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The NEBOSH General Certificate for Managers

One of the Best Health and Safety Courses for Managers

Along with the IOSH Managing Safely course, the most popular of health and safety training courses for managers to attend is the NEBOSH General Certificate. This accredited qualification will provide a manager with a tremendous amount of information regarding many different areas of health and safety and the most common hazards which can normally be found in a typical place of work. Not only is this qualification highly beneficial for workers to have, but will also prove extremely valuable for managers and directors who will acquire a far more comprehensive understanding of the potential dangers and risks which their staff members face at work.



Why Health and Safety Knowledge is Required by Managers

Armed with this knowledge, they will be in a much better position to create, implement and promote a safe working environment and suitable health and safety culture within the business, as it is hard to introduce and encourage something when a person knows little about it. Understanding the activities of employees and in particular the hazards and dangers which they face is a crucial first step in addressing those issues.



The NEBOSH General Certificate for Changing Attitudes Towards Safety

Another key aspect for the success or failure of a health and safety culture and working practices within a business comes from employee's perceptions of the attitudes and actions of management. If they are seen not to take health and safety too seriously then they themselves will also believe that they do not need to bother with it too much. By attending NEBOSH General Certificate training and letting employees know about it, it will give off a positive impression that managers really do take health and safety matters seriously which will encourage workers to do likewise.



Health and Safety Training is Important for Everyone

There can be a perception that health and safety training is something which workers should receive but is not necessary for managers. However, as the above paragraphs show, it is just as important for managers so that they are aware of what needs to be done to prevent accidents in the workplace. Also, managers and directors have a legal responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of their employees, which means that they need to know current legislation and how it affects their businesses and its activities. It may be the case then that as well as getting up to speed with relevant legislation such as the Health and Safety at Work Act, managers may also benefit after attending a NEBOSH General Certificate course from training which concentrates on a specific hazard area such as COSHH training (hazardous substances), accident investigation training and fire training to name just a few examples.



Conclusion

Ultimately, managers are responsible for introducing the suitable measures to keep their workforce safe whilst they are on the premises or conducting work on behalf of the company. Not only will they need to actively promote a health and safety culture within the company, but they themselves also need to be well-trained in health and safety matters in order for them to understand their legal obligations, and to have a much more insightful awareness of the risks which are present, and as a consequence the effective remedies which can be taken to minimise or eliminate the danger to people or the environment.




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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