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Obtaining Competent Health and Safety People

When it has been identified that there is a deficiency in the skills and knowledge of the workforce and that one or more competent persons need to be in place, a company will have two options.

One is to recruit a person who already has qualifications such as a NEBOSH General Certificate, NEBOSH Diploma or NVQ Level 5 in Health and Safety for example. Having accredited health and safety qualifications such as these will instantly prove to company managers that the potential candidate has acquired the knowledge to contribute towards the level of health and safety within the organisation. When this can be combined with practical experience of working in a similar industry or job role, it makes for an excellent potential candidate for an addition to the workforce.

Alternatively the company can train an existing employee or employees. By providing health and safety training on particular subjects such as COSHH or manual handling training, as well as allowing/funding them on courses like the ones mentioned in the above paragraph, workers will increase their knowledge and competency.



The perils of becoming a health and safety manager

There are both advantages and disadvantages of each of these methods when it comes to installing health and safety managers. Recruiting a person with existing qualifications and experience will allow access to their knowledge and expertise instantaneously, whereas having to provide training and putting them on courses such as the NEBOSH General Certificate will take time. A new person may bring with them fresh ideas and ways of working that were never previously considered within the organisation. They may however cause resentment from existing workers if this new person comes straight in making changes and upsetting the way things have been done for a long time. Even though this may be necessary, it is still likely to cause trouble!

An existing worker who is promoted to a position where they are responsible for health and safety and so subsequently have to manage people they used to be of equal status with can go one of two ways. Either their former colleagues will trust them and do what they say because they already know them and work well together, or they will be jealous and resentful of someone telling them what to do who used to be "one of them".




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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