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NEBOSH General Certificate and Human Reasons for Accidents

The Human Element of Health and Safety

The Health and Safety Management Systems element of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus describes, along with lots of other information, the human element of health and safety. Despite all of the advances in technology in recent years which has led to the introduction of automated safety controls and safeguards to protect workers, it has to be remembered that it is still the case that the majority of accidents are caused by the actions or inactions of a person.



Safety Procedures Need to be Followed

The most common actions are those which deliberately circumvent and bypass any safeguards which have been put in place to prevent accidents and injuries from happening. Usually this is because workers are trying to get a job done quickly and cannot be bothered going through a safety procedure or checklist for example to ensure that the task is completed safely. It is up to managers to ensure not only that are up to speed and fully trained in how to manage safely, but also that their employees are adhering to all safety control measures which have been introduced for their protection. As managers are responsible for setting the working practices and health and safety culture which their employees follow, it is imperative that they themselves recognise the importance of health and safety and take it seriously, even if that means employees take slightly longer to complete certain tasks.



The NEBOSH General Certificate

Along with deliberate actions and inactions the NEBOSH General Certificate course will also explain how personal factors and the characteristics of certain workers will have an effect upon the way they work. For example their perception and attitude towards health and safety will be just as important as the amount of knowledge which they have about it. Having all the information in their head will mean very little if they do not apply it or take it seriously.



Worker Welfare and Well-Being

Working conditions too will play a part. Having tired, overworked employees and/or those having to work in poor conditions such as inadequate lighting or in uncomfortable temperatures will be more likely to either suffer an accident or cause one, which not only puts their own safety at risk but also that of those around them. Whilst employees should speak up about their concerns, again it is the responsibility of management to provide suitable working environments for their staff members, as well as monitoring their current physical and psychological state.



Health and Safety Management

Managers responsible for health and safety within their department or organisation who enrol and achieve the NEBOSH General Certificate will have a much greater awareness not only of how human factors have the potential to create accidents, but also what conditions and situations contribute to these actions, and subsequently what can be done to eliminate such conditions. It will also teach them about the importance of health and safety management systems, accident investigation, workplace safety culture, working environment and much more.

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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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