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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.




NEBOSH Courses

Please see below for some NEBOSH 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 Diploma in Environmental Management

The NEBOSH Environmental Diploma is intended for safety professionals and managers who are taking on environmental responsibilities. It is designed for individuals with responsibilities for the management of environmental risk in relation to the damage caused by work activities.

Holders of the NEBOSH Environmental Diploma will be able to advise their organisation on the environmental impacts of their activities, on their legal obligations and the means of continuously improving their environmental performance as part of an integrated management approach.

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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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NEBOSH National Certificate in Fire Safety and Risk Management

The NEBOSH Fire Certificate is aimed primarily at managers and supervisors who are responsible for fire safety within their organisation and compliance with applicable fire safety legislation.

The course aims to give delegates the knowledge to conduct and review fire risk assessments, along with fire prevention and protective measures within most workplaces.

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NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety

The NEBOSH Construction Certificate, or NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health & Safety to give it its full title, is one of the most recognised health and safety qualificatons in the construction industry.

It is aimed primarily at managers, supervisers, CDM co-ordinators and anyone else who is responsible for making sure that construction activities under their control are undertaken safely.

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NEBOSH Certificate in Environmental Management

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, or NEBOSH National Certificate in Environmental Management to give it its full title, is an environmental health and safety course which is intended to be taken by managers, supervisors and any other employees who are responsible for managing environmental issues at their workplace.

The NEBOSH Environmental Certificate qualification focuses on UK law, so is really only suitable for those who are based and operate within the UK.

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