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NEBOSH Environmental Certificate or NEBOSH General Certificate?

Environmental issues are such an important factor nowadays for companies of all sizes, with an increasing amount of resources being allocated for training staff members about how their actions might have a detrimental impact upon the surrounding environment. With the damage that can be done to a business's reputation and brand image, not to mention the trouble they can get into through breaches of environmental regulations, it is little wonder that so much attention is being paid to ensuring that workers are fully up to speed and have a detailed level of knowledge regarding potential harm to the environment.

We have already seen in many of the other NEBOSH health and safety training articles how NEBOSH courses and qualifications are amongst the most sought after of pretty much any health and safety qualifications available in the world. As such, those who require environmental health and safety training will look to NEBOSH. Environmental issues are covered to different extents on the NEBOSH General Certificate and the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate qualifications. For those who require a detailed level of knowledge regarding environmental issues and topics such as environmental management systems, dealing with environmental emergencies, energy efficiency and waste management for example, they will be far better served by undertaking the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate which concentrates solely on issues relating to the environment and how the activities of a business and the actions (or inactions) of its employees can have an impact upon the surrounding environment.

For those who do not require such an in-depth level of environmental knowledge as the week-long NEBOSH Environmental Certificate provides, then the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus also includes an element covering environmental issues. This is far from as in-depth and detailed as it is on the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate, but is ideal for those who only require a brief overview of the main points of working safely and preventing damage to the environment through pollution or other factors.




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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