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Organisation and Health & Safety

For health and safety to be truly embraced throughout the entire workforce of a company it needs to be taken seriously by those at the head of the organisation. They will need to convince middle managers and supervisors of the necessity to ensure that standards and controls are maintained at all times and that the health and safety of workers takes precedence over other targets and objectives such as production numbers or cost reduction, even when they put those managers under pressure to achieve these other objectives.

The NEBOSH General Certificate qualification syllabus covers the organisation of health and safety and how management personnel are essential for its integration into the working culture of the business as well as their legal responsibilities, as do others like the IOSH Managing Safely course.

However simply saying that health and safety is important is not enough. Managers need to communicate the importance of always following health and safety procedures after establishing this through the creation of a comprehensive health and safety policy and completion of thorough risk assessments. They also need to ensure that health and safety is not seen as a static subject insofar as once risk assessments and policies are done then that is the job completed. A workplace is constantly evolving and changing which means that managers at all levels, in conjunction with employee input too, need to always be assessing and determining potential risks and hazards in a proactive manner, rather then leaving it until it is too late and an accident occurs. To assist with this, management need to hold regular consultations with those who are most affected by certain processes as they may have valuable ideas and suggestions for safety improvement, as well as ensuring that there is a system in place for accidents and near-misses to be reported so that remedial action is taken and implemented. Similarly, stringent monitoring and assessment of current and newly-adopted controls need to be undertaken to judge the effectiveness and make sure that they are fit for purpose insofar as the protection they are intended to provide.




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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