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Organising Health and Safety on NEBOSH General Certificate Courses

Introduction

Health and safety within an organisation can take a heck of a lot of organisation. Its size and scope make it a hard enough task in a small company, but in a large one it can be extremely difficult. A failure to effectively organise the devising, communication, teaching and implementation of health and safety issues and measures can open up the potential for dangers to exist and risks which may lead to an accident. This is why NEBOSH General Certificate courses will pay close attention to the organisation of health and safety in a workplace in the syllabus.



The Need for Worker Involvement

A good way to manage and organise the successful integration of health and safety policies is to actively engage employees in the process, especially when it comes to identifying hazards and performing risk assessments as they are the ones most likely to encounter such a danger, rather than management sat in a boardroom well away from the areas containing most of the risks. Not only can workers help in the identification process of highlighting dangers to health, but they are also much more likely to accept and comply with the new safety measures or methods of working than they are if management simply issue decrees from up high and tell workers that they have to comply with it or else.



How Can Managers Hear the Views of So Many Employees?

A small company may be able to have managers communicate directly with employees when it comes to the organising of health and safety and idea generation, whereas for a large company with many employees this will be impractical and will require employee representatives to liaise between management and workers. This provides the opportunity for workers to have their views about safety and health issues in the workplace listened to by management.

Although it may take more time to move up thorough the line of communication, the collective views of employees are much more likely to be heard by utilising this method, as managers are unlikely to listen to lone individuals who happen to knock on their office door one day. In really big organisations, shop floor workers may not even have clearance to get into the same building as management. Even if they were willing to listen to everyone who had something to say about improving health and safety within the company, it is likely that they simply would not have the time available to spare. By having safety representatives who can gather all of the opinions and suggestions from individuals, and can then present a summary of the most common issues and ideas being mooted, much time can be saved and a clearer idea of what needs to be done acquired.



The Importance of Organisation

Organisation obviously plays a crucial part in ensuring that this process goes smoothly. The larger the business, the easier it is for the communication process to break down and critical modifications to the workplace missed. Effective organisation therefore plays a key role in the creation of maintenance of a safe place of work, and as such it is no wonder that it is given attention on the NEBOSH General Certificate health and safety course.




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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