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NEBOSH General Certificate Work Equipment
A unit of the NEBOSH General Certificate syllabus covers the safe usage of equipment at work. The definition of workplace equipment is extremely broad and covers pretty much every piece of equipment, machinery or tool that is used by a person to do a task in their place of work. Not only does it apply to the usage, but also to other aspects relating to it including repairing, maintaining, transporting and cleaning, as each of these actions can result in a serious injury if the proper health and safety procedures and control measures are not followed.
The NEBOSH General Certificate, rather than providing detailed instructions for every piece of equipment (which would be impractical and probably take years!), will look at these various aspects (maintenance, cleaning etc) and other elements such as the working environment and relevant legislation like the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER). It is important for managers and supervisors to be aware of legislation and regulations such as this in order to ensure that the workplace fully complies with such mandatory requirements, otherwise they could be fined or face other punishments if they are found to be in breach of such conditions.
Not Instruction on Individual Pieces of Equipment Though!
Although instruction on individual pieces of equipment is beyond the scope of the NEBOSH General Certificate, it does inform managers of the need to ensure that those who are operating or performing maintenance on tools and machinery have received suitable training and instruction before they attempt the action, otherwise there will be a potential danger to their own health and safety as well as that of those who later use the equipment after them.