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NEBOSH General or Environmental Certificate for Environmental Issues?

Environmental issues and subsequently their consideration with regards to health and safety and the prevention of accidents are playing an increasing role in the syllabuses of many health and safety training courses. This is because a company's effect upon the environment has such an impact upon their brand image these days with the increased reach of the news and social media campaigns that organisations who are viewed as heavy polluters or cause significant damage to the environment can all too soon find their products being snubbed and boycotted by consumers in response to their activities.

So with environmental issues being included on the syllabus of many health and safety courses, many potential delegates can wonder which course is right for their needs.

The answer depends on the level of detail regarding environmental issues that they require from the course. For those that only require a brief, general overview of the main/most common issues regarding the environment and how their business activities can negatively impact upon it, the NEBOSH General Certificate will include an element which focuses on the most common environmental factors that can come into play for the majority of workplaces in various industries.

For those people who require an accredited training course which concentrates specifically upon environmental issues then the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate is the one for them. This five day course covers a variety of different environmental factors including environmental management systems, impact assessments and dealing with any environmental emergencies which may occur (whilst environmental health and safety training should greatly reduce the risk of these occurring, unfortunately all risks can never be totally eliminated).

Other accredited courses will also include an environmental element in their respective syllabuses with regards to their overall target audience, for example the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course which is intended for construction site managers will talk about the potential environmental issues that can come about through the activities of a construction site and those working on it. Similarly IOSH Managing Safely courses will touch upon environmental issues and specifically the environmental responsibilities which managers have with regards to the operations of their business and the people they employ.

So whilst those who only require a brief overview of environmental issues will probably find what they require in a general course such as the NEBOSH General Certificate or the IOSH Managing Safely course, those who require a detailed environmental knowledge would be better served by completing the NEBOSH Environmental Certificate. Incidentally, this can also be used as a basis for progression onto the NEBOSH Environmental Diploma qualification for those who want to take their environmental safety knowledge to the next level.

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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