training required.
Even a health and safety course which concentrates solely on asbestos may not provide the level of knowledge required for a person to adequately and safely perform their workplace duties. For example our online Asbestos Awareness course only intends to provide an overview of the dangers and important information such as what needs to be done when encountering asbestos and an outline of the primary health and safety legislation regarding asbestos and keeping people safe from harm. This includes both employees and members of the public who may be on or near the site where the work is being carried out.
Asbestos is just one of many areas where the NEBOSH National General Certificate provides an introduction to a health and safety issue which the course attendee can put to great effect in being aware of the main dangers and learn what to look out for to avoid an accident or incident, but will not provide a level of detail which makes them an expert or suitably qualified to perform certain high-risk tasks like electrical maintenance.
The Need for Expert Health and Safety Training Advice
It is always necessary to seek expert advice to ensure that the health and safety training you receive is suitable for the intended purpose, otherwise not only could you be breaking the law but are also likely to be putting lives in danger; both your own and those of other people.