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NEBOSH General Certificate and Safety Controls

The Responsibilities of Managers and Directors

The majority of companies and company directors/senior managers will know that they have some responsibility for providing health and safety measures with regards to their workforce. However many will not know the extent of their responsibilities and what is required of them, and may not even have heard of legislation such as the Health and Safety at Work Act or the Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) regulations, let alone what is required to comply with them. This is where health and safety courses like the NEBOSH General Certificate are so important as they will contain information regarding health and safety legislation and the duties of management as required by law.



Avoiding the Temptation to Reduce Training and Relax Safety Controls

Whilst health and safety practices and control measures need to maintained at all times in order to keep the probability of a worker becoming injured or sick from their work, it is all too easy for these principles and intentions to fall by the wayside when times are tough. For instance, if the company is not performing very well financially there is likely to be a tendency to bypass certain safety controls in order to try and increase output. This greatly increases the danger not only to those doing the task but possibly to everybody nearby as well if an incident such as a fire or explosion were to happen. It would also really impact the financial status of the company in the form of fines, clean-up costs, repairs and lost production. So rather than saving money, which was the whole reason for avoiding the health and safety controls in the first place, it will actually end up costing the firm more than it would to provide workers with health and safety training courses.

It is imperative that the health and safety standards, safeguards and working practices are maintained at all times for the protection of everyone on the site. This will come directly from management, who should never entertain the idea of relaxing the controls which keep workers safe from harm, no matter what the current trading conditions are like.



Why Managers Play Such a Critical Role

The overall success or failure of creating a safe place of work will depend to a great extent upon the actions and willingness of workers, but will start from the top of the company hierarchy. If managers do not view health and safety as a priority or even think that it is important, then employees will quickly fall into the same way of thinking. Having this attitude, in combination with a lack of safety controls or effective plans and procedures, will significantly increase the risk of accidents occurring which puts the health, safety and welfare of company employees in jeopardy.



How Will the NEBOSH General Certificate Assist?

The NEBOSH General Certificate course is one of the most comprehensive qualifications available in terms of providing health and safety knowledge to those who attend. This is because the syllabus covers such a wide array of health and safety issues; ranging from legislation, to responsibilities to practical safety information regarding the most common hazards in a typical place of work including fire risks and coming into contact with dangerous substances.

Whilst it would be beneficial for those who enrol on a NEBOSH General Certificate course to have some health and safety experience, it is not essential as the course content is designed to teach everything that is needed for the assessment at the end. Not only will it therefore provide a tremendous amount of information which can be put to use when the person is back in the workplace, but it is also obtainable for a people with any level of prior experience and training.




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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