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NEBOSH General Certificate No Substitute for Electrical Training


The NEBOSH General Certificate course is so comprehensive and lengthy in comparison to other accredited health and safety courses which are available that it is easy to think that the wealth of information taught during it is enough to make a person an expert in all aspects of workplace safety. The reality is that the NEBOSH General Certificate intends, as the name suggests, to provide a general overview of many different hazards and dangers to health that can be encountered in a typical place of work. This means that far from becoming an expert in each and every topic, delegates will receive an overview which makes them aware of the dangers, but not an expert. Even the NEBOSH Diploma qualification which drills down into even more depth is not enough to become an expert in a particular topic.

Electricity is Particularly Dangerous

One such topic which is a prime example is that of electricity and electrical safety. Whilst NEBOSH General Certificate training does a good job of covering the risks posed by electricity such as electrocution and fires, it would be extremely remiss to think that just because a person has attended and passed the assessment for the NEBOSH General Certificate qualification that they are now an expert in all things electrical. To be so, they will need to attend and undertake specialist electrical training which is far beyond the scope and intended purpose of the NEBOSH General Certificate.

The same can be said really of any of the other topics taught by the NEBOSH General Certificate. For example the safety issues regarding fire are covered quite extensively on the syllabus, but certainly not to the extent of a specific fire training course like the NEBOSH Fire Certificate. Even then, this is unlikely to be enough for some job roles. The job role and tasks which the individual will be responsible for will determine what level of knowledge and training is required in order to satisfy any criteria demanded for them being able to carry out the function safely and correctly without putting themselves or others in danger.

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Why Does the NEBOSH General Certificate Syllabus Cover Electricity?

The subject of electricity and electrical safety is just one of many key topic areas of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus, but is covered in quite a lot of detail because, like fire, electricity has the same combination of being:

  • Extremely dangerous with high potential of fatalities
  • Extremely common in that an incident can occur virtually anywhere in the workplace and be caused by a number of different factors

This combination means that an injury or worse from electricity can happen to anyone in the workplace at any time if certain actions are done (or not done) and suitable maintenance and regular inspections are not performed in a timely and competent manner.

The Course is Not Intended to Be Comprehensive and Complete

The NEBOSH General Certificate course is by no means designed to provide attendees with a detailed knowledge of how to perform certain electrical tasks such as re-wiring the light fittings for example. It is also not intended to even provide a thorough and comprehensive level of detail regarding every single electricity-related danger and potential electrical hazard. Instead, like other topics taught on the syllabus such as the fire safety section or the information on COSHH and hazardous substances, what it will provide delegates with is a very good level of information about the main risks and hazards associated with each type of danger.

Not only can this be put to great use in substantially reducing the probability of them causing or suffering harm to themselves or others nearby, but can also form a comprehensive basis for progressing onto further study in the particular area which can furnish them with more detailed and in-depth knowledge of that particular topic than a NEBOSH General Certificate course will give them.

Related NEBOSH General Pages and Articles:

Visit the NEBOSH General Certificate Pages section to find links to pages covering all manner of different aspects of the NEBOSH National General Certificate qualification such as what it entails, who it is for, what it will provide etc.

NEBOSH General Certificate Articles

Please see below for some articles related to the NEBOSH General Certificate qualification which you may be interested in:

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