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How NEBOSH General Certificate Courses and Manual Handling Training are Related
Health and Safety Courses Can Sometimes Overlap
Health and safety training covers many different topics and areas. Quite often, two of these topics can overlap and deal with the same issues, especially when a method of working can cause more than one example of a hazard or risk to a person's health. For example, using power tools to cut or drill not only has an associated danger of injury if the blade or drill bit comes into contact with a part of the operator's body such as their hand, but there is also the added threat of COSHH hazards from the large amounts of dust which will be created by the cutting or drilling process.
The same is true of different health and safety training courses insofar as the syllabus content and subject matter can often overlap or deal with similar hazards and dangers to health. The NEBOSH General Certificate and manual handling training courses are a prime example of such a situation. Whilst manual handling courses deal specifically with the perils associated with lifting, moving and other forms of manipulating loads, and as a consequence teach course attendees a great deal useful and worthwhile knowledge to help them avoid injury, the syllabus of the NEBOSH General Certificate also covers this topic, although not in as much detail as a course which concentrates solely upon the one topic.
Choosing Manual Handling Training or a NEBOSH General Certificate Course?
Along with many other hazards and risks to health including fire, electricity, chemical and biological hazards etc, those attending NEBOSH General Certificate courses will also learn about the risks and consequences of incorrect manual handling techniques and the long-term injuries which can occur as a result of poor manual handling in the workplace.
It will be up to the individual employee(s), or their manager, as to whether attending a NEBOSH General Certificate course or a specific manual handling training course will be the best course of action and most effective use of their time and money. That being said, large numbers of people will do both, as the information taught during the General Certificate training course in addition to the manual handling knowledge provided will prove to be exceptionally valuable in making employees aware the dangers which exist in a typical place of work, and how their actions or inactions can result in catastrophic accidents and incidents.
The NEBOSH General Certificate is typically taken first by those with little or no previous knowledge or training in health and safety matters, who then go on to specialise in certain areas by undertaking more specific courses concentrating on particular topics such as fire safety, construction site safety, or other such sphere of expertise.